After 72 years together, it was finally time to take the plunge.
Vivian Boyack, 91, and Alice "Nonie" Dubes, 90, were married Saturday at First Christian Church in Davenport, Iowa. The couple met while growing up in Yale, Iowa, and moved to Davenport in 1947, the Quad-City Times reports.
The ceremony took place in front of family and friends. "This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago," Rev. Linda Hunsaker said. Iowa began allowing same-sex marriage in 2009.
Boyack was an elementary school teacher for many years, while Dubes worked at a newspaper and then the Alter Co., a metal recycling company. The pair traveled to all 50 states, every Canadian province, and England twice. Boyack said it took "lots of love" and work to keep their relationship going for more than seven decades.
Guest Jerry Yeast, 73, has known the couple for more than 50 years, meeting them when he was their 18-year-old gardener. "I can tell you, they are special," he said. "This is a very special day for all of us."