The 50th wedding anniversary is also the golden one, meaning many spouses opt to give their partners gold rings, earrings, pendants, and other gleaming trinkets to commemorate this milestone. But one farmer in Ohio had a different idea. Phillip Derthick, 72, decided to give his wife Marie, 75, a specially designed corn maze to celebrate their five beautiful decades together.
And it's not just any design. The maze, which spans 17 acres, is a re-creation of the couple's wedding portrait.
“He did it with the kids. They kept it a secret,” Marie Derthick, of Mantua, Ohio, told GoodMorningAmerica.com when asked about her husband’s elaborate plan.
The Derthicks know a thing or two about creative corn field carvings. The two have been hosting corn mazes on their 181-acre farm for the last seven years. In the past, they've created mazes of the Twin Towers in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and mazes of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns (just because they're the couple's favorite teams).
But the anniversary maze, designed to include even the church where they were married, still caught Marie Derthick by surprise.
“I was surprised, because they put it together very nicely with the church where we were married at the top, and our wedding picture of the two of us in the middle and the old tractor at the bottom,” she told ABC News.
The unusual corn field actually boasts three different mazes, the longest being 4.4 miles. Incredibly, it only took one day to create.
Although Phillip Derthick may be the most creative husband we've come across in awhile, he's certainly not the only romantic one. In a touching tribute, Joe Mikolajczak put up a billboard to commemorate his 50th wedding anniversary recently, even though his wife, Marylou, died six months short of their milestone.
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