Loe-Ross Wedding, Judson Baptist Church, Oak Park, Cook, Illinois, 8 May 1943

Today would have been my parents’ 69th wedding anniversary. My father died a few months shy of the 65th anniversary and I don’t believe he ever forgot the day, not once.

I’ve often marveled that this elaborate wedding for a tool-and-die maker and a telephone operator in the midst of a world war, but I have to say I’m glad they had such a splendid event. My mother still has her dress and it’s still gorgeous.