For the past 10 years, British photographer David Weightman has taken photos of beam, mostly young pairs on their wedding era.

Last year, he decided to turn his camera on another kind of pair in attendance: couples with decades of marriage under their loops.

“My photos celebrate the start of a brand-new marriage, but with this succession, I wanted to champion the longevity of wedding and give the longest married couple the recognition they deserve, ” the photographer told HuffPost.

At each of the receipts he shot last year, Weightman asked the newlyweds to point out the clients who’d been married the longest.( In most cases, it was their grandparents .)

Then he asked the union vets to sit for a photograph and share their secret to a happy, long-lasting relationship.

David Weightman “The secret of a joyous marriage is to give and take and look after one another. That disappears for both of us. Always work through both problems and never throw in. Don’t expect too much, be happy with what you have.” — Sheila and Archie, married Sept. 6, 1952

Weightman takes the photos of the spouses independently, then melts them together use Photoshop. Then he publishes the image onto large, heavy-duty article so that they are able to layer decorate, charcoal-gray, pen and ink instantly onto the surface. The process holds the descriptions an otherworldly quality.

As for the “secrets” the couples share, they’re as sweetened and cheeky as you’d expect after decades of wedlock.

“[ The secret] is tolerance, a give and take, and a kiss good night at the end of the working day , no matter how many disputes you’ve had, ” a woman named Joyce said of her 66 -year matrimony.

Her husband, James, had a simpler recipe for marriage success.

“Doing as I’m told, ” he joked to Weightman.

David Weightman Joyce and James were married Oct. 4, 1952.

So far, Weightman has photographed 20 duos. With each likenes, he memorizes a little more about what it takes to make it far beyond the honeymoon stage. More often than not, the couples stress the best interests of a shared sense of humor — and accepting that change is inevitable.

“The most pronounced act in my conversations with the couples is how important humor is, ” Weightman announced. “Many of them also mentioned how the nature of their relationship had changed, and how they’d finagled that. I even had one gentleman get fairly suffocated up when I asked him what the secret was. He was clearly still so in love.”

To find more from the sequence, scroll down. Top to Weightman’s website, Married to My Camera, for more info on his study.

Cynthia and Peter, wedded Sept. 2, 1961

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“We have always had a common interest and waste most of our time together, but likewise have time to pursue our own pastimes. I adore decorating, and Peter does picture framing.”

Maurice and Anne, married Sept. 1, 1959

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“Always, whatever happens, be best available of friends, in good times and bad.”

Valerie and Christopher, marriage Feb. 18, 1967

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“A sense of humor, fortitude, adore and a bad memory.”

Jan and Ellis, married Aug. 6, 1969

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“The secret is exemption within commitment. Don’t go to sleep if you are angry with your partner without speaking out.” — Jan

“Patience.” — Ellis

Michael and Elizabeth, married Feb. 16, 1985

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“A bit of fluke. How can you really know someone until you have lived with them? But three events come to mind. Firstly physical, lots of copulation, especially in the early days. Secondly, teenagers, something you two uniquely share. It’s hard work, needs a sense of responsibility, and a sense of humour doesn’t hurt, especially when it is just so sickening. Thirdly, when minors are developed, do you still like one another? Do you want to travel and try new foods? Do you care as you both get older? If you do, then it toils! ”

Gavin and Christina, wedded Oct. 27, 1979

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“Love, respect, and faith in each other and my religion.” — Christina

“Phil Collins.” — Gavin

Alan and Judith, married July 15, 1971

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“The psychological ability to recognize that there is a need for settlement with another sentient being. The force and determination to fight for settlements which are acceptable. A conviction that even though we both live with “the worlds largest” irking person we can imagine, all alternatives would be much worse. A recognizing that if we are to provide good examples for our children and grandchildren then we need to embrace changes and demonstrate that conflicts can be resolved constructively. The physical luck and fortitude to live long enough.” — Alan

“The secret to a long joyous marriage is to do lots of different things separately so you each producing ideas and concern to the relationship. The peculiar difference of opinion is good to keep the other on their toes! ” — Judith

Julia and Royson, wedded June 6, 1959

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“Enjoy each other, sharing things together, employment and foundation one another always, and announce good darknes with a kiss. I wouldn’t change him for the world.”

Mary and Graham, married June 26, 1965

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“Good luck and good genes, and no conflicting interests.”

Theresa and John, marriage July 31, 1971

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“Love, patience and understanding.”

David and Margaret, wedded Feb. 11, 1956

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“Love, all you need is affection. Love is all you need.”

Vivian and Michael, married June 16, 1990

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“Communication and hard work, and obstructing a harmonize of things done together and independent interests.”

Barry and Marion, marriage March 15, 1975

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“Lots of laughter.”

David and Maureen, wedded Oct. 28, 1967

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“Give and take.”

Les and Fay, wedded April 22, 1967

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“Get through the hard times with one another, and experience the good times. You’re only here once, it’s not a dress rehearsal, so enjoy it.”

Tina and Alongi, marriage July 25, 1964

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“Be strong through good times and bad, and make sure to have a good day after a bad one.”

Michael and Sue, wedded Nov. 26, 1977

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“Love, friendship, fortitude and a sense of humour.”