With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was time to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a new series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage.

 When I spoke with her, Leslie told me, “We were the least likely candidates for marriage.” Both John and Leslie’s parents had divorced, and John had been married twice before. So I asked the tough question, hoping not to make either Leslie or John feel uncomfortable: What was it that made their marriage work? Both Leslie and John looked at each other, smiled, and then looked back at me. Magic,” they said. Well, magic, respect, and celebrating their anniversary every day.

They both believe respect is one of the keys to a happy marriage. “Respect can sustain love as it changes, and respect can sustain friendship as it changes. Respect means you go out of your way not to hurt the other person,” Leslie said. One of their tricks for getting through conflicts, John said, “is to sit with it together and not react, not respond.” Leslie agreed, but pointed out that she is still learning that lesson after 29 years!

John and Leslie keep the spark in their marriage by continually celebrating their marriage. John explained, “The people you’re closest to are the ones you shouldn’t take advantage of.” Which is why he’s known to bring home flowers and little gifts throughout the year. “We don’t really celebrate one day,” said Leslie. “We celebrate our anniversary all the time.” That’s John and Leslie’s sweet recipe for a magical marriage.

SNAPSHOT SUBMISSIONS  Do you know a married couple whose relationship you admire? Or maybe you’re married and want to share your words of wisdom! We’re now accepting submissions from couples who have been married for ten years or longer. Email Emily at emily@fromchinavillage.com with your first names, how long you’ve been married, and a few sentences about why you’d like to be interviewed for our Snapshot of a Marriage series.
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  1. Chloe Moon

    Aww how sweet…I love hearing successful marriage stories!

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  2. Caribbean Wedding Events

    A sweet recipe for love. Thanks for the share!

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  3. victoria (milkfed press)

    I love this! It looks like the last 29 years have been good to both of you. What a lovely picture!

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  4. Veronica

    wonderful story… beautiful couple… congratulations Leslie and John! :-)

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  5. DIY Wedding Invitations

    Adorable stories! I love reading about successful marriages and about love that really stands the test of time, kids, financial burdens and so much more.

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  6. A Day in May Design

    Love the idea of celebrating each other’s love every day! That really is how it should always be :).

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