Margaret and Ferris Romaire were married on Nov. 24,1946, in Morgan City, Louisiana, but they had no photos to mark the occasion.
The couple met as high school sweethearts and their wedding was so simple that there were no photos. “I’m sure people had cameras then but evidently nobody thought to bring a camera to our wedding,” Margaret Romaire, 89, told ABC News. “We didn’t have weddings then like people do today.”
The Romaire’s went on to have four children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, and they celebrated their 70th anniversary on Thanksgiving Day.
One of the couple’s granddaughters, Amanda Kleckley, wanted to gift her grandparents the one thing they never had- photos to commemorate their love. So Kleckley arranged a professional photo shoot for her grandparents in Pearland, Texas.
“We take for granted how we document every moment of our lives,” Kleckley said. “I wanted them to have something they could look at and be reminded of how special their marriage is.”
When she heard about the photo shoot, Margaret bought a long dress that cost her $9 at a resale shop, until her daughter told her the shoot required more than a Sunday dress.
Ferris worse a tuxedo he had in his closet, and the pair happily posed for their photos taken in late October. “The photographer was just so pleasant and made us feel at ease but we felt foolish, being 89 and 90 and playing dress-up like this,” Romaire said with a laugh.
Kleckley even made prints of the beautiful photos so the Romaires had a photo book to show their friends. She says her grandparents’ happy marriage is credited to them always smiling, laughing and staying active.
But Margaret credits her husband’s help around the house for their happy marriage. “He washes and irons own clothes and he cooks,” she says of Ferris.
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