Local bride lives out dream of Feb. 14 wedding

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The couple pledges their love to each other during their vows before Probate Judge Ben Bowden.


For Destini Swords, Feb. 14 has been circled in red in her mind’s calendar since she was a little girl.

After all, what little girl doesn’t dream about getting married on Valentine’s Day?

On Tuesday, Swords, along with new husband Billy Smith, fulfilled that dream as one of the two couples married at the Covington County Courthouse.

“I’ve always wanted to get married on Valentine’s Day,” the new Mrs. Smith said. “It’s a day of love, and what better message behind marriage is there?”

The couple decided to tie the knot at the courthouse just to accommodate the bride’s wish for a Valentine’s wedding.

“I wanted that marriage license to say Feb. 14, not Feb. 18 or Feb. 19,” she said, speaking of the upcoming weekend. “We’re having a huge reception on Saturday, which is why we decided to do it this way.”

As for Mr. Smith, he said he “just went with the flow.”

“I’m proud to marry her,” he said. “It didn’t matter what day it was. I was happy she said, ‘yes.’”

And don’t think for one minute that Mr. Smith also thought of the day as an easy reminder of his wedding anniversary or that he’ll be able to get away with buying only one “love-ly” present each year.

“He is not going to get away with that,” his new wife said. “We’ve already talked about it. I want it all – flowers, candy, a teddy bear, the whole nine yards.”

The newly wedded couple resides in the Antioch Community and will soon welcome a new baby girl to their family.

Editor’s note: The second couple married at the courthouse on Tuesday was from Mississippi and graciously declined to be interviewed.