Couple's marriage not delayed by courthouse closure

CREATED Jul 9, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 9, 2013

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MILWAUKEE -- This couple has been watching the developments at the courthouse maybe more than anyone. They were supposed to get married there Wednesday, but that plan went out the window after the weekend fire shut things down.

It looked like their happy day might not be so happy after all. But Tuesday afternoon they got the good news that by Wednesday night, they will be husband and wife.

It's a second chance for romance for Rebecca Riojas and her fiance Juan Gonzalez. The couple had planned to get married at the Milwaukee County Courthouse Wednesday, but the fire put those plans on hold.

"When I heard about the fire, I'm like 'oh no, I can't get married', is it a sign or what?" said Riojas.

So, Riojas got on the phone. But that didn't do much.

"I was calling the courthouse and nobody gave me any answers," she explained. "I was really upset, I was crying."

Heartbroken, they didn't know what to do. But then came the best wedding gift of all - a federal magistrate offered to step in so the couple could still say "I do".

"He said he would do it for me tomorrow," says Riojas. "I was excited. I told him it's about time."

The only thing left in limbo was the couple's marriage license. They were supposed to pick it up at the county courthouse. TODAY'S TMJ4 was there when the call came that it came through.

"I'm really excited," says Riojas. "I really wanted this for tomorrow."

Riojas and Gonzalez will keep the celebration going when they have their reception on the 27th.