Nuptials make many firsts for judge, Legion post members, and others

United States Marine Corps Private First Class Nick Phillips and Caitlyn Nobis created a few firsts for Monroe County early Monday morning.

The couple were married in a ceremony officiated by Monroe County Associate District Judge Michael Wilson in front of the fountain on the southwest corner of the Monroe County Courthouse — a first for Wilson. And members of the American Legion Post 222 provided an honor guard for the couple — a first for the Paris post, said Commander Lloyd Miller.

With a few members of their families present, and with some people stopping in their tracks to figure out what was happening, Wilson, a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel, conducted the marriage ceremony.

Phillips was dressed in perfectly pressed Marine Corps dress blues, while Nobis wore a flowing white bridal gown.

“I don’t normally get to see a bride dressed like this when I am performing these ceremonies,” said Wilson.

The couple met in December 2015 through a mutual friend. Phillips, who is from Prince Georges County, Va., and Nobis, a 2014 graduate of Paris High School, were introduced through a mutual friend who was participating in a PS4 gaming session. They talked and he traveled to Missouri to meet his future bride in March 2016.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Nobis said of the first meeting. By June, they were engaged.

Phillips entered the Marine Corps and graduated from basic training in March, and worked on his advance training.

They were planning to be married in November, but the Marine Corps helped change their plans. Phillips received orders to report to Hawaii next week, instead of the Washington. D.C., area he was first to be assigned. The prospects of getting leave during November did not look good so they decided to use his 15-day leave before reporting to his duty station in Hawaii to get married. She plans to join her new husband in Hawaii as soon as he gets her official paperwork completed.

Normally, fellow Marines would provide an honor guard for a couple getting married, but there was no time to gather Marines, so, enter the American Legion, whose members have served in a wartime period for the nation.

Miller said that having the American Legion honor guard at the wedding was a pleasant change of pace for the organization.