As I reflect on the wedding industry, and the myriad of details that go into creating that all-important event, I’m always still reminded that it’s the marriage that matters above all else. When the doors are closed and the party is over, the promise remains.

Last week, Stephen and I had the great opportunity to go to England, his home country, to celebrate my inlaws’ 50th wedding anniversary. It was an exciting time for both of us – for him, to see his entire family including aunts and uncles who had immigrated to Australia, and for me, to meet those relatives I hadn’t met yet (yes, after 11 years together!) as well as visiting people and places in his home region of Kent (southeast of London).  It was a whirlwind trip, but so worth it, and just a taste of what I hope will be much more time spent in those parts of the world in years to come!

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At the celebratory dinner, Stephen gave a toast that caused me to reflect. 50 years is a long time. It is an inspiration to us and to all married couples of the younger generation to see two people who have stuck it out over time, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse.

Which couple in your life has been married the longest? Whose relationship and commitment do you admire?