MANTENO, Ill. (WLS) --"She couldn't turn me down when I whipped my charm on her."
Ellen and Richard Smith are getting married next month - but it won't be their first wedding.
"He was a new guy in the neighborhood. He was older and I always liked older guys. He seemed adventuresome, which I was looking forward to," Ellen said.
This Manteno couple first exchanged vows 50 years ago - exactly one year after a prom night proposal.
"I was so shocked I never answered him until I got in front of the pastor, which was my uncle," Ellen explained.
It was a shock because Richard had previously said: "I'm not the marrying kind. No, I don't want to get married."
But Ellen was worth it.
"She was a lady and she had a sewing machine!" Richard said.
"He liked the sewing machine," Ellen said, laughing.
So what's their secret to a lasting marriage?
Ellen offers: "He has a basement."
"Yeah. That helps a lot," Richard admits.
Half a century later, they're still laughing and making the most of each day.
"We start our week with Jesus Christ at church on Sunday morning and we end it with a date on Saturday night. And in between we try to do one random act of kindness a day," Ellen said. "I'm not saying it was all fairy tale. But the whole 50 years together, it's been a fairy tale."
At the end of May, the Smiths will celebrate with more than 100 friends and relatives -- including some original wedding guests. And after what they've dubbed "the remarriage," Ellen says: "I'm going on vacation."
And then, back to home to her prom date from all those years ago.