Karen Mahoney and her new husband, Brian Ray, told Granthshala that they met over the love of skiing 35 years ago, and when they got engaged in March, the ski instructor didn’t want to wait to get married. But Mahoney said only one thing really matters to her: having her parents and 96-year-old grandmother in the marriage.
“She’s my only surviving grandparent, the only grandparent I’ve ever known, so it was very important to me to be there to see the happiest day of her life,” Mahoney said. “The most important part of the day for us was the promises we made to each other, and we wanted my parents and grandmothers to see it.”
Mahoney said the couple had a friend who works for the border patrol, who had arranged for her to meet her family at the closed border, with Ray asking her father, Paul, for her hand in marriage. So he asked a friend for help to get it working again.
He explained all the rules, including making sure they stayed on their given sides and didn’t exchange anything, and notifying the patrols on duty what was happening if they saw the ceremony on cameras in the area. saw. They met at the border outside Burke, New York, on September 25, the day before their planned wedding.
The border crossing looks like a meadow with a marker showing the name of the country. There were no gates or fences on the way. Mahoney’s parents stood on his Canadian side and the couple, his wedding party and his officers stood on the other.
They went through the entire wedding, except for signing the marriage certificate, which they had reserved for the big wedding the next day at Mahoney’s home in Caddyville, New York.
Ray and Mahoney said the experience was emotional.
“The minister asked them whether they (my parents) accepted that Brian had vowed to love me for the rest of his life, and whether they accepted him into the Mahoney clan, and they replied, ‘We do’. And he was extremely emotional,” Mahoney said.
“I cried,” said Ray. “It was good for me, because I knew how much it meant for her to have her parents and her grandmother here and watch us exchange vows.”
The two met in 1985 when Ray taught Mahoney to ski. They remained friends for years even after marrying other people and had two children each. About 10 years ago, Ray taught Mahoney’s kids how to ski.
After the two were married for 19 years, the two divorced and were brought together by a Facebook post in which Mahoney was selling a beloved vehicle. Ray knew she loved the car and that they had to talk about it, and the rest was history.
They dated for a year, and in March, Ray used his love of skiing to propose at the top of a mountain in Vermont.
“Just an epic day of skiing and bluebird skies. It was perfect,” Mahoney said.
“Forever and a day and then some. That’s our thing,” Ray said.
Updates: This story has been updated with clear information about Mahoney’s children.
Improvement: A previous version of this story used the wrong call letter for Granthshala affiliate WPTZ.
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