Roland Davis and Lena Henderson met in high school and wed as soon as they graduated. But 20 years and four kids later, when it appeared it wasn’t meant to be, they split up.
That was 48 years ago.
On Saturday, nearly a half-century later, they decided it actually is meant to be, and exchanged “I dos” for the second time.
According to Radar Online, Lena wore a silver gown and a glittering tiara and was walked down the aisle by her two grandsons, much to the delight of the couple’s daughter, Renita Shadwick, who told the Buffalo News she’d always hoped her parents would reunite — as many children of divorce so often wish.
“We are all so ridiculously excited. We’re like little children again,” Shadwick said.
The couple hadn’t seen in each other since their divorce in 1964 until a family funeral in 1996. Both of their respective second spouses recently passed away, at which time they fell in love again soon thereafter, and Davis popped the question over the phone over Easter.
“I had always kind of had that in mind, mostly because of the children,” Davis said to the newspaper “You never forget someone that you cared for at one time or another.”
The wedding was at the Elim Christian Fellowship Church in Buffalo, New York, and the reception followed at a local restaurant. It was a far cry from their first wedding, which was performed by a justice of the peace and the groom went to work afterwards and the bride went home.
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