Is a Catholic allowed to get married in a Protestant Church?

I attended a marriage of a family friend today and I was confused regarding the ceremony. The bride is a “practicing” Catholic, the Groom is not. The ceremony was in a Presbyterian Church because the bride thought it was "pretty, despite there being three Catholic Churches in her town, one of which is her parish. The ceremony was presided over by a Catholic Priest. There was not a Mass, but there was a “Liturgy of the Word.”

I think the Mass was valid, but how was the Priest able to get dispensation/permission to have such a ceremony?

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