|Norma and Bob Clark|
(Scroll down for video) A couple celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary were shocked to find out that they are not legally married, according to press reports.
After almost half a century, as husband and wife, Norma and Bob Clark finally got married.
The couple of Redlands, California, a city halfway between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, celebrated their 48th anniversary and they were getting end of life documents in order when they sought a copy of their marriage license for Social Security purposes.
The Clarks, who met in college, took their vows in a church south of San Francisco, California, in August 1964, shortly after Bob had served in the army during the missile crisis in Cuba.
When employees in the Hall of Records in San Mateo County tried to pull the license last month, they came up empty-handed.
"They went back to 1956, but there was no record that our marriage was recorded," Bob Clark said. The church where they had married still had a record of the ceremony so they knew they had not imagined it.
Several family members and friends of the couple who had been invited to the wedding, were also in the city.
Now, they made their marriage legitimate, filling out paperwork and getting their license in the San Bernardino County Hall of Records, with the maid of honor and a junior usher from the original wedding serving as witnesses.
Bob Clark brought flowers for Norma, and at the insistence of his family and friends, he kissed the bride to seal the deal.