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New Jersey couple weds in courthouse bathroom after mom has asthma attack

FREEHOLD, N.J. -- A New Jersey couple recently changed their wedding venue from a judge's chambers to a courthouse bathroom after a relative had an asthma attack. Brian and Maria Schulz were set to tie the knot when the groom's mother had difficulty breathing.

She was taken to a women's room at the Monmouth County Courthouse, where sheriff's officers administered oxygen and called EMT's.

If they had postponed the wedding, they would have had to wait 45 days for a new marriage license. So one of the officers suggested holding the ceremony in the bathroom.

In a video posted on the sheriff's office Facebook page, Judge Katie Gummer performed the ceremony. Sheriff's wrote in the Facebook caption: "Thanks to the quick thinking of Monmouth County Sheriff's Officers and a judge willing to change venues from her chambers, Brian and Maria Schulz were able to tie the knot."

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Things didn’t go exactly as planned when a couple from Ocean Township recently visited the Monmouth County Courthouse along with their moms to get married. Thanks to the quick thinking of Monmouth County Sheriff’s Officers and a judge willing to change venues from her chambers, Brian and Maria Schulz were able to tie the knot. The planned nuptials took a sudden turn, when unfortunately the groom’s mom had trouble breathing and thought she was having an asthma attack in the courthouse. Sheriff’s Officers assisted in administering oxygen to the mom in the ladies bathroom and called EMTs to take her to the hospital. The couple was clearly upset about the mom and having to postpone their wedding in which they would have to wait another 45 days for a new marriage license to be processed. Since the sheriff’s officers were concerned about the mom and did not want her moving from the ladies room, S/O Leonard Maxfield kicked his thinking into high gear, why not get married in the ladies room? The future Mr. and Mrs. were on board and so was the Hon. Judge Katie Gummer who performed the rather unusual ceremony. We are pleased to report that Mr. and Mrs. Schulz are doing great and so is mom. They were touched that Sheriff’s Officers and the Hon. Judge Gummer went out of the way to make their day memorable and special. #SheriffGolden and the #MCSONJ commend all for a great job in pulling this off and congratulate the newlyweds! Many years of happiness.

Posted by Monmouth County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Authorities say the groom's mother is doing fine.

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