All kidding aside, they celebrated 64 anniversaries. I've got 36 to go to catch up to them...yikes.
This is a picture of Laura in her wedding dress although it was taken about 9 years after she got married. Because they had no real wedding ceremony to speak of (they got married in the pastor's living room with no family or friends around) and it happened rather suddenly (although they'd been engaged for over a year) she didn't have time to make a wedding dress and instead chose to be married in the black dress she was finishing up at the time.
In honor of Bess and Manly's anniversary, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association (now that's quite a mouthful), of which I am a founding board member, is releasing their Call For Proposals for the upcoming academic conference - LauraPalooza 2015: Through Laura's Eyes. Any Laura scholars/fans out there should start making plans to attend this conference taking place in Brookings, SD and maybe even present a paper. We've planned 2 previous conferences that were very well received - a perfect blend of research and fun. Hope to see you in Brookings!