I've known Joan & Charlie for about 8 years now. They are the great aunt & uncle of my husband and I believe that there are no sweeter people in this world. Strong in their love and even stronger in their faith, they have been a pair that I have looked up to and admired since I met them.
We were blessed enough to be able to join them in celebrating their 50th year of marriage recently and what a beautiful celebration it was. The day began at their church with a service led by a priest and dear friend to both Charlie and Joan. Surrounded by their friends and family, they renewed their vows and commitment to one another. Joan wiped away the the tears as she recited those words and it seemed like she wasn't alone as most of those in the church were as well.
After the ceremony, we made our way to their son's home where there was a tent, food and drink, music, and a wonderful slideshow depicting a lifetime of love and memories. Both sons were there with their families and everyone enjoyed watching the images of them growing up, the trips they had taken, silly moments they had shared, as well as holidays, birthdays, and other special times they had shared together. It was a lovely afternoon and I'm so thrilled that I got to be a part of it!!
I have lots of love for Joan & Charlie and the family they have made together and feel so honored to be able to call them family myself.
As we were entering the church, I spotted the butterfly that you see above. It was a wonderful sight and it sat so still as I went for my camera. So cool!
Charlie & Joan with their sons, their wives, and their 4 grandsons.
Joan and her friend admiring the images from her wedding day... 50 years earlier.