As a wedding photographer, I love hearing about all the firsts. How you first met. When you first fell in love. How he proposed. I feel blessed to be able to document love. The pure, genuine, starry eyed kind.
I’m excited to share with you a photo series called, “To Grow Old With You”, that grows sweeter with age. The fifteen couples that participated were strangers to me when I interviewed them. Each shared their love story with me and a few pearls of wisdom. We laughed together, sometimes cried together, and became dear friends. Cheers to the month of love.
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Doug & Fran: 55 years of marriage
We dated eight years. We broke up and got back together six times. We just couldn’t communicate. But the stars kept bringing us back together. We are still working on that communication thing, but our love grows deeper every day.
Steve & Cheryl: 49 years of marriage
My family worried about Steve being from a broken home and tried to talk me out of marrying him. Having a very difficult time making decisions for myself, I let my mother influence all of them. I prayed about marrying him and my answer was like lightning. So, he drove all the way out to Utah from California and we decided to elope that Friday!
Ray & Tess: 54 years of marriage
Ray was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 4 years ago. To this day, no matter what happens to him, if you ask him what he would like to do, he always responds, with “Whatever Tess wants to do.” That is the one thing he never seems to forget!
Lloyd & Helen Fay: 64 years of marriage
He has a twin brother and I have a twin brother. We rode the school bus together since I was in the third grade and he was in the sixth grade. I was sixteen and he was eighteen when we got married. Now we have 30 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. We sure are glad we rode that school bus together.
Robert & Patricia: 23 years of marriage
We met on a blind date. My niece set us up and we went to Chuck-a-rama. She didn’t like me at all and I didn’t like her dog.
Chancey & Bertha: 71 years of marriage
We went on a hike up Mt. Timpanogos in the summer of 1944. Six months later we were engaged. We’ve worked hard together to raise our thirteen children.
Jan & Richard: 65 years of marriage
Jan: We met in 8th grade. I asked him out to a Sadie Hawkins dance in the ninth grade. He said he would have to get back to me!
Richard: I really just meant I was too young to drive, and I had to ask my dad if he could drive us.
Jan: I took that to mean he was waiting for a better offer.
Richard: She sat across from me in our English class and I had to answer all her questions, or maybe it was the other way around. We got married right out of high school when we were 17. I tell people we were teenagers. I say she was 19 and I was 13. Laughter is important in our marriage. I let her have her sewing room. I stay out of there and she stays out of my glass cutting room.
Larry & Darylnn: 44 years of marriage
He was actually dating my cousin. My aunt really liked him, so she arranged a party to get them back together. We met at that party and ended up dating. We will be eternally grateful to aunt Dawn for arranging a party that neither of us wanted to go to. We still have a date night every Friday.
Andrew & Norma: 57 years of marriage
We met when I was working at a women’s dress shop in California, and he was working next door at a men’s clothing store. Every morning we’d both go out to sweep the side walk. One day our brooms met. Day after day, we fell in love on that side walk in front of those stores. He swept me off my feet!
Alan & Melanie: 11 Years of marriage
I was just hired as an Administrator at a nursing home. There was quite a bit of junk in the back and I needed to burn down some of the weeds. I called the fire department for a burn permit, and Alan showed up. He came back a week later and asked if we could have dinner. I resisted at first, but I said yes. Alan knew right away that he wanted to marry me. I was resistant, but he knew. This was our second marriage. It is important to be humble and unselfish. The biggest problem is when you think of yourself first. Marriage requires eternal fortitude. I didn’t get the burn permit until years later. I got something much, much better.
George & Diane: 60 years of marriage
He asked me if I would go out with him and I told him I had plans. He asked me about the next week and the next week, and I honestly had a date every week. So he never called after that. That brings us to the next quarter. He had forgotten meeting me, and asked me out again.
One way we stay unified is just by getting old. We have never been old before, and we are just learning how to be old together. We rely on one another for health issues that come up. The best marital advice we received was, “Don’t try to change each other, just get used to each other and look for the good traits.”
George: Diane, would it be all right to tell her that you were Miss Oregon?
Diane: Aw that was 100 years ago!
Mervin & Carolyn Beckstrand: 56 years of marriage
We met in an economics class. I was just studying the young lady in the class.
Life is so uncertain. You need to have faith. When we got married, we did not have a lot. We just jumped in with both feet and started working. It will always take effort. We are closer now than we have ever been in our entire lives!
“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in his hand who saith, ‘A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!” -Robert Browning
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