Delmiro Bueno and Jacqueline Murray just so happen to be in-laws living at the same senior living community, and their mutual granddaughter, Faith Murray, got married. Since the seniors were unable to attend the ceremony due to COVID-19, Waltonwood Lake Boone helped them celebrate with their family virtually.
Bueno’s daughter is married to Murray’s son, and their granddaughter was set to be married at the end of July, both parties were holding on to hope that they would be able to attend in person. However, as the date approached it became clear that it was not going to be plausible for Bueno and Murray to attend the wedding.
Upon this heartbreaking news, Waltonwood staff, and Life Enrichment Manager Samantha Toms, jumped into action to plan something special for Bueno and Murray. While the grandparents weren’t going to be able to attend the wedding, Waltonwood began planning a unique way to bring the wedding to them.
Waltonwood has a beautiful theatre that Toms chose as the perfect location to plan an on-campus wedding streaming and celebration for Bueno and Murray. The space was decorated with flowers and other wedding accessories, and the Chef even created a wedding cake for the grandparents to enjoy while the rest of their family got to cut cake in person. Bueno and Murray were both overjoyed with Waltonwood’s special plan for them and they were glad they got to feel a part of the festivities and watch their granddaughter get married.
To take the occasion to the next level, Waltonwood staff made sure Bueno and Murray were dressed up in wedding attire and had a professional photographer come and take pictures of them celebrating their granddaughters big day. They sent these photos to the family so Bueno and Murray could be part of the wedding book and they were so grateful and even moved to tears.
The above and beyond efforts of the Waltonwood staff transformed devastating news, into a celebration to be remembered by their residents families for the rest of their lived. Bueno and Murray enjoyed being able to see their loved ones on the screen and feel as though they were part of their granddaughter’s special day.
This was the first virtual wedding that Waltonwood put together, but Toms believes that these types of virtual events may continue to be the reality of the future. They have had zoom birthday parties since March and have even had a virtual funeral service for a resident that passed away. Toms and her team are willing to go the extra mile to assure their residents are safe, happy, and healthy, and want to keep them as connected to the outside world and their loved ones as possible during this time. Though virtual isn’t the same as being in person, the small, intricate, and personal touches that the Waltonwood team put into this celebration are what truly go the extra mile. Toms is enthusiastic and hopeful that her community will continue to work together to bring joy to their residents even amidst the current restrictions.