When they look back now on their 50 years of marriage, both say the first 12 months was probably the hardest.
But at the time, at just 21 and 23 years old, Gael and Murray Antone "just got on with it".
Just 10 months into their marriage Murray had a rodeo accident and broke his neck.
"That was pretty tough," Murray said.
"I was in the old base hospital for nine weeks in a neck brace - I couldn't move.
"I had a 98 per cent chance that I wouldn't walk again."
The fact that he went on to walk and get back to work, Murray puts down to the hard work of his wife.
"Gael had to go straight back to work after my accident - we had a mortgage and heaps of debt to pay for," he said.
"I couldn't work for 12 months."
Fast forward five decades the Antones remain as in love as the hot summers day they got married.
Gael Smith married her long time high school sweetheart at the North Albury Church of England, now St Mark's Anglican Church, on January 23, 1971.
And the bride made quite an entrance.
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"The horse was mine I had had since I was four, so it was something special for me," Murray said.
"The cart was the old Floral Festival cart, which they basically had to restore for the day.
"They had to soak the wheels in water to tighten them up a bit.
"But the hardest part of it all seemed to be getting some harnesses to fit, I had all rodeo gear but no harness for the horse."
It was through a mate that the pair finally found harnesses to fit the horse and cart, but not without Murray having to break some horses in in return.
"I didn't pay for them but did some labour to get it all together," he said.
"It was just something a bit different for the day, no one had a horse and buggy for years so it was a bit of fun."
"We were going down Waugh Road on a horse and buggy, and there is a bloke out mowing his lawns and he kept looking at us but kept mowing and went over his flowers."
The pair have three children, Heidi, Todd and Sharnee, and five grand children.
"He says to me sometimes 'what would you have done if you didn't marry me?' and I just say 'i don't know'," Gael said.
"We joke about it a bit but we wouldn't change anything and we get along great - we always have." Gael said while they were young married, they had known each other since they were 12 and 14.
"It is just the way it was back then," she said.
"I've spent most of my life married to him and I guess I have signed up for another 50 years too.
"Although I am not sure we want to live that long."