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Valentine’s Day Marriages

Patricia Allen, center, sits with her betrothed, Rufus La Fleur Jr., and her matron of honor, Rebecca Giggles, before a Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony at the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder’s office in Norwalk. (Annie Wells / LAT)
Jorge Bustamante slips the ring on Monica Lopez’s finger as family and friends witness their wedding at the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder’s office in Norwalk. (Annie Wells / LAT)
Bride Jaimelle Byrd hugs her new sister-in-law Danito Blanco and nephew Sir Warren as her husband Reynito Blanco and Volunteer Deputy Marriage Commissioner Carolyn Cobb look on. (Annie Wells / LAT)
Rabbi William Gordon conducts a ceremony Wednesday for three couples renewing their vows at the Jewish Home for Aging in Reseda. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Genia Burman and Irving Mandell dance together after renewing their vows in Reseda. The couple are Holocaust survivors who were in the same camp in Poland but met here and married one year ago. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Jeffrey Davis, 96, and Betty Davis, 95, look for old family photos to have on hand for a ceremony today in which they’ll renew wedding vows they made 71 years ago. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Betty and Jeffrey leave the gazebo following the small ceremony. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Betty recalls that she met her husband at a party and then saw him again at a dance. “He was a very good dancer,” she said. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Marcus Lucas, 32, and Theresa Spencer, 23, were married today on the lawn of the Old Orange County Court House in Santa Ana. On any other day, the Orange County Clerk will issue some 40 marriage licenses. Today, about 150 marriage licenses were issued. (Don Kelsen / LAT)