Big wedding? Nah! Couples happily hitched in fuss-free day at South Bend park. | Local

SOUTH BEND — He pushed her in her wheelchair from their bus stop, passed the Leeper Park fountain and proceeded to the wedding arch — quivering in the wind — that was secured on a low-hanging branch from a huge oak tree.

Homeless and living in a motel, they’d met in weather amnesty, now together for about a year. But neither court officials nor their pastor could perform the ceremony. It seemed the pandemic may have been at least partly to blame.

So they became the third couple to wed in a series of quick, pop-up ceremonies Saturday in the park. He knelt beside her wheelchair as they affectionately clasped and stroked each other’s hands during the few scripted minutes, led by Mary Gibson of the new business Get Hitched Indiana.

It was marriage No. 4 for both, but, just before the ceremony, the bride said, “We’re like two peas

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