A pair of grandparents recreated popular wedding photos, and it's adorable.

Shalyn Nelson's grandparents, Joe Ray and Billie Wanda Johnson, have been married for 65 years.

A couple of years ago, the 30-year-old photographer asked her Papaw, 86, and Mamaw, 83, to indulge her by participating in an adorable photo shoot. Now, the heartwarming photos are going viral.

This wasn't just your typical dress-up, stand-and-smile routine, either — it was a fun and playful shoot. Shalyn had her grandparents re-create today's most popular wedding photos (any Pinterest board about wedding-day poses will quickly confirm this), and the results were adorable.


Shalyn grew up next-door to her grandparents. She didn't have much of a father figure around, but she says Papaw and Mamaw filled that void throughout her life with their love and endless support.

"They have taught me the true meaning of marriage," Shalyn says. "No marriage is perfect, and my grandparents will be the first to tell you that. But they never gave up."

Mamaw and Papaw met when she was in high school and he was in college.

Their families knew each other. He asked to drive her home one day, and then asked to take her out. Young and in love, they got engaged in 1950 after just two years of dating while he finished college and got a job.

Papaw planted a rose bush outside the couple's window when they built their house on Hidden Lake Ranch in Jewett, Texas. "Billie Wanda is the rose of my life ... but it does have a few thorns here and there," Papaw said, laughing.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons.

Here are 21 beautiful pics celebrating Papaw and Mamaw's life together that will make you believe in love.

1. Just look at these two. That's amoré!

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

2. Papaw gets playful with the "I caught the bouquet" pose.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

3. Isn't a kiss on the forehead always the sweetest?

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

4. "Walking through life together, but the trail's getting short," Papaw tells Shalyn.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

5. You gotta have a shot of the radiant bride in her full, beautiful splendor.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

6. A glimpse of a touching love letter Papaw wrote to his bride.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

7. Can't you just feel the love between these two?

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

8. This "almost-kiss" shot is a must for every wedding photographer.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

9. The happy couple posing with the letters they wrote to each other.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

10. An homage to Billie Wanda, the rose of his life.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

11. The blushing bride is simply gorgeous.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

12. How cute is this pose right before the bride and groom see each other for the first time?

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

13. Peek-a-boo!

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

14. You can't argue with that nuzzling.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

15. And the veil-over-the-heads shot is also a must on any wedding photographer's list. Nailed it.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

16. You can't forget a close-up photo of the couple's hands wearing their wedding bands. The wrinkles add character.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

17. As giddy as they must have been on their actual wedding day.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

18. We now pronounce you man and wife, still — after 65 years.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

19. You may now kiss the bride ... again!

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

20. May you continue to only have eyes for each other.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

21. And live happily ever after.

Photo by Shalyn Nelson/Love, The Nelsons, used with permission.

Marriage is tough. Celebrating 65 years together is an amazing milestone.

While marriage isn't for everyone, Mamaw and Papaw are wonderful role models for those who do choose to walk down the aisle with their eyes and their hearts wide open.

They're a great example of the beautiful things that can happen if you choose to embark on that crazy roller coaster ride filled with ups and downs and twists and turns that marriage guarantees.

"Everybody can't always have their own way. There has to be a little give and take," Mamaw advises. "Just have good common sense."

If after 65 together, you can still play dress-up, act silly with one another, laugh at each other, and just plain enjoy each other's company ... you're doing it right.

Images courtesy of Mark Storhaug & Kaiya Bates

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Schools, classrooms, and teachers that are welcoming and inclusive support students' development and help set them up for a positive and engaging path in life.

Here are three of our favorite everyday actions that are spreading kindness on campus in a big way:

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Help Mark get his students outside, exercising, learning to cooperate, and having fun by donating to his GoFundMe.

Image courtesy of Kaiya Bates

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According to the WHO around 280 million people worldwide suffer from depression. In the US, 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness and 1 in 20 experience severe mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Kaiya Bates, who was recently crowned Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen for 2022, is one of those people, and has endured severe anxiety, depression, and selective mutism for most of her life.

Through her GoFundMe, Kaiya aims to use her "knowledge to inspire and help others through their mental health journey and to spread positive and factual awareness."

She's put together regulation kits (that she's used herself) for teachers to use with students who are experiencing stress and anxiety. Each "CALM-ing" kit includes a two-minute timer, fidget toolboxes, storage crates, breathing spheres, art supplies and more.

Kaiya's GoFundMe goal is to send a kit to every teacher in every school in the Pasco School District in Washington where she lives.

To help Kaiya achieve her goal, visit Staying C.A.L.M: Regulation Kits for Kids.

Image courtesy of Julie Tarman

3. Library for a high school heritage Spanish class

Julie Tarman is a high school Spanish teacher in Sacramento, California, who hopes to raise enough money to create a Spanish language class library.

The school is in a low-income area, and although her students come from Spanish-speaking homes, they need help building their fluency, confidence, and vocabulary through reading Spanish language books that will actually interest them.

Julie believes that creating a library that affirms her students' cultural heritage will allow them to discover the joy of reading, learn new things about the world, and be supported in their academic futures.

To support Julie's GoFundMe, visit Library for a high school heritage Spanish class.

Do YOU have an idea for a fundraiser that could make a difference? Upworthy and GoFundMe are celebrating ideas that make the world a better, kinder place. Visit upworthy.com/kindness to join the largest collaboration for human kindness in history and start your own GoFundMe.

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