From the photographer:
My grandparents celebrated 65 years of marriage and I was lucky enough to photograph them at their home for the occasion. They met in a little farm town in Louisiana after my grandfather got out of the military. The story goes that my grandfather got a job working for my grandmother’s father farming and she would ride her bike out to the field and bring lunch to them. With a twinkle in his eye, my grandfather recounts their first encounter and how he thought she was so beautiful. They married in December 1947 and raised 6 children in the same small town they met.
Over the years I have asked my grandmother for advice and the obvious question “How did you do it?” How did you raise 6 children and remain married for 65 years and still like each other? If you’d ever meet my grandparents you would see two people who deeply respect each other, who laugh at each other’s jokes and who are still very much in love. So, to me, the idea of animosity between them seems inconceivable. But my grandmother will tell you that it wasn’t always easy. In fact, she’ll tell you with a laugh that she has blocked out some of the hard times. Not only did they have bad days, they had bad years. Times were tough as a farmer’s wife and there were days they questioned their marriage. But what they held on to and what pushed them through the tough times was their faith in God. They believed the vows they made to God, to stay together through the good times and the bad, were sacred. Looking back 65 years later, they know they made the right decision to not give up because now they have each other to grow old with.