Fourteen couples start married life with an advantage




Posted on November 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 13 at 3:32 AM

DALLAS — Overheard just moments before fourteen brides walked down the aisle Sunday:

"I'm ready. I'm getting impatient."

“It’s 5:45.”

“Its a very big day.”

“It's happy nervous, good nervous.”

Wedding day is a union where two become one, but in this one ceremony at Concord Church, the vows were repeated 14 times.

“Thank you for this wonderful occasion to celebrate marriage,” said Pastor Bryan Carter.

“It’s actually very exciting, because it does take some of the pressure off you," groom Glenn Cobb said. "You're not the only person up there in front of this big crowd!"

Ninety days ago, Pastor Carter challenged unmarried Concord Church couples to move past living together and into marriage.

“Our goal was to remove every barrier that was in place: Financially... timing.... all of that,” Pastor Carter said.

“God just allow them to walk in the moment as they prepare to receive their bride,” he prayed during the ceremony.

In exchange for 10 weeks of marriage counseling, every wedding detail was provided — from the rings, to the dresses and tuxedos to the disc jockey at the reception.

The skills and counseling they received will aid them in having a successful marriage.

“Never go to sleep angry,” one groom said.

“I learned that my wife is always right, for one,” another said.

“It gave me a lot of tools that I use daily,” a third groom added.

“Marriage is one of those things that you learn on the job,” said Pastor Carter.

For these 28 newlyweds, the day may be a blur in the end, but they will have 13 other couples to fill in their wedding day details.