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Army Couple Marry on Valentine's Day Before Deployment

Posted February 14, 2007

— The Cumberland County Magistrate's Office has had as many as 90 weddings on previous Valentine's Days, compared to five or 10 on a typical day. But at one wedding on Wednesday, the newlyweds had a added sense of urgency.

Alex and Tiffany Prewitt walked down the aisle -- well, a sidewalk -- straight into the Cumberland County jailhouse on Wednesday. Their holy matrimony began by paying $20 to a no-nonsense magistrate.

Alex Prewitt is an Army man who will soon deploy to Iraq.

"I just had to make sure with all the stuff that's coming up, we get this taken care of before,” he said.

Alex popped the question Thanksgiving Day, and the couple decided to have the wedding on Valentine's Day.

"It's a day I wouldn't forget,” Alex said.

The newly-wedded couple are planning a formal ceremony on March 3, but that date doesn't come with chocolate reminders.

"You get a lot of discounts at this time for jewelry,” Alex said. “It's a lot cheaper, also."

"It's him,” Tiffany Prewitt said. “It's typical -- a date so he won't forget. I'll always remember."

So it went on a romantic day in a decidedly unromantic hearing room.

Also in attendance was Chris McGougan and his fiancee, ready to say their “I do's” in front of the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina. But with their wedding, there was no deployment urgency.

“Just decided to go ahead and smooth it out,” McGougan said. “Walk in, say “Yes I do,” and come out of here."

Wednesdays was an unusually slow Valentine's Day for the Cumberland County magistrate's office. As of 5 p.m., only 16 weddings had taken. But an official said the rush might happen Thursday, when it’s payday at Fort Bragg.

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  • packandcanesfan Feb 15, 2007

    Very touching story. My sister and brother-in-law did this back in 1966 before he left for Vietnam. With the unknown, they wanted to be husband and wife. He was wounded, lost a kidney and almost died, but he came home after he healed. They are still married to this day. Best of luck to them and God speed to all our the guys/gals fighting for our freedom. Thank you.

  • latanya512 Feb 15, 2007

    Finally something wonderful in the news. Thank you soldier for protecting my family and myself. Tiffany, hold on girl. He is going to come home. My God bless your union.

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 15, 2007

    Look for her at the club!

  • Tarheeljunior Feb 14, 2007

    Tiffany, as the fiance of a Marine, I know how tough it must be facing Alex's deployment. Just know that there are a lot of people praying for you and your husband and there are a lot of people out there to help you guys through the separation. Alex, be strong and thank you for your service. It is a hard role to fill.

  • kittnkboodle Feb 14, 2007

    Of course, thank you Alex for being a soldier! You are brave and heroic and may god bless you and your new wife and keep you both!

  • kittnkboodle Feb 14, 2007

    Awww... how sweet! I wish the couple the best of luck! From my own experience, my EX husband proposed to me on my birthday. A male friend of mine said "uh-oh- I can't believe you married a man who killed two birds with one stone! You should have never settled for that!" Needless to say, not my decision but things didn't work out!

  • Nanna Feb 14, 2007

    May GOD bless you both always and keep you safe from all harm. You are in my prayers and in the hearts of all the United States. garrett2788@bellsouth.net Feb.14,2007

  • groberts14 Feb 14, 2007

    Congradulations and Best wishes. Alex, best of luck in Iraq and come home safe. May God keep you both close to his heart. God Bless.

  • Tarheeljunior Feb 14, 2007

    Congratulations guys and good luck. Tiffany, I will be praying for Alex and every other man that gets depolyed and taken away from the one's they love.