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Dexter and Carolyn Johnson, or “Dex and Carrie," met over 40 years ago in a bar called the Lower Level.
“She was sitting there with her cousins,” Dex told TODAY.com, “I saw her and I went up to her and I said, ‘Do you wanna boogie?’ -- B-O-O-G-I-E, boogie --That was the common term for ‘do you want to dance’ back then.” With encouragement from her cousins, Carrie agreed to dance with Dex. The two hit it off on the dance floor of the bar, and were married in 1975. Forty years later, the love-struck couple threw back on their wedding attire to recreate the photos they took the day they were wed.
“It was our anniversary the day before and we were going to Vegas the next day to renew our wedding vows,” Dexter said. The two were “goofing around” before their trip and came up with the idea to try and recreate the photos they took decades earlier. “We started fooling around,” Dex continued. “I got my motorcycle out and I started snapping some shots and all my neighbors were like, ‘What are they doing over there?’ because we were all dressed up!”
By dressed up, Dexter means that he was clad in the marital jacket his wife had made him back in 1975. Carolyn sewed the piece herself, finishing it the day before they walked down the aisle. Carolyn also made her own bridal dress, which she brought back out for the photos. All that was missing was Dex’s white tie, which he had borrowed from his stepfather and thus no longer had, and Carrie’s garter, which seems to have been “misplaced somewhere after 40 years.”
“We’re still very much in love,” Dex told TODAY.com. “We’ve always [taken] one day at a time.” When asked what his secret was for an enduring marriage, Dex added, “Always kiss her goodnight and say ‘I love you, baby.’”