"We don't have that many more years to do something dumb and stupid," Brenda said.
We might have seen plenty of brides walk down the aisle to their wedding altar but it's pretty rare to find a blushing bride walking down a grocery store aisle surrounded by rows of Miracle Whip and mayo. But this is a true incident that took place at an Arizona grocery store on November 19, 2022.
Brenda and Dennis Delgado, both in their 70s, crossed paths for the first time at the Casa Grande Fry's on Florence Boulevard while shopping for condiments. Little did they know, that was to be the beginning of their love story. At the time, Brenda was recovering from the loss of her husband with whom she had spent 30 years, reports NBC affiliate KPNX.
She was trying to find a sandwich spread at the store in August 2021 when a man approached her. "We both had masks on, and I say to her, 'You know the best thing about wearing a mask? You could pass these people not wearing a mask, and curse them out under your breath, they don't hear a word you're saying,' and she started laughing," Dennis recalled. The pair ended up talking for half an hour and exchanged numbers before parting.
The following Sunday, Dennis accompanied Brenda to her church. Over the next few months, they bonded over their individual experiences with losses as Dennis had also lost his wife of 45 years a little over a year before he met Brenda. The heartache of losing his wife had pushed the senior away from God because he was "angry at God" for taking his wife away from him, Dennis explained.
Meanwhile, Brenda had taken up baking to find "purpose" in her life after losing her husband to prostate cancer. In the process of helping each other mend their broken hearts, Brenda and Dennis' relationship grew stronger and by April 2022, he was ready to propose.
Speaking to KCPQ, Brenda said: "He came to my house, and he said I'm going to go get you an engagement ring,' and I said 'yes, sure.' So he left, and a couple of hours later, I called him and asked 'have you been drinking?'" But soon she realized that Dennis was very serious about making their relationship official and requested that he propose to her in the same aisle where they met. "I said we met there. He wants to propose to me, and I want him to do it in the condiment aisle where we met," Brenda shared. Seven months later, they said "I do" in the same spot.
While they're aware some might find it silly to get married in the condiment aisle of a grocery store, there was no better place for this special couple. "I'm 72, he's 78 now. We don't have that many more years to do something dumb and stupid," Brenda said.
The couple hopes their heartwarming love story will inspire others to never lose hope. "You never know when you're going to walk down the condiment aisle at Fry's and you're going to meet someone that you didn't know you needed in your life," said Dennis.
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