When photographer Tracey Buyce‘s parents passed away, she was inspired by the extraordinary love they’d shared for 46 years of their lives.
Looking to photograph more couples who’d been married for 50-odd years, Buyce started taking nominations on her blog. Below are six of the sweetest couples you’ve ever seen and their stories of love.
Norbert and Mary, married 71 years
‘Their love is reflected in their 13 children, 24 grandchildren and the growing number of great-grandchildren. They travel, read, garden, watch Jeopardy and love sharing fond memories and stories… They are the kindest, most loving people – and such wonderful role models for marriage.’
Martha and George, married 70 years
‘As a husband and father myself, I often wonder how, in spite of long periods of separation because of my dad’s job, my parents were able to raise three successful and loving children – let alone how they have remained married for almost seven decades. To this day they display a deep love and respect for each other. There must be truth to the adage “absence makes the heart grow fonder”…’
Gloria and Walter, married 65 years
‘To this day they hold hands like lovestruck teenagers and seek each other out when separated, saying, “Where is my sweetheart?” or “Have you seen my honey?” Their home is the place where everybody gathers for joy and laughter, and also during the hardest of times.’
Harry and Jeanette, married 53 years
‘Through their stories – both the ones I know by heart and the ones I’m somehow only just learning now – I see not only the life they’ve built but the foundation on which it stands. On laughter, on generosity, on love. What I know about love I have learnt from my grandparents; what I want out of my future, I know from their shared past.’
‘Not many couples choose Halloween for their wedding date but my grandparents aren’t like most people! They are amazing, loving, a little kooky and probably a little crazy … but aren’t we all? I’m sure their marriage was not easy and still isn’t, but they have great kids, amazing grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many stories to tell. They bicker every now and then, but they laugh so much and love each either so hard. They are the perfect example of true love.’
This article was originally published on Cosmopolitan.com