The Arcare Slacks Creek community has joyfully celebrated the wedding of residence manager Kevin Landles and clinical lead Mary Thompson in a colourful and warm ceremony at the aged care residence on April 8.
While Landles and Thompson have been a couple for a little more than three years, they have worked alongside each other for more than ten years across multiple aged care residences.
When they first met, Landles said he was impressed to learn that as a clinical lead, Thompson had guided new team members through the residence and was ‘working to her best ability’.
Thompson said she was very impressed with Landle’s sense of style and his friendly nature as he stopped to greet every resident.
The pair had originally planned to marry in 2021, but their plans were put on hold after their son was involved in a motorcycle accident.
Having at that time worked at Arcare for several months, Kevin and Mary realised that the aged care residents had missed out on a number of celebrations and special events due to lockdowns.
“When we were planning for our delayed wedding, we thought that this may be an opportunity to be married in front of those we care for and those we work alongside,” Thompson said.
“For the residents, we hope that they feel a part of our extended family, they recognise the value that we place on them and they can use the day to reminisce on their own happy memories over the years. After all, everyone loves a party!” Landles said on the big day.
The wedding was a fusion of Scottish and Maori cultures and featured bagpipes, traditional Scottish kilts, a Māori haka from the bride’s family and traditional Māori dress consisting of the kurawai, patu and feathered headband.
After the ceremony, food and drinks were served by Arcare team members, including the bride and groom.