A couple's viral 60th anniversary photo shoot includes their sweet advice for a lasting marriage.

In an time when half of marriages end in divorce, defying the odds with a 60-year wedding anniversary is something to celebrate.

That's what photographer Abigail Lydick and her family thought when they coordinated a sweet anniversary wedding shoot for her grandparents, Ginger and George Brown. The couple has been married for six decades and they are still going strong.

Lydick shared Ginger and George's love story with Upworthy, and it's as adorable as their photographs.

Abigail Gingerale Photography

It all began with a series of chance meetings.

Ginger and George first met in a restaurant booth in 1958, where they'd been seated together by coincidence. They barely spoke to one another that day. A couple of months later, they saw each other at a stoplight, where George honked at Ginger and waved. She recognized him from the restaurant, and his smile lingered in her mind. The third time they met, Ginger's brother introduced her to George at the county fair—the two men just happened to have been classmates. A week later, Ginger came home from a date to find George in her family's living room, hanging out with her brother and his wife. They all went out to a late night diner together, and from then on the two were hooked.

On June 6, 1959, a year and four days after their first encounter in the restaurant booth, Ginger and George were married. Sixty years later, they're still enjoying life together with their 4 kids, 18 grandkids, and 19 great-grandkids.

June 6, 1959Abigail Gingerale Photography

The whole family chipped in to fly the couple up to New Jersey from their home in South Carolina for a special surprise photo shoot with Abigail Gingerale Photography, which Lydick runs with her husband, Andy. Local businesses also got in on the surprise. The Facebook post of the photo shoot has gone viral, and it's not hard to see why when you see the love pouring out of these pictures.

Abigail Gingerale Photography

Abigail Gingerale Photography

Abigail Gingerale Photography

Abigail Gingerale Photography


"We contacted some of our vendor friends," Lydick says, "including the ladies at Bridal Suite Boutique, Ivy On Main Florals, and Christine Swope (who provided not only hair and makeup, but a hair cut and style for Granddad too!) Everyone pulled together to get all the details for their very own 60th anniversary shoot!"

"Grandmom was more nervous than anyone," adds Lydick. "She had never gotten any kind of professional hair and makeup done let alone fancy pictures, so we had to reassure her that she was going to rock this thing!

With Ginger dressed in a bridal gown and George dressed in a sharp gray suit, the happy couple look as if they could've just gotten married. Check out this "first look" photo. So dang sweet.

Abigail Gingerale Photography

During the shoot, Lydick asked her grandparents if they had any marriage advice for young couples. In addition to the fact that they kiss once a day or more here's what they said:

1. "Don't go to bed angry."
2. "Be prepared to forgive, always, because you just have to do it."
3. "Maintain a good sense of humor."

(Lydick says that last one is George's favorite.)

Is there anything better than living, breathing proof that lasting love really is possible? Congratulations to the happy couple!

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When Molly Reeser was a student at Michigan State University, she took a job mucking horse stalls to help pay for classes. While she was there, she met a 10-year-old girl named Casey, who was being treated for cancer, and — because both were animal lovers — they became fast friends.

Two years later, Casey died of cancer.

"Everyone at the barn wanted to do something to honor her memory," Molly remembers. A lot of suggestions were thrown out, but Molly knew that there was a bigger, more enduring way to do it.

"I saw firsthand how horses helped Casey and her family escape from the difficult and terrifying times they were enduring. I knew that there must be other families who could benefit from horses in the way she and her family had."

Molly approached the barn owners and asked if they would be open to letting her hold a one-day event. She wanted to bring pediatric cancer patients to the farm, where they could enjoy the horses and peaceful setting. They agreed, and with the help of her closest friends and the "emergency" credit card her parents had given her, Molly created her first Camp Casey. She worked with the local hospital where Casey had been a patient and invited 20 patients, their siblings and their parents.

The event was a huge success — and it was originally meant to be just that: a one-day thing. But, Molly says, "I believe Casey had other plans."

One week after the event, Molly received a letter from a five-year-old boy who had brain cancer. He had been at Camp Casey and said it was "the best day of his life."

"[After that], I knew that we had to pull it off again," Molly says. And they did. Every month for the next few years, they threw a Camp Casey. And when Molly graduated, she did the most terrifying thing she had ever done and told her parents that she would be waitressing for a year to see if it might be possible to turn Camp Casey into an actual nonprofit organization. That year of waitressing turned into six, but in the end she was able to pull it off: by 2010, Camp Casey became a non-profit with a paid staff.

"I am grateful for all the ways I've experienced good luck in my life and, therefore, I believe I have a responsibility to give back. It brings me tremendous joy to see people, animals, or things coming together to create goodness in a world that can often be filled with hardships."

Camp Casey serves 1500 children under the age of 18 each year in Michigan. "The organization looks different than when it started," Molly says. "We now operate four cost-free programs that bring accessible horseback riding and recreational services to children with cancer, sickle cell disease, and other life-threatening illnesses."

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