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A couple who have been married for 70 years celebrated the incredible milestone with a romantic photoshoot for which the bride donned the same wedding dress she wore to tie the knot.
Nancy Lubbers, 87, dusted off her $35 white lace gown for the heart-warming shoot with her 91 year-old husband, Melvin.
The loved up pair, from South Dakota, met at a skating rink and Melvin later proposed at a ballpark.
The teenage sweethearts married on January 6 in 1952 when Nancy was just 16 years old.
Seven decades of marriage later and the pair have five children, Duane Lubbers, 67, Lori Heier, 65, Dee Dee Konrad, 64, Dawn Gerlach, 62, and Melissa Schutte, 54.
Melvin Lubbers, 91, and Nancy, 87, from South Dakota, celebrated 70 years as a married couple with a romantic photoshoot for which the proud wife donned her original $35 wedding dress
The teenage sweethearts married on January 6 in 1952 when Nancy was just 16 years old and the young couple actually paid for the wedding themselves
Nancy wore her original $35 wedding dress or the heart-warming shoot with her husband
They also have 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in January this year and their youngest granddaughter Anna, a professional wedding photographer, decided to mark the occasion with a special photoshoot in the family garden.
Anna said: ‘My grandparents only have a couple of photos from their wedding day.
‘I came up with the idea to take photos of Grandma in her dress and then my mom, Melissa found Grandpa’s Korean war army suit for him to wear.’
They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in January this year and their youngest granddaughter Anna, a professional wedding photographer, marked the occasion with a shoot
Seven decades later, the pair have five children, (L-R) Duane Lubbers, 67, Lori Heier, 65, Dee Dee Konrad, 64, Dawn Gerlach, 62, and Melissa Schutte, 54
Nancy said it was an honor that she could still get in to her dress as it was ‘something special’ admitting she’s glad she ‘preserved it’ all these years
Their grandchild Anna came up with the idea to take photos of her grandma in her dress and her mother, Melissa, found her grandpa’s Korean war army suit
Seventy years ago, Nancy’s dress cost $35 and her veil was $15.
Melvin served in the Korean War and this was his official army photo before leaving just three weeks after the wedding
Asked how she felt to wear her gown again, Nancy said: ‘It really was an honor that I could still get in it.
‘My dress was something special and I loved it, so I just preserved it and kept it all these years.
‘It felt really good to wear it again and we had fun reminiscing about our wedding day and the photo shoot was a lot of fun.’
After seeing his wife of 70 years in her wedding gown again, Melvin said: ‘Oh boy that certainly brought back some good memories.’
Back in 1952, the couple had a church wedding followed by a meal in the church basement and Melvin recalls they had ice cream and cake for desert.
Melvin always jokes that he got Nancy’s rings in a gumball machine, but the young couple actually paid for the wedding themselves.
Sadly the new Mr and Mrs had no chance for a honeymoon with Melvin being called for service just three weeks after saying I do.
The newlyweds with their wedding party in 1952. The couple had a church wedding followed by a meal in the church basement and Melvin recalls they had ice cream and cake for desert
After seeing his wife of 70 years in her wedding gown again, Melvin said it ‘brought back some good memories’
Sealed with a kiss. Melvin said that seeing her wife in her dress again after all these years brought back a lot of wonderful memories
Melvin left for four months to complete basic training and the sergeant and tank commander recalls: ‘I was home for a 10 day leave, then I was sent to Japan for training before being sent to Korea to fight. I was in Korea for 8 months in 1952.’
After the war, Melvin worked as a salesman and had a hobby farm with sheep.
Nancy worked at a grocery store and raised the couple’s five children.
Asked for their secret of a long and happy marriage, Melvin said: ‘You won’t always agree, sometimes you have a disagreement. But when you have one of those, you sit down and talk about it and come up with an answer.
70 Years ago, Nancy’s beautiful white lace dress cost her $35 and her veil was only $15
Nancy said during the photoshoot they ‘had fun reminiscing about their wedding day’ and it was a lot of fun
Despite their long and happy marriage, laughing Melvin said it drives him mad when she ‘talks but doesn’t speak up’ so he can’t hear her
‘And once it’s resolved, don’t bring it back up.’
Nancy added: ‘Always respect each other even when you don’t agree. Show lots of love and care and forgive and forget. Just make the best of your life.’
Despite their long and happy marriage, laughing Melvin said: ‘It drives me mad when she talks but doesn’t speak up so I can’t hear her.’
And Nancy replied: ‘He drives me mad when he gets carried away with his teasing and that gets me very agitated.’
Anna added: ‘Taking photos of my grandma and grandpa is something I will never forget.
‘I’m so glad I got to capture their love, even if it was 70 years after their wedding day. The photos are precious and our family love them.’
Nancy worked at a grocery store part time and raised the couple’s five children (pictured) while Melvin worked as a salesman