Fairytale wedding for Rosie and Barry from Redmayne View
Rosie Bell, 71, and Barry Williamson, 84, celebrated their marriage at Redmayne View housing care scheme in Sprowston, Norwich on Saturday 20th October, following an official ceremony at a local church, the previous Wednesday.
Over 100 family, friends, residents and staff joined the couple at their reception, with numerous donations made by businesses and well-wishers to make the day extra special.
The now Mrs Williamson said her new husband swept her off her feet after he moved into his flat at Redmayne View in 2014. She said: “I knew there was a spark straight away. As soon as I saw him I thought he looked a bit of alright! We used to play cards together and he would come down for a coffee in the morning so we got to know each other.”
When they first met, her terminally ill husband was being cared for in a nursing home and she said it was painful coming to terms with the fact he would not be coming home.
Mr Williamson had lost his wife four years earlier and she said their mutual understanding and friendship started to blossom into love after her husband’s death two years ago.
The couple’s families were heavily involved with the wedding, with the bride’s son, James Sutton, giving her away and Mr Williamson’s grandson, Joe Siggins, taking the role of best man.
Staff at Redmayne View also played a big part, transforming the dining room into a venue complete with candle-lit bird cages, a flower arch and chapel seating.
Sandra Spanton, manager at the scheme, said: “We put out an appeal on social media for help on the day and so many people came forward with offers of help, including an organ player, photographer, car and chauffeur, an arch for the ceremony and so many other things. So many wonderful people got involved.”
Following the ceremony, the newly married couple were whisked off in a chauffeur driven limousine while the dining room at the scheme was converted for the wedding reception. All the tenants at the scheme, which has 40 flats and is managed by Broadland Housing, enjoyed the day with the newlyweds, with everyone invited to the ceremony and reception.
The couple said they are looking forward to spending Christmas together with their families in their new shared flat.
Mrs Williamson added: “We enjoy every day of our lives together. It’s just marvellous.”