A moving 'we do' after 60 years wed
Arriving at First Presbyterian Church in Invercargill on Saturday, Moya Twaddle expected a cup of tea to celebrate 60 years of marriage to her husband, Keith.
What she did not expect was to find him waiting at the end of the aisle to renew their wedding vows.
The Twaddles' daughter had organised a surprise vows renewal ceremony to celebrate her parents' diamond anniversary, including the original best man and bridesmaid and 30 family members.
Mrs Twaddle said she arrived at the church to find her son waiting to escort her up the aisle.
"It was very, very moving and just so special."
Mr Twaddle knew a "little bit" but was also surprised, she said.
The pair were married on October 11, 1952, in Waimate and had since lived in Sydney, Ashburton, Dunedin, Mosgiel and Ryal Bush before retiring in Invercargill.
The couple have five children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The secret to a long, happy marriage was "learning to say ‘yes, dear'," Mrs Twaddle joked yesterday.
"I think probably take the good times with the bad and stick with it."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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