Cao Yuehua and Wang Deyi married on November 24, 1945 at the Northern Hot Springs Park in Chongqing, China. Seventy years later, the couple, now 98-years-old each, returned to that beautiful spot in Southwest China exactly as they did all those years ago. Cao wore a tuxedo; Wang wore a wedding dress. The two posed in the exact same spots they had back in 1945 to take new pictures, ones both commemorating and building upon the originals.
Cao and Wang’s four children set up the reenactment, a romantic gift to celebrate the couple’s 70th anniversary. Their parents are no strangers to romance. Cao and Wang met at a university ball in 1943, and Cao fell in love with his future wife that night after asking her to dance. The war sent Cao to India as a translator, and he spent his time sending love letter, photos and poems to Wang. He proposed after his return in August 1945, and the two were wed three months later.
“He told my mom that she was the first one that came into his mind when he was desperately crouching in the damp trenches,” one of their children told CNN.
“Couples need to care for each other,” Cao told the Chinese news agency Xinhua. “I think of her at any time, and so does she.”
Now, next to the black and white portraits of a young Chinese couple, in love and married barely two months after the end of World War II, there are portraits in full color, the subjects no less in love now than they were 70 years ago.
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