Winchester made an appearance on a TLC wedding reality show that aired Sunday night.
The show 'My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding' featured a gypsy couple from West Virginia who came to Virginia to get married.
Their reasonsing... because it's legal to marry your first-cousin in the Commonwealth.
TV3 spoke to the Winchester man who officiated the wedding. He said that no one, including the show's producers, told him that he would be marrying a couple who are also cousins.
He was shocked when he watched the episode's premier.
"And when I watched it, I could feel my blood pressure go through the roof," said wedding officiant Lance Orndorff.
Orndorff is a professional wedding officiant and marries about 150 couples a year. But this was his first experience with a television show, with gypsies and with first-cousins.
"I had no idea that they were cousins. I need to make that very clear," he added.
And he's not sure if he would have officiated the wedding if he knew.
"I get the sense now, that this was withheld from me. Especially since it was highlighted so much in the peice," said Orndorff.
The National Virginia is one of 20 states that allow first-cousin marriage. Winchester bridal store owner Lorrie Jenkins says she didn't know it was legal anywhere.
"I'm not sure how many states allow for family marriages, within the family... why would you do that," said Jenkins.
But she does say she's had clients that were asked by the court if they were related before they signed their marriage license.
"And he says yeah, the first question they asked me was if we were related. And I started laughing, thinking he was joking but he was serious. That was the very first question they asked and they actually went to West Virginia to get their license," said Jenkins.
The TLC couple, Annie and Josh, were married at Historic Jordan Springs last winter. Orndorff and other local businesses only had five days to plan the entire wedding. He said the episode didn't even portray how beautiful the ceremony actually was.
"So it was unfortunate for me. I'm sure for the television audience they got what they needed. But for me, I was disappointed," said Orndorff.
TV3 called and left messages for the married couple and the show's producer but no one returned our calls.
Orndorff tells TV3 that the bride lives just 15 miles away from winchester in Inwood, West Virginia -- where it is not legal to marry first cousins.
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