Sunday Star-Times

Loves comes a second time for Michael


Michael Joyce didn’t realise he’d been married for 34 years when he asked his wife to marry him. His wife, Linda, decided it would be a good reason to renew their wedding vows.

Truth was, Michael is battling Alzheimer’s and he’d forgotten.

"You don’t say, oh, we’re already married," Linda, 64, explained. "So, I said, of course I will, thinking he might not remember."

The next morning, she shocked when Michael, 68, "So, when are we doing this?"

"I couldn’t believe it," Linda said. "He then grabbed my hand looking for a ring and I asked him if he was still gonna put a ring on it."

Linda decided it would be a good chance - and maybe their last to renew their wedding vows.

So on Monday, she posted on community website Neighbourl­y, asking if anyone could help her find a celebrant for Saturday.

She was inundated with free.

Photograph­er Desmond Downs took photos and video for the couple, while other offers came in from celebrants and even a hairdresse­r.

Celebrant Gareth Duncan said his wife alerted him to the post and he offered his services straight away.

"I mean, what a lovely story - the story of love, patience and commitment," he said. "We had quite an emotional little connection to the thread of the story and were simply just another couple who helped them out."

Michael and Linda said their vows on Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Lake among a handful of friends. They have no children and was said: offers all their extended Scotland.

"We’re it, eh, darling? and me, baby," Linda Michael.

The Alzheimer’s means Michael can rarely put together full sentences, so his vows were read by the celebrant.

The couple celebrated with kisses and hugs to the background music of Flower of Scotland, played by bagpipe.

Then there were and pizza.

Michael and Linda family live bubbles, settled in

Just you said to cake first married in March, 1984, in New Plymouth after meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, around 40 years ago.

Linda’s cousin said she had to meet Michael, an electricia­n in the neighbourh­ood.

"She said, you’re gonna marry Mic Joyce. She was getting him over to fix her stove and it wasn’t even broken!

"I know it’s cheesy, but it was definitely love at first sight," Linda said.

The couple eventually

New Zealand.

Linda said on the morning of the wedding, Michael opened his eyes and said, "Today’s the day."

"There’s been a lot of sadness and a lot of frustratio­n, and despite all the fogginess, today has been pure joy," Linda said. in

 ?? DESMOND DOWNS ?? Michael and Linda Joyce seal the deal with a kiss.
DESMOND DOWNS Michael and Linda Joyce seal the deal with a kiss.

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