Love reigns at Uptown Coffeehouse on Valentine’s Day

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For the second year, Bill Fenton of Howell will be marrying people for free on Valentine’s Day at Uptown Coffeehouse in downtown Howell.

Fenton, a Howell Area Fire Department firefighter, became ordained seven years ago.

While firefighting and weddings might not seem to have a lot in common at first, for Fenton they provide a “nice balance.”

“I get to help people in the worst moments of their life,” he said, “and I get to help them in their best.”

Fenton will be performing ceremonies from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and while some couples have already made reservations, walk-ins are welcome. And you can even get married practically on the spur of the moment.

“There’s usually a three-day waiting period for marriage licenses,” Fenton said, “but almost every clerk’s office can give you a license the same day if you pay a small fee.”

There’s even a vow renewal scheduled. Susan Walters Steinacker of Brighton will be renewing her wedding vows for the fourth time, Fenton said.

There’s no dress code for the ceremonies, either.

“One woman wore a wedding dress last year, and some came in nice attire,” Fenton said. “But mostly, people got married in their jeans and a sweatshirt.”

For more information, contact Bill Fenton at (734) 818-6385. You can check out his website at

Uptown Coffeehouse is located at 102 E. Grand River Ave. in downtown Howell.


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Journalist Maria Stuart lives in Howell. She worked at The Livingston County Press/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus as reporter, editor and managing editor from 1990-2009. She is often spotted holding court at Uptown Coffeehouse.