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Ina Garten Just Shared the Sweetest Photo to Celebrate Her 50th Wedding Anniversary with Jeffrey

"It’s been an amazing 50 years!!!"
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  • The couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, December 22.
  • Barefoot Contessa's Ina Garten met her future husband Jeffrey when she was just 15.
  • She was visiting her brother at Dartmouth College, where Jeffrey was also a student.

Ina and Jeffrey Garten are one of TV's most beloved couples, and watching the couple interact on Barefoot Contessa is one of the highlights of the show. This Saturday, December 22, marks the couple's 50th wedding anniversary and in honor of the day Ina has been treating us all to sweet throwback pictures on Instagram–here's hoping this will continue all week! 

This morning, Ina light-heartedly shared a photo of the couple back in 1971 while on a four month camping trip in Europe. She joked in the caption, "How about those outfits and the '70's hair??"

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Yesterday the celebrity chef shared a much more sentimental picture, a black and white photo of the newlyweds bundled up and arm in arm as they leave their wedding reception for their honeymoon "tennis racquets in hand." 

Ina also shared in her caption that the couple has decided to celebrate the marriage milestone all week long, posting additional photos and no doubt crafting a few gourmet meals to celebrate 50 years of #cookingforjeffrey.

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This isn't the first time we've caught a glimpse of the Garten's wedding day. Previously, Ina shared two snaps from the big day in honor of the couple's 48th wedding anniversary.

On their wedding day, Ina looked classically chic (as always) in a short-sleeved, fur trimmed-dress, which she paired with pearls, white gloves, and a bow veil. For his part, Jeffrey donned a military uniform.

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The Gartens recently opened up to People about their marriage and the surprising way they met: when 15-year-old Ina visited her brother at Dartmouth College, where Jeffrey also happened to be a student.

"He saw me on the street and then sent me a letter with a photograph of himself in it," Ina told the magazine. "I just remember running through the house and going, ‘Mom, Mom, you’ve got to see this picture of this guy. He’s so cute!'"

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They kept in touch by writing letters to each other, especially when Jeffrey was deployed to Thailand for a year. He went abroad after they got married in 1968, when Ina was 20 and Jeffrey was 22.

"I wrote to Ina every single day," Jeffrey said. "During the whole year, I was only able to call her once.

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The couple currently lives in East Hampton, New York. Jeffrey works as a professor at the Yale School of Management, and commutes to Yale a few days a week, but he doesn't like to be away too much from his wife.

"When we’re not together, I’ll send her five or six texts per day," he said. "I love looking at her schedule. I can envision where she is and what she’s doing, and it doesn’t feel like we’re apart. If I could be with her seven days a week, 24 hours a day, that would be my ideal."

Many people say marriage is hard work, but the Gartens disagree. "Our relationship is just so stress-free, and we have a wonderful time together," Ina said.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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