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Judge Cude just told me he performed a "proxy wedding" today on the courthouse steps - to which I replied, "what in the heck is a proxy wedding?"

Apparently that involves a soon-to-be-spouse who cannot attend the wedding due to reasons beyond his control (i.e. military service), so he signs a "proxy" allowing someone else to stand in his stead and recite his "I do."

Honestly, I had never heard of such a thing.

But here's the kicker: The wedding today involved an absent groom but the bride allowed her sister to stand in as his proxy. So we had two women standing before Judge Cude saying "I do" on the Wise County Courthouse steps. Surely that's never happened before. Good times.