True love really does last a lifetime! Harold Holland and Lillian Barnes of Kentucky are looking forward to their wedding in less than two weeks’ time for a number of reasons, chief among them the fact that it’ll be their second chance at that happily ever after.
Holland, 83, and Barnes, 78, celebrated their first wedding back on Christmas Eve in 1955, and raised five young children together before calling it quits on their marriage 13 years later, in 1968. According to The Lexington Herald-Leader, Holland blamed the time he spent away from the family for work as a primary reason for their divorce 50 years ago.
“It was 100 percent my fault,” he said.
After their split, both Holland and Barnes moved on. He remarried once and she remarried twice. But in 2015, both of their spouses passed away; Holland’s second wife and Barnes’ third husband.
The pair reconnected during a family reunion after they were both widowed, and by last December, the exes were talking about marriage.
“We decided we want to walk the last mile together,” Holland said in a sweet video profiling the forever lovebirds. Holland added that this time around, he will be the present and devoted husband he wasn’t able to be the first time.
“We’ll go do whatever we want, to, whenever we want to do it,” he said. “I’ll take her wherever she wants to go. … I don’t think we ever lost that love, to tell you the truth.”
For their April 14th nuptials in Lextingon, Ky., the couple’s grandson, Joshua Holland, will officiate at their local Baptist church (he’s a minister from New Orleans) and Barnes will wear a long lavender and white dress for the occasion.