Margaret and Ferris Romaire’s Nov. 24, 1946 wedding in Morgan City, Louisiana was a simple affair. The ceremony lasted only 15 minutes, and afterwards guests gathered at her parents’ house for cake and punch.
They weren’t rich, but they felt blessed, and over the next seven decades their union produced four children, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. They had it all… except for photos of the day that started it all. “I’m sure people had cameras then but evidently nobody thought to bring a camera to our wedding,” Margaret Romaire, 89, told ABC News. “We didn’t have weddings then like people do today.”
- The Most Famous Southern Weddings of All Time
- Mother of the Bride Wedding Countdown
- 30 Must-Take Wedding Photos
“You can see the love between them in just the way they interact with each other and laugh together as we would go from the different poses,” Carter recalls of their late-October photo session.
Though they’re no longer spring chickens, the lovebirds credit their long marriage to the good parental example of their own parents. Margaret’s parents were married for 64 years and Ferris’ were married for 65 years.
If you ask Ferris for the key to a happy marriage, the 90-year-old suggests "giving each other space and respecting one another. And admit when you are wrong,” he adds, “except that Margaret is never wrong!"