A Kentucky couple of nearly 70 years are proving that true love stands the test of time.
Earlier this month, photographer, Paige Franklin photographed Ollie and Donald King for their 68th anniversary this September and the results of the beautiful shoot portray their love as inimitably ageless.
In an interview with ABC News, Franklin says that Donald, 87, kept telling her how much he loved Ollie and that God blessed the two of them for 68 years.
“He told me in all their 68 years together they’ve never spent one full day or night apart,” she said. “That was so touching to me. I kept thinking, ‘That is the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard.’”
The two, who look into each other’s eyes in the beautiful photos, appear to be blissfully in love as a pair of newlyweds.
After snapping the two on their farm in Crab Orchard, Kentucky, Franklin shared the post to Facebook’s “Love What Matters” page, where the photos received more than 19,000 reactions, likes and shares.
“There have been times in my career that I sat back after a session and thought ‘WOW, I really love my job. [This] was one of those nights,” Franklin said of the now viral shoot.
Donald, 87, was a pastor 47 years, while his wife, Ollie, 83, was a quiltmaker for 30 years. The quilt that the two are photographed with is actually one from “many years ago,” according to Franklin.
King’s granddaughter, Ashley Owen, arranged the shoot and tells ABC News that she is “obsessed” with the photos and wanted them done for her grandparents as a keepsake to always remember how they loved each other.
“I think they’re super adorable, even though I’m biased,” Owen, 24, said with a laugh. “I really did it just for myself because I’m obsessed with them and I thought it would be great.”
Owen goes on to reveal that her grandparents are “super humble” and don’t like to be photographed a lot, but after much convincing, they agreed. She went on to say, “It’s important to him that they be humble and be good people and take care of each other.”
She adds that her grandparents have “always been there” for their family, and is thrilled to have these sentimental photos to print and share as memories with her relatives.
“It means the world to me because they mean the world to me,” she said. “They’ve been there for each other and they’ve been there for us. They make jokes together and pretty much do everything together and they’ll do pretty much anything for everybody.”
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Photo credit: Facebook / Love What Matters
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