(LOS ANGELES) — Lillian Hartley and Allan Marks are officially the oldest newlyweds ever. With more than 193 combined years under their belts, 95-year-old Hartley and 98-year-old Marks broke a Guinness World Record for the oldest aggregate age of a couple when the two tied the knot Wednesday.
The couple said, “I do,” in a civil ceremony in Indio, Calif., on Wednesday after 18 years together, according to the Desert Sun. They unknowingly surpassed the previous record of 191 aggregate years, which a French couple set in 2002.
The bride and groom were both widowers when they met 18 years ago at temple in Palm Springs on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the Desert Sun reported. He, a retired veterinarian, talked up the retired paralegal, complimenting her dress, and one thing led to another.
“You see couples who come in and they’re in love, but in their case it was just … the degree of their love, surpassed even their ages. It was just so beautiful. It had to be one of the most beautiful ceremonies I’ve ever officiated,” said Riverside County Clerk’s Office Deputy Commissioner of Marriages Yvonne Cruz, who performed the ceremony,.
The duo is certainly one to learn from.
“The wisdom, the knowledge and the love that they have for one another,” Cruz said, “that’s something that you don’t see every day.”
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