Marvin and Lucille Stone know a thing or two about everlasting love. They’ve spent the majority of their lives together, after all!
On August 21, the Nebraska couple, who are 89 and 81 respectively, celebrated 60 years of marriage! They adore each other now just as much as they did on the day they said, “I do.”
That’s why they decided their diamond anniversary called for a special commemorationInitially, the pair asked photographer Katie Autry to capture a single shot they could include in their Christmas letters to family and friends. Then Lucille remembered they still had her wedding dress and Marvin’s suit in storage. So, they figured, why not try them on?
Incredibly, both of them still fit, so they turned the photoshoot into a magical recreation of their big day!
As the lovebirds danced, held hands, and embraced in a field near their home, it was as if they were in their 20s again, celebrating their wedding at the Lutheran church where they exchanged vows!
Marvin and Lucille met in 1959 while they were working as teachers at the same school. It was Lucille’s first teaching job, and Marvin, an Army veteran, happened to be the only male faculty member who wasn’t married.
“We were the gossip of the school,” Lucille said. “By May, we were engaged.”
Six decades later, they have three children, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren — and the secrets to a happy marriage!
Seeing them together, it’s obvious the happy couple has stuck to their own advice over the years. As for Katie, it was one of the most moving shoots she’s ever done.
“It was an absolute honor to be able to capture the love between such a special couple,” she explained. “While shooting their session, it was easy to tell just how much they care for one another. I had tears in my eyes behind my camera while shooting. They are such an amazing example of true love standing the test of time. Their session is one I’ll never forget!”
(Photo courtesy of Katie Autry Photography)