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Friday in Pigeon Forge, several East Tennessee couples took the next step in their relationships.

Family Chapel, a local church, provided three couples with free weddings.

The three couples were picked out of a pool of 50 applicants for the free nuptials and it was a night they'll never forget.

"This was beyond what I dreamed it could ever be," said Lydia Malone, who married her partner of five years, Kenny, at the event.

All a couple had to do was attend marriage counseling, and show proof they had a job and a drivers license, according to Family Chapel Pastor Joel Arwood.

"I know there are a lot of families that are living together, already have children who just couldn't afford a wedding," he said.

Arwood said this is something his church would like to do again. He said sometime in the future, his congregation would love to wed 20 couples.

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