Leap Day Weddings Prove Popular

Dozens of couples took the leap into marriage at the County Administration Center on Monday on a special day that comes only once every four years—leap day.

On a typical Monday, the County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk’s office performs ceremonies for a little over half of those who come in for marriage licenses. But that number jumped to 71 percent on Monday, Feb. 29.

Raeline Morgan and her groom Aidan Shaver thought it would be neat to have a rare date. They said they will celebrate something small each year and then “go big” on leap years.

Judith Martinez and Luis Soto also chose to say their “I dos” Monday because they wanted an unusual date for their wedding.

“We were planning an April wedding, we wanted something extra special,” said Soto. “A date to remember.”

Luis Soto and Judith Martinez 

Another couple Armando Lopez and Stephan Tate selected Leap Day for another reason all together. It’s Lopez’s birthday.  The two have been together for 22 years and look forward to celebrating their anniversary every year and not every four.

Stephan Tate and Armando Lopez


Planning your own wedding? Marriage license and marriage ceremony appointments can be made by calling (619) 237-0502. For more information, visit

Also see: Wedding Planning? Say ‘I Do’ at a County Park and How To Become a Deputy Marriage Commissioner For a Day