After loss, widower groom overcome with emotion seeing his 77-year-old bride walk down the aisle

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“At the time that they met, Nancy and J.C. (now 77 and 83, respectively) had each been married for at least 50 years to their first spouses. Nancy’s husband had battled Parkinson’s disease with dementia for some time, while J.C.’s wife suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Nancy and J.C. both enjoyed playing bridge and found it to be a brief respite from the stresses of their everyday lives. After the director of their bridge club introduced them and suggested they become bridge partners, they became fast friends. They soon discovered that, in addition to bridge, they shared other common interests in books, music, theater, worshipping, and a yearn to travel.

After supporting one another through the passing of each of their spouses, their friendship blossomed into a deep love and they decided to marry.

I was contacted by Nancy’s daughter, who knew that the couple would cherish photographs of their wedding day. When I heard their story, I was inspired and honored to have the chance to document this incredibly special day.

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On the day of the wedding, I arrived at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina. I first went to see Nancy and take a few portraits of her getting ready. She greeted me with a big hug and told me that she was very excited and a little nervous. She looked absolutely stunning!

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Next I headed downstairs to the room where the very intimate ceremony and reception would be held.  It was decorated simply and beautifully, with rose petals lining the aisle. It was the perfect spot for these two beautiful people to exchange vows.

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Guests began to arrive and it became clear what a joyous and meaningful day this was for all who attended.

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JAMIE VINSON PHOTOGRAPHY

When I finally met the groom he was charismatic and witty, and looked dashing in his tuxedo.

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J.C.’s eyes filled with joyful tears as Nancy walked down the aisle.

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His overwhelming emotion became even more apparent as they exchanged vows.

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JAMIE VINSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Once they had officially tied the knot, they recessed and were greeted with their favorite beverage. Margaritas! They toasted one another and were clearly filled with happiness and joy over committing themselves to one another for the rest of their lives.

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JAMIE VINSON PHOTOGRAPHY

The reception was equally joyful, filled with dancing and merriment. They enjoyed a delicious dinner, cut their cake and blissfully danced the night away.

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JAMIE VINSON PHOTOGRAPHY

This incredibly special day was a reminder that we should live every day of our lives to their absolute fullest and it’s never too late for love. A huge thank you to Nancy and J.C. for letting me document their amazing wedding day!”

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This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Jamie Vinson of Jamie Vinson Photography in Raleigh, North Carolina. Submit your story here, and be sure to subscribe to our best love stories here.

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