12-12-12 a reason for weddings, babies in Sonoma County

  • Andy Larsen has a difficult time getting the ring on his bride to be Adrian Bonserio at the Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor's Office, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012 in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

On the 12th day of the 12th month of 2012, Adrienne Bonserio and Andy Larsen got married in the courtyard between two Sonoma County government office buildings.

They were part of a widespread rush to the altar, wedding chapel or county clerk's office on 12/12/12, the last date with triple matching numbers in this century.

In matching brown cowboy boots with flower leis around their necks, the Santa Rosa couple said their "I do's" during an eight-minute civil ceremony and then kissed, capping a three-month courtship that began in September when they were introduced by friends.

"We're not getting any younger," said Larsen, 72, a telephone tech for the city of San Francisco. "We want to spend all our time together."

Friends called theirs a "whirlwind" romance, but Bonserio, a 55-year-old dog trainer, had a simple explanation.

"When you know, you know," she said.

They were among the 32 couples married Wednesday in a steady stream of ceremonies conducted by the clerk's office. A week earlier, just two weddings were conducted and on Tuesday three couples said their vows.

Wednesday's rush was a spike in wedding ceremonies at the clerk's office, but far below the record of 63 marriages conducted Aug. 8, 2008 (8/8/08), said Deva Proto, an analyst in the county Clerk-Recorder-Assessor's Office.

That date was doubly auspicious because eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture -- the Summer Olympics in Beijing began on 8/8/08 at 8 minutes and 8 seconds past 8 p.m. local time -- and Aug. 8 fell during the six months when same-sex marriage was legal in California.

David's Bridal, a national bridal retailer, estimated 7,500 couples across the United States would tie the knot Wednesday, a huge increase over last year, when just 485 pairs married on 12/12/11, the Huffington Post reported.

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