A couple has recreated their wedding album half a century later, in the same church and in the same dress.
Carolyn and Kelly Gay, now in their 70s, were married in March 1971 in a white wedding at their local church.
To celebrate their golden anniversary, the couple returned to DSM First Church in Des Moines, Iowa, to recreate their photographs, exactly 50 years after that day.
The church had the same altar, cross, and chandeliers that were present at its first ceremony so many years before, so the photos were a perfect match.
Carolyn, a grandmother of four, spent three years growing her hair out for the shoot and was even able to wear the same dress she wore when she was twenty.
The new photos were taken by Two Hoyles Photography’s Sam Hoyle, who even managed to edit on Carolyn’s late father, Rolland Swalking, down the hall.
Carolyn said: “It took between an hour and an hour and a half to take the new pictures and it was just a fun time. They have had the church painted a couple of times since then, but not long ago they scraped it off and brought it back to the original color … it’s amazing. “
As part of the shoot, Carolyn and Kelly dug up the receipts for the original big day and rediscovered everything, including the honeymoon and feeding nearly 200 guests, worth around $ 340.
Carolyn’s dress cost $ 46.35, with an additional $ 8.24 for alterations, while catering for 193 guests amounted to $ 63.82.
Flowers, the biggest expense, totaled $ 131.84, while their four-night honeymoon in New Orleans came in at $ 91.20, with $ 0.36 for gas.
But why go to the trouble of recreating your wedding after all these years? Carolyn says, “I have a wedding photo that I really loved when it was taken from the balcony with a view of all the people who came, and you can see a photo of Jesus looking at the wedding.
“I really wanted to recreate that particular image.
The overlay image took weeks to produce after the wedding, because it was a novel photography technique, but this time the photographer “got it out quickly.”
Carolyn hasn’t made plans for the 60th anniversary because, after all, “we have to get there first.”
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