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Love Stories: Couple finally gets wedding reception after 50 years


CENTRAL CITY (KWWL) --  An Eastern Iowa couple said "I do" in front of a very small group of friends and family fifty years ago last month.   Only one photo remains of this couple's wedding day, but their small community rallied to give them the wedding reception they never got.

Kay Lafler remembers every detail of her wedding day 50 years ago on Jan. 21, 1961. 

"It was beautiful.  It was in the thirties and it was melting.  It was a nice day, it really was! It was just six of us who went.  We didn't take anyone with us. We went to Clinton, Iowa and got married by a judge!" Kay said.

The memories aren't quite as vivid for Charles, but he'll never forget the first time he saw her.  

"Just seeing her, I knew that she was the one for me.  It was love at first site!  Just like that song that says "You're sixteen and you're mine.  You're beautiful!" Charles said.

Marriage plans moved along quickly. 

"It didn't take us very long! I think we met on Labor Day and married in January," Kay said.  

Soon after they began to build a family. These were the years that Kay says strengthened their marriage the most. 

"It's the sense of humor, but also a lot of communication.  A sense of humor is important because there are so many bumps in the road.  You have to learn to laugh about some of them!" she explained.

The Lafler's son Brett helped organize a party for their 50th anniversary. The family wanted to give their parents the wedding reception they never had. 

"They're so opposite, anymore they've been together.  It's just natural.  I don't think it's one thing or another.  They were young when they started. They've got the hard stuff done.  We're all out of the house and we always say we wish they'd treated us as well as they treat the grand kids," Brett joked.

The cutting of the cake, the guest book, food and sideshows enhance the party, but the couple says the real celebration is for Charles.  He spent the last year going through cancer treatments.

"Those bumps make you closer, they do. They put you in a different state of mind. Little things don't matter. After going through that scare.  He's fine now. He's cancer free now," Kay said.

Although they've reached a milestone, these lovebirds plan to be around for many more anniversaries.

"I told the doctors when the cancer scare came, I want at least 20 more years," Kay said.

"I'm going for thirty! So I can be 90!" Charles said.

A final message from husband to wife confirms that these two have a bond that will never be broken.

"He knows I love him. We talk about it. He knows. He's a good guy.  I wouldn't have wanted to be married to anybody else," Kay said.

"I love her very much. I don't want to live without her," Charles said.

Online reporter:  Molly Nichols



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