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Nichole Beavers and Stephanie Outlaw might be the youngest people waiting for their marriage license today. Beavers is only 19; Outlaw, 20. But the couple’s wedding plans are hardly immature. “We didn’t think it would actually come true this soon,” says Beavers. “We planned this all out two-and-a-half years ago.”
After Beavers and Outlaw secure their marriage license, they’re planning on waiting a little longer for the big bash. “We’re just doing a civil ceremony for now,” says Beavers. “Up until today, we weren’t even sure if this was going to all go through, or if the bill was going to be shut down. So we’re going to wait to have our wedding later, when we can plan for everything that we wanted.”
In the meantime, the couple is collecting mementos of the time they waited in line. They’re planning on saving their #17 marriage ticket they received from the court—-complete with a photo of interlocking gold rings. It looks exactly like the image they chose for their save-the-date cards. “It’s kind of wrinkled up, but I’m going to iron it out,” says Beavers. This morning, Beavers set aside another memento—-a copy of today’s newspaper. “We were all just laughing about it,” says Beavers. “Most people do not get excited to wait in line and apply for a marriage certificate.”