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TikTok user Madalyn Boucher virally revealed that her grandfather, who officiated her October 2022 wedding, forgot to file their marriage license with the probate court, which rendered her nuptials with husband Bill Smitley illegitimate.
TikTok user Madalyn Boucher revealed that her grandfather, who officiated her October wedding, forgot to file their marriage license with the probate court, which rendered her nuptials with husband Bill Smitley illegitimate. TikTok / maddyboucherxxx

Wed a mess! 

Newlyweds Madalyn Boucher and Bill Smitley, both active members of the military who tied the knot in a costly ceremony this October, just learned that they’re not really married thanks to their wedding officiant — who also happens to be Boucher’s “f–king grandpa.”

And the faux husband and wife are vexed about it. 

We are not married!” yelped a boiling Boucher, an author from Columbus, Ohio, in a trending TikTok confessional entitled “A tragic story.”

“We spent $30,000 — not for a wedding — but for a f–king social gathering,” continued the incensed blonde as she gripped a glass of wine while an equally shattered Smitley guzzled hard liquor straight from the bottle behind her.  

Madalyn Boucher went viral on TikTok after revealing that her grandfather, who officiated her October 2022 wedding, forgot to file their marriage license with the probate court.
Boucher went viral on TikTok.
TikTok / maddyboucherxxx

In the despairing pair’s post, which raked in more than 1.5 million views, Boucher explained that her grandfather, who married her to Smitley this fall, forgot to file their marriage license with their local municipality. She only realized the elder gentleman’s misstep this week, when she went hunting for their wedding documents in efforts to add Smitley to her insurance plan. 

“This is the marriage license,” she said, trembling.

“And this the portion that the officiant was supposed to send to the probate court to legitimize our marriage,” Boucher shrieked. “It expired 9 days ago!

“And the officiant was my f- -king grandpa.”  

Unsurprisingly, TikTok onlookers responded to the once-happy couple’s sorrow with shady sarcasm. 

Boucher and her husband ultimately begged the courts to accept their expired marriage license, which legalized their  union.
Boucher and her husband ultimately begged the courts to accept their expired marriage license, which legalized their union.
TikTok / maddyboucherxxx

“Grandpa said, ‘She’ll thank me for this later,’ ” kidded one commentator, suggesting Boucher’s granddad intentionally failed to legalize their holy matrimony for her own good. 

Grandpa knew what he was doing,” another teased. 

Other cheeky spectators made wisecracks about the couple’s newfound ability to renege on their wedding vows, leaving comments like, “Maybe it’s a sign, buddy! One last shot to run!” and “I wish this had happened to me. Would have saved a lot of time on the divorce.”

However, in a subsequent clip to their viral video, Boucher and Smitley revealed that they were ultimately able to convince the courts to “make an exception” and officially sanction their marriage — despite the license being submitted 70 days past its expiration date. 

And her initial outrage aside, Boucher concede that her grandpa was “not to blame,” owing to the fact that it was his first time officiating a wedding

“We’re not mad. It was just a miscommunication,” she said. “We’re officially married now.”

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