After more than 70 years together, American couple Vivian Boyack and Alice Dubes have finally tied the knot.
Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90 sat next to each other during the ceremony, and told the Quad City Times it’s never too late to start a new chapter in life.
The couple held hands at their small wedding, surrounded by close family and friends.
“This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago,” Reverend Linda Hunsaker told the small congregation.
The pair first met in their hometown of Yale, Iowa, and moved to Davenport in 1947.
Boyack worked as a primary school teacher at Lincoln and Grant elementary schools, while Dubes worked in payroll.
“I always wanted to be a teacher,” Boyack said.
“My plan at an early age was to teach in the school where I was then going, and my teacher would move on to another school.”
The lifelong couple have travelled widely together; during their 72-year relationship they have seen every state in the United States, all the provinces of Canada and havebeen to England twice.
“We’ve had a good time,” Dubes said.
Boyack said they had kept their relationship going with a lot of love and work.
Jerry Yeast, 73, has known the couple for more than 50 years, first meeting them when he worked in their garden as a teenager.
“I’ve known these two women all my life, and I can tell you, they are special,” Yeast said.
“This is a very special day for all of us.”
One local saw the article and posted her congratulations.
“Ms Boyack was my 3rd grade teacher at Grant School,” said a poster by the name of Mary Kay.
“She was a WONDERFUL teacher. Congratulations to both of them.”
Iowa has allowed gay marriage since 2009.