Reporting John McDevitt
By John McDevitt and Jenn Bernstein
EASTAMPTON, N.J. (CBS) – Couples were tying the knot today at the historic Smithville Mansion, in Eastampton (Burlington County), NJ, on the last “triple-digit” date of the 21st century.
Next to a Christmas tree in a room decorated for the holidays, county clerk Tim Tyler officiated today at sixteen consecutive weddings. He says it was a reprise of similar ceremonies in November of last year.
“Last year, 11/11/11 went really well,” he recalls, “so we just put it out to the people and said, ‘Hey, we are offering this. Do you guys want to take advantage of this service?’”
Jacklyn and Chris Parente (in photo) were among the couples getting married, and they got the prime spot: 12 o’clock on 12-12-12.
“We thought the time was right! And it’s a great date, and we love it here at Smithville!” said bride Jackie Parente.
Jacklyn admitted, to the chuckles of bystanders, that she was wearing “something old, something borrowed, something new, and something blue that you can’t see.”
And it was also a special day at Smithville for Derek Johnson and Laverne Beslow.
“She changed me, took me from one place to another,” said Johnson, “that’s what I love about her.”
Some of the couples say they hope the “12/12/12″ date will bring them good luck. In any case, they won’t have much excuse for forgetting their anniversary.
“Easy date to remember,” said the bride, now Laverne Johnson.