Spring Break: A Family Wedding Adventure
By Jerry Portwood
We told you about Kacey Frierson and Chwanda Nixon in our February Love Issue. With seven children in total, they have a full house in Jonesboro, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta). They had a civil union ceremony in Illinois already but this year they decided to get all of their kids in a van and hit the road for an “I Do” Marathon: nine marriages in eight cities in 10 days. And they did it! We caught up with them to see how it went.
Out: Any funny or unusual things happen along the way?
Chwanda: A funny thing happened in Connecticut on Monday, Apr 8, I fell and busted my butt! I ended up with a bruised muscle in my thigh and behind—which is unusual for me—and it hurt like hell. I felt like I was sitting on a huge rock.
Kacey: For me, it was when we were in New York City, stuck in traffic, waiting to get into the tunnel that takes you back to New Jersey. "Empire State of Mind" by Alicia Keys/Jay-Z came on the radio. So everyone in the car began singing REALLY LOUD out the windows at the top of their lungs.
What was the best or favorite place you visited?
C: New York was my favorite, although expensive. I loved us walking around—and having our wedding in Central Park was the best!
K: Mine was also New York. But it was so beautiful in Vermont. Breathtaking scenery!
Were you guys in one van or a bunch of cars?
C: OH MY GOODNESS!! It was nine of us cramped in a seven-passenger van! RI-DUNK-U-LOUS! I know, but that is all we had...
K: All in one car, and amazingly, the kids did it with little complaint, which I'm extremely proud of them for!
Any funny looks along the way? People ask you what you were doing and show support or frustration or confusion?
C: There were a few people in wonderment, especially since all of us were dressed in the same shirt colors for each ceremony. A lot of people were probably trying to see if we were famous people because we had a camera man with us...lol.
K: Because there were nine of us, every place we went into, it was like an invasion. So people just looked like wow, where are all those people going. And we were all dressed alike, so we look like a group..singing group, baseball team, something.
Most importantly: Would you do it again knowing what you know now?
C: I would definitely do it all over again, as long as Kacey is by my side. I don't see myself doing it with any other person than her.
K: We aren't done! Not even close. There are still two states we need to hit in the United States, but marriage equality has passed in 13 countries. So we may be taking this thing internationally!
Watch a clip of the April 9, 2013 wedding "invasion" ceremony in New Hampshire.