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Couple ties the knot on Valentine's Day

2/16/2014

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

Soulmates are not found on many grocery lists.

Donavan Rogers and Kaylie Gilbault, Hays, met two years ago at the Walmart in Goodland. The couple tied the knot Valentine's Day at the Ellis County Courthouse surrounded by Rogers' three children from a previous marriage and their parents. Dominic, 16, Celina, 15, and Darian, 12, documented their father's big moment with phones in the jury box.

Destiny brought the two together in the store's frozen food section.

"It was kind of one of those things where you're walking down the aisle, and you see people coming at you and you just smile, and we'll just say it was kind of a mutual attraction," Rogers said.

Their how-we-met story might sound familiar.

"It's kind of a cliche," he said. "Two single people going grocery shopping ... it's like something you would see in one of those romantic comedies."

Gilbault said she remembered when she realized she wanted to spend the rest of her life with Rogers.

"We were sitting on the couch with his kids one day, I looked around the room and I told myself, 'I don't think I could ever go without this,' " she said.

The newlywed wife chose Valentine's Day for their nuptials.

"I picked the date because I'm really bad with dates, and I figured it's one of the most romantic days that there is in the year," she said.

Magistrate Judge Richard Flax led the ceremony, which lasted approximately 7 minutes.

"Marriage is a promise made in the hearts of two people who love each other, which takes a lifetime to fulfill," Flax recited.

Following his instructions, both couples said to each other, "When love is simple, when love is an effort, I will love and cherish you as long as we both shall live."

The couple celebrated at their home with a dinner. They might take a trip later to Kansas City or Denver for a honeymoon.