Baldwin’s Martha and John Meyer renewed their vows, along with 11 other “golden aged” couples and officiated by Hempstead Town Clerk Kate Murray, in a massive wedding celebration held at the Coral House Caterers in Baldwin on Friday, Feb. 11.
Initially married in Aug. 17, 1968 at the St. Peters Lutheran Church in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, the Meyers decided to wed once again after two daughters, one living in Baldwin and one in New Jersey, and four grandchildren.
Martha recalls that when she went to pick up her wedding dress in Jamaica, Queens, the store had sold it! She had to select a different gown last minute. And when the couple went to get their marriage license in Queens, they took so long that they got a parking ticket.
Martha and John met in Concordia Bronxville College in 1965—she was from Queens and he was from Brooklyn. In 1976 they moved to Baldwin, as they wanted to be close to family, including John’s cousin who was the owner of Raay-Nor’s Famous Chicken.
“We have been together ever since we met,” John told the Herald. “And life is good!”
As for advice for young couples, Martha said, “Learn to listen to each other.” And John finished her sentiment by stating that doing that is an “everyday event.” The Meyers now look forward to enjoying their children and grandchildren.
The owner of the Coral House, Butch Yamali, donated the use of the facilities, as well as the food, beverages, and decorations.
“We just want to give back to the community, and this year is seemingly extra special because folks want to move on from Covid-19 pandemic,” Mike Deery, 59, public relations specialist for the Coral House, told the Herald. “We define this event as successful if people really feel like their getting back to celebrating with family, with loved ones, and enjoying themselves.”