In fact, he was meeting a friend to get the name of a divorce lawyer because his 16-year marriage was ending.
But not long after he arrived, as couples line danced around him, a charming woman with an Australian accent who was wearing a cowboy hat and boots approached him and struck up a conversation.
“I had visualized a sunset ceremony in a tropical location, and the vision came to be,” Uli observes.
And since they had decided to elope, they had two celebrations after their nuptials—one with Uli’s family in her native Germany and the other in the Midwest with Gary’s relatives.
In July 2005, Gary and Perri were married in the groom’s childhood church, surrounded by 150 family members and friends.
“That day, I knew that I would be at peace for the rest of my life,” Perri says. And we get happier and happier each year that we’re together.” Having found love after the age of 40, Gary and Perri want others to know that they can experience the same thing if they’re open to it.
“I honestly had not even reached that point of consideration when we met, as I was still reflecting backwards on my life,” he notes.
And on the one-year anniversary of their first meeting, Uli and Gary married in a private, outdoor, sunset ceremony on the island of Kauai.
“He had a light blue shirt on with eyes to match,” she says.
“In a crowd of 3,000 people, he really stood out to me.” And while it was against the somewhat shy 40-something’s nature to go up and talk to a stranger, Perri, who had ended her own 16-year marriage five years prior to that night, was encouraged by her friend, who plotted out a strategy to help her “accidentally” start up that all-important conversation.
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