It was on this day in 1981 when, after years of courtship and feeling pressure from their respective dens, Mr. and Mrs. Wuf exchanged vows at the halftime of the Wake Forest game. The Demon Deacon, in fact, presided over the ceremony, and then-chancellor Joab L. Thomas gave the bride away.
An article on the NCSU Libraries’ special collections blog explains that the two students who played the parts of the mascots, Chris Belton and Susan C. Smith, came up with the idea for the ceremony, going so far as to involving a young girl and boy to be a part of it, “although reports are unclear if they were children of the Wufs or if they were supposed to fill the roles of ring bearer and flower girl.”
The blog article also points out that the marriage meant Mr. Wuf gained more of a jealous eye during appearances. “Leading up to the wedding and in appearances afterward, Belton and Smith decided to emphasize the relationship of the Wufs more,” the article reads. “For example, when men ‘flirted’ with Mrs. Wuf, Mr. Wuf would come to his wife’s side and defend her honor (all in good fun, of course).
In a time in America where many often cite the statistic that half of marriages end in divorce, we all can learn a thing or two from the Wufs’ bond and devotion to one another. The pair even renewed their vows in a ceremony in 2011 upon the 30th anniversary of the Wufs’ wedding.