A military veteran surprised his wife of 50 years with a third wedding ceremony in honor of their anniversary.
James Gauthier, 72, spent an entire month secretly planning the ceremony for his wife, Lynn Gauthier.
“My thought was that we only have this occasion once and I didn’t want to look back and think what I should have done,” James told Caters News Agency. “I didn’t want any regrets, so I pulled out all the stops.”
Lynn thought the family was gathering for a meal, but James slipped away to slip into his Air Force uniform. And then he got down on one knee to again propose to Lynn.
“Only a few people knew about it. Most of the crowd wasn’t aware anything would happen apart from the meal to celebrate our anniversary,” James said.
James and Lynn were first married in 1968 in Buffalo, New York. The couple had two ceremonies, one officiated by a Catholic priest and another ceremony in a Methodist church.
On Dec. 28, the couple said “I do” for the third time.
The couple’s grandchildren officiated the ceremony, and the pair slow-danced to Gibson Brothers’ song "Forever Never Ends.”
Lynn said she was shocked and could not stop the waterworks during the sweet moment.
“I had tears and you can definitely see me crying,” Lynn said of a video recorded of the special dance. “It was a wonderful day.”
James said he and Lynn have a piece of advice that has helped their marriage last.
“You have some disagreements, but I think the secret is that your love holds you together and that’s the feeling we have always had for each other,” he said.