When wedding photographer Amber Robinson shared photos of her parents, Marvin and Wanda Brewington, to Facebook in December, she had no idea they would go viral. She also had no idea that her parents’ love story would touch so many people around the world.
“In this wonderful creative industry that I worked in, I focus so much on providing couple hours with a day of beautiful photography,” Amber captioned the photos, which you can see in the gallery above. “To be honest, rarely do I stop to think about the day, weeks, months or years that follow a wedding day.
“So today I share with you what those years after can look like when true love exists. These are my parents: married for 47 years, they have triumphed over cancer... twice. Have raised two successful daughters. They have been poor together and rich together. They have fed, sheltered, and advised countless lost souls. They love without expectation and give freely, whatever it is they have to offer.
“I am SO proud to call them Mum and Dad. They are the epitome of where I strive to be in my own marriage and a constant reminder that a wedding is only a day, but a marriage is forever.
“If you are one of the millions in love, or maybe one of the millions of broken-hearted that need a visual reminder that love always endures, I would love for you to share this as a way of letting my mom and dad know, they are an inspiration to anyone who wants, believes, or is in love.”
After her touching post received over 16,000 reactions and almost 16,000 shares (at the time of writing), Amber opened up even more about her parents’ gorgeous love story to Yahoo Lifestyle.
“My dad was a football star, a fraternity guy, and a major player with all the girls,” she said. “My mum was shy and from a small mountain town, but she caught his eye. He asked her out multiple times before she said yes.”
But things didn’t start out so well when Wanda introduced Marvin to her parents. “My father ate so much food, scraping the bowls clean. My grandmother was shocked, and my grandfather said, ‘He’s got to go.’ Then they fell in love with him.”
Amber said her parents were overwhelmed with the reaction to the gorgeous photos, but thrilled that they inspired so many. “The photo shoot rekindled a spark between them,” Amber said. “They were like two high school kids, so sweet and giggly. It really warmed my heart.”
Image credit: Images by Amber Robinson/Facebook.