98-year-old couple recreates their wedding photo and, yep, we’re tearing up

Cao Yuehua and Wang Deyi were married 70 years ago in Northern Hot Springs Park by the Jialing River in Chongqing, southwest China. So how did these two 98-year-old sweethearts celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary? By going back to Northern Hot Springs Park and reenacting their gorgeous wedding day, of course.

They had a little help from their four children. We’re not sure who did what exactly, but collectively they nailed it. The bride wore her original wedding dress and veil, and the groom had a big red flower pinned to the front of his suit, just like he did way back in 1945. Take a look at the photos and then, if you’re like us, you’ll need to wipe away a few tears. Because feelings!

This wasn’t the first time Cao Yuehua and Wang Deyi went back to the place where they were married. They also returned in 2005. Seriously, guys. They’re just bringing all the #relationshipgoals.

Cao Pangpei, the couple’s youngest son, told CNN, “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.” Cao Pangpei is also working on documenting his parents’ swoonworthy relationship.

The two met in 1943 on the dance floor at a ball at National Southwestern Associated University. It was love at first sight. They were separated for more than a year during WWII when Cao worked as an interpreter for U.S. Army General Joseph Stilwell, forcing the lovebirds to communicate exclusively via the military mail service. They made the best of things, though, sending one another English love poems. (I said #relationshipgoals earlier right? Because wow. Be still my poetry-loving heart.)

When Cao returned from military service in 1945, he couldn’t wait to propose. He slipped a ruby engagement ring on Wang’s finger at the train station. Awwwww.

70 years together is no small thing. Congrats to this beautiful couple.

[Images via Twitter.]

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