It took more than six decades, but a Minnesota great-grandmother finally wed her teenage sweetheart.
Janet Skillingstad, 82, married Gene Ertel, 81, on Oct. 26 -- 64 years after she broke off their engagement, KARE reported.
“Not too many people get a second chance,” Ertel told the television station.
In 1954, Skillingstad returned the engagement ring Ertel gave her, telling him she wanted to concentrate on nursing school.
“I didn't want to tie him down for three years,” Skillingstad told KARE. “I thought I was doing the right thing at the time.”
The couple moved on, marrying other people and raising families. Both of them lost spouses -- Ertel became a widower twice -- but the teenage boy never forgot his girl.
“I never stopped thinking about her,” Ertel told the television station.
When Ertel was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December, he decided to find Skillingstad. He hired a private investigator, who produced a telephone number, KARE reported.
“When I called her, I said, ‘Don't hang up, this is not a prank call,’” Ertel told the television station.
The couple talked for 90 minutes. That blossomed into a visit from Ertel, and then a date.
Two months after the ice-breaking phone call, Ertel gave Skillingstad a ring. This time, she kept it, KARE reported.
Skillingstad’s daughter, Ruth Beniek, said her mother would not reject Ertel this time.
“‘(She said) ‘I couldn't turn him down a second time, that would be devastating,’” Beniek told the television station.
Texas newlyweds leaving their wedding reception Saturday were killed moments later when the helicopter they were aboard crashed on a hill about a mile away, KDFM reported.
William Troy Byler III, and Bailee Ackerman, both 23, were killed when the aircraft went down near the family ranch, Byler’s grandfather, William Byler, confirmed to KTRK.
The helicopter’s pilot, Gerald Green Lawrence, 76, of Houston, also died in the crash in northwest Uvalde County, KPRC reported.
A video shows the moment the helicopter took off from the reception, hours after the couple exchanged vows, KPRC reported. Family and friends cheered as the aircraft took off, the television station reported.
The bride and groom were seniors at Sam Houston State University, according to a tweet from the school’s newspaper, The Houstonian.
Byler was majoring in agriculture engineering, while Ackerman was majoring in agriculture communication, the newspaper reported.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, KSAT reported. The agency said that a Bell 260B helicopter crashed about 1:47 a.m., 15 miles outside the city of Uvalde, the television station reported.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter “crashed under unknown circumstances in a remote area,” KSAT reported.
W.T. Byler, a company owned by the groom's father, released a statement that said, "At this time we request that your thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved."
Katie Ellis, who said she was best friends with Bailee, told KSAT that the couple loved to be with family and were members of Sam Houston State University’s rodeo team.
“(Bailee) was full of life, beautiful, and could light up a room with her smile,” Ellis told the television station in an email. “When Bailee met Will she completely fell in love. Will was so adventurous and lived life to the fullest every single day and Bailee always went with the flow.”
"To meet your soulmate here at school and to lose all of that, that's just heartbreaking," Sam Houston State University student Amanda Rincon Morales told KPRC.
A Michigan photographer took a breathtaking photo of a marriage proposal at Yosemite National Park last week. Now, he’s trying to find that couple and is asking for help on social media, WOOD-TV reported.
Matthew Dippel of Grand Rapids was on a road trip in California with a friend and was hiking near Taft Point when he decided to stop and take pictures, WLIX reported. That’s when he saw the marriage proposal and quickly snapped a photograph.
"I looked at my camera right after to make sure that I actually got it and I was wowed. That's an incredible shot," Dippel told WOOD.
Dippel and his friend walked to Taft Point and tried to find the couple, but they had already left.
Dippel asked several people, but no one knew who they were, WLIX reported.
"I walked over there to go try to figure out who the couple was. I asked maybe 20-25 people and nobody knew who they were," Dippel told WOOD.
"Honestly I'd like to give them just a big print of the photo because it's such an incredible moment,” Dippel told WOOD. "It's a very cherished moment that hopefully they can see this photo and be able to relive that moment on that cliff.”
A playful pooch is making headlines for pulling off an epic photobomb at his owners' wedding.
According to "Today," Angie Blumberg and Jayce Conway of Illinois exchanged vows July 28 in Big Sky, Montana. Their beloved Labrador retriever and best man, Boone, was supposed to stand between Conway and his brother during the ceremony.
But Boone apparently had other ideas. Although he stayed put during the processional, he "couldn't resist going over to say 'hi'" to Blumberg when she made her appearance, Conway told "Today."
The couple's photographer, Chris Davis, snapped away as Boone enjoyed a tumble in the grass during the opening prayer. A photo of the moment quickly went viral on social media, where it was shared more than 50,000 times, "Today" reported.
A woman is looking for help finding her grandmother's missing wedding ring, which was attached to her wedding bouquet.
Karen Olsen said the bouquet may have fallen out of her bag in Pittsburgh when she was walking on Federal Street between her reception at PNC Park to the Springhill Suites about 11:15 p.m. Saturday.
Olsen said there were a lot of people walking around on Federal Street after the Luke Bryan concert and is hoping someone picked up the bouquet.
She described the ring as a "simple gold band" but said it has sentimental value.
If you have any information about the missing ring or bouquet, you can call 724-307-5469.
A Memphis, Tennessee, couple is going viral for all the right reasons.
They went on a date, and both planned to propose on the same day.
Jessa Gillaspie posted a video of the dual proposal on Facebook, and it has been shared thousands of times.
In the video, Becky McCade is seen getting on one knee to propose. Gillaspie breaks into laughter and shows her now-fiancee the second ring.
Gillaspie edited the video description after it went viral to say: "We had no idea this would blow up so quickly! But I can’t say I’m not thrilled, because all I’ve ever wanted was for Beck and the world to know how much l love her. We are overwhelmed with all of the positive responses. Really, you guys have no idea how much that means to us!"
Congratulations, Becky and Jessa!
An old adage claims that if it rains on your wedding day, you’ll be showered with good luck. But too much rain may put a damper on any wedding, especially one that is held outside.
Marcus and Diana Joseph were married earlier this month at Grant Hill Farms in Commerce, Georgia. They watched the weather forecast that promised that rain showers were going to dry up after a few minutes. The few minutes became a half hour, “Good Morning America” reported.
Instead of moving the ceremony inside, the groomsmen came up with an idea to keep the bride dry.
Diana told “Good Morning America,” “They said, ‘Why don’t we walk out with our bridesmaids? Once we all get down the aisle, we’ll come back up and cover you as you walk back down.’”
That’s exactly what they did. They all had white umbrellas that they held over Diana and her father as they walked down the aisle. The best man held Diana’s dress out of the water so it wouldn’t get soaked.
“I was completely covered -- me and my dad,” she told “Good Morning America.”
Marcus said he chose his groomsmen for a specific reason.
“If something were to happen to me, I know that each one of the guys can be someone Diana can go to if she needs to,” Marcus told “Good Morning America.”
Patients at St. Joseph's Hospice in London received a special gift after Saturday's royal wedding.
According to People magazine, Britain's Prince Harry and bride Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, gave the hospice some flowers that had been used to decorate St. George's Chapel for their ceremony.
"Today we got a very special delivery. Beautiful bouquets made from the #royalwedding flowers which we gave to our patients," the hospice wrote on Facebook, along with a photo of a smiling patient holding a bouquet. "A big thank you to Harry and Meghan and florist Philippa Craddock. Our hospice smells and looks gorgeous. Such a lovely gesture."
Meanwhile, Markle sent her bridal bouquet to Westminster Abbey "to rest on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior," a tribute to those who died in World War I and other military conflicts, according to a press release.
"This is a tradition which was begun by HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, at her marriage to King George VI in memory of her brother Fergus who was killed in 1915 at the Battle of Loos during the First World War," the release said.
A new member of the royal family is making headlines – and no, we're not talking about Meghan Markle.
According to the Guardian, a beagle named Guy was in a Kentucky kill shelter until Ontario-based A Dog's Dream Rescue saved him and offered him for adoption at a 2015 event in Canada. That's where he met his new owner, Markle, who went on to marry Britain's Prince Harry on Saturday.
A royal spokesman told the Guardian in November that Guy had moved to England with Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex.
WLKY reported Saturday that Guy has even been seen riding in the car with Queen Elizabeth II.
“It’s just beyond my wildest imagination,” A Dog's Dream Rescue founder Dolores Doherty told the Guardian. “How is that for a rags-to-riches story from a good old Kentucky beagle?”
Bride Meghan Markle wasn't the only one turning heads at Saturday's royal wedding.
Many fans of the royals said Lady Kitty Spencer, niece of the late Princess Diana and daughter of Earl Charles Spencer, Diana's brother, looked just like her famous aunt.
According to the New York Daily News, the 27-year-old model wore a forest green Dolce & Gabbana dress with a matching hat and veil.
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