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March 20, 2013

With courthouse closed, couple ties the knot at Annapolis Bookstore

By Joe Burris,

The bride looked radiant in her pink and white dress. The groom was dapper in his business suit. The ceremony backdrop consisted of books on shelves, books on tables and a backroom cafe with patrons who seemed oblivious to the whole thing.

Welcome to the Annapolis Bookstore wedding of Mark Hutson and Melanie Frances, a couple who on Wednesday proved neither rain, snow nor a government shutdown could prevent them from uniting in holy matrimony.

While Wednesday’s winter storm proved to be a nuisance for many, it provided a matrimonial wrinkle for Hutson, from Severna Park and Frances, from Montreal.

The two had planned to get married at the Anne Arundel County courthouse. But when Wednesday’s threat of snow closed government buildings, the two called bookstore proprietors Mary Adams and Janice Holmes and requested an impromptu wedding at the shop — the site where Hutson had popped the question.

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