A heartwarming story of a couple who recreated their wedding day at a care home for the grandmother who suffers from dementia has gone viral. Hannah Jobey and Jay Harris, who first got married in Northumberland, decided to re-enact their special day at the Eothen Care Home in Wallsend, North Tyneside, where Liz Jobey, Hannah’s grandmother, is being cared for.
Hannah wore her wedding dress, and the couple cut the cake together, creating memories that they will cherish for a long time.
“I always wanted my gran to be part of our wedding, and doing it this way she could be involved in a way that meant she felt at home,” Hannah said. The family had initially hoped to take Liz to the ceremony, but her inability to get into a car due to her condition meant it wasn’t feasible. So they decided to bring the ceremony to her, and it turned out to be magical.
“Mum grabbed her hand and said, ‘You look absolutely beautiful’,” said Steve, Liz’s eldest son. “It made me so happy we had done it as we had. It was absolutely magical.” Similarly, Erin Radmann wanted her great-grandmother to be her maid of honor at her wedding, and in a touching video, she asked her to be a part of her special day.
Although her great-grandmother could not make it to her wedding day, Radmann was grateful to have been able to celebrate her 102nd birthday with her.
Both stories highlight the importance of involving family members, even those who may not be physically able to attend, in special moments. As Hannah said, “doing it this way she could be involved in a way that meant she felt at home.”
It’s a beautiful reminder that it’s not the location or the grandeur of the occasion that matters but the people who make it special.