Hennepin County judges wed 31 couples for free on Valentine's Day

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Gavels were knocking as newlyweds were able to save some money on Valentine's Day in Hennepin County.

According to a news release, 12 Hennepin County Fourth Judicial District judges united 31 couples in matrimony for free on Friday on the 20th and 23rd-floor bridges in the Hennepin County Government Center over the noon hour.

"For the eighth year of this wonderful event, we wanted to try something new while still providing a unique and memorable experience for the couples and families who participate," the Honorable William Koch said. "Wedding ceremonies on the 20th and 23rd-floor bridges offered couples a more private setting with stunning panoramic views of Minneapolis City Hall and northeast Minneapolis beyond. This wonderful event could not take place without generous support from Hennepin County."

A trio, Musica Ipsa Loquitor, consisting of Judge Elizabeth Cutter, Kendra Brodin and Heidi Torvik, played on the Skyway level throughout the 31 marriage ceremonies.

Presiding over the ceremonies were Judges Shereen Askalani, Ivy Bernhardson, Gina Brandt, TJ Conley, Todd Fellman, Michelle Hatcher, William Koch, Nelson Peralta, Kristin Siegesmund, Rachna Sullivan, Sarah West and Angela Wilms.