They Recreated Their Wedding After 70 Years… The Last Photo Will Give You Life Goals.
An elderly couple in Beijing, China, is here to reaffirm your faith in love and romance, and they're doing so by recreating their wedding 70 years after their original wedding day. Like all romances that span across decades, the epic love story of Cao Yuehua and Wang Deyi is incredibly compelling to read, full of challenges and successes that have made the couple what they are today.
Last week, their four children helped them recreate their wedding in the exact location where they were married in 1945, along the banks of Jialing River in Chongqing, China. "They have been together for so long, going through the war, the political turmoil and diseases, and can still stay with each other and love each other. We want to help them to commemorate their love," the couple's youngest son, 60-year-old Cao Pangpei said in an interview. See more of their story, from the early days until now, below.
Cao and Wang were quite young when they met in 1943 at a ball held by National Southwestern Associated University. Cao asked Wang for a dance, and they claim to have fallen in love that very night.
During WWII, Cao was sent to the frontlines in India, acting as an interpreter for the army. He left quickly, with not time to leave Wang a note. At the airport, he ran into a friend, telling him, "Tell Wang Deyi I am heading for India." Later, he told Wang she was the first thing on his mind when he was in the trenches. They kept in touch via mail, and this was the first photo he sent her of himself.
At the end of the war in 1945, the couple reunited. He proposed immediately, and they've been together ever since.
Now, 70 years later, they've reenacted their wedding day: Dress, flowers, love, and all.
Their son said that their love has lasted this long because they've both trusted and supported each other implicitly, no matter what: "They have been with each other for so long and the love never fades. Their relationship is so strong that even in the darkest time during the Cultural Revolution, when my dad was segregated for trial because of his service for the U.S. Army, they trusted each other and supported each other to get over the adversities," he said.
And unlike the challenges in our lives, which fade from our memories over time, something as deep as this love never will. "My parents are 98 this year," their son said. "Nowadays, they can barely remember many things in their life, but they can recite the love poems they wrote to each other during the wartime."