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Look for the Helpers: Love in the time of COVID

As our area is faced with ongoing changes due to a growing pandemic, we are bringing stories of people doing good in the community during a time of uncertainty.

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License to Wed

Love is in the air once again at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

The Clerk-Recorder's Office is starting to issue marriage licenses and perform marriage ceremonies after shutting down on March 17.

Couples can get married virtually with a clerk officiating remotely or in person at the courthouse with strict physical distancing measures in place.

Chief Deputy Clerk-Recorder Melinda Green said, "Marriages are such an important ritual in people's lives and they are going remember this forever. It's really important that we don't deny this milestone in their life and we are there to support them even in a challenging time."

Weddings are by appointment only and there is a big waiting list. People are urged to not show up at the courthouse.

All the important wedding information is at

An Intimate Occasion

While some people are postponing their weddings, others are moving ahead with their ceremonies.

Chad and Amy Brown of Santa Barbara decorated their backyard and tied the knot in front of 5 people.

The original guest list was 125 people, but they cut it drastically in order to comply with physical distancing measures.

The Brown's said they had the date picked out before the pandemic and wanted to go through with the wedding, no matter what.

Family members joined the ceremony via Zoom to witness the special occasion, neighbors cheered and clapped from their backyards, and friends lined up in their cars outside to wish the couple well.

The Brown's said their wedding ended up being "perfect."

Know of any other helpers making a difference during these trying times? Send Alys an email and let her know!

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Alys Martinez

Alys Martinez is a reporter/anchor at KEYT|KCOY|KKFX.


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