The Heartwarming Love Story Behind This Senior Couple’s Viral Engagement Photo


July 23, 2017

All photos by: Gianna Snell Photography 

Every picture tells a story and Huntsville, Alabama photographer, Gianna Snell told quite an inspirational one when she took the engagement photos of an older couple that have since gone viral.  


According to Snell’s blog post, Murphy Wilson, 70, and Lucinda Myers, 67, attended the same church and sat in the same balcony section for over three years; however, the two never spoke. 

Myers relocated from Boston (which is also Wilson’s hometown) to Huntsville, Alabama during the same month that Wilson decided to go back church in 2013. Wilson didn’t attend church for several months after the passing of his wife, Antoinette, who he was married to for 41 years. 

“When he returned he didn’t want to sit on the main floor of the sanctuary at First Seventh Day Adventist Church, his home church for 47 years, so he sat in the balcony, where unbeknownst to him, his answer to prayer was sitting too,” Snell wrote. 


Myers was also once married, but got divorced 30 years ago. Since then, she’s been “praying and (patiently) waiting on God to send her a husband.” Little did she know, her now soon-to-be husband was sitting one row behind her in church. 

Their first interaction was when Wilson gave Myers a compliment at church one day, but it was this past Easter weekend that marked the start of something beautiful. 


“On Easter weekend 2017, Lucinda was invited to Murphy’s home by a mutual friend and the two of them ended up talking all day and into the night,” Snell wrote. “The more time they spent together, the more they were convicted that God that had led them together.” 

Now, four months later, the two are engaged and set to be married on July 29. If we learned anything from the future Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, it’s that it’s never too late to find love.  

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