I recently came across a photographic series of love letters titled “Love Ever After,” and was so inspired by the love stories. Photographer Lauren Fleishman started the project after she found the love letters her late grandfather had written to her grandmother over the 50 years they’d been married.

The series includes photographs, quotes and recordings from New York Couples who have been together for more than 50 years. Here are some of my favorites:

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You really don’t think about getting older. First of all, you’re aging together and when you see a person constantly you don’t notice big changes. Like you don’t notice, oh you’re getting a little wrinkle here and tomorrow you say oh it’s a little deeper. No those are things that just happen. You dont pay attention to those things. You dont realize it.. really . You dont realize that you’re.. I mean I’m not thinking everyday, oh my husbands 83 years old he’s gonna be 84. Oh my goodness, I’m married to an old man. And I hope he feels that way too.

–Angie Terranova, Staten Island, New York.

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I was the kind of girl that fell in love right away. So the next day I would tell my friend, terrific, I’m in love already! But after my first date with Sol I did not feel that way. I think it only proved to this day that you can’t judge right away. It may not work out but as you get to know a person love comes.

–Gloria Holtzman, Midwood, Brooklyn.

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What is the secret to love? A secret is a secret and I don’t reveal my secrets!

–Ykov Shapirshteyn, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.

You can check out the full Love Ever After series on Lauren’s site.

What’s your secret for staying in love over the years? I’d love to hear in the comments.

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He Said, She Said: Bedroom Boundaries
Bring it Back: Handwritten Letters
A Love Letter to My Soul Mate
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