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True Love: 60 Years and Counting

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A little while ago, I went out to Hershey, Pennsylvania for a party to celebrate my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary. Working in this business, I can often get caught up in all of the small details of a wedding (Is that the perfect shade of pale blue for the bouquet ribbon?). So it was great to take a moment to remember what a wedding is really about—the union of two people who commit to love and support and care for each other for a lifetime.

I'm sure my grandparents went through tough times, but through it all they loved and respected one another and still do to this day. Now they have 7 healthy, hardworking children and 15 loving grandchildren. I am the oldest of the bunch and am so appreciative of everything my grandparents have given us. If it wasn't for their love and devotion, we grandchildren wouldn't have such strong relationships with one another. (Let's just say that when we get together, the excitement makes it nearly impossible to go to bed before the sun comes up.) I couldn't resist sharing a few pictures with you of my grandparents, past and present.

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My grandparents, William and Kathleen Colgan, walking down the aisle 60 years ago. I love how genuinely happy they look!

1 My grandparents, William and Kathleen Colgan, walking down the aisle 60 years ago. I love how genuinely happy they look!

My grandma has exquisite taste, exemplified in the classic calligraphy of their wedding invitation.

2 My grandma has exquisite taste, exemplified in the classic calligraphy of their wedding invitation.

How gorgeous is this lace? My grandma told me she bought it on sale. I think it is so lovely and classic. My mom also wore long lace sleeves so I might have to some day too.

3 How gorgeous is this lace? My grandma told me she bought it on sale. I think it is so lovely and classic. My mom also wore long lace sleeves so I might have to some day too.

My beautiful grandmother with her parents. My grandparents met as students at Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

4 My beautiful grandmother with her parents. My grandparents met as students at Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

A view of the wedding party. I like the portrait necklines of the bridesmaids dresses and the white carnation boutonnieres on the groomsmen.

5 A view of the wedding party. I like the portrait necklines of the bridesmaids dresses and the white carnation boutonnieres on the groomsmen.

My grandpa having his bowtie adjusted before pictures.

6 My grandpa having his bowtie adjusted before pictures.

Here they are in their most recent professional photo.

7 Here they are in their most recent professional photo.

And here's the family all together: My grandparents with 13 of their 15 grandchildren (one is teaching in Korea and one was deep in finals and couldn't make the trip). I am next to my grandma in the gray dress.

8 And here's the family all together: My grandparents with 13 of their 15 grandchildren (one is teaching in Korea and one was deep in finals and couldn't make the trip). I am next to my grandma in the gray dress.

And a picture of them in matching blue outfits right before the party.

9 And a picture of them in matching blue outfits right before the party.

We have a hard time gathering everyone in one place and pictures are always a challenge! Six are missing from this photo, if you can believe it.

10 We have a hard time gathering everyone in one place and pictures are always a challenge! Six are missing from this photo, if you can believe it.

Comments (3)

  • What beautiful and happy photographs, you are right, they just look so happy to be with one another - so precious!!

  • It has been a joy and pleasure to know Kaye & Bill for about 36 years! Our lives have been enriched. We shared many a laugh, a meal, a drink (or two) and watched our children grow, mnature and flee the family nest.

    The secret is to open the door, let the kids go and lo and behold they find their way back!

    We all have great kids and grandkids.

    Many more happy years to Kaye & Bill.

  • Kaye and Bill,a beautiful 60th celebration a fitting successor to your fabulous 50th.

    Friends,loved early on, and every bit as much today. Neighbors first, with you at one end of the West Allis alley and we at the other, both couples rearing great kids. Many family moves in your first 60 years(in our 65 too),but we never really lost touch, and never will, since "friends are forever".
    Believe it!! Much love, Lorraine and Jerry

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