RAIN on your wedding day is said to be a sign of good luck, but what about snow?
After getting married on one of the coldest days of the year in 1956, Judy and Jim O’Reilly would have to agree that the icy weather was a mark of good things to come.
The couple was married in Scone on June 23. Judy, who grew up in the Upper Hunter, said it was the coldest day she’d ever experienced in her life.
“It was the first time we had snow on those mountains,” she said.
“The dressmaker lined the bodice of my lace dress with flannelette to keep me warm, and the same for all my bridesmaids.”
Despite the chill, Judy only had eyes for her husband-to-be waiting at the altar and, 60 years later, they are happily married with three daughters, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Now living at Tarragal Glen Retirement Village in Erina after spending more than 50 years in Sydney, the couple is making the most of their retirement on the stunning Central Coast.
“We love the social life and we have met some lovely friends here,” Judy said.
They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the village’s Country Club with more than 50 family members, friends, and neighbours in attendance.
Judy believes that the key to their success after 60 years of marriage is a lot of patience with one another.
“We just did our best to get on with each other and raise our family right, and I think we did,” she said.
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