Could there be a better day than Valentine’s Day to share a glimpse into the love story of our very own Executive Director Darla Walker and her husband of 37 years, Mr. Howard Walker? We invite you to enjoy their story and these spectacular images shot in Ireland a few months ago as Darla and Howard celebrated their long lasting (and obviously still sizzling!) marriage.
At the sweet young age of 18 and 23, Darla and Howard were in love. Darla’s father, an evangelist, married them at a revival meeting in Atlanta, Georgia – Howard in blue jeans and Darla in her mama’s white dress. “We grew up together,” Darla admits, and they have. Their lives are blessed with children, grandchildren, and Darla’s beloved Castleton brides. “I didn’t have a typical wedding ceremony or a reception and I just love planning dream weddings for our Castleton families,” says Darla.
Killarney Countryside Offers Magical Moments
Their trip to Ireland was magic. To ride through the Killarney countryside in a horse drawn carriage with the one you love, stroll in and out of the ancient ruins of the Abbey, walk on moss covered paths in the National Forest, and take refuge in the arms of your beloved as the wind blows off the Irish coast is – to say the least – romantic! Then to do it all in a red dress, well, we have to admit, it just doesn’t get much better than that!
How Do You Make Love Last?
How does a relationship enjoy such staying power? There are many reasons behind successful relationships, but Darla believes her success is based on two main things: Love and respect. “I respect Howard. I build him up. And, he absolutely cherishes me,” says Darla. If you look closely at their photos, you can see it in their eyes.
We at Castleton Farms wish this kind of love and staying power to all our brides this Valentine’s Day. As you celebrate the one you love, remember to respect and build each other up. Everyday. And cherish each other. Hold each other close, protect, and lovingly care for one another and before you know it, you too will be celebrating 37 years of marriage!
Photos by Leah Bullard Photography
Special thanks to Prestige Tuxedo for outfitting Howard Walker. http://prestigetuxedo.com