“Like many others, the mayor got excited on Monday when we opened up a reservation functionality on our website,” Mr. Sweeney continued. The move was a signal: Finally, “people could go on the site and book a reservation to come here for appointments for marriage licenses or wedding ceremonies starting today,” he said.
Two of those people were Annie O’Toole and her fiancé, Neil Champagne, who met on the dating app Hinge in November 2017, and who had made it their business to be at the marriage bureau on opening day.
“It feels like we’ve been together 30 years, but in a good way,” said Mr. Champagne, 36, who has been dating Ms. O’Toole, 33, for three and a half years.
In the months leading up to a physical opening day, Mr. McSweeney’s team has helped perfect a virtual system for distributing marriage licenses, and another for virtual weddings. They have also been involved with everything from creating an office cleaning schedule, monitoring their ventilation system and installing plexiglass in all open-counter areas to shield against germs.