Grace­lands cel­e­brates wed­dings

Hastings Leader - - News -

Bob and Christina Gray hold­ing their gold wed­ding gob­lets.

A swish of silk taffeta, a scent of spring blos­soms and a touch of ro­mance filled the air at Grace­lands Life­style Care and Vil­lage last week as res­i­dents, fam­i­lies and staff cel­e­brated

wed­dings. What bet­ter way to sig­nal the change of sea­son and wel­come spring than a cel­e­bra­tion of en­dur­ing love, says ac­tiv­i­ties as­sis­tant Jules Hamil­ton. The week be­gan with a bridal ex­hi­bi­tion in the main lounge with a dis­play of pho­to­graphs and wed­ding dresses span­ning the last 100 years.

“The Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Set­tlers Mu­seum kindly lent us four dresses from their col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing a stun­ning cot­ton broderie anglaise dress from 1911. We were also very for­tu­nate to have staff mem­bers bring in their wed­ding dresses to add to the bridal dis­play, ” Jules says. The cel­e­bra­tions in­cluded an ice-cream sun­dae so­cial while watch­ing clas­sic wed­ding films and bridal quizzes and games.

“Who doesn’t love a wed­ding? It’s a day full of love, hope and good wishes.” The fes­tiv­i­ties cul­mi­nated in a bridal shower — fam­ily and friends gath­ered and were treated to a video mon­tage of their wed­ding pho­to­graphs set to mu­sic made es­pe­cially for the day.

“There were more than a few happy tears shed and the whole week gave the team at Grace­lands Life­style Care and Vil­lage such an won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to spend time rem­i­nisc­ing and con­nect­ing res­i­dents, fam­i­lies and staff with their shared past.”

Pe­rios wed­ding dresses on loan from the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Set­tlers Mu­seum from 1911, 1930 and 1950 and staff mem­ber Pauline Jamieson’s mother’s dress from the 1950s.

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