Part 1 // A 60th Anniversary Gift for my Grandparents

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My grandparents’ love story began over 60 years ago. It’s not a romantic fairy tale but a story of commitment, hard work, and perseverance through poverty. Their sacrifice laid the foundation for our family and is what allowed us to immigrate here, seeking a better life. They’ve given me so much without ever asking for anything in return, so for their 60th anniversary I wanted to give them the wedding they were never able to have.

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They never spend a penny on themselves for non-necessities and insist on wearing hand me downs or free tee shirts, so it warmed my heart seeing their eyes light up as we took them shopping for fancy outfits and Nick did this shoot before the ceremony. I cant wait to share more next week after we get photos back from the “wedding”!

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Buying Grampy his first suit of his own // Grandma trying dress options (also pretty for mother of the bride!)

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  1. Aki! wrote:

    Your grandmother looks so sweet and your grandpa looks very dapper! Good picks!

    Posted 9.4.19 Reply
  2. Pat Epps wrote:

    Happy tears are flowing down my face & my heart is melting seeing so much love & Joy.
    Thank you for sharing this treasured occasion .
    Wishing your grandparents health & even more happiness.

    Posted 8.26.19 Reply
  3. Lisa wrote:

    Oh my goodness, what a spectacular idea, Jean! Your grandparents are so incredibly lucky to have such a thoughtful granddaughter and grandson-in-law. The pictures are so moving and made me tear up immediately. Absolutely can’t wait to read Part II. Also want to take this chance to tell you what a beautiful family you have–Nori is simply adorable, and I’m over the moon for you and Nick. Wishing the three of you and your extended family absolutely the best, now and in the future. So SO happy for you. This is only my second time to leave a comment here but I’ve been enjoying your blog for years. Thank you for all the practical tips and also more personal moments you share with all of us, and for letting us be part of your life. I know I speak for all your readers when I say that we appreciate it so much!

    Posted 8.25.19 Reply
  4. Maureen wrote:

    What a beautiful gesture Jean. This is a priceless gift and one I know your grandparents will treasure and cherish. Your Grandma’s dress is stunning and suits her perfectly!

    Posted 8.21.19 Reply
  5. Christi Beebe wrote:

    Jean – What an amazing idea, and the most loving gesture. Just look at the smiles on their faces. Incredible. 🙂 Love this! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Posted 8.21.19 Reply
  6. Definitely have smiles and tears reading this post, Jean! What a beautiful tribute to your amazing grandparents. My parents and grandparents were also immigrants from China and sacrificed so much, and so your lovely words really hit home. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. Happy 60th anniversary to your gorgeous grandparents!

    Posted 8.21.19 Reply
  7. Briana wrote:

    Awh, this is so sweet!


    Posted 8.20.19 Reply
  8. Alexis S. wrote:

    Jean this is such a beautiful gesture! I love how much the love you have for your grandparents radiates from you. What a lovely way to celebrate them and their love for each other. You are amazing, and this brings me so much joy!

    Posted 8.20.19 Reply
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    i got so teary from the photographs. this is my favorite blog post of yours!

    Posted 8.20.19 Reply
  10. Emilia wrote:

    Such a beautiful gift to give your grandparents. I can see the love that they have for each other emanating through the photos that you have posted. Love this!

    Posted 8.20.19 Reply
  11. Rosie wrote:

    One of your best posts yet. Just perfect.

    Posted 8.20.19 Reply
  12. Beth wrote:

    WOW! 60 years of marriage! CONGRATULATIONS to your grandparents!

    Your grandfather looks so handsome, and your grandmother looks so beautiful. A lovely present, Jean!

    (I love the red bouquet and boutonniere with blush!)

    Posted 8.20.19 Reply
  13. Sunny wrote:

    My husband and I just celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary (together 10 years next month!). This is a beautiful photo & story and where I hope we’ll be in 50 or 60 years! We just became expats this year ourselves, moving to the other side of the planet, and I hope our grandkids will one day feel as you do and appreciate that difficult decision.

    These types of posts are my favorite part of your blog. I love your elegant style and Nick’s photography is amazing, but these heartfelt articles where you bravely share such beautiful personal moments are the true gems.

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  14. This is just the loveliest thing! What a sweet gift to honor your grandparents!

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  15. In love with these beautiful photos <3 🙂 And I'm so touched by this post! This (as well as your Instagram post last night) had me tearing up!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  16. I think stories like theirs are the most romantic of all. They put in all that work for sixty years and they are still happy together. They have a wonderful family that loves them and celebrates them. Not just that, y’all respect and appreciate what they did for you. What a wonderful gift after all their sacrifices. I hope y’all had the best time!

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  17. Maria wrote:

    What a beautiful, wonderful (and inspiring) post!

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  18. Bo wrote:

    This makes me cry. A 60 years marriage truly deserve a celebration!

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  19. Mireia wrote:

    This is so lovely!

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  20. Fran wrote:

    The world needs more people like you, Jean!!! (Though I have been reading your lovely blog for years, I can’t recall ever leaving a comment. )

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  21. MRS LOVE R DOLL wrote:

    OMG! Y’all got me sitting here tears just rolling down my face ! Love is a beautiful thing! Thanks for sharing 😋

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  22. Bellina Tse wrote:

    What a blessing! Congratulations to your grandparents on 60 years. Seeing these photos reminds me of the sacrifices that my grandparents and parents made for our family. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  23. Gwen wrote:

    Just THE sweetest! Your grandparents are so precious. And, you are too.

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  24. Laura wrote:

    In a time when there is so much negativity around immigration and so many people seem to have forgotten that nearly every American can (quite easily) trace their past back to immigrants, it is wonderful to see you honoring where you came from.

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  25. Mae wrote:

    I love this so so much! What a wonderful gift!

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  26. Lynette wrote:

    What a heartwarming story. I just buried my 92-year old dad, and it seems like the world does not respect older people. They get cast aside like they don’t matter anymore. What a wonderful way you have honored your grandparents!

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  27. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean you are da bomb! You are a beautiful woman. But your outer beauty only reflects a tiny portion of your grand inner beauty. Your grandparents are a part of your family’s wonderful legacy of love which I’m sure you will pass along to your daughter.

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  28. Rena wrote:

    Oh, this post is so touching and I see your grandparents are wonderful people – as you!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  29. Victoria Frances wrote:

    Definitely moved to tears reading this story.

    Your grandparents are so lucky to have a thoughtful granddaughter like you. And you have in turn been raised so well by your family. What a lovely way for all your success to come full circle.

    What a treat for everyone involved, including your readers who are given the gift of humility and reminded of a much greater purpose that photography, clothing and celebrations can have.

    A lovely post.

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  30. Janine wrote:

    What a wonderful, wonderful post 🙂 This is so nice of you to do that for your grandparents, they both look amazing and those photos are oh so beautiful! Wishing you and your family all the best!
    xx Janine

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  31. Annie wrote:

    Jean this is such a sweet and thoughtful thing you and nick have done for your grandparents. Nori has such great role models!

    Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  32. Larissa wrote:

    Im NOT crying…..

    Posted 8.18.19 Reply
    • Ca wrote:

      What a beautiful celebration! The true meaning of a life well lived. Your grandparents are a symbol of how we should all be…. humble with a large serving of love.

      Posted 8.22.19 Reply
  33. Valeri Pighini wrote:

    Wow Jean. I recognized them from your wedding photos. What a wonderful celebration. I love that you share these things. Thank you. Love, Val

    Posted 8.18.19 Reply
  34. Katie wrote:

    So sweet, 60 years of love is a beautiful thing

    Posted 8.18.19 Reply
  35. Samia wrote:

    This warmed my heart. Especially on a day when the news was filled with so many terrible things. Thank you jean !

    Posted 8.18.19 Reply
  36. Ivy wrote:

    Beautiful! You are so sweet and considerate to treat your grandparents to this event.

    Posted 8.18.19 Reply
  37. Michelle DeCarlo wrote:

    I’m not crying, you’re crying 😭.

    Posted 8.18.19 Reply
  38. Lily wrote:


    This is so beautiful. I can’t wait to read about the details.

    Posted 8.18.19 Reply
  39. ali wrote:

    i am NOT tearing up!!!

    Posted 8.18.19 Reply
    • Miu @meetinghalfway wrote:

      You & yours have hearts of gold, thank you so much for inspiring me 💛✨ I wish I could do similar for mine.

      Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  40. Kate K wrote:

    Jean, there are so much to love! I followed on IG so I know you guys stayed up late to organize this event. Seeing you next to them with beaming smiles and little make up is really heart-warming. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted 8.18.19 Reply
  41. Risa wrote:

    My Chinese grandparents also gave everything up so that my parents, my sister, and I could immigrate to the U.S. My grandparents mean the world to me. I have always been closest to my grandparents out of all of my family because they raised me. What you did really warmed my heart. Congratulations!!!

    Posted 8.18.19 Reply
    • Kat wrote:

      LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

      Posted 8.19.19 Reply
  42. Cecile wrote:

    I admire your love for your grandparents! They just show so much joy and gratitude and love for you and your family without expecting much in return. Can’t wait to see more!

    Posted 8.18.19 Reply
  43. Lynn wrote:

    Your grandfather looked handsome and your grandmother looked beautiful. The dress that she chose was perfect for her!

    Posted 8.18.19 Reply
  44. Isabelle Lussier wrote:

    What an absolutely beautiful gesture and gift to give to your grandparents! The pictures are stunning and the expressions on their faces are so kind and genuine.

    Posted 8.18.19 Reply
    • Dorie wrote:

      Wow, it’s beautiful. You are a great granddaughter with your heart in the right place! Having grandparents and honoring them as you do is a great luck that you will eventually get back!

      Posted 8.19.19 Reply
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        • Izzy wrote:

          It’s beautiful Jean! Heart warming story of your family. We should celebrate more often of these everyday stories where folks have sacrificed so much for their family!

          Posted 8.26.19 Reply

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