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Mr. & Mrs. Woods 68th Wedding Anniversary

December 2, 2020

Mr. & Mrs. Woods

This was the most meaningful session I’ve ever had the privilege to shoot, a 68th wedding anniversary. Mr. & Mrs. Woods, your length of marriage isn’t only rare, your deep love and affection for one another is too. What I would give to be able to live nearly 68 years married with my Kyle. Your lives are inspiring and challenging, your devotion brings me to tears.

Before I share their story, I want you to know that Mr. Woods sang in his brides ear the whole time. We aren’t quite sure what (as he admitted he was making up songs), but it sounded something like Frank Sinatra. Mrs. Woods couldn’t stop giggling and I thought she was just simply giddy, only to find out at the end of the session he was pinching and tickling her.

May we all live in such a way that our marriage reflects endurance and commitment. And would the relationship that was built on love make the prettiest of portraits.

Their story…

“They married Christmas Day at the baptist church in Oakland City, and walked across the street for a ‘donuts and coffee’ reception at her mother’s home. They couldn’t marry at any other time because he was about to start a job and hadn’t yet earned vacation time.  The preacher gave the marriage 5 years, max. Soon after, he received notice to report to the army. They had their first daughter on base, and he spent nearly her first year of life stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict. When he returned they quickly had their second daughter and he decided to pursue engineering through the GI bill. He went to school at night and worked all day, but always made time for his girls. Mrs. Woods worked for a law office and Mr. Woods an engineer at Potter and Brumfield.

After retiring early, they enjoyed their grandkids, square dancing, golf, and camping. They spent most of the winters in Florida or Texas, but came home indefinitely when their youngest daughter was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. They are faithful to their family and dedicated to all great grandchildren (9 to be exact!) events big or small.”

This 68th Wedding Anniversary Photo shoot inspired by the listening ear project. Photographed by jordanleffel.com

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  1. Audrey Busse says:

    Beautiful and refreshing!
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Elizabeth Horrall Stith says:

    Jordan you captured them perfectly! My grandparents have danced and laughed through the hardest parts of life, and the love shines through in these photos. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for these priceless photos!

  3. Mary Thompson says:

    Happy Happy Anniversary

  4. brenda stoffel says:

    beautiful pictures of a very beautiful couple. They are blessed over and over. They both mean so much to me and my family. The friendship started with my parents and them being friends. Then the friendship carried over with their youngest daughter and myself. We have been best friends for many many years. Always a great time when we get to go to the Woods house we are always treated like family they show us so much love. Wish them a very happy 68 the anniversary such a deserving couple. We hope you have a exceptional day with your family. Love you both so much

  5. Mike Pflug says:

    Two of the greatest people I know. I love you Uncle Bill and Aunt Marianne!!! Happy Anniversary month!

  6. Ethel & Larry Osborn says:

    So sweet; beautiful pictures. Congratulations, wish you many more years. ❤️❤️❤️

  7. Donna Woods says:

    What a wonderful & memorable photo shoot. 68 years together is definitely a momentous occasion. Congratulations to you both. Wishing you both many more happy years together. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 🤵👰❤Love David & Donna

  8. Loretta Boger says:

    They are to very special people to me. They have a wonderful family. Marianne is a great friend to me & my best golfing will have.

  9. David and Aasta Carver says:

    Dear Marianne and Bill.
    Congratulations! We love your pictures! You are so cute together still, just like you were when you were dating! I always loved you, Marianne; you were always laughing and upbeat. Bill, I thought you were so handsome, and you still are! Sorry we can’t give you both a big hug! God bless! Aasta(Tootsie) and David Carver

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