NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches couple tied the knot Thursday night and rode off into the sunset on a Harley-Davidson bike. Barbara and Terry tied the knot at the Nacogdoches Harley-Davidson in front of a group of riders of the Lumberjack riding chapter.
It was a union like no other. There were bouquets and bikes and ribbons replaced by rows of riders.
"We were in here shopping and told them we were getting married. They said 'Hey! Have it at the Harley shop.' I said yes!" said Barbara Ray.
"Having the wedding here in the Harley shop just sort of fits for them," said Robert Ford, a wedding attendee.
"We met through a friend of a friend. We ran into each other, and it worked!" Barbara said.
Everyone in attendance shared the same passion for revving up their engines. The bride said she's blessed to have a lifetime partner.
The riders talked about why they were passionate about their bikes.
"It's the freedom, and it gets in your blood. Once you start, it's hard to get it out. I don't feel right riding in a car or truck anymore," Terry said.
"I love riding and looking at what God has created and looking at the leaves on the trees and the country side. To me, it's very relaxing," Ford said.
It's a feeling Barbara almost lost forever.
"Two years ago, I was in a head on collision that shattered my legs," Barbara said. "They said I would never walk again."
She recovered and exchanged vowels with her partner with hopes to keep the shiny side up for a lifetime.
"For me to have the freedom to ride on the back of a trike with him is the best thing that could ever happen to me," Barbara said.
In leathers, with horsepower, the two rode off into the sunset.
"We're going to ride the Harley out this evening!" Barbara said.