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Couple of 57 years recreates ‘The Notebook’—and the internet is bawling all over again

'The first time that he laid eyes on me he said, ‘That’s the girl I’m going to marry.’'


Jessica Machado


Posted on Sep 8, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 1:42 am CDT

If you were to ask people what romantic film makes them well up with tears, The Notebook would likely be at the top of the list. So it makes sense someone, er, everyone would want to re-create the epic love story in a poignant way. 

That’s what photographer Stacy Welch-Christ had in mind when she brought the idea to Clemma and Sterling Elmore—who’ve been married for 57 years.

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The couple were fans of the movie—they’ve seen it twice—but were a little nervous about the photo shoot at first. 

“I told them they were just to pretend they were movie stars and act like this was a movie and have fun,” Welch-Christ told BuzzFeed. “As soon as they walked out for that first pose, it was the most natural love I have ever photographed.” 

And the two apparently have a Notebook-esque love story to fit the sweet photos. Clemma Elmore told ABC News, “He said the first time that he laid eyes on me that he said, ‘That’s the girl I’m going to marry.’” But then she ended up being the one who jokingly popped the question—and they were married the next week. 

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The Elmores’s key to a long-lasting marriage: “The fact that we never fail to tell each other, probably 10 times a day, ‘I love you,’” Clemma said.

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*First Published: Sep 8, 2016, 6:28 pm CDT