A Wonderful Wedding: The Sequel

This morning’s story about Friday’s Old Mill Beach wedding brought a smile to many readers’ faces.

But Steven Rawlings and Reka Reisinger’s ceremony was not the only marriage people were talking about that day.

The officiant was Justice of the Peace Wally Meyer. He’s a longtime resident of Old Mill.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy destroyed Wally’s home. He had lived there for decades with Joan Beauvais. Both moved in next door, with noted artist and Staples High School Class of 1962 graduate Clark Hanford.

Wally Meyer and Joan Beauvais, in the 1990s.

Actually, Wally and Joan were more than friends.

At the end of Friday’s wedding ceremony, Wally added an unexpected twist. He asked — sweetly, emotionally and lovingly — Joan to marry him.

Yesterday, Joan said yes.

Now Isaac and Ellen Sonsino — the neighbors who did an amazing job helping arrange Steven and Reka’s wedding — are doing the same for Wally and Joan.

It’s tentatively planned — very soon — at Old Mill.

The entire “06880” community — online and here in town — congratulates Wally and Joan, and wishes them all the best.

And this is probably as good a place as any to add one final bit of news: Wally is still going strong, as sharp as ever, at 92 years old.

11 responses to “A Wonderful Wedding: The Sequel

  1. Arline Gertzoff

    Congratulations Wally and Joan

  2. Congratulations! What a sweet twist!

  3. Vanessa Bradford

    Wow! True serendipity! Way to go and congrats!

  4. Wally, congrats! Glad to hear you’re still going strong.

  5. Tom Feeley Sr

    Yo Wally‼️
    The best soldier🇺🇸

  6. FAB

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  8. Bobbi Essagof

    Mazel Tov to all. Great story to start another day at home!

  9. Elizabeth Thibault

    I love stories like this! Thank you for allowing us to share in your joy!
    Thanks for writing about this, Dan!

  10. Joanne Heller

    That is amazing news! Wally is one of a kind. I’m so glad he and Joan will be married soon. Congratulations and best wishes to both of them.

  11. Sally Palmer

    Congratulations Wally and Joan, go for it! Michael and Sally