For 2, Occupy Has A Ring To It

Newlyweds Alicia Nauss and Adam Hill celebrate with her daughter, Rhys Corcoran (left) yesterday.
Newlyweds Alicia Nauss and Adam Hill celebrate with her daughter, Rhys Corcoran (left) yesterday. (HILLARY PETROZZIELLO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: November 07, 2011

A SUNGLASSES-WEARING pastor, boisterous guest participation, a bride toting a tot along with her bouquet.

Chances are, yesterday afternoon's wedding at City Hall was a first for those in attendance.

Occupy Philly protesters Alicia Nauss, 24, and Adam Hill, 27, were married in the lower-level plaza outside City Hall, adjacent to the movement's encampment. The pair said their vows in front of family, friends, fellow protesters and anyone else who happened to be walking by.

As Baptist minister and fellow occupier Michael Pierce spoke to the crowd, the spirited wedding guests hollered back his words, echo-style, presumably for folks watching on the upper level.

"On this beautiful afternoon they are extending an invitation to all of you to join them as they commit to occupy each other," Pierce said, prompting laughs from the crowd.

"Imagine one day, you'll be able to tell your grandchildren that on the day you met was the day the world changed," he said, this time prompting lively cheers from attendees.

Midway through the 10-minute ceremony, Pierce introduced Nauss' 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Rhys: "A family is being born today."

Nauss wore a strapless ivory dress with a champagne lace overlay from David's Bridal. The donated dress exposed her tattooed back featuring a sea of cherry blossoms and a teal-green sparrow. Her chestnut-brown hair was pinned up along with ivory and magenta mums that matched her bridal bouquet, which also had a white plume.

She spiffed herself up in the Suburban Street bathroom, Nauss said. "It's very fitting. We don't have access to a lot of" amenities, the Occupy Philly bride said before the ceremony.

Hill wore a black suit and a black, ivory and brown tie.

Nauss and Hill met just over a month ago while working in the information booth on Occupy Philly's first day. Maid of honor Tina Andrews said that the wedding had been planned for one week.

The newlyweds plan to honeymoon at other Occupy sites up and down the eastern seaboard: Boston, Wall Street and Baltimore, Nauss said. First stop, Norristown, which just began its occupying, and is Hill's hometown.

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