celebrating 50 years of love.
my favorite image of the day, right after they renewed their vows.
on january 31, 2009 mary lou + bob celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! it was a true privilege to join their family + friends at st. mary’s of the mills church, and watch as this amazing couple renewed their vows and honored their lasting love! a huge part of what made the celebration so uniquely special was the participation of their family in the mass. their six wonderful grandchildren presented the gifts, gave readings, and lead the audience in prayer and song. mary lou + bob have an inspiring, enduring love from which an amazing family has sprung. all of their children gave touching toasts in a moving tribute to their parents’ anniversary, followed by words from mary lou + bob’s siblings as well. mary lou’s bridesmaid and friend for 50+ years had a wonderful and hilarious surprise – her original bridesmaid dress! also present at the reception was their wedding invitation, framed wedding photographs, and their original wedding cake topper!
i *loved* being a part of this day – i am so in love with love, and am so inspired by mary lou + bob’s love and commitment. they never stopped smiling all day long and i can see why they have stayed “best buddies” all these years!
congrats to mary lou + bob! and cheers to love!
everyone participated in blessing the couple.
so happy together!
their cake topper from 1959!
the original bridesmaids’ dress!
from the “top 10” reasons why mary lou + bob are still best buddies.
then and now. 50 years strong! go love!