When we picture our wedding day, most of us imagine the couple in gowns and/or tuxes. They imagine a ceremony, a party, and, of course, a photo shoot. This couple, however, didn’t get to have any of that. 77 years later, the bride and groom finally got to have that moment they missed nearly eight decades prior. This is a story that will warm your heart. (1)
Bride and Groom Finally Have Wedding Photoshoot 77 Years Later
When Frankie King and her husband Royce were married in 1944, it wasn’t quite the day that the bride and groom had always imagined it would be. The high school sweethearts got engaged at the height of World War II. Shortly after, Royce joined the military, who sent him to a base in another state. A lieutenant in the Air Force, they gave him a short leave after he received his pilot’s wings before he was to be deployed overseas. (2)
He returned to Oelwein, Iowa to marry Frankie. The leave was given to him, however, only on a couple of days’ notice. There was no time for planning and their small town had no bridal shop. The wedding was a quick, simple affair. No dress, nothing fancy.
“Mom had mentioned, ‘We got married on a two-day notice while Dad was just on a short leave… before he went overseas in World War II. We didn’t have time to plan a big wedding and we didn’t have a photographer,'” their daughter, Sue Bilodeau, said.
An Incredible Life Together
They may not have had the magical wedding day that many of us hope to have, however, their marriage has more than made up for it. Seventy-seven years later, the couple has two children, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. They have ridden the waves of hard times together and come out on the other side with still so much love for one another. At 97 and 98 years old, they still live in the same town with a hospice nurse who takes care of them.
The Non-Existent Wedding Photos
September 16th of this year was Frankie and Royce’s 77th wedding anniversary. Their hospice nurse asked Frankie if she could see a photo of their wedding day. That’s when Frankie informed her that they had no photos because there was no photographer present. Unlike today, no official photographer meant no photos.
The St. Croix Hospice nurse felt sad that the couple had no photos to look back on of their special day. This inspired her to do something to give them that opportunity almost eight decades later. With the help of the other hospice workers, they found a photographer, a wedding gown for Frankie, and got things set up to give the couple the wedding photos that they had never gotten.