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Ann Thayer reacts as Paul Walker pulls her close shortly after getting married at Marshwood Center in Lewiston on Tuesday.
updated 11/16/2011 5:24:02 PM ET 2011-11-16T22:24:02

A Maine couple has proven that true love knows no age limits.

Eighty-eight-year-old Paul Walker married his longtime sweetheart, 87-year-old Ann Thayer, in a Lewiston rehabilitation center Tuesday in front of a small group of family and friends.

Seated during the ceremony, the two leaned toward each other to kiss not just once but three times after being pronounced husband and wife at the Marshwood Center, where Walker is undergoing rehabilitation.

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"I don't think I've seen a bride and groom kiss three times," rehab center administrator Sheri Nadell told the Sun Journal newspaper after the ceremony.

Walker, of Lewiston, and Thayer, of Auburn, met at an Auburn church and had dated 17 years. Thayer said the idea of a wedding was broached with some gentle teasing at Central Maine Medical Center last week.

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"All those nurses said, 'You've been together how long? Why didn't you ever get married?' Paul looked at me, 'You want to do it?' I said, 'OK, well, when?' 'Right now,'" she said. "We've had some beautiful years together."

Thayer visits every day. Both have been married before.

"I think it's sweet," said Yvonne Wilkinson, Walker's daughter-in-law. "I just don't know why they waited so long."

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Nadell tells the Sun Journal it was the facility's first wedding.

Thayer said the two have been talking about the possibility of a honeymoon in Bermuda once Walker feels better.

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    Take a look back at some of the wildest wedding titles in Guinness World Records.

    Largest TV audience
    The largest TV audience for a wedding occurred on July 29, 1981, during the marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. It was watched by an estimated 750 million people in 74 countries. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Most bridesmaids to one bride

    Accompanied by 79 bridesmaids, ages 1 to 79, bride Christa Rasanayagam married Arulanantham Suresh Joachim at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 6, 2003. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Largest dog wedding ceremony

    The record for the largest dog wedding ceremony was achieved by 178 dog pairs who sealed their marriage with a bark on the notes of the wedding march at the “Bow Wow Vows event” organized by the Aspen Grove Lifestyle Center in Littleton, Colo., on May 19, 2007. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Longest wedding veil

    The longest wedding veil is over 11,017 feet long and was worn by Sandra Mechleb at her wedding to Chady Abi Younis in Arnaoon, Lebanon, on Oct. 18, 2009. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Most crystals on a wedding dress

    The most crystals on a wedding dress totals 43,008 and was achieved by Cosmina Englizian and presented at an event organized by E-Mariage in Romania on March 24, 2010. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Most marriage vows renewals by the same couple

    Lauren Lubeck Blair and David E. Hough Blair married each other for the 99th time on Oct. 11, 2010, at Logan's Roadhouse in Gallatin, Tenn. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Oldest bridesmaid

    Edith Gulliford was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Kyra Harwood and James Lucas on March 31, 2007, at Commissioner's House, Chatham, U.K., at the age of 105 years and 171 days. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Largest wedding underwater

    The largest underwater wedding was achieved by 261 divers who took part in the marriage ceremony between Francesca Colombi and Giampiero Giannoccaro at Morcone beach, Capoliveri, Elba Island, Italy, on June 12, 2010. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Largest wedding bouquet

    The largest wedding bouquet —for the wedding of Suresh Joachim and Christa Rasanayagam in 2003 — was more than 197 feet long and featured 1,500 flowers, including roses and carnations. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Largest wedding cake

    The largest wedding cake weighed 15,032 lbs and was made by chefs at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino, Uncasville, Conn., and displayed at their New England bridal showcase on Feb. 8, 2004. (Guinness World Records) Back to slideshow navigation
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