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Monday, Mar 17 2014 07:13 PM

Love blooms and couple marries by the railroad tracks

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Brad Smith and Kathy Hall are married by the railroad tracks near L and 16th streets where they met while waiting for a train to go by so they could report for jury duty. The Rev. Albert L. Haywood conducted the service in front of family and friends Monday afternoon.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Brad Smith and Kathy Hall didn't realize that a chance encounter while they waited for a train to go by at the railroad tracks near L and 16th streets would lead to them getting married near the same spot Monday afternoon. They were booth en route for jury service that day when a train crossed their path and they met. Monday afternoon they were married in front of family and friends.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Don and Nancy Hall attended their daughter Kathy Hall's marriage to Brad Smith by the railroad tracks near L and 16th streets where they met.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Brad Smith kisses his bride, Kathy, after they married by the railroad tracks near L and 16th streets where they met.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Brad Smith and Kathy Hall arrive for their wedding near the railroad tracks near L and 16th streets where they met while waiting for a train to go by so they could report to jury duty.

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BY RUTH BROWN Californian staff writer rbrown@bakersfield.com

The trial of a suspected felon is what brought Kathy Hall and Brad Smith to their wedding day Monday.

Both were summoned for jury duty last August. Both were running late. They met near the train track behind the Kern County Superior Courthouse while waiting for a train to pass.

Hall, 58, was worried and flustered about running late and Smith, 60, said "what are they going to do, kill us?"

They sat next to each other and talked during jury selection. Looking back, they don't remember much about those the three days except the accused had numerous charges against him. Neither was selected for the jury. But from there, the pair became friends and eventually a couple.

Monday, they were married at the same location they met. The pair rolled up to tracks on a Harley Davidson chopper and left together on the bike. Smith's hobby is riding motorcycles.

Friends and family gathered near the tracks, taking pictures with their cellphone and hugging the bride and groom.

"Love comes in many ways and this is love (coming) on a motorcycle," Don Hall, Kathy's father, said.

Smith said he remembers the moment he met Hall like it was yesterday.

"I was at the tracks and I heard her coming," Smith said. "I turned and saw the most gorgeous smile I'd ever seen."

The smile he refered to beamed Monday afternoon as the pair said their vows.

Friends of Hall said the wedding on the railroad tracks was a great idea.

"I never expected it," her boss and friend, Pam Binns, 50, said. "...But Kathy is unique and this is unique."

Maureen Manning, 44, is also a friend of Hall's and said she expected a big church wedding but was excited about the different style.

"She is an awesome person and we're all glad she found love because she deserves it," Manning said.

The bride, who wore a black leather Harley Davidson jacket, said she was planning to have a larger wedding at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic church in the future. Monday's outdoor nuptials were by Methodist minister the Rev. Albert Haywood.

The pair chose St. Patrick's Day for the wedding because of her family's Irish heritage.

The bride and groom as well as several guests wore green shirts in celebration of the holiday.

Hall's mother, Nancy Hall, said she was proud of her daughter.

"I'm overwhelmed and happy that she found this wonderful man," Nancy Hall said.

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