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Elderly Couple Warms Hearts with Stunning 'Wedding' Photo Shoot on 60-Year Anniversary

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George and Ginger Brown were married 60 years ago, at the tender ages of 23 and 18. Their love has resulted in a beautiful family, a family that wanted to make sure the couple had an extraordinary 60th wedding anniversary.

Their granddaughter, Abigail Lydick of Abigail Gingerale Photography, decided that the best gift she could give them would be their very own wedding photo shoot.

“When they arrived in New Jersey, we had our first family dinner together and I told them, ‘I have a surprise for you, and it might seem a little crazy,'” Lydick said, according to 9honey.

“I told them I had all this lined up for them and they were shocked and excited, and even a little nervous to be in front of the camera.

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“My grandmum had never even had professional hair or makeup done before!”

Despite this being a first for Ginger, she was perfect in the bridal gown, and George cut quite a fine figure in his own wear. Though the two were far from newlyweds, the resulting photos show the deep love and affection the two have for each other.

Ginger especially appreciated her granddaughter’s attention to detail in selecting the gown. “They found the perfect dress to compliment [the original dress] while still having a little bit of a modern touch to it,” she said.

“I think it was perfect.”

According to 9honey, Lydick said that the whole event was peppered with jokes, laughter and love.

“They absolutely loved the photos … they said, ‘That’s actually what we looked like?!’ It was pretty cute,” she said.

The photos took off once they hit social media, with people oohing and ahhing over the adorable duo.

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“These are my grandparents,” Lydick posted on Instagram. “They go by many names, including ‘long grandmom and grandad’ (coined by the great grandkids because they live far away). They just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, so we thought it fitting to dress them up in wedding clothes and take them on a photoshoot of their very own!! It was THE BEST. “

To top it all off, the Browns doled out some advice on how to live well in a marriage and make it last.

“They aren’t afraid to talk about the hard stuff but are always ready to celebrate the good stuff,” Lydick said. “When you are with someone for so long, there are bound to be bad days. But I always say that the bad days are what make the good days shine the brightest.”

“Don’t go to bed angry,” they said. “Be prepared to forgive, always, because you just have to do it.”

And, as demonstrated throughout the shoot, “Maintain a good sense of humor.”

“You can tell how wonderful they are by how many people helped them celebrate this awesome milestone,” Lydick said. “They are loved by many and they are leaving such a great legacy for us all to see.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
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With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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