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Valentines wedding bells at Estia Health Hope Valley

Sharing more than a century of anniversaries between them, Margaret Hicks and Judith Pike walked down the aisle, to the sound of ‘Ave Maria’ sung by the local entertainer Allegra, to meet their nervous grooms, Ron Pike and Kevin Hicks, to once again declare their love and commitment in a stunning Valentine’s day display.

“This was the wedding we never had!” said blushing bride Judith Pike.

Originally married during difficult financial times, the original weddings were not quite as extravagant as todays Valentines celebration. Mr. & Mrs. Pike were originally joined by 60 close friends and relatives to witness their ceremony, whilst the Hicks’ had a lovely catholic service 59 years ago, which Mrs. Hicks have been struggling to remember since, as she was so nervous on the day!

For Mr and Mrs Hicks, the decision to renew their vows was also a demonstration of their continued dedication to each other, as the couple finds themselves living separately for the first time in 59 years.

“Moving Kevin into aged care was one of the hardest decisions we have had to make. But not having to do everything ourselves, has allowed time and energy for our love to be re-kindled.” shares Margaret Hicks, who still lives independently. “We wanted to demonstrate that while we may be older, and we may be separated, we are still as committed to each other as we were on our wedding day 59 years ago.”

For Judith Pike, the day became an important reminder of all the happy times she and Ron have shared through their 56 years of marriage: “We have always enjoyed music, dancing, being with friends and being with each other, so this was a day when we could be happy and show our continuous love for each other.”

The couples’ special day was celebrated in style at the Hope Valley home, with volunteers among staff, residents and the local community working hard over the past two months to create the perfect setting for this romantic celebration.

“Our residents have played a huge part of making today possible”, shared Estia’s Lifestyle Coordinator, Vanessa Langley, one of the driving forces behind the ceremonies. “They created the elaborate flower archway during our weekly craft sessions, using the brides’ favourite flowers and colours.”

Joined by their matrons of honor and best men, who were part of the original weddings, the blushing brides and their faithful grooms spent the day surrounded by friends and family from far and wide, enjoying delicious food and bubbly refreshments, including live music as well as a delicious traditional wedding cake, while listening to heartfelt speeches and enjoying the weddings they thought they’d never have again.

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