Church Hill Village Celebrates Couple’s Commitment Ceremony
Church Hill Village hosted a special commitment ceremony in its dining room for two of its residents, Charlene Labrecque and Raymond Taylor, on Saturday, July 10.
The couple’s family and friends, as well as staff members and fellow residents of Church Hill Village, were present to witness the happy couple as they recited their vows to one another.
Labrecque, 74, told her beau, “To my love Ray, kindness [cannot] justify how sweet you are to me. Ever since I met you my world has changed in such a magical way beyond my dreams. You have done the impossible by surprising me every day with your unconditional love and making me feel so full of life. Who knew I would meet the love of my life at Church Hill Village? I promise you my heart and soul always... I can’t wait to live our new lives laughing and smiling together. You are my happiness today, tomorrow, and forever. I love you honey.”
Taylor, who is in his 90s, said, “To my sweetheart Charlene, the most precious thing about life is you never know what’s going to happen today or tomorrow. Well one thing I do know is I want to spend every day spending that life with you. When I’m with you, all the dark clouds and sad thoughts disappear, and you light up my world every second I see your beautiful smile. You are the one and only reason my heart and soul is happy. I can’t imagine my life without you, you make me laugh and smile more than I have in years. So let me return the favor by asking and promising you to spend every day loving and being right by your side. Our love has no limit. Let’s show the world it’s never too late to fall in love. I love you to infinity and always. With all my love, Ray.”
Church Hill Village resident program assistant for Anna-Marie Pescetell helped the couple create their vows and said it was an emotional moment hearing them recited out loud.
During the reception, guests enjoyed a variety of refreshments and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the food service staff.
Labrecque and Taylor held each other as the musical duo Solid Gold Times Two played live music, including the songs “You Are So Beautiful” and “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?”
Toasts were made by family, some of whom had traveled from out of state for the special occasion.
Labrecque’s son Kevin Labrecque thanked everyone for attending the celebration and said, “I’m very happy for you two and glad you found each other... I look forward to getting to know your family, Ray.”
Later, Taylor’s daughter Denise Taylor made a toast, saying, “Cheers to the bride and groom!” and the room erupted in applause.
Church Hill Village also received a message from Taylor’s daughter Debra Gordon, and shared it with The Newtown Bee.
The message that read, “When our mother became ill, he was devoted to her as well. Taking care of her and always at her side. When she died, he became depressed and lonely… until he met Charlene. He described Charlene as a kindred spirit and best friend. Someone he loved being with. He was in love. And we know our mother approves! Seeing him enjoy life again is a beautiful thing. We thank Charlene for being the warm and loving person that she is. One who has brought our father so much happiness and has given him a new lease on life. We wish them much joy on their new adventure together.”
The couple received many heartfelt congratulations and spent the day surrounded by people who love and care for them.
Reporter Alissa Silber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.