There’s no doubt that one Lawrence couple is lucky in love.
Felicia Hernandez and Joel Carbaugh were officially married and sealed it with a passionate kiss at 11:10 a.m. on 11/11/11. They walked out of the courtroom at 11:11 on the dot.
“Just like I planned it,” the bride said jokingly with a big smile. She showed up just in the nick of time at 11 a.m., as the groom nervously paced back and forth.
They tied the knot in the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center at 111 E. 11th St. and the Honorable Judge Sally Pokorny officiated the ceremony. She just happens to be the judge in Division 2 — or II.
Even though the court system was closed because of Veterans Day, Pokorny came in just to officiate for the couple’s big day.
“Getting married is important, and as a judge there aren’t a lot of fun things that we do and this is a fun thing to be able to do,” she said, just before the ceremony. She thought 11/11/11 was a “great idea.”
Oh, but the lucky 11s don’t stop there.
There were 11 people in attendance if you count the judge, and the groom’s sister Chasity Princivalli just happens to be ... 11. She turns 12 on Wednesday.
“It’s been fun,” she said of the special occasion.
Joel and Felicia said they’ve been friends for a couple of years, but began dating in March. When Felicia learned that Joel was going to pop the question a couple of weeks ago, she asked, “Why wait?”
He planned to ask the big question on her birthday, which was Friday, but they got married then instead.
“If I forget her birthday and our anniversary, I’m in double trouble,” he said laughing.
The couple also incorporated Veterans Day and the groom’s love for all things KU into the wedding. The colors red, white and blue were present throughout the ceremony.
Felicia said it was a nice way to pay tribute to her father, the late Jose-Maria Hernandez, who was a veteran.
The wedding went without a hitch, and the couple said they don’t really need luck.
“We know that we love each other and that’s all that really matters,” Joel said. And Felicia added, “We make our own luck.”