THE vows made 50 years ago were last week celebrated with family and friends of June and Greg Larson.
Married on July 25, 1964 on a brisk winter's day, the once 22-year-olds are now proud grandparents of six, each of their successful children returning to the Gladstone region.
Mr and Mrs Larson met as young students at Miriam Vale State School.
To this day they remain in the districts of the small highway town, living on the same block of land, Water-Vale, selected by Greg's grandfather in the 1890s.
It is the family home that has played fly-on-the-wall to memories created over the half-century.
A beautiful ceremony was held all those years ago at Gladstone Anglican Church in the company of 120 guests, with a reception to follow at the Sailing Club, now the Yacht Club.
Mrs Larson says the key ingredient to lasting romance is all in persistence and patience.
"I think being patient and tolerant is the answer," she said. "You've got to work at it."
She also says the greatest moments over the duration of her married life has been watching their family grow.
Son Garry Larson said his parents deserved a medal.
"They have always supported my siblings and I in everything we've tried to do in our lives," he said.
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