Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court, announced that couples will be joined together for a group wedding ceremony on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the romantic Wedding Garden at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
This is the seventh year the Clerk’s Office is hosting this event, which has become a county tradition. Once again, the single ceremony uniting multiple couples in marriage will be held in the beautiful Florida Botanical Gardens’ Wedding Garden.
Forty couples participated in the sixth annual Valentine’s Day Group wedding ceremony. The ceremony was performed under a beautiful picture-perfect blue sky in the romantic Wedding Garden at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. As part of the ceremony, the couples were treated to a beautiful poem written by Myriam Irizarry, Chief Deputy Director, Clerk’s Office, musical serenades by the Charmonizers Barbershop Quartet and a solo performed by Linda Brian, Deputy Clerk. The couples and their guest shared wedding cake and refreshments provided by local sponsors.
“The Florida Botanical Gardens provides the perfect setting for this very special day for the couples,” said Burke.
The Clerk has waived the normal $30 fee to perform the marriage. Standard marriage license fees will still apply.
To participate, couples must sign up at any Pinellas County Clerk’s office by Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.
The number of couples may be limited due to space. In order to be eligible to register to participate in the 2013 wedding event, application for a marriage license must have been made between Dec. 17, 2012 and Feb. 11, 2013.
The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in the Wedding Garden at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774. Couples will receive a special, Commemorative Marriage Certificate, which will be mailed within one week from the date of the ceremony with the official Certificate of Marriage. All couples should arrive at the Botanical Gardens by 10:00 A.M. on the day of the event with their marriage license and identification.
For more information regarding the process and locations to apply for a marriage license, contact Recording Services at 727-464-3008, or visit the Clerk’s website at www.mypinellasclerk.org . For more information about the Wedding Garden and/or the Florida Botanical Gardens visit www.flbg.org.
Editor's Note: This information was submitted by the Pinellas County's Communications Department.