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Secrets to a Healthy Marriage from a Couple 58 Years In!

Harold and Lorraine have figured out the secret sauce to a happy marriage. For not only do they make 58 years of wedded bliss look easy, but their tips on how to make it last are completely applicable whether you’re a newlywed or years in. See their advice below and all the adorable snaps from Maison Meredith Photography in The Vault!

Harold + Lorraine’s Tips for a Lasting Marriage

 

Love each other

Respect each other (If you don’t respect each other, you will never get along! These first two tips are our most important ones.)

Say please + thank you

Worship together


Have a family

Plan your vacations together

Have vacations with your children (We’ve found that they especially like camping!)

Give each other some space! (It’s important to have separate hobbies apart from your spouse)

Be fair with each other. (Listen, discuss each person’s side together, and then choose which route is the best to go.)

From the Lorraine…We got married in a little town call Kennan in north central Wisconsin 58 years ago! Both Harold and I are actually from this town, but we met in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing up in Kennan, I knew Harold’s family name, but I never actually knew Harold. He was five years older than me so I didn’t know him in grade school or high school.

I moved to Milwaukee after I graduated and Harold moved to Milwaukee after he got out of the service, which ended up being around the same time. Harold was actually living with my cousin and the two of them were really good friends! Since I was so much younger than my cousin, however, I didn’t know him very well and hence didn’t even know that he had a roommate, nonetheless that Harold was his roommate! The first time we met was actually at a dance in Milwaukee. Harold thought I was cute and the rest is history. We dated for a year and a half before Harold proposed on Valentine’s Day.

On our honeymoon we went to Yellowstone National Park and Harold told me that he had been saving 50 cent pieces, one at a time, so that he could take me on the trip! We drove out there through the Rocky Mountains and I was scared to death!

Another favorite memory we have together is our big trip to Europe. Harold was in the service in Germany, so for our 25th Anniversary we took a trip to see where he had lived. We were also able to go to Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. One of the best memories from the trip actually took place in the airport overseas — we were changing airlines and started chatting with a couple standing nearby us in line. We learned that they lived 15 miles from us in a small town in Central Wisconsin. I could hardly believe it, it was awesome! It was just a fun trip and I’m thankful we were young enough to really enjoy it.

From Lorraine’s Granddaughter, Taylor… I have looked up to my grandparents my entire life. Their selfless love for one another and everyone in their life is admirable. They are always putting others first and deserved to have time for each other to capture that love and commitment to one another. They have told so many incredible stories over their lifetime, but the most captivating is their love story.

For my family and I, we will now be able to cherish these timeless photos forever. The photos will serve as a constant reminder to strive for a beautiful marriage filled with love, commitment, and laughter. The photos will be passed down to next generations in our family for years to come. There’s no doubt that people will be able to feel and be inspired by their love without ever having met them, and that is such a beautiful gift.

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Photography: Maison Meredith Photography

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This Classic Meets Romantic Affair is the Definition of Pretty

Saying “I do” in classic fashion is never a bad thing, and when these two sweeties tied the knot in their traditional meets romantic affair, it was everything you want your wedding day to be. Think gorgeous details, a beautiful locale and moment after moment of HAPPY. Oh, and the bride’s amazing hair? It’s beyond. See it all captured perfectly by the talented Kristina Lorraine in THE VAULT.

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From the Bride… It all began on a hot and humid day back in July 2012, fittingly, at a Chicago street fest a few beers deep. It started innocently enough, Kurt’s friend knew mine, which started the introductions. This led to an afternoon of a few awkward flirtations and a whole lot of Bud Light. Kurt claims that he had asked for my number that day, but this part of the story is still a little hazy. It took three months and the magic of Facebook to reunite us (we’re a shy duo).

We had our first date at a romantic local establishment (Kirkwood in Lincoln Park), and again keeping with the theme, learned more about each other over a few adult beverages. The next few years were spent meeting each other’s wonderful friends and family (Kurt was welcomed with party hats and boas and thankfully my introduction was a lot more tame), a few weekend getaways, moving in together to our cozy Roscoe apartment, and a little bit of heartache. All of which showed us that we can pretty much handle anything that is thrown our way. Our story shows that love can be found at any corner even when you least expect it. Even the corner of Lincoln and Montana!

Our wedding vibe can be described in three words: light, romantic and antique-y. This made the most sense due to our casual venue and our laid-back personalities. We went to a countless number of good will stores and a few antique rental spots to make our look complete! Our theme for the wedding was “love” (unique right??) which we were able to incorporate all over our venue. Starting from the drink we loved, to Polaroids of the people we loved (in lieu of a guest book), to centerpieces with displays of Kurt and my favorite things. It really turned out to be a perfect day of love!!

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Photography: Kristina Lorraine Photography | Event Planning: Graceful Events | Floral Design: Trellis | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Invitations: BHLDN | Ceremony Venue: St. Andrew | Reception Venue: The Abbey Resort and Spa | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: Sonia Roselli | Cocktail Cruise: Lake Geneva Cruise Line | Dessert: Holey Moley | Photography - Assistance: Mugan Films | Rentals: Relics Vintage Rentals

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When They Couldn’t Find Their Dream Garden, They Found a Way to Create It

For this floral loving couple, it only made sense to plan a big day overflowing with lush blooms and loved ones. But when they couldn’t find their dream garden venue, they decided to ‘bring the garden to the guests’. Captured by Maison Meredith Photography, this is one celebration that’s colorful yet totally chic. See it all in The Vault!

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From the Bride…Ever since I was a little girl I loved flowers. Ideally, our wedding would have been set in a garden filled with big blooms and lush greens. However, it was very important to Reece and me that all of our friends and family be able to attend. We decided to get married as close to our hometown as possible. Being from rural Wisconsin provides some challenges to finding a conveniently located garden, so we decided to bring the garden to our guests!

We achieved our garden vision by filling both the ceremony and reception with as many florals as possible without being overwhelming. We chose a tent for our reception site to help to make the wedding feel a little bit more like it was set in a garden. We also love the outdoors, and a tent reception was the perfect way to have the outdoor feel combined with a safe haven from Mother Nature, if needed.

We chose our colors based on the colors we love using in our daily life. Reece’s favorite color is gray, and he wears shades of blue often. Both Reece and his groomsmen wore a navy blue tuxedo, and we used gray and silver as accent colors. I tend to lean towards wearing neutrals with a pop of color or a standout accessory. I wore an ivory and silver gown with a bold earring and flowing hairpiece. I chose latte for my girls and paired the gown with an ornate earring.

My favorite moment of the day was our ceremony when we finally became husband and wife and then were able to spend the rest of the day together celebrating with our guests. The day was absolutely amazing and filled with more joy and love than we could have ever expected. I have to credit the amazing team of vendors I worked with for helping to make the day go as smooth as possible. If I could give brides-to-be any advice, it would be to hire vendors that have both done weddings that are in line with what you are envisioning and you trust to do work you will absolutely love.

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Photography: Maison Meredith Photography | Cinematography: MatKat Productions | Event Planning: sash&bow | Floral Design: Buds 'n Bloom | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Main Grain Bakery | Ceremony Venue: St. Mark Lutheran Church | Reception Venue: White Tent Facility at Waupaca Ale House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jasmine Collection | Makeup: Anagen 11 | Hair: ASH. A Boutique Salon. | DJ: DJ S | Ceremony Music: Ivory Winds | Bridal Boutique: Victorian Bridal

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