Love and Marriage at 100 years old? Yep!

Have you been to a wedding lately? My cousin’s daughter, Mandy, got married recently (and no, Mandy is not 100 years old. That story follows hers). I wanted to go to her wedding but I didn’t get to attend. They live in Florida and I live in Kentucky, so I couldn’t make it but I have seen lots of pictures! Their wedding was informal, but so fun and original. And Martha (my cousin) says one of the best things about it was the short planning time, which translates to less money and less stress.

Mandy and John (her husband now) had both been married before and both have two children. They were all in the wedding. The little girls wore jean skirts and the boys flannel shirts and jeans. John is a fireman and they married in a building that he helped save a few years ago when there was a big fire in their town.

Everyone is just so dad-gum happy for them, and as you can tell by the photo, Mandy and John are all smiles too.

Now my cousin Martha and her husband, Glenn, have two more grandchildren to love. Can you tell by this photo how they feel about this?

It always amazes me at the amount of money some folks spend on weddings. Don’t get me wrong, I love a big white fluffy dress as much as the next gal, but when it comes right down to it, it isn’t the size of the wedding or the amount of money spent to get married that really matters.

It’s what happens after the ceremony that counts. “I do,” just gets you started. It’s the day to day, month to month, year to year faithfulness, support and companionship that cements the bond. The not giving up when times are hard and the arms wrapped around you when trials and tribulations come, that count.

Before I go I have to tell you about one more wedding. If you haven’t already heard about it Dana Jackson turned 100 yesterday and married  Bill Stauss who is 87.

Their family and friends gathered from all over to celebrate the festivities at Rosewood Health care in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which is right down the road from me.

This is Jackson’s fourth marriage, but to her family it’s still a very special one.

“I think it’s wonderful. I would have never imagined it, but I’m just so proud. I’m happy, and I’m thrilled that she’s happy. That’s all that matters,” said daughter Jessie Miller.

After the wedding ceremony everyone congratulated the couple and enjoyed refreshments, and Jackson even threw her bouquet to all the single ladies.

February is a good month for love and romance at any age, wouldn’t you agree?


  1. February is a good month for romance, but I think I’ll be past my marrying days at 100! BTW I agree that weddings have gotten out of hand. There are millions of cute ideas on Pinterest, but when I look at them, I sometimes think, just get married already! When my friends and I married, weddings were afternoon affairs–a ceremony followed by cake, punch and mints. Our weddings might have been a little austere, but I think they were preferable to affairs that turn the bride and her mother into nervous wrecks and the father of the bride into a pauper!

  2. teresak 13 Feb, 2012

    Amen, Susan!