She first saw him at a hospital when she was eighteen. He had just gotten back from World War II, where he was a Royal Engineer.
I teach photography, and I specialize in visual storytelling. I like my students to focus on stories that tell that love can be forever.
When I got the opportunity to do a masterclass in photography in Wales, I visited Vera and Mel. I gave them a gift of photos that displayed their enduring love.
It was love at first sight for Vera, who is now 90. They courted for four years and have been married for 68 years.
In all, they have been together for 72 years. Mel, who is currently 95, light-heartedly says that their love has remained strong. A life sentence could have been shorter.
Their take is that as long as you have each other, you can handle anything life throws at you. They believe that being able to lean on each other is the biggest blessing they have.
Together, they have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible to be with their loved ones.
The photographs show them in their home and outdoors as well. They especially capture the affection they have for each other.