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‘Just married’ on a very special date: Couples tie the knot on 12/12/12

Jason Sweeney and his wife, Kim, (nee Wood), are congratulated Wednesday in Elyria City Hall after marrying on an easy-to-remember wedding date of 12/12/12 as Mayor Holly Brinda, right, watches after the ceremony. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

ELYRIA — Love was in the air Wednesday around Lorain County as couples rushed to tie the knot on a symmetrical date — “12/12/12.”

Dec. 12, 2012, is the last major symmmetrical date using the Gregorian calendar for almost a century. The next will be Jan. 1, 2101.

But for those like new bride Kim Sweeney, the date has more meaning.

“It was supposed to be lucky,” Sweeney said. “I know that it meant something, and I knew (my husband) would never forget it.”

Sweeney, who was married Wednesday afternoon by Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda, had the same idea as four other couples, one of which was married at exactly 12:12 p.m. The Lorain County Court of Common Pleas Court judges also married two couples Wednesday.

Brinda said she reserves one day each month to marry local couples. After several requests for Dec. 12, she decided to open up her office to the new brides and grooms.

“It is one of the more fun parts of my job,” she said.

Brinda holds a special ceremony in her office, offering gifts she purchased with her own money to the bride and groom. The day is special to Brinda as well, who admits she cries every now and then during the ceremonies.

Elyria residents Terri Smith and Sam Brooks took the plunge 3 p.m. Wednesday. They have been dating since April 2010 after meeting through a dating website. Smith joked that she knew Brooks had to pass a background check for his job, so she knew Brooks was a good guy.

Brooks, a firefighter who works in Cleveland, said he knew Smith was the one for him as well.

“She’s just a great girl, and she puts up with me,” he said, laughing.

Both were all smiles Wednesday, as well as Brooks’ daughter, Kylie, who was in attendance and remarked that the wedding was on a unique day and easy to remember for the family.

Brooks and Smith said the wedding wasn’t initially planned for Dec. 12. They had planned to wed during a civil service, but after hearing others were tying the knot on the unique day, they decided to book a spot.

Jason Sweeney, 37, of Sheffield Lake, and his bride, of North Ridgeville, wed after the Brooks and Smith’s ceremony.

The Sweeneys, who were both previously married and each have three children, were too late to book the 12:12 p.m. spot but were happy to get a chance to have a ceremony at Elyria City Hall with 20 of their friends and family members.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.