Wedding Nostalgia Event Brings Back Big Day Joy

A mini wedding display at Verwood House Care Home brought back many happy memories for residents.

Verwood’s Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coach Emilia Turner thrilled residents when she dressed up in her beautiful wedding dress to get people talking about their own experiences.

Emilia said: “I could never have imagined that putting my own dress on again and showing it to everyone, that it would have such an amazing impact as everyone started sharing their own stories of their own weddings or those they had attended.”

The wedding-based activity was part of the reminiscence sessions organised at the Ringwood Road home. It gave residents a chance to share their own wedding photos and mementoes.

Resident Penny Eyres, aged 81, was happy to show off her precious wedding album. Penny had even made her own wedding dress when she married John in 1991.

Penny said: ‘’It is something you never forget and it’s now lovely to be able to share those happy memories with others.

“My dress was made of silk and took me about 24 hours to make. Unfortunately I don’t have it today, but it has been so lovely to see Emilia’s dress and enjoy her story too.”

Smiling Penny is pictured with her album from her special day.

Emilia added: “Reminiscing is a lovely chance to make new friends and connections amongst those in the home.

“Talking about past experiences helps everyone get to know people and it helps us provide the person-centred care that is so important.”