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Leonora McFee and Mack Turnage share a moment between one another during their skid row wedding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Before her wedding, Leonora McFee primps by doing her nails. She got ready in an SRO Housing building in skid row.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Black Gardy washes a child's hands before the wedding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Leonora McFee gets ready for her wedding. She has a 7-month-old and another child on the way.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Leonora McFee stands in downtown Los Angeles skid row before her wedding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Bridesmaids gather for a photograph together before the ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A young wedding guest holds a flower before the Valentine's Day wedding ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Black Gardy leads Leonora McFee down the stairs of an SRO Housing building. Gardy acted as her escort down the aisle.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Black Gardy walks longtime friend Leonora McFee down San Julian Street, to the spot in San Julian Park where she would marry Mack Turnage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Wedding guests cheer for Leonora McFee and Mack Turnage during their skid row wedding ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Mack Turnage and Leonora McFee celebrate their Valentine's Day wedding inside skid row's San Julian Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

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Family, friends and skid row residents gatheredĀ in San Julian Park in downtown Los Angeles on Valentine’s Day to celebrate a wedding of their own. Leonora McAfee,32, andĀ Mack Turnage,32, married in the park where they met years earlier, at the corner of 5th and San Julian streets.

The park, they said, had special meaning to them. McAfee was homeless with her children when she arrived in the area in 2004. Then she met Turnage. On Friday, McAfee got ready for the couple’s wedding in an SRO Housing building near the park. She walked down San Julian Street dressed in a white wedding gown and escorted by her longtime friend, Black Gardy, 56, of Pasadena, as residents and celebrants followed.

4 Comments

  1. February 15, 2014, 8:01 am

    Congratulations to this adorable couple. It is exciting to see two person met midst such impoverish conditions and eked out a pristine and immaculate nuptial. May there happiness endure forever!

    By: studenlawyer
  2. February 15, 2014, 8:04 am

    Congratulations! The ultimate St Valentine gift; that of love. Herein is love found in a poor place that make all rich. May you joy continue eternally.

    By: studenlawyer
  3. February 15, 2014, 1:32 pm

    just saw the pic n the times n went online 2 c if there was an article; how nice :)

    By: diane
  4. February 15, 2014, 7:04 pm

    Beautiful wedding and all the real people. Truly brightened my day. Thanks.

    By: mky@uga.edu

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