MATT’S PARENTS | A 50 YEAR LOVE STORY

We had such a wonderful time at WPPI! For us, meeting people and making new friends made the whole trip worthwhile. A lot of these new friends haven’t seen some of our favourite posts from our old blog, so here’s another one to share.

This post also continues a theme Katie started in her Tara and Trevor post about documenting and celebrating the lives (and love) of married couples.

Last year, on Saturday the 8th of August, my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

This ‘love story’ clip was played at their anniversary party and is made up of recent interviews with my parents plus some old and new photographs.

It was a great honour to witness Mum and Dad renewing their vows. As a relative newlywed, I found listening to those promises all the more powerful in the light of the 50 years they have spent together. I know that my parents have lived through each and every promise they made to each other on their wedding day. Ok, maybe not the richer part in a material sense, but definitely all the others.

These days the traditional wedding vows can seem old fashioned and out of date. But, I’m not sure that there’s a better description of successful marriage to be found. We can write our own vows or dress up the traditional ones, but surely the underlying promises remain the same …

for better for worse
for richer for poorer
in sickness and in health
to love, honour, and cherish
’til death do us part.

Something that also struck me as I put together this video, is the importance of documenting our life’s memories.

I would say the true value of wedding photography is not fully realised when a couple receives their photos shortly after the wedding. The true value, in my opinion (and certainly in the case of my parents), comes 50 years later. Not only as a document of their wedding day but also as a heritage to their children, celebrating two lives spent together as one.

For better … for worse.

~Matt.

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13 Comments
  1. Anna said:
    Beautiful images and a great inspiration for everyone
  2. Anna said:
    Love this video. We all need to be reminded about the power of love!
  3. Apple said:
    WOW! thanks for another testimony that love does last!:) <3 show us too Matt and Katie!:D
  4. Ken & Cherrill, said:
    Loved watching the video again. Thanks for memories. Love is still growing stronger by the day. By the way who are those two old people?
  5. Theresa McDonald said:
    Thanks for making me BELIEVE! x
  6. Polka Dot Bride said:
    I love this video! and the wedding one too- I could watch them for hours but it's so nice for your families to have it captured!
  7. I have tears in my eyes.... coming from a newlywed myself, to be able to love someone forever is bliss.... x
  8. jami said:
    I just absolutely adore yours and Katie's work. You two are just SO talented!! Beautiful video.
  9. Michele Fowler said:
    Matt ... our town is very, very lucky to have been blessed with the presence of your family for so many years, particularly your parents. I don't remember anything being said or done within the town (at the time) which would have both commemorated their anniversary and thanked them for all their contributions to our community. But I'd like to do that now. So congratulations and THANK YOU, Ken and Cherrill, for all you do within the community of Crow's Nest - and to all the Ebenezer family.
  10. WOW, WOW, WOW, I just L ♥ V E what you do! - :)
  11. Kylie Collins said:
    Awww....What a wonderful gift for not only your mum and dad but for generations to come. I love it!
  12. Kim said:
    The heart of life IS good. That was lovely to watch.
  13. Carolyn said:
    That was beautiful. What a lovely couple. I can't stop smiling. I've been following you guys for some time now from a far .. I just lurvvve your new look and wish you both all the happiness and success you want in life.