When Ruth and Sam Erina got married 72 years ago, an incredible 500 friends and family toasted their happy union. In this time when social circles have shrunk so we all stay safe, it looked like their anniversary would pass as a quiet private affair. But love finds a way despite challenges that life poses – and so do the creative staff at Chartwell Georgian Traditions. On May 15th, the couple relived wedding memories at an elegant dinner featuring the exact menu from their wedding, recreated with care by Chef Wayne Pigeon and his creative team. From the roasted squash and pumpkin soup to the chicken and gravy to the two-tiered wedding cake, every detail was perfect.

Their fellow resident friends and staff all got into the romantic spirit, presenting them with a giant card of good wishes.

“Everyone here was caught up in the romance and pitched in to go above and beyond to celebrate this occasion for Ruth and Sam. Though a second honeymoon will have to wait for now – the first included a trip to Toronto and Centre Island – the couple were happy to share their secret to making love last. Both Sam and Ruth agreed that ‘”supporting each other” is the key. Submitted by: Deb McCannell, Retirement Living Consultant Chartwell Georgian Traditions Retirement Residences