Ann Arborite Choi Palms-Cohen
Forty-five minutes later, they had their marriage license and were taking their vows at a county office. "I pulled a security guard, Juan Hilario, off the street to be our witness," Palms-Cohen recalls. "He took off his security uniform and changed into a white T-shirt, stood with his right hand across his heart, and his eyes welled with tears when Hansen and I said our vows ... he didn't know us at all but said he was so moved by the whole scenario and that he thought about how much marriage means to him and about how much he loved his own wife. It was beautiful!"
Still, the speed of it all freaked out her friends and family--especially since Clarke is twenty years older. Palms-Cohen says she even surprised herself. "I had never felt that way before," she says. "Hanson embodied what I wanted in life. That twenty-year difference did not matter.
"I was looking for someone who wouldn't take this world, and our experiences, for granted," says Clarke in a phone call from Lansing. Though the media had long pegged him as one of Detroit's most eligible bachelors, Clarke says that he detested the singles scene, rarely dated, and doubted he would ever marry.