NEWBURYPORT — City Clerk Richard Jones enjoyed a proud moment at City Hall on Thursday when he issued a marriage license to his daughter and her fiancé.

About 6:30 p.m., Jones witnessed his daughter, Elizabeth Burke Jones, 26, and her husband-to-be, Christopher George Falcos, 29, fill out paperwork and take the state-required oath as they applied for their marriage license.

“I’m very excited about my future son-in-law, and obviously about my daughter, so it’s a win-win for me,” said Jones, who has served as Newburyport’s city clerk since 2006.

“It’s a special, once-in-a-lifetime moment,” he added.

The bride, an instructional assistant at Nock Middle School, said she was happy to have her father be the one to issue the license.

“It’s pretty exciting, most people don’t have their dad be the person to swear them in,” she said.

Falcos, a traffic safety engineer for the state, also said he was excited to have his future father-in-law be a part of the marriage process.

The couple will not be legally married until July 20, when they are scheduled to be wed at Immaculate Conception Church on Green Street.

The three agreed that Thursday marked a happy moment, and said they look forward to the ceremony next week.

“Today was a very special day on the job,” Jones said.

Staff writer Jack Shea covers Newbury­port City Hall. He can be reached via email at or by phone at 978-961-3154. Follow him on Twitter @iamjackshea.

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