Sur­prise wed­ding held at re­tire­ment vil­lage happy hour

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERA­NIA KA­RAU­RIA

There were fas­ci­na­tors, vel­vet bow ties, tears and laugh­ter when Ray Gil­more and Ngaire Crock­ett mar­ried the night be­fore the royal nup­tials.

And like the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, Ray and Ngaire met on a blind date.

It all started over eight years ago when the cou­ple were to meet on that blind date at the Ez­iBuy cafe.

But Ngaire hid be­hind a clothes rack to check out her new date.

Ray asked Ngaire’s friend if she was meet­ing him and re­ceived a no.

As Ray was leav­ing Ngaire knew she liked the look of this man who eight years later be­came her hus­band.

The blind date pro­gressed from cof­fee to wine a cou­ple of weeks later, and when Ray sang to Ngaire, she said she was hooked.

The oc­to­ge­nar­ian cou­ple who have a town house at the Ju­lia Wal­lace Re­tire­ment Vil­lage (JWRV) kept their mar­riage secret from the vil­lage res­i­dents.

“Ev­ery­one dressed up in the theme of the royal wed­ding and went to happy hour, but did not know they were at­tend­ing a real wed­ding,” the cou­ple said.

“We wanted to have a quiet affair but Chrissy (JWRV sales ad­vi­sor) and Sheree or­gan­ised ev­ery­thing.”

One res­i­dent re­marked to Ngaire at the happy hour; “Where on earth did you get that dress?”

The Atrium was dec­o­rated for the nup­tials and the cou­ple were mar­ried by cel­e­brant Mur­ray Mills, watched by family and the vil­lage res­i­dents.

They’re off on their hon­ey­moon in Septem­ber, but when they booked the hol­i­day they did not know at the time they were go­ing to get mar­ried.

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