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Romantic? Occupy Philadelphia Couple Getting Married in Front of Fellow Protesters


"We want the entire wedding to embody the movement."

Alicia Nauss and Adam Hill, both members of Occupy Philadelphia, plan to marry Sunday, Nov. 4, 2011 at the lower level of City Hall. (Photo credit: Philadelphia Inquirer)

Occupy Philadelphia will play host to a different kind of gathering Sunday, when two of their demonstrators exchange marriage vows in front of the entire movement.

Bride-to-be Alicia Nauss and her fiance Adam Hill will say "I do" on the lower level of Philadelphia's City Hall Sunday afternoon. They met volunteering together at the group's information tent one month ago when Occupy Philly sprung up.

The Philadelphia Inquirer spoke to couple about their upcoming nuptials:

"We were both here from day one," said Nauss. "Sometimes you meet someone and you just know. . . . When that happens so organically, so naturally, that's a sign."

The wedding is an occupation-wide event. As Nauss was being interviewed Saturday, a woman passed by and asked: "Tomorrow, right? We'll be there!"

Nauss, 24, said, "People are so generous and so kind and focused on each other, it's really heartening.

"Our entire wedding is based on people's kindness."

According to the Inquirer, the Occupy Philly food committee is baking the cake, and a friend the couple met through the movement is donating the crystal glasses he used at his own wedding 25 years ago.

Hill's two brothers will serve as his best men, and his father will be in attendance. Most of Nauss's family won't be there, but her 2 1/2 year-old daughter will.

Their families have not met one another, but the couple said everyone is supportive of their wedding plans.

The ceremony will be performed by a fellow demonstrator, who is both a Baptist minister and a philosophy professor. According to Occupy Philly's Facebook page, music and other celebrations will take place throughout the day.

"We want the entire wedding to embody the movement," Nauss told the paper.

But the Nauss-Hill wedding will not be the first to grace the encampment. Last month, two other protesters were married in front of their fellow demonstrators.

Video from that ceremony was posted on YouTube:

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