Peter Barratt, 82, fell for 83-year-old Nancy Evans after chatting to her at a church club.
The retired engineer popped the question just three months later but she turned him down.
Peter pursued Nancy “like a dog with a bone” for two years, wooing her with romantic meals and buying her flowers every week.
But he wasn’t physically up to getting down on one knee when he decided to propose for a second time in January.
Thankfully the former secretary finally agreed to walk down the aisle with him.
The couple, who live in separate care homes in Chard, Somerset, tied the knot on Easter Monday.
Nancy’s grandson Daniel Evans, 29, gave her away during the ceremony at a local church.
The happy couple later headed off on honeymoon to a Premier Inn in nearby Weston-super-Mare.
Nancy, a gran-of-nine, said: “The Savoy couldn’t have beaten it.”
She initially turned down Peter’s proposal because she feared losing her independence.
“I was happy in my life before I met Peter and I didn’t want a man,” she said.
“I like my own space and I wasn’t looking for love but I have accidentally found it.
“I had been on my own for 20 years but I just happened to see this chap who was looking over at me at church club.
“It took a while, but he was like a dog with a bone and he just kept on going.
“It took me about two years to accept, but then we got engaged.”
A delighted Nancy said of the proposal: “He didn’t get down on one knee, because he wouldn’t be able to get back up again.
“The wedding day was marvellous. I’m now very happy. Every time I look at Peter we giggle. We love being close.
“It is not a sexual thing but we can hold each other and he always kisses me. It certainly wasn’t love at first sight, but now I love him to bits.”
Smitten Peter, who has been divorced three times, said: “It is very much a romance. We are very much in love.
“I am a romantic and at our age it is wonderful because we weren’t looking for it. My first impression of Nancy was what a wonderful girl she was and what a wonderful personality she has.”
Care worker Jenny Simons, who helped organise the wedding day, said: “Everyone is so happy.
“The day Nancy met Peter she came over and said, ‘I’ve met this man but I’m not sure.’
“Peter fell for Nancy hook, line and sinker the first day he saw her, but she wasn’t going to rush
“It’s blossomed since then. They are a lovely couple.”