I have to admit that as a child I had a pretty "fairy tale" view of what marriage was supposed to be when I was young.
I got married very young, still a teenager. We didn't have money for a big fancy wedding, we got married at the courthouse. My reality is that a lasting marriage takes commitment and effort! It isn't "happily ever after every day of the year for the rest of your life". We have both gone through periods where we are frustrated with each other and get busy and too focused on our own "stuff". Then we will turn it around and set aside some time together to "reignite". At the end of the day our strengths complement each other and we make a good team. We have four children and celebrated our 20th anniversary earlier this year.
Both my parents and my husband's parents are still married. Maybe it helps that we have seen our own parents work through issues over the years.