This past weekend, couples were invited to get married for free at the third annual Love In The Square pop-up wedding.
Taking place on Sunday, February 11 from 11 am to 3 pm, all you had to do was show up with a valid marriage license and a minimum $20 donation for the Vancouver Food Bank. And then say ‘I do,’ of course.
Last year’s event saw 75 couples married and $1,375 donated to those in need.
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This year, the event exploded, doubling in size. A total of 151 couples filled the square, many accompanied by their family, friends, and bystanders who wanted to soak in the romantic sight.
Amongst a handful of professional photographers, decorators, and florists, seven officiants were needed, to wed a colossal amount of people.
Participants ranged from couples who engaged several days ago, couples who had never had the chance to get married, and longtime marriages who took the opportunity to renew their vows.
Although a final number has not been confirmed, Nicole Vanselow (co-owner of the event), was ecstatic to share the generous donations of couples would amass to a huge contribution this year – some participants donating over $100 to the food bank.