When Lisa Sellens and Shane White had to cancel their planned wedding in Spain because of the pandemic, their colleagues and the residents at Woodlands House in New Forest decided to stage their own special ceremony for the couple.

Without the knowledge of care home manager Lisa and senior carer Shane, they surprised the couple with a pretend marriage. Residents played a huge part in the ceremony, taking the parts of the vicar, best man, mother and father of the bride and bridesmaids.

Special outfits were also arranged for Lisa and Shane, together with a bridal bouquet, decorations around the home and of course, a wedding cake.

Jo Gadd, Woodlands House’s activities coordinator explained: “They were supposed to be getting married next month but it had to be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak and they have understandably been very disappointed. So, to cheer them up a bit, we decided to throw them a surprise pretend wedding which they did not know anything about.

“It was incredibly hard keeping it a secret, but it was definitely worth it to see their faces as they walked down the aisle. It was a truly special afternoon and one that we definitely won’t forget.”

Lisa said afterwards: “We are absolutely amazed by everybody’s kindness and generosity. We cannot thank them enough for everything they did for us. It really was a complete surprise.”

Pictures show: Lisa Sellens and Shane White, who were given a surprise pretend wedding by their colleagues and the residents of Woodlands House in the New Forest.

Woodlands House is run by the Hartford Care Group Limited based in Basingstoke, a family-owned business, established more than a century ago in 1908, that runs 15 residential and nursing homes located throughout the south of England in Bristol, Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire.

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Hartford Care’s head office is based in Basingstoke, Hampshire. It is a family run business established since 1908. The 15 care homes are in Bristol, Berkshire (Burnham and Maidenhead), Devon (Sidmouth), Dorset (Poole), Hampshire (Barton-on-Sea, Hythe, Four Marks, Portsmouth, Winchester and Woodlands), Isle of Wight (Bembridge, Ryde and Shanklin) and Oxfordshire (Witney).

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