Pastor Terry Snelling, center, helps newlyweds Raymond Millraney and Judy Bedwell hold their marriage license after the two were married at Romines Motor Co. in Houston.

While their vehicles were being serviced earlier this month at Romines Motor Co. in Houston, a man and woman were each routinely spending some time in the Ford and Lincoln dealership’s waiting room. 

Before month’s end, the couple married. And they tied the knot in the showroom at Romines.

In a ceremony conducted Monday morning by pastor Terry Snelling, of Houston, Willow Springs resident Raymond Millraney, 79, and Houston resident Judy Bedwell, 73, became husband and wife. 

After they met and struck up a conversation, Millraney asked Bedwell on a date.

“He wanted to take me out to eat, but my kids wouldn’t let me, because they didn’t know him,” she said. 

“I was hungry,” Millraney said.

The two did exchange phone numbers.

“I went to St. Louis and stayed with my daughter for a week,” Bedwell said. “Since I wasn’t home, he couldn’t get a hold of me, so I started calling him. That’s how we got to know each other.”

So rather than getting a dinner, Bedwell ended up with a husband. And a repaired vehicle.

“You just know you love someone,” Bedwell said.

Snelling refused payment for his services.

“I was glad be a part of this,” he said. “You don’t get this kind of chance very often.”

Romines Motor Co. co-owner Don Romines and several employees witnessed the once-in-a-lifetime wedding.

“This is the first time that this has happened here,” Romines said. “I probably won’t be around when it happens again.”

Romines Motor Co. co-owner Don Romines, center, and several employees watch during a wedding ceremony in the dealership’s showroom. 

 

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