THIS year has been one full of milestones and celebrations for Leeton's Casimiro and Maria Damiani.
Not only did the couple recently celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary, but Mrs Damiani also turned 80 last month.
Sharing these events with each other is just one of the many reasons they've stood the test of time as a married couple.
The pair first met at an Italian wedding when Mr Damiani spotted Mrs Damiani from across the room and invited her to dance.
From there, as they say, the rest is history.
The pair began courting and before long the two were engaged.
They married on June 9, 1959 at the St Joseph's Church in Leeton, with monsignor Lacey overseeing the proceedings.
"I remember the day well ... everything ran as it should, it was lovely," Mrs Damiani said.
"It was an afternoon wedding.
"We had a great day with our family and friends."
Mrs Damiani grew up in Leeton with her Italian family, while Mr Damiani only came to Australia from Italy in the same decade as her married his wife.
The pair soon got on with living their life together, having two children - a boy and a girl.
Antony Damiani was the first to come along, followed by Lissa.
The Damianis now also have four grandchildren - two boys and two girls.
Both have enjoyed working throughout their lives and contributing to the community along the way.
They say the secret to a happy marriage is to communicate.
"You definitely have disagreements, but you have to always make up," Mr Damiani said.
"You just have to listen and make it work."
And make it work is exactly what the couple have done since they first met.
It's evident the love that first sparked at their first meeting is still something that is very much felt by both.
They are proud of the family and memories they have created along the way.
"We have a lot of fond memories with our families and friends," Mrs Damiani said.
"The barbecues, the meals shared together. All that sort of thing."
To mark the milestones, the pair enjoyed a quiet dinner for two at Pages on Pine, while a party was held to celebrate Mrs Damiani's 80th birthday.
They also received letters from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Queen Elizabeth II, as well as other dignitaries to congratulate them on their anniversary.
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