This February, a month already reserved for love, there was an extra day to sneak in something romantic. 95-year-old Lillian Hartley and 98-year-old Allan Marks weren’t about to let this chance get away, so they married each other in a civil ceremony after a long relationship.
“I don’t know what will happen. I want to be together for all eternity, and I’m not taking any chances,” the bride said. “We’re the Romeo and Juliet of senior citizens.”
While the two were simply doing what they wanted in the name of love, they didn’t realize that their nuptials might land them a record too. The elderly couple’s marriage broke the Guinness World Record for oldest combined age of a couple on their wedding day. Their aggregate age is 193 years, eight months, and three days.
The couple was understandably shocked when they were told their marriage could set a record. The widow and widower met 18 years ago at Temple Isaiah in Palm Springs on Yom Kippur. The couple have been “living together in sin” ever since, Lillian joked, but never took the time out of their busy schedules to have a ceremony. They travel a lot and also love to watch the Los Angeles Lakers play basketball.
To celebrate their marriage, the couple ate lunch at a nearby International House of Pancakes and returned to their Palm Springs condominium to revel in their new-found life together and world record.