JEFFERSON CITY _ The frantic pace of the legislature's closing days were interrupted Thursday afternoon (May 4) when the House took a break for a wedding ceremony in the House chambers.
The bride was Rep. Connie Wible, R-Springfield, who married Jarret Murray, a insurance business man from Springfield.
"We never thought to marry in the chamber," Wible said. "But the female legislators told us that it was going to be a beautiful setting."
They were very aware that the wedding would attract the attention of many people.
"I think it is going to be very special with all these people interested in being part of the wedding," Wible said.
"We expect a few people. I don't know any other representative who married in the chamber before," Wible said.
Actually, the last time anyone could remember a wedding in the House was more than two decades ago.
The ceremony was conducted by Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Ann Covington. It began on a jovial note by Rep. Chuck Pryor, R-Versailles, who asked "Would it be appropriate to send it to budget? We all know what the financial ramifications would be."
Pryor also asked if, after the nuptials, the House could reconsider the marriage, like votes routinely are reconsidered.
"Yes," answered House Speaker Bob Griffin. "But within three days," Griffin added, referring to legislative rules that impose a three-day time limit for a reconsideration motion.
The event had the ingredients of a traditional wedding, but with a legislative twist. All the bridesmaids were female legislators. Music was provided by a quintet of legislators _ serenading the couple with "Love Me Tender."