An 86-year-old man has been given a second chance to become his brother's best man.
With a lifetime of adventures and memories, the only thing missing from Gordon Wood's life was attending his little brother's wedding. The Korean War kept Gordon from attending Wayne Wood's first nuptials, and a hurricane nearly curtailed his second.
“My first time I got married he did not get an invitation to my wedding. I didn’t even think anything about it because he was on a submarine out in the middle of the ocean,” Wayne told the Bucks County Courier Times.
Saddened over missing the biggest day of Wayne's life, Gordon was adamant he would be there for his brother if he were to ever wed again.
Gordon kept on asking Wayne, 84, when he would pop the question to his girlfriend of two and a half years, Joyce Mary Garren, 75. The only response he ever received from his tight-lipped brother was "soon."
With Wayne and his new bride residing in Lake Placid, Florida, the couple devised a plan to wed in Pennsylvania while visiting Gordon and his wife, Joan. With the assistance of the local court clerks, they arranged to hold their ceremony in September.
However, when disaster struck with the arrival Hurricane Irma, Wayne and Garren were forced to stay at home, and deal with the impact of the wreckage.
“We were all worried about them,” judicial clerk Mary Ann Rink said, who was involved in the pair's sneaky plan.
Luckily, Wayne and Garren had been able to make their long-awaited trip after a month's time, and finally put their plan into action.
Garren she needed to pick something up at a Bucks County courthouse, asking Gordon to come with her. There Wayne stunned his older brother, asking him to be his best man for his surprise nuptials.
Incredulous, Gordon kept on asking, if his brother was serious, but quickly accepted the honor.
“I just can’t believe it,” Gordon said following the ceremony. “I think it is fantastic.”
While Gordon told his wife he'd be perfectly content if his brother never wed again, he was thrilled Wayne decided to get hitched.
“I have never seen him happier,” Gordon said while tearing up.
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