Paitsel's mother, Susan Paitsel of Sissonville, said she was able to catch glimpses of the two on television during the ceremony.
"I was beyond excited for them," she said. "I told them to make sure to take tons of pictures."
To get the tickets, Bailey's father, Michael Bailey, a pastor in Middletown, Ohio, contacted House Speaker John Boehner last year. Boehner came through and sent the pastor six tickets. He took his wife, Mertha; his other son, Michael II; and his son's girlfriend, Dawn Cook.
"Since we're newly engaged, my father thought it would be nice for a pre-wedding gift for us," said Marvin Bailey.
The couple said they didn't mind the cold weather, and would've still enjoyed the inauguration without the amazing seats.
"It was a once-in-a-lifetime, awesome opportunity," Paitsel said.
Something they would never forget, Bailey added.
"Just being there, at a presidential inauguration, period. It was an added bonus to have the great seats," he said. "Whether Democrat or Republican, it was a historical event, something anybody would definitely want to attend -- especially as a young person."Reach Kate White at kate.wh...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.