Ruby & Harold | 65 Years of Marriage | Virginia Anniversary Photographer

You guys! I am SO EXCITED to share Ruby and Harold’s 65 YEAR anniversary session with you! Five years ago, I had the complete honor of documenting their 60th wedding anniversary. And now 5 years later, I got to see them again! I had emailed Cindy, one of their children, and together we planned another shoot with them.

Harold is the exact same as I remember him. Cutting jokes and always smiling. Sadly, Ruby’s dementia has worsened. She didn’t remember me or the last time we took pictures together. When she greeted me at the door, she wrapped me up in a tight hug… just like you would hug family you hadn’t seen in a long time. I told her I was so excited to see her and she said, ‘Well, I wish I knew why!’ But wow, her personality was just as sassy as ever!! I brought her cookies from Mookies. Her face lit up and she said, ‘Are these all for me?’ I said yes and she said, ‘Well, bye bye family!!’ She went back inside and wrote her name on the box. It’s so sad to know that she won’t remember me, her cookies or the wonderful time we had together. But she’ll enjoy looking at the pictures and that’s exactly why I do what I do. They still have a large framed print hanging in their home from our last session together.

1952. On their wedding day.

He was so proud of his suit. He bragged about how he found it at a second hand store for less than $15. The coat was about 3 sizes too big, but Harold is so handsome that you can’t even tell. His bowtie has been in his wardrobe for over 65 years!

I told him those flowers were for Ruby.

She was excited.

I said, ‘Ok, Ruby! I want you to give him a kiss!’ And she goes, ‘Ooooooh! Haven’t I kissed him enough?’ She is hilarious!!

One of my favorite shots! How long these hands have held each other!

Despite her dementia, she recognizes Harold and loves him more and more each day. You can see it in her eyes.

Look how proud he is!!

Doing their favorite thing in the world together. Ruby very clearly read her favorite verse to me without skipping a beat. From the King James version, Psalm 100: 1-5: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”


Their family tree and legacy:

Children: Marty, Rhonda, Tim, Cindy, Sandy
Grand Children: David, Kevin, Brian, Michael, Ethan, Brook, Kari
Great Grand Children: Tyler, Noah, Kaylah, Karoline, Burke, Campbell, Meredith, Cole, Adeline, Gaige, Skylar, River, Cole, Perrin
Great-Great Grand Children: Georgia

5 children, 7 grandchildren and 14 great grand children, 1 great-great grandchild

To view the full session, please click here.

  1. Rena

    June 14th, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    These are stunning. What a beautiful couple you captured so well. I love their hands and the way they look at one another.

  2. Megan

    June 15th, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Thank you, Rena! Their hand shot is definitely one of my favorites ever.

  3. Janet

    June 14th, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Oh Megan, These pictures are fabulous. I have known this couple my whole life. You captured their personalities as I remember. I had happy tears looking at the gallery. Tears for a wonderful, godly couple. Tears for Ruby and her dementia. Tears for Harold being her faithful caretaker.

  4. Megan

    June 15th, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Thank you, Janet!! I can absolutely see why you love them so much!

  5. christina hernandez

    June 14th, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    JUST beautiful, Megan! I’m so inspired

  6. Megan

    June 15th, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Thank you so much, Christina!!

  7. Vickie Jackson

    June 14th, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    As a Maui wedding planner, I am so in love with this dear little couple and your amazing photos of them together. GREAT JOB capturing their love for one another!

  8. Megan

    June 15th, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Awww, Vicki!! Thank you so much! Gahhh, I would so love to shoot in Maui!! I bet you love it so much!

  9. Christine

    June 15th, 2017 at 9:48 am

    You have so beautifully captured this couple who radiate the love of Christ! I am so glad to see them every Sunday!

  10. Mladen Lastro

    July 4th, 2017 at 1:44 am

    When you as the photographer, have nothing to add …. just being a one witness of the magic :) :)

  11. Gianna

    July 5th, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful!!!

  12. Wiola

    July 7th, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Wonderful pictures, full of love. Wish this couple to endure to the end of their days in love and without suffering and pain.

    Wioletta from Poland

  13. Josephawarl

    March 22nd, 2019 at 2:08 pm

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  14. Michelle Humphrey

    April 8th, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    I am crying here…..such amazing touching photos. I can feel their love and devotion and HAPPINESS when I look at these photos! Thank you so much for sharing! I give my condolences to the family of Harold’s passing! He looked like a wonderful man!

  15. Sharon Mills Speas

    April 9th, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    These photos capture the Love that these two have for one another, rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ. Your talent is amazing! Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of an incredible set of parents to a wonderful friend. Tears!
    Condolences to this sweet family and my friend Sandy. Love and prayers.

  16. Burnie Ott

    April 10th, 2019 at 10:00 am

    I am a friend of daughter Cindy. I have often told her she has the gift of Joy in the Lord, and spreads it freely. Now I know Ruby’s favorite verses, I understand. Beautiful job capturing a God centered marriage!

  17. Gayle Gray

    April 10th, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    I am crying as I type this. Oh what remarkably beautiful photos of such a precious couple! You perfectly captured the love, joy, humor, and faithfulness of these amazing and beautiful souls. What an amazing legacy for their children, especially now. (I am a long-time friend of Sandy)

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