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What did you do on Valentine’s Day? Why nearly 100 people were at McHenry Mansion

Watch couples tie the knot at Modesto’s McHenry Mansion

Stanislaus County Clerk-Recorder staff invited engaged couples to join them as they performed marriage ceremonies on Valentine’s Day at the historic McHenry Mansion on Thursday February 14, 2019 in downtown Modesto, Calif.
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Stanislaus County Clerk-Recorder staff invited engaged couples to join them as they performed marriage ceremonies on Valentine’s Day at the historic McHenry Mansion on Thursday February 14, 2019 in downtown Modesto, Calif.

A romantic holiday, an ornate Victorian mansion — the setting was just what several couples in the Modesto region wanted for their wedding day.

Marriage at the Mansion again was held on Valentine’s Day at the historic McHenry Mansion in downtown Modesto. Six deputy commissioners of civil marriages were deputized for one day only to help officiate the weddings of 48 couples who signed up to celebrate their love on the most romantic day of the year.

Three rooms inside the mansion were used to conduct concurrent ceremonies, according to Donna Linder, Stanislaus County clerk, recorder and commissioner of civil marriages.

Linder and her staff invite couples nearly every year to take part in the ceremonies, held from morning into the afternoon on Valentine’s Day.

This year marked the eighth Marriage at the Mansion that the county clerk has offered since 2003. The non-religious civil ceremonies were conducted in English and in Spanish, with guests joining to celebrate along with the happy couples.

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