Anyone that plans their wedding day hopes that it goes off without a hitch. But if something does go wrong, who’s to say you can’t come up with something on the spot?
Brian and Maria Schulz were set to elope on January 2, 2018. The couple from Ocean Township, NJ were ready to start a new chapter in their lives, even if it only was five months after they had met.
On the day of, the couple arrived at the Monmouth County Courthouse with some of their loved ones.
“We were sitting outside the court room and waiting to go in,” Brian, 26, told the NY Post. One can imagine how nervous the groom must have been, moments before getting married.
Then, his mother called him. She told him she was having trouble breathing.
And of course, Brian didn’t hesitate to go find her.
Maria, 21, only saw Brian run off with no explanation; she thought he got cold feet and left!
Brian found his mother in the courthouse bathroom, still not being able to breathe and looking very pale.
Paramedics were called to the bathroom, and since the sheriffs in the courthouse thought it would be risky to move Brian’s mother at the time, the couple thought they would have to cancel the wedding.
Doing this meant that they would have to wait at least 45 days for a new marriage license to be made.
While Brian was thinking of how to approach this, one of the sheriffs at the wedding came up with an unusual idea.
He suggested that the couple could get married in the bathroom where Brian’s mother still was.
In the spur of the moment, Brian liked the idea. So the groom relayed the message to his soon-to-be wife’s best friend, who made his way to the bathroom with the judge.
Maria’s friend then found the bride, who was still wondering was what going on.
“What is happening?” she asked her friend according to NJ.com.
“Come to the bathroom, you’re getting married,” her friend said.
So, she went.
Inside the third floor courthouse bathroom, Brian and Maria Schulz started their ceremony.
And the most important guest, Brian’s mother, was in the bathroom with them, still being given attention by the EMTs. But she was there regardless.
“You may now kiss your spouse,” the judge said at the end.
The mother is now doing fine, and Brian claims that she got a big kick out of them confining their wedding to a bathroom, just for her.
Even if it wasn’t what they had planned, the couple was completely satisfied with how their wedding turned out. But they do plan on having a traditional wedding sometime in 2019, even though the bar is already set for them.
“It’s not going to be as good as the first one. You can’t beat that,” Brian said.
The newlyweds agreed that it didn’t matter where they got married. What did matter was that they eloped, and are looking forward to spending the rest of their lives with each other.
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