Getting hitched: former Virginia delegate Joe Morrissey and his fiancee, Myrna Warren, at his farm outside Richmond on the James River on June 11.

The couple’s path to the altar has hardly been scattered with rose petals. The lawyer and onetime lawmaker, 58, was convicted in 2014 of a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor: Prosecutors said he was having sex with Warren, then a-17-year-old receptionist at his law firm. Morrissey entered an “Alford plea” in the case, denying guilt but acknowledging evidence against him, and served a three-month work-release sentence, which he completed while holding office.

The couple weathered the scandal, as well as another stirred up when Morrissey circulated a picture of the couple and their infant son all dressed up in period costume — what might have been just another of those innocently hokey boardwalk portraits, only made squirmy because the “period” in question was the antebellum South, and the couple is bi-racial.

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But now that’s just another page in their family scrapbook. They have two children — son Chase, 1, and daughter Bella, 2 months — as well as a new-to-them house in Richmond to settle into. Morrissey says planning a wedding for about 250 family members and friends has been just one element of their “hectic”-but-typical family life. Warren, 20, is a full-time student at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College; and Morrissey, who also has two adult daughters and a 3-year old daughter from previous relationships, is running for mayor of Richmond.

He says while outsiders might see his and Warren’s relationship as some kind of sideshow, they and those in their inner circle know better. “The only drama is the kids jumping on the bed on the morning, and me coming home late from work,” he says.

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