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Celebrating marriage
Couples enjoy over 50 years of matrimony
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Some got married before going to war. Others were married before their 16th birthday.
It was a different era in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s when couples were getting married and beginning their lives together.
Now at least 50 years from their wedding date, the Southern Standard is recognizing nearly 200 of those couples in a special section inside today’s edition called Love Stories.
Reading their stories provides a glimpse back in time to the days when weddings were not normally a grand celebration involving hundreds of guests and months of planning. Rather, young couples would jaunt off to Northern Georgia to get married at a courthouse because they said it was “the thing to do.”
In an effort to feature every couple who wanted to participate, the Standard promoted the special section for months and encouraged everyone to submit their name if they were interested.
In addition to telling their story, couples were invited to participate in a celebration held Saturday at Westwood Church of Christ. An estimated 220 people were in attendance for cake and refreshments.
The Standard also gave each couple a chance to have their picture made and provided a frame for them to put their newest photo. In the end, it was a rewarding experience for both newspaper employees and the couples involved.
The special section is inside today’s edition, and a recap of Saturday’s banquet can be found on page 7-B.