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Nov072011

Wedding Bells Ring at Occupy Philadelphia Movement 

File photo. Photodisc/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Occupy Wall Street movements across the country have spawned spectacles of all sorts: raucous bongo drum circles, performance art and, now, a wedding at the Occupy Philadelphia encampment.

Alicia Nauss, 24, met Adam Hill, 27, 32 days ago, when they both showed up to staff the information tent on the first day of Occupy Philadelphia Oct. 6. They’ve been together ever since and tied the knot Sunday.

Now Nauss and Hill plan to tour Occupy Wall Street locations in other cities on their honeymoon, starting with Norristown, Pa., Hill’s hometown.

“There’s only about 20 guys down there right now,” Hill said of the fledgling Norristown movement. “We’ll be trying to boost morale and talk to them, to give them some inspiration with our story.”

This is Nauss’ second marriage. Her daughter, Rhys, 2, looked on as Baptist minister and local philosophy professor Michael Pierce pronounced the couple husband and wife Sunday afternoon.

About 150 people attended the wedding, which came together with the support of Nauss and Hill’s friends in the movement. Before the ceremony, Nauss composed herself in a public restroom near the encampment and walked out in a donated David’s bridal gown to meet her groom.

Nauss looks forward to a fresh start as a “new family,” she said. But for now the future is uncertain. Nauss knows she wants to travel to other Occupy encampments to boost morale, but when and where she and Hill can travel will depend on their financial circumstances.

Nauss, living on unemployment relief, said she was fired from a job as a sales coordinator for a corporation after she joined the Occupy Philadelphia movement.

Regardless of financial difficulties, Nauss said, she hopes her story will inspire other protesters. “[On our honeymoon] we would be going around getting our story out there and encouraging people.”

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