Pittsburgh couple decides 12-12-12 is the right time for a wedding

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The theme of the day was 12. As in 12:12 p.m. on the 12th day of the 12th month of the year 2012.

That was the precise moment when a federal judge began the wedding ceremony for Amy Johnston, 34, an assistant U.S. attorney, and Brian Allen, 39, a deputy U.S. marshal, in a courtroom at the Federal Courthouse, Downtown, where they both work.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Ms. Johnston said.

Wedding vows exchanged at 12:12 on 12/12/12

Amy Johnston and Brian Allen, who work in the Federal Courthouse, exchanged vows at 12:12 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2012. In other words, they were married at 12:12 on 12/12/12. (Video by Andrew Rush; 12/12/2012)

Today's date -- 12-12-12 -- is the last numerical triplicate of the century, and couples around the world decided, just as many did two years ago on 10-10-10 and last year on 11-11-11, that the unique repetitive point on the calendar was a good day to get hitched.

"I was just looking at the calendar and looking at potential dates, and that kind of jumped out at me," Ms. Johnston said.

Although they currently work in the same building, they didn't when they met nearly six years ago in a restaurant, where they caught each other's eye and Mr. Allen introduced himself.

About a year ago, Mr. Allen proposed, and then about two months ago, Ms. Johnston decided that they should take advantage of the unique Dec. 12, 2012, date. And they decided they'd get married where they worked.

"Where better to have it?" Mr. Allen said.

Shortly after noon today, Ms. Johnston, who held a small bouquet of flowers and wore a black jacket and skirt and a white blouse, stood next to Mr. Allen, who wore a dark suit and a blue-and-white patterned tie, in the courtroom of District Judge Donetta Ambrose.

Ms. Johnston has stood before Judge Ambrose to argue cases, but today, it was a less solemn occasion. About 50 family members, friends and coworkers gathered in the courtroom, including the couple's 5-month-old son C.J. and Mr. Allen's 16-year-old son Dakota, to wait as the clock approached the significant moment.

Judge Ambrose started right on time, and four minutes after the clock struck 12:12, vows and a kiss had been exchanged and the couple was married. No reception was planned, Mr. Allen said, but the couple planned to spend the rest of the day with family.

Judge Ambrose said she was happy to help the couple have their once-a-century moment, one they'll always remember -- especially thanks to the date.

"They'll never forget their anniversary, will they?" she said. "They'll always know it."

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