She fulfilled her dream of a “long and happy life”.
American Dorothy Fideli from Ohio married herself at an unusual wedding that took place in a home for the elderly.
About this informs WLWT.
The 77-year-old woman held a ceremony on May 13 to fulfill her long-held dream of a long and happy life.
“This is what I always wanted. I wanted to get married and live a happy life, but everything went wrong, and now I have a second chance to do something that will make me happy,” the woman shared.
The mother of three says she heard about a woman who married herself on a talk show and thought it would be a good idea because it would lift the spirits of other residents at O’Bannon Terrace Nursing Home in Goshen, Ohio.
After deciding to have a wedding, she had to plan her special day, which included decorations, food and an officiant, who happened to be nursing home manager Rob Geiger.
Geiger wasn’t the only one to support the nuptials, with Fidel’s daughter helping her mother plan the big day by buying the dress, delivering the flowers and cooking for the guests.
“She said, ‘Oh, mom, yes, let’s do it. I’m going to get your dress, I’m going to get you everything,” Fideli said of her daughter, Donna Pennington.
The bride wore a white gown with sheer long sleeves embellished with floral detailing, a silver sash and an embellished veil with a headband, holding white lilies, which Fideli described as a metaphor for cultivating self-love.
On this day, one of the rooms in the house was decorated with a balloon arch, a two-tiered white cake, heart-shaped cookies and sandwiches in the shape of wedding bells.
Fideli, like any bride on her wedding day, was excited and a little nervous.
“I was nervous, but then I was very happy,” she said.
Fidela’s marriage on Saturday was not her first. She married in 1965, but divorced nine years later.
Fideli said she and her ex-husband exchanged vows in front of a judge before he returned to work.
The soon-to-be great-grandmother said now that her children are grown and her grandchildren are graduating college, she’s focused on improving her life.
The bride learned to read after not being able to for the first 75 years of her life.
“This is the best thing I’ve ever had, besides you, children,” Fideli told her daughter. “This is what I’ve always wanted and I’m so happy you gave it to me.”
We will remind you that on the first date, the man ordered a lot of food in a restaurant and ran away with the goodies. Him the companion wondered what happened next.