Then Comes Marriage

In February 2017 Sean & I began the marriage application process through Corcoran state prison. What we assumed would be a fairly straightforward process turned out to be a complicated ordeal with the marriage coordinator at Corcoran not doing her job correctly as well as withholding our paperwork and money orders in order to delay the marriage process. Because Corcoran only does marriage ceremonies the first two weekends of the month, we had started out with the date June 3 in mind, but we weren’t even given our date until the beginning of July. We had no idea it would be such a huge battle just to get something that on the outside would be a fairly simple and enjoyable task. It literally took about 6 months from start to finish.

We were given the date August 12, 2017. It wasn’t the date we had originally hoped for but this is what I found online: The number 12 is a combination of the numbers 1, which means, “Stay positive,” and 2, which means, “Keep the faith.” Together, 12 is a strong message to stay positive, optimistic, and filled with faith . . . because your positive thoughts and faith will create a positive outcome. The number 12 can be found 187 places in God’s word and is considered to be a perfect number. We felt like it was meant to be, another important part of our incredible journey.

Our marriage ceremony was on August 12, 2017. It was more beautiful and meaningful than we had anticipated, we have seen them done before but it felt like ours was extra special. We were able to have a few friends from the inside attend just for the ceremony. We each read our own vows we had written. It was really an incredible moment, one we will never forget. We are grateful for this step in our life together.

There is no perfect marriage, just two people who refuse to give up on each other

“And now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 COR 13:13

**photo edits credit Amanda Russell**

About Sean & Emelia

In 2003 Sean O'Brien was wrongfully convicted in El Dorado County, CA and sentenced to Life Without Parole at the age of 16. We have been friends since grade school and are now married. Sean and I move forward together with the knowledge of his innocence, our faith in God, and hope that he will rightfully regain his freedom. Until then we embrace our journey wherever it may take us, cherishing each moment we have together and staying true to ourselves. This blog is about the past we share, our fight for freedom, life as it exists for us, and our path toward the future, whatever that may hold. Thank you for allowing us to be heard. God bless.
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