Ralph and Suzanne Roberts celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with ‘Love Letters’
December 21, 2012By Caroline Stewart
Love is a many splendored thing, especially after 70 years. Suzanne and Ralph Roberts, who were married Aug. 23, 1942 in Suzanne's mother's garden in Elkins Park, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Nov. 12 with much fun and fanfare.
The evening began with Suzanne on stage at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in a performance of the Broadway show "Love Letters" with actor Peter DeLaurier. After the show, the nearly 300 guests were invited by the Roberts' daughter, Cathy Clifton, to walk to the nearby University of the Arts' Hamilton Hall for dinner, which was catered by 12th Street Catering.
As the first course ended, the lights dimmed and Suzanne, resplendent in a new wedding dress from David's Bridal and carrying a bouquet of gardenias, was escorted "down the aisle" by her sons, Rob and Brian Roberts, as the Joe Sudler Orchestra played "Here Comes the Bride."
But when Suzanne got to the stage, Ralph was not there. "Here I am," said Suzanne, "I finally show up one place on time and Ralph is late!" As the orchestra struck up "Anchors Aweigh," Ralph, looking dapper in his full naval dress whites, made his entrance on stage. He walked toward his bride and they stood together, replicating their original wedding photo in 1942, when Ralph was an ensign in the U.S. Navy.
After a brief sentimental exchange before family and friends, Ralph hummed a few bars of "If You Knew Susie." As the orchestra struck up "Time After Time," Suzanne invited all of the guests to join them on the dance floor.
The Roberts' daughter, Lisa Roberts, made a toast to her parents during dessert and introduced her father, who had the last word.