Photo with Santa Claus leads to impromptu wedding

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HOUSTON - A Houston couple has something to be thankful for after an impromptu wedding.

Virginia Howell, an ordained Chaplain with the Harris County Sheriff's Office along with Chaplain Allan Darnell, who was dressed as Santa Clause, were leaving the Harris County dispatch center after visiting with dispatchers for the holiday season.

That's when they ran into the McCoy family, who was on their way to a Harris County Court House to try and find someone to provide a marriage ceremony for free, since they didn't have the $40 requested by another person.

Candice McCoy, who was pushing a baby's stroller at the time asked Darnell if her daughter could have a picture with Santa.

That's when Howell, found out why the family was at the court house. After learning that they were down on their luck, and currently staying at the Star of Hope, Howell offered to wed the couple.

Howell then grabbed a few dispatchers who were on break to act as witnesses. She even gave the silver ring she was wearing to the bride to be, so that she could have a wedding ring.

After a few hugs and some advice on their new life together, Howell signed the marriage certificate.

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