77 years after saying “I do” a 97-year-old woman and husband finally celebrated their wedding

Nothing is more beautiful than witnessing the union of two people who are truly in love. Thus, the staff at St. Croix Hospice in Iowa had the honour of witnessing Frankie King and her husband’s heartfelt reunion.

On September 16, 1944, King was married to Royce. At that time, she didn’t have a gown for her wedding day. Therefore, the hospice staff arranged for her to wear a lovely antique white gown for her wedding ceremony on September 24, 2021.

The hospice staff could not stop gushing over the adorable pair during the heartwarming reenactment of the couple’s wedding.

Henry Michaelson, a photographer who is also a member of the St. Croix Hospice staff, reflected on the occasion and said that he found it very difficult to hold back his tears as he observed the couple’s emotion.

The couple’s daughter, Sue Bilodeau, attended as well and helped her mother with the preparations.

In his Air Force uniform, King’s then-98-year-old husband awaited his beloved wife in a temporary chapel decorated with flowers.

The event had come to pass after the hospice staff had asked the couple about their wedding photos. 

Sue explained why her parents never had a lavish wedding.

“Mom had mentioned, ‘We got married on a two-day notice while Dad was just on a short leave… before he went overseas in World War II. And we didn’t have time to plan a big wedding…”

King and Royce received assistance and care at their Oelwein home from St. Croix Hospice. A few weeks before their wedding, the hospice staff made the decision to turn their garden into a setting reminiscent of the 1940s.

The couple’s music therapist enhanced the wedding event by playing saxophone and guitar renditions of 1940s hit songs.

As they kissed and cuddled in front of the floral archway, Royce and King gazed adoringly into one another’s eyes. Sue observed that her father had the broadest grin and wouldn’t stop it when he met her mother.

In the presence of numerous well-wishers, the Kings—who had two children, four grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren—relived the most special day of their lives. Their reunion equally enthralled online users, and many were eager to express their love in comments.