These lovebirds are young in spirit and in heart. Cleveland “Murphy” Wilson and Lucinda Myers of Huntsville, Alabama, recently posed for their engagement photo session at a local park just ahead of their July 29 nuptials, drawing a crowd of enthusiastic onlookers for more reasons than one. The soon-to-be newlyweds, after all, were so in love—and also happen to be in their 70s and 60s, respectively.
“One of the best things about the day was just how much they were into each other,” photographer Gianna Snell tells The Knot. “I mostly photograph families and couples who have been together for a while and naturally with that, people tend to be a bit more withdrawn with their affection, but the irony of seeing this 70-year-old man and 67-year-old woman who couldn’t keep their hands off each other… It just kept me giggling the whole time.”
Snell, who first met Wilson and Myers at the First Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where her husband is the pastor, said the couple was acting like a pair of teenagers throughout the shoot.
“I remember one time I had taken my backpack off to change lenses,” she says. “After getting it changed, I looked up and they were French kissing, just out of nowhere! It was just so cute seeing these two so excited and in love and they kept this up the whole session. I arrived expecting to have to coerce them into showing affection in front of the hundreds of people there for the concert in the park that night, but it was quite the opposite. I found myself trying to keep up with what they were doing next.”
According to CBS News, the couple first met at the church as well. Myers, who previously lived in Boston—coincidentally, also Wilson’s hometown—moved to Huntsville in 2013 after spending 30 years as a single woman. (She and her first husband divorced.) There, she noticed Wilson, but wanted him to make the first move.
Wilson, who was a widower (his first wife, Antoinette Snodgrass, passed away in 2013 and the couple was married for 41 years), had an eye on Myers, but it took him missing a few Saturdays at church for the pair to connect. Myers told CBS that when Wilson finally returned after a few weeks’ absence, she mustered the courage to approach him and say, “I haven’t seen your beautiful smile lately.”
They began dating shortly after that, and one month later, Wilson popped the question.
Snell tells The Knot that the couple’s engagement session was particularly special because so many people stopped to congratulate the couple and snap photos.
“During the session, when I had him hold up that sign that said, ‘She said Yes!’ there were people around us because it was a public park,” Snell recalls. “There was an audience that had started to gather and they began cheering and saying congratulations! I saw teenage girls saying, ‘Awwww! They’re so cute!’ as they grabbed their phones to take a photo. It was a real moment and that’s when the excitement and glee on their faces grew even more visible!”
Adds Snell about the photos going viral: “It’s been kind of surreal. My friends and relatives have been shocked to see the images so many places, so they are always tagging me from the different news outlets and saying, ‘Look Gianna, it’s still going!’ I never would’ve dreamed that one of my images would go viral, but it’s great to be able to add that to the resume, lol!”