To be in the presence of true love is amazing.
To be in the presence of 12 couples over the age of 50 in love is extraordinary. The day before Valentine’s Day the Montclair Senior Center hosted, Wedding Bliss, a Vow Renewal and Celebration of Love for it’s seniors and their families.
I was honored to volunteer as the official Wedding Photographer for the event.
Montclair’s staff and volunteers did an incredible job of putting together a celebration everyone will remember for the rest of their lives.
Anxiously awaiting the start of the ceremony, the brides and grooms hid in a hallway while their friends and family lined up in the entryway.
To start the ceremony, Marian sang a beautiful version of, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” that gave me goosebumps. The lyrics had never had so much meaning until that moment.
Take my hand, take my whole life too.
For I can’t help, falling in love with you.
The City of Montclair’s Police Department Chaplain, Vicki Brobeck, took her position as the officiant and the processional began to the sound of Sarah playing violin.
Helen, as well as some of the other brides, wore her original veil to the vow renewal. The picture on the left is from her and Donald’s wedding in 1956. When I told her how much I loved her wedding dress, she told me she had made it herself.
It made me love the wedding dress and her that much more.
Some of the couples, like Teresa & Jose, never had a wedding of their own. Jose became emotional about finally being able to give his wife of 52 years her moment down the aisle.
This is one of my favorite pictures of the day. Federico & Josefina have been married 55 years and still gaze into each other’s eyes like teenagers in love.
The couples had their First Dance to “Remember When” by Alan Jackson.
Remember when we said when we turned gray
When the children grow up and move away
We won’t be sad, we’ll be glad
For all the life we’ve had
And we’ll remember when.
I couldn’t get enough of Mattie’s adorable smile and had to sneak in a picture with her and Richard who she’s been married to for 53 years!
Wedding Bliss couldn’t have happened without all of the amazing volunteers and the woman in purple in the picture below. Ester Vargas-Pipersky never takes no for an answer and put so much time and effort into creating a beautiful event for deserving senior citizens.
Her creativity and love for others amazes me.
Venue: Montclair Senior Center
Photography: Kimberly April Photography
Flowers: Martha’s Flowers
Cake: Ontario Bakery
Violinist: Sarah Merlkelbach
Soloist: Marian Nutley
Photo Booth: GC Photobooth
Other Sponsors: Montclair Hospital & Medical Center, VNA Hospice, West End Family Couseling and Inter Valley Health Plan