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Wedding bells at Kilmarnock Heights Home

Wedding bells at Kilmarnock Heights Home

Kilmarnock Heights Home residents Marie Foster and Jacquie Brooky.
Kilmarnock Heights Home residents Marie Foster and Jacquie Brooky.

Wedding bells were ringing at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home last week for the home’s special wedding day celebration.

Residents, relatives, volunteers and friends of Kilmarnock Heights Home were all invited to the wedding day on Thursday 9 July. The event had them taking part in wedding-themed activities and even a faux wedding ceremony and reception.

Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Annelize Steyn says the idea was inspired by the upcoming wedding of one of the home’s volunteers.

“One of our volunteers is getting married soon and she agreed to bring in her dress so the residents could see what she will look like her special day, so we thought we’d make a big event of it!” says Annelize.

Before the bride arrived residents enjoyed wedding-themed entertainment and activities and a big display of precious wedding items that belong to residents, staff and volunteers.

“Everyone helped with the wedding day by bringing their precious wedding dresses and photos for the display, helping to pick flowers for the wedding bouquet, making buttons holes and wedding favors, helping with the decorations and so much more.”

The blushing bride-to-be walked down the aisle of the home’s lounge to the sound of the wedding march. She was accompanied by one of the resident’s son’s to act as if he was giving her away, with two flower girls holding her train.

“It was such a special moment for everyone and it’s certainly not something we see every day,” says Annelize.

“It was set up like a traditional wedding so she could parade her wedding dress, and some residents were quite emotional. It was just beautiful to watch.”

Guests enjoyed a slice of wedding cake made by volunteers with their afternoon tea, followed by a chance to share stories about their own wedding day experiences, Annelize explains.

“Reminiscing is one of the most powerful ways to connect with others and ourselves. It really was such a special day for everyone involved.”

Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, provides rest home and respite care as well as a popular day guest programme.

For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home, call 04 380 2034, email kilmarnockheights@psc.org.nz or click here.

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