27 Couples Who’ve Made It Through The Years

Brandon Stanton captures these well-weathered relationships at their best. And if they can make it, so can we.

1. Together, they shaped their ideals into a reality.

Couple: “We were both involved in the civil rights movement. We met 47 years ago on a picket line.”

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2. He’s always found her attractive.

Photographer: “What’s your favorite thing about your wife?”
Man: “She’s sexy.”

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3. She is his rock. And vice versa.

Man: “My favorite thing about her is how consistent she’s been.”
Woman: “And that’s my answer too. For 56 years he has been amazingly supportive of everything I’ve wished to do.”

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4. He’s affectionate after all these years, even if he hates admitting it.

Woman: “He’s really sweet and sensitive.”
Man [looks up at the sky]: “Oh God.”

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5. Their love remains, even after her memories are gone.

I [the photographer] wandered into the lobby of a nursing home on the Upper West Side and discovered this man, who was on his way to deliver a yellow bear to his wife. “I visit her every day,” he said. “Even when the mind is gone, the heart shows through.”

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6. He calls her “lovah.”

Photographer: “Are you married?”
Man: “No, we’re lovers.”
Woman: “He wasn’t joking.”

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7. After a lifetime of memories, he’s still hungry to make more with her.

This man was from Israel and had a very thick accent, so he was a little difficult to understand. He was standing alone when I [the photographer] found him, but he kept telling me he wanted to take a picture with “his bike.” I couldn’t see a bike anywhere, so I kept asking him to repeat himself. “My bike,” he said, “my bike.” Just when I was about to give up, his bike walked up.

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8. Neither of them ran when it got difficult.

“16 years.”

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9. She showed him a whole new world.

Man: ”I love her sensitivity and civilization. I grew up in the Tasmania region of Australia. Back then, it was a very primitive place. She really showed me how to be cultured.”

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10. She’s never been afraid of putting in the work. Neither has he.

Photographer: “So what’s the relationship between you two?”
Couple: “It’s…in progress.”

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11. Even when he doesn’t hear her, he always understands her.

Woman: “We’ve been together a long, long time…he may not be able to understand you too well right now, but he’s a sweet old bird yet.”

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12. He goes to incredible lengths to make her happy.

Photographer: “Fifty Shades of Grey, huh?”
Man: “My wife and I are reading it together.”

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13. She never stopped thinking about him, even with an entire ocean between them.

Woman: “He was my first love. We dated for ten days when we were very young, but my mom would not allow the relationship. She told me: ‘He’s an American, and he’s an actor. He’ll never make anything of himself.’ Then she told me: ‘There are millions of men, but I’m your only mother.’ She told me to never contact him again, and I listened to her. She took me to Korea for awhile, and when I came back, I never made contact with him again. I never even gave him an explanation. That was over twenty years ago. Then four years ago I Googled him. I saw that he was running a theater company. I wrote him a long letter out of the blue, explaining everything. We’d both been married. We both had kids. But here we are—finally together.”

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14. He always puts his arm around her when he can.

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15. He wooed her.

On being together for 35 years:

Woman: “He does absolutely everything for me, I’m completely spoiled.”
Man: “I used to be a butcher. [leans forward and whispers] She used to come into my store. Every week I would set apart the best piece of meat for her. And look how it turned out—I ended up with the best piece of meat of them all.”

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16. He’s still unintentionally adorable after all these years.

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17. She was and is his greatest adventure.

On what their favorite thing about each other is:

Woman: “No matter what, he makes the best of it.”
Man: “Her sense of adventure.”

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18. He’ll be by her side, even if the journey inches along.

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19. Her love is still electrifying.

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20. He’s always made her laugh.

Photographer: “What’s your favorite thing about your wife?”
Man: “I can’t say that in public!”

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21. He loves being with a woman he can look up to.

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22. He still marvels at the incredible woman on his arm.

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23. They’ve always been a matching set.

Photographer: “You two look like you go together”
Couple: “We’ve gone together for 50 years.”

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24. Even though it took decades for others to recognize the strength of their love, they never doubted it for a second.

I [the photographer] had just finished photographing these two in Union Square, when they informed me that they were the first gay couple to get married in Canada.

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25. He’s always made the silence comfortable.

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26. She’s always helped him pick out the perfect tie.

“We get along good.”

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27. Together, they’re forever young.

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