Couple weds after visiting all 254 Texas county courthouses

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by JIM DOUGLAS

WFAA

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 12 at 4:44 PM

WAXAHACHIE -- What started as a love for Texas history turned into a love for each other.

On Monday, an Austin couple said their "I Do's" at the Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie -- not because they wanted to elope without the pomp and circumstance of a traditional wedding; instead, to celebrate their statewide tour of all 254 county courthouses in Texas.

"It started as a trip to LaGrange County Courthouse to see Christmas lights and have a good time," said Aaron Mason.

He and Anne Cornell started visiting Texas courthouses two years ago on a lark. They spent 14,500 miles together, just for the fun of it.

Between Floresville and Nacodoches, Aaron asked Anne to be his wife.

Then they decided to get married in a courthouse. Waxahachie Ellis County Courthouse won.

"We love the way it looks," Anne said.

"Yeah, this is a really nice courthouse," Aaron chimed in.

"It looks like a big wedding cake," Anne added with a laugh.

Built in 1897 by German stonemasons, this courthouse has a tale behind it. The faces on the walls were carved, legend says, by a young man who lost his love.

In a courtroom on the second floor, Anne and Aaron celebrated their love, with their family and friends watching from the jury box.

They turned the history they've seen into the history they'll make.

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