Bev & West Emmett

November 1954

a lifetime of love

Grow Old With Me

Wes and I met 65 years ago ice skating at the St Moritz in St. Kilda. A friend of Wes introduced us and from that day we dated for 12 months until we became engaged on the 4th December 1952. Wes lived in Hampton and used to come and visit me on the weekends on his motorbike. I have many memories of pushing that bike as it was forever running out of petrol and conking out. We were engaged for just over 2 years whilst we waited for Wes to complete his electrical apprenticeship.

On a warm day in November we were married at the Church of Christ in Middle Brighton.  I was 19 and half and Wes was 21 years of age. We were so looking forward in getting married.

Our Wedding Day was a busy day and we were married late in the afternoon at 4.30pm. My flowers were a gorgeous creamy colour made up of Singapore Orchids and Frangipanis which were shipped in especially for our wedding day.  I had a Matron of Honour, a Bridesmaid and two Flower Girls. Our special day seemed to go so quickly. We honeymooned in Mildura for 2 weeks before we returned to work and our home in Brighton Beach. I still have my wedding dress from our special day.

In 1955 we moved to Traralgon to live and work with our two children Ron and Christine, who were 1 and 2 years of age at the time. Once we moved to Traralgon we had 4 more children, Leanne, Terry, Debbie and Sharon and our life was very busy with our family of 6 children. Wes worked long hours as an electrical engineer with the Australian Paper Mill and I was a very busy stay at home mum.

Now it is 64 years later and we have 14 grand children and 13 great grand children who we love dearly.

It has been lovely and my greatest joy to watch our family grow and then to watch their families growing all together. I always think it’s so important to appreciate the simple things in life, like the love of your family and to not take anything for granted.

We truly cherish our time together as we know that time is very precious to us now.

Our One Piece of Advice

Simply to be happy and at ease with one another.

Love and be true to each other.

A beautiful Love Story

PHOTOGRAPHY Rebecca Farley Photography