With only a faint line between them, familial love took over the space between the couple and their relatives, who were all full of tears of joy. Although they couldn't hug them, they felt true and intense love exuding between the bride and groom.
A picturesque gesture, Brian Ray proposed to Karen Mahoney on top of a mountain in Vermont in March of this year. A tribute to their shared love of the sport, the two ski-instructors met over three decades ago.
Bonding over this passion in 1985, their first interaction was when Ray taught his future wife how to ski. Both in marriages at the time, they decided to be friends.
Brian Ray and Karen Mahoney getting married. | Source: twitter.com/ABC7NY twitter.com/azfamily
However, after they both got divorced, they crossed each other's paths again via Facebook. After a year together, the couple decided it was time to commit as husband and wife.
Speaking about the idyllic scene where the proposal took place, Ray expressed that it was perfect. The newlywed referred to it as a lovely time skiing under a beautiful blue sky.
However ideal the location where the fiancé-to-be asked his partner for her hand in marriage, neither predicted the strange yet touching area under which their wedding would occur.
New York-based Mahoney hoped her parents and almost-100-year old grandmother from Canada could witness her walking down the aisle, but this didn't prove easy. All non-essential travel has been banned between the two countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
[They] were just 13 years old when they met and have been together for 75 years.
Luckily for the engaged pair, they had friends employed by border control to help them get married in front of their loved ones. On September 25, 2021, Mahoney and Ray said their "I do's" at the border between America and Canada.
The bride's parents and grandmother stood on the Canadian side, watching their daughter and grandchild get married on the American side with the officiant and the rest of the party. The new wife has expressed:
"She's... the only grandparent I've ever known, so it was very important for me for her to be there to watch the happiest day of my life."
No fences stood between them as they all witnessed the couple making their vows. The only part omitted was signing the marriage certificate, which Mahoney and Ray proceeded to do the next day in New York.
VOWS IN ACTION
There is a well-known sentiment that it is not the wedding but the marriage that truly counts. Married couple Albert and Myrtle Green, who were just 13 years old when they met and have been together for 75 years, embody this belief.
Despite this length of time, their bond is still strong. Albert, now 93, said they don't argue and his wife, Myrtle, 94, shared that working together helped them build their relationship.
The two dub communication and honesty as vital aspects of keeping a loving marriage afloat. Hopefully, just like Albert and Myrtle, Mahoney and Ray walked down the aisle and right into a lifelong partnership full of authentic conversation, candidness and trust.
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