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Newlyweds Marry for Cheap

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 11:36am

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 6:39pm

Central El Paso- Meet the newlyweds.  Kevin and Angela Connelly tied the knot Saturday, in a small ceremony with family and friends.

"We wanted something quaint, something not too big," says Kevin.

And something not too expensive.  Wanting more romance than a courthouse could provide, they looked for a cheap way to wed. 

Enter Ruben Escandon, the owner of From This Moment Wedding Chapel in Central El Paso.  His service marries people for a lot less than a traditional wedding.

That's why the Connellys took a walk down the aisle here in Ruben's chapel.  In the end, Escandon still makes a living off his work.

But the chance to make a marriage memorable, he says, is the real reason why he does what he does.

"I knew that was my niche.  I knew that was my opportunity to make a difference to people....you know people are going to fall in love, they're going to want to get married and start their families and start off on the right foot."

A bad economy doesn't matter.  People always want to trade vows.  The low-cost approach is increasingly popular.

Ruben has married a dozen couples this month.  All of them in love, trying to save a buck.

"The ceremony lasts only a half hour, but it's full of emotions, all those emotions that you cannot have at the courthouse because they will just tell you read whatever, and I declare you man and wife, goodbye,"says Angela Connelly.

The Connelly's got the wedding they wanted at a price they loved.

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