A right royal occasion at Lodge
The “real” Royal Wedding captured the world’s attention over the weekend.
But at Te Puke Country Lodge, on the eve of events in Windsor, there was a less well attended, but arguably much funnier, exchange of rings and vows.
There were no international celebrities looking happy, or not, to be there, no 15-minute sermon, few hats and no mention of sexual union.
But Friday’s wedding did have something the royals didn’t — a last-minute role swap for the bride and groom, activities coordinators Jean Irving and Dwayne Ferguson.
Care home manager Chris Boudet, who was acting as celebrant, was thrown by the change.
“I only knew when I said ‘where’s the groom?’ I was so busy I never twigged — I had no idea but it made everybody laugh.”
Chris says the idea for the wedding came from Jean.
“We’re always looking for interesting things for the residents and the royal wedding was a big thing.” Chris says the residents loved the ceremony which was followed by high tea.
“They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and a lot of family members were there too and they all had smiles on their faces.”
From left, Mary Thompson, Evan Collett and Grace Bastin were guests of honour at Te Puke’s “other” royal wedding on Friday.
Time for the vows at Te Puke Country Lodge’s version of the royal wedding.