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21 Couples Said 'I Do' As Part Of Mass Wedding Saturday

ARGYLE (CBSDFW.COM) - Love was in the air, not for one couple, but for 21 couples that said I do this weekend.

They called it a mass wedding, one day and 21 weddings - all under the same roof back to back back.

But each couple is given indivualized attention and has their own ceremony.

It's all part of a special relationship ministry at Cross Timbers Community Church in Argyle that aims to help couples succeed in marriage.

"We realize we have lots of folks living together that aren't married," said pastor Toby Slough.  "And were really big here at Cross Timbers of simply not just saying don't do that but let us help you get in position for God's best."

Cross Timbers says the biggest hold up for these loving couples to enter into marriage is a lack of money.

And that's where the church steps in.  Not only is their counseling and support but everything for the wedding is provided free of charge.

From the coordinator to the photographer to the marriage license--it's all covered by the church.

Jon and Lora have been saving for a wedding, but wouldn't have the money until another year.  And now they don't have to put it off any longer.    "They would provide the cake, provide everything. That is amazing. I said 'sign us up!'" said Lora.

"This was a big help.  We appreciate the church caring enough to help us.  We love each other and wanted to take that next step," said Jon.

Bill and Diane Melder said their vows today as well. "We wanted to wait until we were debt free before we were married and have a new start," said Bill.

And even though there were 20 other couples saying I do, Melder says their wedding day couldn't have been more special.  "It exceeded our expectations," he added.

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