WEDDING EXPO: Volunteers dressed to the nines for a bridal fashion show at Akooramak
WEDDING EXPO: Volunteers dressed to the nines for a bridal fashion show at Akooramak Nicole Zurcas

Royal wedding fever reaches Warwick aged care residents

In celebration of the upcoming royal wedding, Akooramak Aged Care facility put on their own wedding expo.

The nurses and volunteers decorated the hall with a floral arch way in the centre, wedding lace along the walls and the residents own wedding photos on display.

Walking down a red carpet, volunteers dressed up in bridal and formal gowns for a fashion show yesterday.

Some of the gowns were borrowed from local stores The Lighthouse and St Vinnies. While a few of the volunteers wore their own dresses.

Host Barb Mapes said they were all looking forward to Meghan Markle's gown.

"We can't wait to see what Meghan Markle will wear, she will look beautiful as a bride,” she said.

A lot of work went into the event, diversional therapist Christeen Cave said.

"It was really about the residents and putting on something they can enjoy from their home,” Ms Cave said.

The residents even had some advice to share to for the new royal couple.

"Always go to bed happy, always resolve your problems before they get worse,” Maureen Dunn said.

"Talk things over, communication is key,” Betty Woodrow said

"Love your partner with all your strength,” Ralph Cullen said, who's been married to wife Joy for 37 years.

For residents Pat and Val Toltou the day brought back memories from their own wedding 56 years ago.

"We were on our way home from the reception and I picked up my motor bike, my new lovely wife was on the back when the police pulled us over, they gave us a friendly chat and followed us home,” Mr Toltou said.

"I'm the luckiest bloke in the world.” he said.

The day wouldn't have been complete without some cake and bubbly drinks to go around.



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