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60 Years of Marriage

In November of this year – my grandparents, Jack & Joyce TerHar Sr., will celebrate their marriage of 60 years.  Well, it’s actually a little more romantic than that.  Let me start in February 1952 (nope, I was’t around for that, but I’ve heard this story as many time as The Giving Tree) on a Friday night, my grandparents eloped.  Sweet & simple.  They were in high school, just 17 and 18 years old and they had 2 friends join them at the chapel before heading to dinner in celebration.  After dinner – they went home to their respective parent’s homes and continued to do so every night until April of the same year.

In April – a turn of events – The school year was ending and they decided announced to their parents that they had been married for a few weeks and would like to buy a home to start their life together.  Their parents were appalled and immediately had the marriage annulled. My grandfather recalls his father sending him to the priest for advice.  The priest told him “Trust me kid, in 3 months time, you won’t remember this girls name!”

As punishment, they were separated.  My grandfather was sent to Oregon to work for cousins and my grandmother was sent back to Alabama to live with relatives.

In August, my grandmother turned 18 and “by post” (not mail) my grandfather happily re-proposed all over again.  By November they remarried and 60 years later… well the rest is history.  They are the pinnacle to an amazing family legacy of three children, six grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

Skip ahead to February 2012 – I was able to visit them in Palm Dessert just a few short days before their real anniversary.  These photos are from that weekend with just the two of them – as happy as ever.

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Teri Gunter - These are some of the most beautiful pictures. Congrats to Dad and Mom

Love you both
Teri

Kelli Luebke - OMG!! Jacq you did an amazing job at this and I got tears in my eyes!! We have amazing Grandparents and I can not wait to celebrate their 60th with the family!! Great Pics!!
Xoxoxo

Barry Phipps - These are beautiful and sweet. Love the story, too. Great colors, expressions and details. Lovely as always.

Heather Perera - These are fantastic Jacquelyn! LOVE the color tones in these and the composition is amazing! What an inspiring story, seems like they’re a rarity these days! Congrats to them!

mary Kay Cavanaugh - Joyce and Jack,
You two make a beautiful couple. I am so happy to have know you for part of your married years. I enjoy and love both of you!!!!!

Mary Kay

Beth Bosio - I had never heard this story before, although I knew they married young. Thank you for sharing Jaquelyn and thank you for joining our family to celebrate Andrew and Emily’s impending birth. We are all very blessed to have loving families.

Emily Anderson - Wow! These are stunning! What a privilege to be able to take photos like this of your own grandparents. Beautiful job!

Angie Realce - Thanks for sharing this great love story! Your grandparents have lots of style. =)

admin - They certainly do! I wish I had taken more photos of their home. Their style is 100% theirs and it’s a unique eclection of antiques and modern freshness. And their fashion! I’m pretty sure my grandfather is the pinnacle of all the shopping (even for my grandmother) – and I just think they look fabulous!

Agata - old photos are so prcuioes and magical. especially when they are from your own family. i could also stare endlessly those few photo albums my mother has. not so many photos left. i guess itb4s quite normal here in Finland. taking photos was something so unusual and not so many people had the opportunity to take them. and then the wars and lots of stuff missing and destroyed and and.. Thatb4s why they are also such treasures:)

Lori Backes Ruiz - The pictures are beautiful, but the story is even more fabulous. Congratulations! Lori Backes Ruiz

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