The ladies were in their finery and the gents donned top hats when residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Bilston held a mock wedding.
As part of their ‘celebrations’ reminiscence theme, ahead of Valentine’s Day the team and residents at East Park Court Residential Care Home, which provides residential care and dementia care, got their glad rags on for a make believe wedding.
The blushing ‘bride’, 94-year-old resident Alice Burns looked radiant in a wedding dress sourced from a local charity shop - a cream gown with gold beading around the neckline and waist.
Her ‘groom’, Alice’s friend and fellow resident, 85-year-old George Ward, donned his Sunday best and a top hat. The vicar at the make-shift wedding was the Sanctuary Care home manager Daniel Collins.
Alice, who has lived at the home for over four years, said: “I thought it was lovely and I felt pretty in the dress. It reminded me of my own white wedding dress and church wedding.”
Meanwhile George, who has lived at the home for over three years joked that he didn’t even wear a top hat at his own wedding.
The assembled guests, the home’s residents and the team threw confetti and ahead of the celebrations, they enjoyed making floral displays to decorate tables on the day.
The celebration was followed by afternoon tea, complete with heart themed cupcakes.
The home’s activities leader Candice Nightingale, who organised the event said: “Our residents absolutely loved taking part in the mock wedding, it was a wonderful reminiscence activity for our celebrations theme and there was a fantastic atmosphere.
“Alice was chosen to be the bride and she looked simply beautiful. She was beaming from ear to ear – she obviously loved getting dressed up and George looked very dapper in his top hat.
“Our residents really enjoy reminiscence activities – they are a great talking point and the mock wedding was a great occasion.”
The props used for the event will be used to create a celebrations display within the home.
In the coming weeks the home’s residents will be taking part in activities relating to a new theme - christenings over the decades.