FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – It is a moment they’ll cherish forever. Dozens of couples gathered at the Tarrant County Courthouse. Some in jeans and shirts. Others wearing tuxedoes and modest wedding dresses.
“Did you bring rings with you?” the judge asked the first group of four couples in front of his bench.
All the time they’ve spent together has led to this day. Not just a wedding day.
“Well,” the judge said, “Here we are. 11-11-11.”
It is November 11, 2011. As they recite their vows, it’s a race against the clock…
“Love honor and cherish,”
To be married….
“In sickness and in health,”
“‘Til death do us part.”
At precisely 11 a.m.
“By authority vested in me at exactly 11,” the judge said as he eyed the clock on the wall, “I now pronounce you husband and wife. And you may kiss your brides.”
But just seconds after 11 a.m. on 11-11-11, another group filed into the courtroom wanting a different moment on their wedding certificate.
“You don’t get one, one, one, one, one, one, one, one, one, one, back,” said groom Kerry Ragbir.
That would be 11-11-11, 11:11 a.m.
“It’s unusual but at the same time it’s symbolic,” Ragbir said.
For some, 11-11-11 11:11 was just luck.
“We actually got delayed,” said groom David Ortiz-Estrada. “We were supposed to be married at 11 a.m. exactly. But we got delayed. We forgot the wedding license. We had to go back and get it. And they said, ‘You’ll be getting married at 11:11 a.m.’ And we said, ‘That’s perfect! Great.'”
The judge once again timed the vows down to the second, this time to 11:11 a.m. It is a special moment on the calendar.
“If any of them fail to remember 11-11 on an anniversary, hopefully you’ll have comfortable sofas for them to sleep on that night,” the judge told the couples.
And it is a moment they’ll cherish forever.
Ortiz-Estrada looked into his new wife’s eyes and said softly, “I don’t think 11 is enough ways to tell the things I love about you.”