11 Couples Marry for Free at Life Center’s Annual “Marry Me” Weekend In Tacoma, Washington

Jacquelyn and Decota Law of Tacoma stand before about 60 attendees at their wedding Saturday during the annual “Marry Me” weekend at Life Center in Tacoma. (DEAN J. KOEPFLER)
Jacquelyn and Decota Law of Tacoma stand before about 60 attendees at their wedding Saturday during the annual “Marry Me” weekend at Life Center in Tacoma. (DEAN J. KOEPFLER)

Jacquelyn Law waved to a cheering crowd Saturday at the end of her wedding, the last of 11 free weddings provided by Life Center in Tacoma in less than 24 hours.

Law had plenty to celebrate. Twenty-one years after their divorce, she and Decota Law were once again married.

“It was the wedding of my dreams,” said Jacquelyn Law. “We knew it was God’s will for our lives.”

Life Center provided free weddings for the fifth consecutive year for its “Marry Me” weekend as a show of support for marriage. Besides the 11 couples who walked down the aisle in matrimony, two couples renewed their vows.

The church provided flowers, live music, wedding cake, photos and a reception — all at no charge. They were all donated, saving couples thousands of dollars each.

Jacquelyn Law said she couldn’t afford the ceremony.

“It’s wonderful,” she said. “It was a blessing to me.”

Jacquelyn, 57, and Decota, 54, live in Tacoma and attend Life Center.

One of the Laws’ two daughters, Deacostia Law, 22, was maid of honor.

Lay minister Jim Ledlow officiated at the 15-minute ceremony.

“We stand as witnesses to something wonderful here,” he told a throng of 60 people in the church’s chapel.

Worship pastor Kenton Lee, who provided the music, sang a solo of “Unforgettable,” made famous by Nat King Cole.

The couple married the first time on Dec. 31, 1989, in Vancouver, Washington, and divorced four years later.

Decota said he and Jacquelyn kept in contact through raising their children. He said they remarried because “we’ve always been together.”

Jacquelyn she and Decota remarried “because we love each other.”

They exchanged the same rings from their first wedding.

“God made a way for us to get back together,” Jacquelyn said. “We remained friends all that time.”

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SOURCE: The News Tribune
Steve Maynard

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