Couple marry in N.J. courthouse bathroom when mom fell ill

In a screenshot from a Monmouth County Sheriff's Office video posted on Facebook, Brian and Maria Schulz are married in a courthouse bathroom.

In a screenshot from a Monmouth County Sheriff's Office video posted on Facebook, Brian and Maria Schulz are married in a courthouse bathroom.

A New Jersey couple changed their wedding venue from a judge’s chambers to a courthouse bathroom when a relative had an asthma attack.

Brian and Maria Schulz of Ocean Township were set to tie the knot when the groom’s mother had difficulty breathing. She was taken to a women’s room at the Monmouth County Courthouse, where sheriff’s officers administered oxygen and called EMTs.

If they had postponed the wedding, they would have had to wait 45 days for a new marriage license. So a quick thinking officer offered a solution.

“Since the sheriff’s officers were concerned about the mom and did not want her moving from the ladies’ room, Sheriff Officer Leonard Maxfield kicked his thinking into high gear: why not get married in the ladies room?” a Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson posted on Facebook.

“The future Mr. and Mrs. were on board, and so was the Hon. Judge Katie Gummer, who performed the rather unusual ceremony,” the spokesperson continued.

The newlyweds say they were touched at the efforts “to make their day memorable and special,” the spokesperson said.

The groom’s mother is doing fine.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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