I can count about a hundred rules this couple broke when they suddenly realized one, fine day that they've been dating for 17 years and said: okay let's get married NOW....as in now, while we sit facing each other in my orange shirt NOW. I love how Sun Journal wrote this article so I am lifting it as it is. Enjoy! :)
They sat in padded armchairs facing each other, holding hands, Paul Walker with a corsage on his orange T-shirt, Ann Thayer in a smart black pantsuit.
In front of family and friends and a lobby filled with soft jazz on Tuesday afternoon, the ceremony was sweet, simple and quick, right up 'til the end.
"I don't think I've seen a bride and groom kiss three times," said Administrator Sheri Nadell after watching what was, to her knowledge, Marshwood Center's first wedding.
Walker, 88, and Thayer, 87, had dated 17 years. They decided last week to make it official.
It was his third wedding, her second. Walker is staying at the nursing care center while he rehabilitates. Thayer visits every day.
Walker, of Lewiston, and Thayer, of Auburn, met at an Auburn church. She said the couple found themselves at Central Maine Medical Center on Thursday when staff teasingly broached the idea of wedded bliss.
"All those nurses said, 'You've been together how long? Why didn't you ever get married?' Paul looked at me, 'You want to do it?' I said, 'OK, well, when?' 'Right now,'" she said. "We've had some beautiful years together."
After insisting they didn't want much fuss, Nadell pulled together the ceremony in the newly renovated lobby, arranging chairs, stringing white tulle, sprinkling rose petals and making sure they had cake and punch. Dozens of people sat in chairs and leaned against the walls during the brief ceremony and filtered by afterward to offer congratulations.
When you've seen everything, done everything, and lived life, you realize the basic, most essential elements of a wedding, stripped off of all the hullabaloo. 'Aint love and rebellious weddings wonderful? To read the full article, click HERE :)
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