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For instance, family is much more valuable for an American or a German than for a Ukrainian or a Russian man and this factor determines the choice of the women.

They said “I do” in front of family, friends, reporters, photographers, TV crews and about 2,000 shoppers in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.It was a love story between two complete strangers that attracted global attention, launching David Weinlick and Elizabeth “Bethy” Runze into sudden fame.The bride, a fiery redhead with an infectious smile, wore a full-skirted white gown.The groom, a bespectacled, lanky 28-year-old sporting a ponytail, donned a classic black tuxedo.He was the man who had allowed his friends and family to pick his wife, and she was the woman who got the most votes, beating out more than 20 other hopefuls.

While many doubted the Bachelor-esque marriage would last, it spanned nearly two decades, only to be cut short when David Weinlick, diagnosed with terminal colon cancer last year, died on Sunday at the age of 48 with his wife at his side. 16, 2017, file photo, David and Elizabeth Weinlick, poses for a photo at their home, in Woodbury, Minn.

“Honestly, it’s been a good life, it’s been a great ride.

It’s crappy to get off, but every ride ends at some point.”But, even given their short time together, Bethy told the Star Tribune she would not hesitate to do it all over again.“If someone would have told me on the day of the wedding that you’re going to marry this stranger and you’re going to have this awesome relationship and fantastic love but it’s going to end when he’s 48, do you still want to do it?

Her mother responded: “‘Well honey, it might be the great love story of your life,’ Runze recalled in an interview last year. As they kissed, hundreds of maroon and silver balloons fell around them, in the style of a political convention, and thousands cheered.“She’s very serious about it,” Annette Runze, Bethy’s mother, told the Associated Press at the time. They’ll probably be married 67 years.”Following their wedding, the Weinlicks appeared on NBC’s Today Show and Oprah, the Star Tribune reported.

“I was like, ‘Okay, I’m in.’”On that Saturday morning, June 13, Runze arrived at the Mall of America with her family. They were even asked to be consultants for “The Bachelor,” then just a new reality dating show.

In this June 13, 1998 file photo, David Weinlick and Elizabeth Runze speak to the audience after Runze was picked to be Weinlick's bride at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.