Names: Wanda (67) and Marvin (70) Brewington of Raleigh, NC
How long have you been married? 47 years. Married as college sweet hearts in 1970
How did you two meet? Met at Livingston College in Salisbury, NC
When did you get married? Where? married in a backyard wedding ceremony in Wilkesboro, NC (Wanda’s hometown) in 1970
When types of cancer did you both beat? Marvin is a two time cancer surviver (colon/prostate) and is winning the battle with MS. Wanda is currently winning at Parkinson’s disease.
When were you diagnosed? Marvin colon cancer 1987/ prostate 2013 MS 1973 – Wanda parkinson’s disease 2014
Where did you find the strength to help each other through such a difficult battle? Our love for each other and faith in God. We made a vow on our wedding day, through sickness and health and have always been determined that we can and will overcome anything. On the days that one of us is down, the other one picks us up.
What’s the secret to a lasting marriage? Truth, honesty and not letting the small things get you down. But most of all never forgetting to laugh and have fun. It is hard work, but it has always been worth the work it takes.
What’s the glue that holds your marriage together? Strong belief in God and our love for each other, We both also had excellent roll models as parents. They had it way tougher than we did, and we know that is they were able to do it, with what they had, we certainly can.
From the photographer:
What made you decide to shoot your parents: We do a small session every year for their holiday card, this year we decided to go glam in the look and mom and dad went along with it
What was your approach to the shoot? I treated this session the same way i do every session or wedding I shoot. My goal is to capture real emotion between couples. I didn’t have to do much with these two, they lit up in front of the camera
What has seeing your parent’s strength taught you about love and marriage? I have learned that love isn’t always easy, but it is always worth the work. I really strive to model myself as a wife and mother after the example that my parents have taught me. Honesty and communication, never going to bed upset, and finding a way to compliment your partner
What’s the best love lesson your parents have given you? saying “I love you” is the smallest expression of love that you can give your partner. Doing things that make your partner feel loved goes so much farther than saying the words.