Heart to Heart: The Husband & Wife
Erik and Ann share the most sacred of bonds and celebrate their 55th Valentine’s Day together this February. If this isn’t relationship goals, we don’t know what is.
Erik & Ann Staedler, married.
TAKE US BACK TO WHEN YOU TWO FIRST MET!
”We met in 1963, when we were 11 and 10 years old. Erik and his family spent the summers on an island in the Stockholm archipelago, and my mother and I rented a house close by. We’ve belonged together ever since.”
“We’ve been a couple for 55 years and married for 39. We had our first child in 1978 and our last —the fourth — in 1992. They have given us four grandchildren so far.”
“Erik is my best friend. We’ve got so much respect for each other. Many friends have separated, but what you need to understand is that the grass isn’t greener on the other side. It just wouldn’t be worth it, throwing away all these years together. This friendship and loving relationship we have is more important than anything else. I wouldn’t even work without Erik.”
“There’s a big difference between love when you’re 17 and when you’re 67. When you’ve been together this long you need to take care of the relationship. It’s really not that hard. You just have to decide what’s important and focus on those things, not giving small issues room to grow.”
DEFINE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THREE WORDS.
”Consensual, secure, trusting.”
TELL US ABOUT A DETAIL WITH YOUR WIFE YOU SECRETLY LOVE.
”You value people in new ways when you get older, but Ann’s best side is definitely that she’s an amazing mother. She’s caring and she’s got room for all her children and all her grandchildren. Just like her own mother, she’s only ever really happy when everyone is at our place at the same time. Her heart is enormous.”
Erik is my best friend. We’ve got so much respect for each other.
WHEN DOES YOUR HUSBAND DRIVE YOU CRAZY?
”When Erik says ’I’m just going to see what’s going on in the world’ and gets stuck on his phone. Like a teenager! I’m constantly showing him articles about how your eyesight gets worse if you spend too much time in front of a screen, but he won’t listen to me.”
TELL US ABOUT A MEMORY YOU KEEP CLOSE TO YOUR HEART.
”When we’ve been through rough times I can always recollect a memory from when we were 17 or 18. Ann was such a beauty. I can tell you what she was wearing, what we were doing. It’s like my own sweet memory bank that helps me when life isn’t always so sunny.”
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PHOTO Angelina Bergenwall
STYLING Ellen Pålsson Norberg
MAKEUP Veronica Aldrin | Mikas Looks
HAIR Joe-Yves Asmar | Mikas Looks
SET DESIGN Fanny Hamlin
PHOTO ASSISTANTS Rasmus Ståhl, Vincent Sjögren
STYLING ASSISTANT Ida Alexandersson