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Documentarian on hand for Little Brown Church marriage reunion


More than 73,500 couples have exchanged wedding vows right at the Little Brown Church in the Vale.

August 4th and 5th all couples married at the church are invited back for the 60th Annual Marriage Reunion.

"What we're focusing on is marriages that succeed. In society we recognize half of all marriages fail, and in doing so we fail to recognize half of them make it," said Pastor Jim Mann.

Filmmaker Brian Hanson of Tennessee is planning to attend the weekend festivities for a documentary he's putting together about the Little Brown Church.

"It celebrates marriage, it celebrates family, it celebrates tradition. There's so many unbelievable stories. Funny stories. Sad stories, and everything in between," said Brian Hanson.

Hanson is originally from Oskaloosa and hopes to get the documentary done in a few months. Besides footage and interviews from the reunion weekend, Hanson has plans to follow three couples preparing to get married at the church.

In addition, he's going to Nashville to speak with musicians who've performed the song "Church of the Wildwood," which talks about the church. That song is also part of the reunion activities Saturday.

People are encouraged to find a "unique" way to perform the song, and our own Eileen Loan will be a judge. Eileen and her husband were married at the church.

Then Sunday morning, the actual worship service begins at 10:30. During that time, couples can stand and renew their wedding vows. Couples married more than 50 years are invited inside the sanctuary. Everyone else will be outside here under a tent.

Pastor Jim Mann hopes this weekend is a time to rejoice and celebrate marriage.

Even though it is the marriage reunion weekend, everyone is invited to attend activities.

The Little Brown Church is open every day. For more information on Brian Hanson's documentary, click here.

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