She was all of 18 when she first laid her eyes on him at a hospital. He had only recently returned from serving in the IInd World War as a Royal Engineer.
“I wanted him to be mine the moment I saw him, and I got him!” Vera (now 90) says as she blushes. 72 years of togetherness (4 years of courting and 68 years of marriage,) hasn’t weathered their love, you can see, as Mel (now 95) jokes back, “I would have got off sooner with a life sentence!”
As a photographer and visual storyteller, I teach my photography students to always look for stories that can give us hope and a promise, that love can be eternal.
When I got the opportunity to run a photography masterclass in Wales, I had to visit Mel and Vera to gift them images that would showcase their eternal love.
In the course of the Elderly photoshoot, I asked them, what the secret to a happy marriage is, and they said, “You’ve got to stick at it. Stand by each other, always. Take the rough with the smooth, and as long as you’ve got one another, you can take on anything”.
Mel and Vera have overcome many obstacles in their lives together, one being this pandemic and having to stay away from their children, grand and great grandchildren owing to social distancing. Yet they believe that having each other to lean on has been their biggest blessing for life.
So here they are. Mel and Vera. Forever united as one.
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Hi! My name is Sujata Setia. I’m based in the UK. I’m a professional photographer and have won many awards for what I do. I have also been teaching the art of photography for more than 8 years now. Some of my recognition includes being published in Forbes, The Daily Mail and, Vanity Fair amongst others. The journey with my camera started when I had my daughter Aayat, and I have never put it down since. It helps me to capture the right moment so you can cherish it forever, and my services to deliver perfection to you knows no bounds, no distance, and no obstacles. People come to me to make a pitstop of their life a milestone so I’m willing to dedicate the time and effort it takes to understand the very essence of the family; to make every moment I capture is timeless.