To Be Married 60 Years | Something to Celebrate

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Mom and Dad's 60th Wedding Anniversary CakeOnce upon a time, way back when I was young, the concept of being married to the same person for 60 years seemed, well, like an eternity.  This July, H and I will be celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary – and in a very good way – that seems like a life time.  On Friday, my mother-in-law and father-in-law celebrated 60 years of marriage.  Couples married at a much younger age in those days.  Mom and Dad are still quite young, both in years and at heart, and I expect they will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary in a decade from now.  I admire their commitment; their tenacity.  Even the strongest of marriages meet with adversity.  For richer or poorer; through good times and bad; in sickness and health; those are enormous promises, no doubt more easily vowed when we are young and naive.  True love endures and the love they share is truly a testament to that.

A 60th Wedding Anniversary deserves a celebration.  We gathered for a casual and low-key family affair.  Brunch was served, champagne toasts were made, and cake was eaten.  I witnessed their joy and gratitude; their hearts were beaming.  Hard work, good health, and a deep love for each other brought them to this milestone. Their love is an inspiration to me.  Their marriage serves as a beacon when times get rough in my own marriage.  Likewise, it is a reminder of all that is wonderful still to come.
Mom and Dad's 60th Wedding AnniversaryMom and Dad's 60th Wedding AnniversaryAn wedding anniversary celebration would not be complete without a reenactment of the ‘cutting the cake’ ceremony.  I was thrilled to find out that Mom still had the cake topper from her wedding cake. Most of us in the room were not present at Mom and Dad’s wedding and this was our opportunity to enjoy a look back.  Past and present, a symbol of their journey.
Mom and Dad's 60th Wedding Anniversary
The cake is a combination of several  different recipes.  The yellow cake can be found here as part of the Dulce de Leche cake recipe I made a while back.  The frosting was a delicious white chocolate buttercream from the Country Cleaver.  And the strawberry mousse filling is  from Susan G. Purdy’s wonderful book The Perfect Cake.  I wasn’t planning on blogging about the cake specifically and so I did not adapt the mousse recipe.  As a result, I did not feel comfortable sharing it here.  If you don’t have Susan Purdy’s book, and you are a cake baker, I suggest you check it out.  Over the years, it has become a book I refer to over and over again.

With strawberry season upon us, this is a perfect cake to celebrate any occasion.  If the roses aren’t appropriate or your taste, a simple frosting with the buttercream makes for a cake just as special and delicious.
Mom and Dad's Wedding Anniversary CakeHAPPY ANNIVERSARY Mom and Dad!!!

 




14 thoughts on “To Be Married 60 Years | Something to Celebrate

  1. What a delicious post! From the scrumptious and beautiful cake to your beaming parents, an enchanting read!

  2. happy 60th aunt roz and uncle jack… many more in good health & happiness

    Love Lori

  3. Congrats to Roz & Jack! How wonderful for you all to be together. My folks will celebrate their 60th next year, and I couldn’t agree with you more…they have been a beacon for us to look up to as well. That cake looks good enough to…well…eat!
    xoxo

  4. Somehow, baked with love, your cake was the perfect sweet confirmation of how delicious a life together can be. My parents have enjoyed six decades of love. With you, I have only been blessed with 25, so far – but I can’t wait to enjoy the next quarter century together.

    Keep on baking with love !

    H

  5. 60 years! Not only is this so significant, it is heartwarming, and I am sure there are so many lessons they must have shared with you over the years. How lucky for them and for you, as you approach 25 years (though I am sure more hard work than luck had anything to do with it). Perhaps my favorite part is that you were able to top the cake with their original topper 🙂

    • They have definitely been guiding lights for me and H. Their cake top is a true treasure as well.

  6. Aww, this is adorable! I’m still young and marriage is still far down the road for me. But, this post is full of encouragement for future marriages. 🙂 The cake looks beautiful!

    • Ahh, marriage will come soon enough. Enjoy the young single years – they are indeed special!