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Woman Marries Complete Stranger In The Mall. 19 Years Later, They Step Back Onto Wedding Altar

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Bethany and Dave Weinlick have been happily married for 19 amazing years, which doesn’t seem out of the ordinary. But what is extraordinary is that the couple had only known each other for minutes before tying the knot.

It may sound like something out of a TV show, but in 1998, Dave gave the fate of his future over to his friends and let them choose his wife! Once Bethany was chosen as the lucky woman, the pair was married at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

“I don’t know everything, but I didn’t want to know everything,” Bethany said on her wedding day. “We have the rest of our lives to learn about each other.”

Fast-forward 19 years and the couple is as happy as ever in their relationship! “Ultimately, I think that people, in general, just need to take themselves less seriously and laugh at themselves and laugh at each other,” Dave says.

Bethany and Dave have had four children in their almost two decades of marriage. To celebrate their union, the couple renewed their vows on August 18, 2017, in the same place where they met in 1998.

“I was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and am facing some very difficult struggles, as our family is,” Dave tells those in attendance at their ceremony.

“You get involved in life and sometimes forget just how precious it is,” Bethany says through tears. “So, just appreciate it every day.” One thing’s for sure, this couple will be sure to cherish every single moment they have together.

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