TRINITY (FOX 13) - Twelve couples exchanged vows at The Watermark at Trinity. That sounds normal, but everything else is extraordinary.
The 12 couples all live in the assisted living and memory care facility in Pasco County. Many have been married more than 60 years. And Elvis led the vows this afternoon during the Vegas-themed celebration.
"It really made you feel like the old days," Regina Bradshaw said when asked about Elvis.
Regina Bradshaw and her husband, Lester, have been married for 65 years. As she had her hair and makeup done and waited to walk down the aisle, she was nervous, wondering what her husband would think. She wore the same dress she wore during their 50th wedding anniversary. Safe to say her husband was pleased. They could be seen smiling throughout the ceremony.
"How wonderful it's been to be married 65 years and still be together," she said when asked about what she was thinking about during the ceremony.
Brides were walked down the aisle by staff members, then seated next to grooms. Elvis had both groups repeat their vows, in between playing songs. A professional photographer took the couples' photos, then they were introduced one-by-one to the other residents awaiting at a reception.
The vow renewal was an idea from Trinity at Watermark Community Life Director Christina Barzelay, saying a vow renewal ceremony was perfect for Valentine's Day because 20 couples call the place home.
"We take our vows very seriously," Jeannette O'Toole said.
She and her husband have been married for 67 years. She offers a simple piece of advice for young couples.
"Never go to bed angry," she said.
Trust and being unselfish were the other pieces of advice shared by residents, and it seems like most should listen. The group features one couple that's been married for 70 years.