This weekend, Louise and Ed Nobles were married. But it was not just any old wedding. "I want something different,” said Louise. “If we are going to have a wedding, I want to be coming down the river in a boat." Louise kayaked down the Lumber River, instead of walking down an aisle. At 80 and 74 years old, Ed and Louise Nobles finally got it right. They wanted to have a unique, Native American wedding. They met at the Lumber River Campground nearly a year ago, but the story of how they met is a little different, depending on whom you ask. "We took a little cruise on a golf cart one night, she nudged up against me, I nudged back, next thing you know we had our arms around each other, and we took it from there," recalls Ed. Louise said, "You know, I would like to find a nice fishing buddy who will not take advantage of me, and who I can go out with sometime. He said, ‘you don't have to go any further, he is right here’." Surrounded by family and friends, the Nobles began the rest of their life together, right where it started. Walter Ward, the groom’s nephew said, "They're mighty lucky, they made an excellent pair." The couple went through two wedding ceremonies; one, where they exchanged vows and rings, and another, traditional Native American ceremony where they were adorned with symbolic garments. One tradition is to wrap the bride and groom in rope, and tie seven knots, each symbolizing the seven wonders of life. This is where the term tie the knot originally came from. Both ceremonies will forever remain in Louise and Ed's hearts, as they look forward and smile, envisioning their lives together. "One day we'll be sitting in our rocking chairs, holding hands, and thinking about our day of marriage," Louise said. The bride and the groom are both originally from Columbus County.
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