A milestone making couple have renewed their wedding vows at a Peterborough hospice - a decade after tying the knot.
A decade after becoming the 100th couple to get married at Thorpe Hall, Paul and Maria Edwards returned to the building to celebrate their tenth anniversary.
This time they included a religious blessing in their ceremony, adding another dimension to their day.
The couple, who met while working in the same city school, originally planned to marry at Peterborough Register Office. It was the registrar who suggested that a wedding at Thorpe Hall Hospice in Longthorpe, Peterborough may offer them the grander setting they were
Paul said; ““We came to visit Thorpe Hall for the first time and loved it,
“It wasn’t really a case of why would we get married there but why wouldn’t we!”
Around 75 guests celebrated their marriage back in 2005 and many of them, including the six grown up children they have from previous relationships, were in attendance at their vow renewal on September 12, held in the 350 year old building’s Parlour.
Until recently the building was used to care for hospice inpatients but they are now cared for in the new hospice building adjacent to the mansion. That meant Paul, a site manager at Parnwell Primary School, and Maria, a receptionist at the City of Peterborough Academy Special School, were able to stage a reception following their blessing in the grand ground.
Paul said: “We wanted to mark our 10th anniversary by doing something very special. Retaking our vows, making that recommitment to each other, felt perfect. We were so pleased to be able to return to Thorpe Hall and rerun what was such a special day in our lives.
“This time we had food and drinks and then a disco at Thorpe Hall and it proved the perfect setting for a great day.”
Paul, 54, donned a smart suit for the ceremony while 52 year old Maria opted for a floral dress. They retook their marriage vows and were then blessed by Rev Michael Moore of St Mary’s Church in Peterborough
Sadly they didn’t have time to repeat their original honeymoon in Paris – it was straight back to work on Monday morning for the happy couple, second time around!