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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- This wedding season, there's one couple that is a little more "seasoned" than the rest. Saturday, Lena Mae Henderson and Roland Davis tied the knot at Elim Christian Church-- for the second time.

Both are 85-years-old, and in the minutes before Henderson prepares to walk down the aisle, she shows a calm that only comes with age and experience.

"I was excited earlier this morning when I started dressing," said Henderson. "But I'm alright now."

Perhaps it helps that she's met this groom at the alter once before. She first wed Roland Davis back in 1944, when they both were just 17 years old. They divorced twenty years later; after having five kids. But the pair will tell you, this isn't as much about the past, as it is about Saturday.

"Because look who I got," said Henderson. "All my grandchildren, and my great-grandchildren around. So I am thinking about today." In attendance, the couple also has several great-great-grandchildren.

It started with the couple's eldest daughter, Johnnie Mae Funderbirk. She asked her dad to move back East from Colorado. She wanted to be able to look after him.

"I just felt like he and momma, that God had left that space for them," said Funderbirk of her parents, who had both remarried after their split, and were both widowed. "I wasn't going to try to push them into it, but I did try to talk to them about it. "

As it turns out, they didn't need pushing; Davis had already started calling Henderson.

"We started talking," said Henderson. "He's been talking to me ever since."

Their children, who now get to witness their parents' wedding, weren't surprised, because they say the divorce was never bitter.

"My father never had anything but loving remarks to make about my mom, and my mom never had anything but kind remarks to make about him," said Renita Shadwick.


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