Woody & Judy's 60th Anniversary Shoot
"Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself through seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages, betrayed the rhythm and the music; perhaps…perhaps…love unfolded naturally our of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.”
– L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
Woody and Judy’s story certainly contains more prose than pomp and blare. The couple, who describes their style as “simple and homey” met when they were young. Their parents were friends and Woody grew up friends with Judy’s brother. Eventually that comfortable family connection blossomed into a deeper attraction for these two and they were married on September 1, 1957 in an intimate wedding with only close friends and family. At the time, people told the young couple that their marriage would never last. But here they are, 60 years later, still married and still laughing together.
But for all it’s simple prose, their story is full of a deep beauty, the kind of beauty that only comes from a love that can persevere through 62 years of life and family, parenting and cancer, moves and music, and lots and lots of laughter.
When I asked what first attracted them to each other, Judy answered that she was first drawn to Woody’s sense of humor. Woody responded that it was Judy’s smile that first drew his attention, though he later admitted with a twinkle in his eye that the honest answer would probably have been her boobs!
That sense of humor had us laughing throughout their session, as they showed me some of their favorite places in Lee’s Summit, MO, the town where they called home for more than 30 years. We started at the bowling alley where they both spent years bowling on leagues (the owner happily greeted them by name when we arrived). From there we went to the church they attended for years and where, later, their daughter was married. Then we swung by the house where they raised their family. We finally ended the evening at a local park.
As they held up their wedding photo for me, the setting sun illuminated their hands that cradled the frame and they broke out in a spontaneous rendition of “Golden Ring”, one of their favorite songs. And as their voices intertwined in a sweet harmony, their eyes locked together and in that gaze, I could see the poetry of their enduring love.
-Rebecca Clair, Photographer
What are your five favourite features of this submission?:
1. Their natural connection and easy laughter throughout the session
2. That perfect golden light that illuminated their love
3. The stories behind each location they chose (the bowling alley where they bowled for years, their old church, and the house where they raised their family)
4. The details of their hands (I just love the connection they show!)
5. The moment at the end when they spontaneously broke out singing "Golden Ring", one of their favorite songs!