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LET'S HOPE THIS WEDDING IS MEMORABLE

A New Mexico couple remarried Saturday, hoping that this time the bride will remember tying the knot.

Kim and Krickitt Carpenter said their marital vows at a log chapel in the mountains of northern New Mexico, putting the seal on a sometimes troubled second courtship which was forced by a terrible car accident in November 1993.Krickitt Carpenter, 26, suffered a serious head injury in the crash, which came just two months after she married Kim Carpenter, and was in a coma for a month. When she came to, she thought Richard Nixon was president and had no idea who her husband was, much less remember ever marrying him.

Her short-term memory loss wreaked havoc on their relationship until a therapist suggested they start again from the beginning by dating.

It worked. They fell in love all over again and walked back up the aisle Saturday.

"It was really exciting," the bride said in a telephone interview from the wedding reception in a hotel in the small New Mexico town of Las Vegas.

She said that after coming out of the coma she initially found her 30-year-old husband too pushy but decided to make an extra effort to recover what they had. "I figured I loved him before and I just needed to reacquaint myself with him," she said. "I chose to fall in love with him again."

The bride said Saturday's church ceremony was more a recommitment than a wedding.