Couple tie the knot in nursing home

Eddie and Marina Newman were married in the Carinity Brookfield Green aged care community’s on-site chapel.

Wedding bells aren’t often heard of in aged care communities, but two lovebirds have tied the knot in a seniors’ home in Brisbane.

Carinity Brookfield Green resident Eddie Newman married his fiancée Marina Rouicheq in the aged care community’s on-site chapel.

“I asked the chaplain Carol (Lewins), ‘How are you on for weddings?’ She said she’s only allowed to do funerals and I said, ‘We don’t need funerals yet’. So, she organised a pastor to do our wedding,” Eddie said.

Eddie and Marina’s grandchildren played parts in the wedding ceremony, which was attended by around 50 guests.

Four granddaughters served as flower girls with five grandsons as page boys.

The couple’s beloved dog, Hope, was there when Eddie and Marina said “I do”, and one of Eddie’s friends from Brookfield Green was also in the wedding party.

A reception followed the exchanging of Eddie and Marina’s wedding vows, held outdoors on the lawns of the scenic aged care location.

Brookfield Green staff provided live music, playing flute and saxophone. Other staff took photos and prepared Eddie for the big occasion, which was filmed and broadcast live into residents’ lounge rooms. Eddie, a former taxi driver and cotton factory worker, and Marina, who worked in aged care, met online and have been together for 11 years.

“The day we met she walked up to me, and she was dressed in red,” Eddie reminisced.

“I saw her and she was just beautiful. We got on so well, like a friend that you had met before. She’s very easy to communicate with.”

Marina said she and her new husband have been inseparable since the day they met.

“I always say he taught me to laugh; he taught me to live,” she said.

“He introduced me to new experiences like camping. But he can’t convince me to swap footy teams and go for Geelong. That’s never going to happen.

“We’ve had a pretty good connection over the years. We’ve had lots of ups and downs because of Eddie’s health but we feel this is the right time for us to get married. It was a very special day because this is Eddie’s home.”

Marina and Eddie are grateful for the support of Carinity Brookfield Green’s care staff over the past two years.

“We’ve got a lot of memories here. The staff have been lovely. It’s just marvellous the things that they do for you,” Marina said.

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