There are few things that I think should be celebrated more than long, happy, laughter-filled marriages! What amazing joy happy marriages bring, not just to the couple but to all the people around them. But also, marriage can be really, blimmin' hard (speaking from experience. Sorry, my love, but it's true!). So those people that manage to stick it out and still be enjoying it 10, 20, even 60 years down the line are my absolute heroes. Yes, you did read that right. SIXTY YEARS OF MARRIAGE! Isn't that incredible! I was so privileged to be part of a Diamond Wedding Anniversary celebration recently. John and Judy had gathered together almost all of their family for a weekend knees up!
There were so many things about photographing this wonderful bunch that touched me, but the highlight of the day for me was when Judy leaned towards me conspiratorially and said, "You know, all of these people are here today as a direct result of the decision John and I made 60 years ago." Now, that's quite something! Four generations, gathered together, as a result of a deceptively simple, "I do."
Of course, not all the youngest of the party appreciated the importance of documenting this momentous occasion. I can't get enough of Toby's ridiculously cute bottom lip in the photo above!
If I were to sum up how this family celebrate, I would say, with an awful lot of laughter and even more cake! There was so much cake! Including a masterpiece made to look like John and Judy's house. I was in awe!
And all the laughter...
Grandparents are the best, aren't they?! After a story, they led the youngest members of the party outside for some fresh air and energetic fun!
When we all headed back inside, the house had been expertly decorated, ready for a delicious, family meal (although, how they could fit any more food in after all that cake is anyone's guess!).
It was time for me to slope off and leave them to their family celebrations, but not before I caught this sweet, quiet moment. John and Judy just checking in with each other, cup of tea in hand. And if that ain't the key to a long, happy marriage, I don't know what is!
Congratulations, John and Judy, on a wonderful marriage and a wonderful family!