12/23/2013 04:24 pm ET Updated Feb 23, 2014

93-Year-Old Groom And 89-Year-Old Bride Prove It's Never Too Late For Love

Frank Perez Emeritus at Loma Linda residents

LOMA LINDA -- When Gordon Scribner and Beverly Ely moved into Emeritus, a retirement facility, the two never thought they would ever become man and wife.

Hailing from different parts of the Inland Empire, Scribner and Ely met one another one fateful day while playing pool in the billiard room.

Humor and stories followed, and soon, the rest became history when the duo became husband and wife on Sunday.

Dozens flooded the facility's lobby to see the couple tie the knot in front of family spanning several generations.

The couple's great-grandchildren served as the bridal party, while Kevin Balli, the grandson of Ely, escorted her down the aisle.

"I could have never imagined planning a wedding for my 89-year-old mother and her 93-year-old boyfriend, but we are excited," said Sandy Balli, Ely's daughter, after the short but sweet ceremony. "This just shows that love is available at any age."

Doug Mace, associate pastor at Loma Linda University Church, officiated. The ceremony was followed by a reception with cupcakes, cake, sparkling cider and punch, and a performance choreographed for the occasion.

"From the first day they met, they hit it off," Mace said before the couple exchanged vows. "They just started to hang out with each other. And as the story goes, they never stopped."

According to Gordon, Mace continued, they didn't want to leave.

"I asked Gordon why he liked Beverly," Mace said, "and he said this: 'She's a fine woman. She comes from a really good family, and she's got lots of energy. She also has an artistic eye and she likes to make things so pretty ... and after meeting her, I fell in love.'

"And I turned to Beverly and asked her why she liked Gordon and she said, 'He's a good man, and he isn't bossy.' I know this means that he respects her and cares for her."

After the duo exchanged vows and their first kiss as a married couple, Mace introduced the two as Mr. and Mrs. Scribner to roaring applause from those in the audience, many of whom were residents of Emeritus.

"We are blessed that you, our friends and family, have joined us for this special occasion. Thank you," the two wrote in Sunday's wedding program.


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