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Judge Thomas Bedell will again preside over a mass wedding ceremony on Valentine's Day in his courtroom at the Harrison County Courthouse.

Bedell, often called the "love judge," will be marking his 12th year of dedicating his entire Valentine's Day to wedding ceremonies.

At noon Feb. 14, any couple who wants to get married can participate in Bedell's mass ceremony by simply showing their marriage licenses.

But Bedell said he tries to make the ceremony special for every couple.

"We have cake and each bride receives a rose," he said. "We have punch, balloons, decorations, and we try to make it fun for everybody.

"If anyone would like an individual wedding, all you have to do is call my office and make an appointment ahead of time."