The destination wedding ceremony returns to the top of Mount Diablo

More than a dozen couples started the weekend early, by saying “I do,” almost 4,000 feet above sea level. On Friday, 16 pairs took the plunge, exchanging vows atop Mount Diablo.

“From the moment I met the Emmys, I knew it was her,” said groom Neil Twerdi.

He and his bride, Emmys Paco, tied the knot without being seen, but instead had a sexy look.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., these couples take advantage of “destination weddings” in Contra Costa County by driving to the top of Mount Diablo in Clayton.

“We were looking at various places on the state’s website, and saw the announcement of this wedding,” spouses Russell and Timothy Fernando just said.

Each party costs $60, and is approximately 20 minutes long. Presiding over the county official.

“We were thinking we’d get married in the courtroom,” said bride Lindsey Young. “And we’re just having a private party with our friends. And that’s what happened.”

County officials said destination weddings are part of an ongoing outreach effort.

“We are making a concerted effort to provide services to the community. So people don’t have to come to Martinez for civic celebrations,” said Contra Costa County Clark-Recorder Debbie Cooper.

This is the third year Contra Costa County has had destination weddings. But it’s the first since the COVID-19 pandemic. Each time the county must obtain a special use permit from the state parks department. This year, the weather has been cooperative, with little wind, no clouds and manageable temperatures. And the stories behind some of these couples were as beautiful as the view.”

Neil and Emmys met four years ago while doing relief work after Hurricane Irma, and she was on vacation from school. Shortly thereafter, they both learned that “forever” had begun.

“Relieved…and happy,” Amis said. “Overwhelmed with happiness, relief,” Twearny said. “Yes, bliss. Absolute bliss.”

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Lindsey Young and Jesse Raduzic met while working jobs at the mall seven years ago. Both admit that the connection was instant.

“In the end I told her it would be unprofessional,” Raduzic said, as his new bride blushed and covered her face. “So we ended up talking and getting to know each other.”

What started as a couple is now a threesome, with their son sitting in a pram during the party.

On this day, every word “I do” is another example that true love can climb any mountain.

“Couldn’t be more perfect,” Young said.

Jesse Gary is a reporter who works in the station’s South Bay office. Follow him on Twitter @JesseKTVU and Instagram @jessegontv

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