Woman’s Day (Australia)
Aussie’s joy: A bride at 87!
These newlyweds say fate brought them together
Bea Brown had just about given up on love. That was until David Nunn moved in next door at the retirement village, and very quickly Bea changed her tune.
“I’ve been a widow for 36 years and meeting another man was the furthest thing from my thoughts,” says the 87-year-old. “But this beautiful man turned up next door and that was it. He swept me off my feet. I see it as fate, really.”
Bea made the first move and invited 72-year-old David over for a cup of tea. They bonded over their mutual love of sports and Scrabble, and pretty soon they were inseparable.
The great-grandmother-ofseven would pop over to David’s apartment each afternoon for a spot of Scrabble, and the pair would go for walks together up to the local shops, wheeling their shopping trolleys side by side.
“I’m just pleased I can keep up with him,” says Bea, who’s 15 years older than David. “But age is just a number when youu get to this stage in life. Although I’m not sure whether I’m a cougar or a cradle-snatcher!” ”
Three years after they y first met, David decided d he wanted to take theirr relationship to the nextt level. “It just made sense to propose,” he says. “She’s a lovely woman, very kind and caring.”
On January 14, David and Bea exchanged wedding vows in their retirement village chapel at St Vincent’s Care Services Mitchelton in Brisbane. When David spotted Bea walking down the aisle towards him wearing a pale pink twin set she had made herself, his eyes instantly lit up.
“She looked absolutely beautiful,” David says, smiling from ear to ear.
Four generations were involved in the bridal party, with Bea’s son Graham walking her down the aisle, and her great-grandchildren stepping in as flower girls.
And the whole village was there to celebrate. “We’re friends with everybody and they’ve never had a wedding here before, so they pulled out all the stops to make it a great occasion,” says Bea. Bea andan David have now m moved in together, and a are looking forward to g going on a cruise of the S South Pacific for their h honeymoon in March. A And for Valentine’s Day, B Bea says they’ll go out fo for a date. “I’m sure I’ll b be spoilt – he knows I love ch chocolates and flowers.”
‘This beautiful man turned up next door and that was it’