Nebraska couple Marvin and Lucille Stone celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with the loveliest of photoshoots. The now 88-year-old Marvin and 81-year-old Lucille first tied the knot in 1960 at a small Lutheran Church in Sterling, Nebraska, reports the Daily Mail . Marvin was nearly 29-years-old at the time, while Lucille was 22-years-old. Fast-forward to today, three children and six decades later, the Stone family is rekindling the love and celebrating the day they became one. The heartwarming photographs were taken by photographer Katy Autry and shared on Facebook . She captured many loving moments between the two, and we can't decide which we like best! There was one where Marvin and Lucille danced together in an open Nebraska field; another where they embraced each other, and a third where they lovingly caressed each other and held each other in their arms. The photographs have received tons of positive responses from social media denizens who found the love between the elderly husband and wife truly inspiring.
The elderly couple celebrated the big day wearing their original wedding attire. Marvin wore his black tuxedo with a matching bow tie, and his wife Lucille wore a beautiful lace gown that she sewed together by hand. Talking about her handmade wedding dress, Lucille told KHGI-TV , "The thing that took the longest was making 52 buttons that are on the sleeves and down the back."
Of their wedding day, Marvin shared, "It was a typical wedding. We had a pastor who was in his first ceremony wedding... and he was a little shook but he did it and we were married." Lucille added, "My dad cried. He was the only one that cried. My mother beamed and they both thought Marvin was just perfect, and that does help when your parents like the person that you’re marrying.”
The fact that the two share similar core values is one of the secrets to their long-lasting love. "We’re both pretty conservative," said Lucille. "We were depression children. He was born at the beginning of the '30s and I came along a few years later for my parents as kind of a surprise baby." Marvin continued,"We both had farm backgrounds. We both were free enterprise people and we had similar goals in life and we were both in teaching." He added, "We had already been in teaching for a while and we were just kind of together in our concepts of what to do and what direction to go and so forth."
We love the couple keeps it real. Life isn't always going to be easy and they acknowledge that. "We don’t always agree but we have the main focus that we’ve always had, so it just kind of moves along," said Marvin. "We have had similar values and so it has worked out pretty well and, I don't know, we never spent any time considering separating." Lucille noted, “From day one we have assumed marriage is forever. You do what you have to do and by no means have we been perfect in our marriage. We’ve had arguments. We’ve had disagreements, but on the big things we’re pretty much on the same track.”
For those curious to know the secret to a happy and long-lasting marriage, they have a few nuggets of wisdom to share. "Use the resources that you have and don’t expect to have everything that you might want," said Lucille. "Focus on the needs along the way and keep the faith keep a positive attitude and do your best." Over the years the pair have learned that avoiding worry, going with the flow and communication is critical to a successful marriage.
COVER IMAGE SOURCE: Facebook/ Katie Autry Photography