Mazel tov, Christine and Charles, Madeline and Ian, and Yinga and Fangshi!
No, lovebirds, you don’t know me. But I know you, sort of. You and scores of other couples are featured on the Travis County clerk’s office’s online photo gallery of couples holding their marriage licenses.
Do you know the delight you and your brethren bring viewers each year? The sight of hundreds of couples hugging, kissing, making funny faces and giving the thumbs up is a sweet sight. Baby Makes Three photos are cute. And a special shout out goes to the folks who pose making the hook ‘em horns sign. (That’s you, David and Darlynn. Your loyalty is noted)
“This is one of the happiest parts of my job,” said Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir.
The county clerk’s office started taking photos of couples with their marriage certificates in 2011. After years of watching excited sweethearts prepare to tie the knot, the clerk’s office decided it was time to share these happy moments with the world, DeBeauvoir said.
So when a couple comes in to get their license, an employee asks them if they’d like to have their picture taken. If they say yes — and an average of 50 people a month do — the pair signs a photo release, is led to a corner of the room and positioned in front of a big fake tree.
It’s not a rose-covered arbor, but it’s certainly better than being photographed in front of a file cabinet. Then the county employee snaps a picture of the couple with the office camera and the deed is done.
Most people just smile brightly. Others let decorum give way to passion.
“Sometimes, it’s the makeout corner,” DeBeauvoir said. “They keep it PG-13. But let’s face it, it’s an exciting time in their lives so you just have to go with it.”
Caysi and Danny kept it classy. Caysi then-Sutton-now-Bolin and Danny Bolin walked into the county clerk’s office in early May to get their marriage license. The couple, both 23, initially rejected the idea of a county picture, but then changed their minds.
“I like to commemorate those kind of moments in our lives,” Caysi said.
So now the Bolins, who have since moved to Fort Worth for Danny’s job as as pastor of worship and creative arts at Eagles View Church, are a part of Travis County history.
The photos can be found in the marriage license section of www.traviscountyclerk.org.