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Youngsville couple meets, marries at McDonald's

Posted February 14, 2013

— A Youngsville couple who met at a weekly Bingo event at their local McDonald's returned to the restaurant where it all began to get married on Valentine's Day.

Harold Strother, 65, and Peggy Killian, 60, exchanged vows Thursday afternoon in front of family, friends and McDonald's characters Grimace, Hamburlgar and Birdie.

Strother, who was married to his high school sweetheart for 45 years and lost her to cancer in 2011, said he credits God for his new relationship.

Youngsville couple meets, marries at McDonald's Wedding album: Couple marries at McDonald's

“I think the good Lord put us together,” he said.

“It was divine intervention. God spoke to us when we least expected it,” Killian added.

The restaurant, at 1110 U.S. Highway 1, is a special place for the couple. It was where they first met late last summer while playing Bingo and where Strother asked Killian a very important question this past fall. 

"This is where I asked her to marry me. This is where I gave her the ring," he said.

"I said, 'Wouldn't it be fun if we got married here?'" Killian said.

Pam Hutcheson, who owns the McDonald's, said she and her employees were thrilled to host the couple's wedding. One employee made the wedding cake and another decorated the restaurant, which continued serving customers throughout the wedding ceremony.

"Their hearts fell in love here," Hutcheson said. "It's like a love story you read about ... they're just beautiful people."

The couple, who loves to fish, garden, camp, listen to Bluegrass music and watch Nascar, said they plan to honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

For those still looking for love this Valentine's Day, the couple offers this advice: "Pray about it, and let the good Lord lead you where He will," Strother said. "He's the key to everything."

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  • davido Feb 15, 3:50 p.m.

    Well, I don't know about you, but if I'm ever in this situation I'm going upscale--Hardees at least!

    Best wishes to the happy couple.

  • marciamal1 Feb 15, 2:39 p.m.

    Such a sweet story - Congratulations and the very best to the both of you! McDonalds of all places - My favorite place!!! That was nice to be able to have the characters there too.

  • raleighlynn Feb 15, 12:45 p.m.

    aw, sweet. May they live happily ever after.

  • hihihi Feb 15, 12:31 p.m.

    LOL.

  • kikinc Feb 15, 11:22 a.m.

    "I am happy for them but how is this news."

    I'd rather read a heart warming story such as this instead of the usual doom and gloom.

  • xylem01 Feb 15, 9:47 a.m.

    Cool!

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 15, 9:44 a.m.

    This Micky Ds is right across the street from me. Good for them!

  • chattycat Feb 15, 9:22 a.m.

    How romantic!@!

  • GravyPig Feb 15, 8:56 a.m.

    Very nice. They look quite happy.

  • Backpacker Feb 15, 8:30 a.m.

    "I am happy for them but how is this news." iron fist

    1. I called a “human interest” story.

    2. It aired on Valentine’s Day.

    3. They got married on Valentine ’s Day.

    You should be able to take it from there.

    Best wishes to the happy couple.

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