Even though the couple may have political differences, they find common ground and "are so happy to have found each other."
Online dating has always had a rocky reputation when it came to finding love. But for 93-year-old Robert Marshall and 88-year-old Anne Cooper-Menguy, it became a beacon for connection. Marshall immediately fell in love, on sight, of course only of her profile but still.
“I always felt I wanted to marry Anne. From the moment that I saw her picture, I knew this is a woman I wanted to share my life with,” he tells PEOPLE. “Anne's picture just captured me. It was kind of an intuitive, unbelievable force.” They eventually got married in June of this year and spent most of the pandemic time with each other. “We are the luckiest two people on earth,” Anne says.
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In 2020, the couple had gone on a Caribbean-cruise and when they came back New York’s lockdown had already gone into effect, so they decided to quarantine together. "I never went home," Anne says. However, before the whirlwind trip, their first date was at a French restaurant, where Marshall showed up looking like Sam Spade—the fictional private detective from The Maltese Falcon—when she saw him standing on the corner in a trench coat waiting outside her apartment.
“I started to fall in love with him right off the bat," Anne says. "He's got gentleness mixed with strength. He's everything I ever dreamed of in a man since I was little.” Their initial infatuation only seemed to grow bigger. Staying with Robert during the lockdown in East Hampton, she managed to redecorate both their beach home and his New York apartment after it flooded. Given that Anne is an interior designer, it should’ve been an interesting process for both of them. “We're busy all the time. I don't think I ever sit down," Anne says. "We're extremely well matched, which is very unusual. If you get old, and you find somebody who's old and tired, that's not going to work.”
Robert is a practicing psychoanalyst and also a jazz piano player, although he thinks of Anne as his “best audience.” Only a few months after their getaway in the Caribbeans, the duo got engaged. They were both widowed before they decided to put themselves out there. “I think when people lose a spouse when you're older, most people just kind of consider that's the end of the era—you've been married for 50 years, 60 years, you're in your 80s, grandma takes over, you go play with the grandkids,” Anne says. “But today people are healthier and living longer.”
In the spirit of living and rejoicing, the couple decided to tie the knot on June 11, 2022. Anne wore a lovely pink dress with a lacy, hand-beaded top (which she also wore to her granddaughter's wedding five years earlier) while carrying a bouquet of pink peonies mixed with roses. “It was the best wedding ever,” Anne says of their East Hampton Point nuptials. “The whole room was full of nothing but love, both sides of the aisle.” Robert cries just remembering the day. “We touched so many souls,” he says, “because we love each other so much. We're so happy to have found each other.”
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While they made some quite standard wedding vows like keeping each other healthy, supporting the other in their endeavors and making each other happy, they also made some unorthodox promises. “One was that I would allow Anne to watch Fox News three hours a week. And she would allow me to rant about Trump for three hours a week,” Robert says. “It's fun,” Robert says of their relationship. “We laugh a lot... The other night, I couldn't stop laughing.” He also mentions how Anne has become such and important part of his life. “I feel really very alive living with Anne — she's helped bring me back to life," Robert says. "We're so happy to have found each other.”
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Some of their wedding guests – from friends to grandchildren – have been inspired to pursue love and long-term relationships too. ”We have such a strong, sincere, warm love,” Anne says. “It's contagious.” Jazz Clubs or couple projects, Anne and Robert have managed to restore some semblance of faith back into online dating.
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