Couple: Ida Smith and Nathaniel Sanders
Date of Wedding: February 4, 1950
Place: Private home in Smithfield, NC at the bedside of the officiant
Officiant: Reverend William H. Mitchener
The marriage ceremony was performed at the bedside of Rev. Mitchener, the groom's pastor, who was ill.
The groom, a World War II veteran, escorted the bride to her 1945 senior prom wearing his Army uniform.
The love affair did not end with the groom’s death in 1991. The bride continued celebrating her wedding anniversary every year until her own death in 2000.