A right royal oc­ca­sion at Lodge

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By STU­ART WHI­TAKER

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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.

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