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Elderly couple meets online, gets married on their shared birthday

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by: Jessica Sooknanan

TUCKER, Ga. – An Atlanta-area couple is proving it’s never too late to find love.

Sylvia Moye and Stanley Krafchick of Tucker, Georgia tied the knot on April 7.

Not only did they get married on April 7, but they were both celebrating their birthdays. Stan turned 86 and Sylvia turned 81.

They held a small reception for close friends and family at their Tucker home the next day.

Sylvia and Stan met online in 2015.

“I joined one of those senior single something or another,” Stan told Hot Topics. “And I didn’t have too much luck… I had one week left on my membership. And so I said, ‘After this one week, I’m going to give it up.'”

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That same week, he connected with Sylvia.

“I think the next-to-last day, I met Sylvia online,” said Stan. “We were corresponding. We were trying to arrange to get together and meet. And she was reluctant because she was nervous and wasn’t into it all that much.”

Stan got impatient and almost gave up.

“I said, ‘Look, I always felt you have to meet to get to know somebody. You can’t correspond and really get to know somebody.’ And so I said, ‘We have to meet or forget about it.'”

“When he said that, I thought, ‘You know, this sounds like a nice man. I’m not going to let him get away,'” said Sylvia.

The couple met a few days later at the food court at Northlake Mall.

“I was so dainty and delicate that I knocked over his coffee, spilled it all over him,” joked Sylvia. “And I’m thinking to myself, ‘Good job, Sylvia. Really didn’t want to meet anybody, did you?’”

Despite the flub, the couple sat and chatted for about two hours.

“He called me when he got home and the rest of us is history,” said Sylvia.

The couple said sometimes they have trouble understanding each other.

“We do have somewhat of a language barrier,” said Stan, who speaks with a New York accent he acquired growing up in the North.

“I speak Southern,” laughed Sylvia. “He speaks that other language.”

Sylvia’s former husband died more than a decade ago.

“For 12 years I had been alone,” said Sylvia. “I would be the one that would be looking out the window to see all my neighbors going somewhere with their respective husbands or boyfriends, picking up their girlfriends to go out. I’d be with my little dog, Bruce, going, ‘Well Bruce, just you and me.'”

Sylvia and Stan say they both feel very lucky to have found each other.

“I love this man with all of my heart. And also I inherited a wonderful family,” said Sylvia.

The newlyweds are looking forward to the days that lie ahead.

“We’re very happy. We’re very appreciative that we were able to meet somebody and feel this way, particularly at this age,” said Stan. “So we’re going to make the best of it and count every hour of everyday, appreciate all those moments and not take anything for granted. So far it’s been great.”

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