ABC News on Campus reporter Toby Phillips blogs:
On a sunny 70 degree day in Tempe, Ariz. couples from Arizona State University declared their love for one another and vowed that, at least until Valentine's Day, they would stay together. By the end of the day yesterday about 20 couples held mock-weddings on the lawn outside the library.
ASU's Programming and Activities Board organized the event, with the ‘brides’ wearing traditional veils, and the grooms donning a top hat. Meanwhile, the minister ‘officiating’ was anything but holy. Sparky the Sun Devil, ASU's cheerful mascot, led the excited, soon-to-be "newlyweds" through a not-so-traditional ceremony.
The vows were full of school spirit: "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to join these young ladies in Sun Devil matrimony," said a member of the programming board who spoke on behalf of the mascot — remember, mascots don't talk.
Having Sparky officiate the ceremony is "the only way to enter true love," one groom told ABC News on Campus. His bride professed her love for ASU and said that having Sparky at her special lunch-break-wedding was a dream come true.
All the fun wasn't without a lot of emotion. Sparky often pretended to wipe tears from his yellow cheeks as brides tossed their bouquets into the crowd.
Sparky also took a few turns walking girls down the aisle to have his own mock wedding. One of his ‘brides’ said she planned they would attend ASU basketball games together and go to Fiji on their honeymoon.
"Yeah, Sparky loves Fiji," she said. "He told me."
With the sounds of the band Train, and some Elvis songs to set the mood, it was a joyous occasion for groups of 20-somethings who just wanted to share their love — or at least their laughter, with special people before Valentine’s Day.
To wrap up the day's festivities, two best friends unwrapped their sparkling Ring-Pops and hugged to seal the deal. And then, these final words from Sparky’s translator: "'Til Valentine’s Day do they part."