She is 95 and he is 90. Four years ago, the night they met, they were attending an evening concert performance at the Independent Living Retirement Community, where they live. Despite being legally blind, Hortense could sense something genuine about Marv. When he sat down, she thought to herself “He’s a nice smoothie.” She asked him if she could feel his face. What she felt reassured her that he was as gentle and outgoing as he seemed to be. The next day, there was an art exhibit. He invited her to join him. She agreed, even though she knew she wouldn’t be able to see any of the artwork. The event included a wine and cheese tasting and all was delicious. It was that evening when she realized that he was the one. They have been together ever since. For the first month, there was a fire between them, which caused her blood pressure to rise! She says it has been the happiest four years of her life. “Marv is the most kind and gentle person I have ever known” says Hortense. “We can be sitting at dinner or on the couch watching television, and not say a word, and we’re just as happy as we would be if we were having a deep conversation.”
The deep love these two have for each other is clearly evident to all of the staff and other residents. One day the staff decided to plan a romantic evening for these two love birds. The sounds of Frank Sinatra filled the air and Marv even serenaded his sweetheart after dinner. To top the evening off we had Marv and Hortense sit for a few lovely couples portraits and these are the images that we got from the session! The love and rich personality seen in these images sum up Marv and Hortense’s relationship and all the staff at Janel Lee Photography feel deeply honored to work with these two kind souls.