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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

The Prettiest Raspberry Bourbon Cocktail to Welcome Spring

I am fully, wholeheartedly ready for Spring even if the weather and calendar haven’t quite caught up. I’m cleaning, organizing, adding colorful accessories and dreaming of springtime sips like the Campagna di Padova from Mint & Lovely along with imagery by Laurelyn Savannah. You’ll find the ingredients below and in 5 minutes you can be on your way to the yummiest Spring cocktailing.

The Campagna di Padova is a nod to all things spring. Our friends at Onesto mixed up this gorgeous cocktail that combines warming bourbon, bitter aperol and sweet simple syrup. Poured into a charming coupe, this pop of pink is a sure sign that warmer weather is on it’s way!

Campagna di Padova
prep time
5 Minute/s
cook time
total time
5 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • Bulleit Bourbon 1.25oz
  • Aperol .75oz
  • Raspberries 3ea
  • Lemon juice .75oz
  • Simple syrup .75oz
  1. Place all ingredients except one raspberry in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Cover and shake for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain mix into a coupe glass through a handheld strainer to remove seeds.
  4. Add remaining berry on the top of the drink for a garnish.

Photography: Laurelyn Savannah Photography | Styling: Mint & Lovely Studios | Restaurant: Onesto

Family-Infused Milwaukee Wedding at Villa Filomena

This wedding is lovely in the way that we normally talk about weddings. With gorgeous blooms by Wood Violet, stunning styling by Tailored Engagements and perfect images from Heather Cook Elliott Photography, it truly has it all. But what makes it absolutely gorgeous is the love this brand new family obviously shares for each other, and that love shows in each and every image in this gorgeous gallery.

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From Heather Cook Elliott PhotographyTo us, the best part of weddings is the fact that we get to witness and honor through our photographs the making of a family. Brides and grooms choose one another and they join their extended families to one another, but really, in saying their vows they create a legal, spiritual, cultural unit that is oh-so-worthy of adoration. On Blanca and Joe’s wedding day these truths were incredibly palpable and made plain for all in attendance to see and feel and be a part of honoring, too. Joe said vows not just to Blanca, but also to her two daughters, brought into the world in a time before he became such an integral part of Blanca’s life. Lucy and Lydia embraced Joe and their newest sibling Henry throughout the day, too, all smiles, all joy from morning hair appointments to dance floor boogies. They embraced their mom as well, and it really is so easy to see in these photographs that for this new family every heart was full near to bursting. We captured their love and happiness in the small details and in the big moments, as the girls serenaded and danced with their mom and helped her dress for the big day; we captured the fun and frivolity as cousins and friends played oversized board games at the reception and a host of toasts were offered to Blanca and Joe; ultimately we captured this family made official and new and whole. Grab a tissue and take a breath – these images to be savored.

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Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Styling: Tailored Engagements | Floral Design: Wood Violet | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Sweet Perfections | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Lee John's | Makeup: Tayla LaMacchia | Groom's Attire: Squire | Venue: Villa Filomena | Ice Cream Bar: Purple Door Ice Cream

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