An old couple has finally said “I do” 80 years after both were wedded in a traditional way. But both had always nursed the idea of getting wed in a Church.
‘The groom is 103 years old. The bride is 99. And after 80 years together, the Paraguayan couple finally tied the knot in the eyes of the church.
From his wheelchair, Jose Manuel Riella married Martina Lopez in the backyard of their home, 320 kilometers north of the capital, Asunción.
Priest Christian Paiva led the religious ceremony and he told The Associated Press yesterday that the couple had been married by law for 40 years but not by the church.
At 103, Riella has some hearing problems but still recognizes his family members. His wife still takes care of all home chores.
The couple has eight children, 50 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren.
Lopez told the BBC she felt “very emotional” finally having their union blessed by a priest.
The family said the vows were followed by an “entertaining” party at the couple’s home in Santa Rosa de Aguaray.