Two Marshalltown residents in their 60s found love again and wanted to make their wedding a day to remember.
Barbara Socarras, 61, and Donald Edel, 63, were married Wednesday morning at the Senior Citizens Center. They met at the center in July, so the facility holds a special place in their hearts.
"We were both just lonely and looking for companionship," Edel said.
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Barbara Socarras and Donald Edel share a kiss after being pronounced married at the Senior Citizens Center Wednesday.
They decided to make it official on a milestone day - 12-12-12.
"We'll always remember the date," Edel said. "It's just something unique."
A crowd of two dozen friends and family members gathered in an upstairs room at the center for the ceremony, officiated by William Hill, a former pastor of Bethel Grove Christian Church in Liscomb.
Donald's son, Chris Edel, served as the Best Man and Barbara's friend, Nancy Harris, was the Maid of Honor.
"It's great to see he'll have somebody to spend the rest of his life with," Chris Edel said of his dad.
Robin Mancieri, of Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging, saw the couple's love evolve over lunch and fellowship at the Senior Citizens Center.
Mancieri said at first she noticed them sitting next to each other. Then she spotted the couple arriving together holding hands. It continued and Mancieri clearly remembers a conversation she had with Socarras a month ago.
"She came into my office, and I saw this look on her face," Mancieri said. "I asked 'Are you in love?' and she said 'Yes.' I just think it's awesome."
Both of the newlyweds were previously married and divorced, and both were happy to find love again later in life. There are no big plans for a honeymoon.
"We spent all of our money on the wedding," Socarras said.
She will now take the last name Edel and said two words describe the relationship she has with her new husband.
"Friendship and love," she said.
Her sister, Charlene Gohlinghorst traveled from Red Oak to see the ceremony. She was a little surprised when her sister told her she was getting married on 12-12-12.
"It was different when she told me that," Gohlinghorst said. "It's unique."
Of course, the big question the couple received on Wednesday was why they chose to get married at 11 a.m. - instead of the time 12:12. Any loyal senior center visitor would know the reason why.
"Because we eat at 12 here," the groom said.