Wedding rehearsal: couple says “yes” again for the benefit of their grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in a retirement home

The newlyweds who had married two weeks previously traveled a total of 360 miles to recreate their wedding ceremony a second time, so the bride’s grandmother could witness the big day.

Childhood sweethearts Will and Rebecca Heppell, both 26, married in front of 60 guests in a picturesque ceremony in the Cotswolds last month, as reported by SWNS, the British news service.

The couple then re-enacted their vows in a more intimate setting exactly two weeks later, in the grounds of the care home where Rebecca Heppell’s grandmother, Peggy Dracup, currently lives.


The grandmother is 91 years old and reportedly suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. She was unable to attend the first ceremony, SWNS said. So the couple rehearsed the ceremony 164 miles away to incorporate it into their big day.

Rebecca Heppell said: “It was a really special day and it was great that my grandmother was able to take part. She was delighted.”

A couple recreated their wedding for the bride’s grandmother (center), who is 91 and has Alzheimer’s disease. Bride Rebecca Heppell said: “It was a really special day… She was thrilled.” Groom Will Heppell said the day was “doubly magical” because the couple were “reliving the original ceremony”. (SWNS)

She added: “Her memory isn’t great, but she knew who we were…and she kept saying how beautiful my dress was.”

The newlyweds are both teachers.

They met as teenagers and became engaged during a romantic vacation to Iceland on their 10th anniversary last March, SWNS said.

The couple’s first wedding took place on August 5; After their honeymoon, they returned home to recreate the special day of August 29.

When it came time to plan their big day, the couple wanted to make sure their grandmother could be a part of it.

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But staff at Osborne House in Selby, North Yorkshire, where Peggy Dracup lives, felt she would not make the long journey to the Cotswolds hall.

Undeterred, the couple arranged to recreate the entire day within the confines of the retirement home in the presence of their grandmother.

Exact replica of the first

The couple’s first wedding took place on August 5; they honeymooned in Kenya and Mauritius, before returning home to recreate the special day on August 29, SWNS reported.

The second ceremony was an exact replica of the first – with the second ceremony even decorated in the same way.

Hepells marries a second time

Newlyweds Rebecca and Will Heppell enjoy a second ceremony with family and friends in honor of grandmother Peggy Dracup (right, wearing hat) at her retirement home. (SWNS)

The couple apparently worked down to the last detail to recreate their special day, down to striking the same pose during their first dances.

Afterwards, the couple received hundreds of rose petals as a very proud grandmother enjoyed the moments.

Bride Rebecca Heppell, from Chipping Norton, said: “I really wanted her to be there. We were hoping she might come down but the practicality of her coming to the Cotswolds just wasn’t going to happen . But it was great. She didn’t know it wasn’t the real ceremony – she loved it.”

“And we weren’t as nervous the second time. It was a lot more relaxed.”

The bride added: “And we weren’t as nervous the second time. It was a lot more relaxed.”

She also said her grandmother loved music, so her sister played “a few tunes” during the ceremony.

Peggy Dracup at the ceremony

Grandmother Peggy Dracup, 91, enjoys her granddaughter’s wedding ceremony on August 29. The bride said her grandmother “loved it.” (SWNS)

The bride said the people at the retirement home were absolutely amazing. The events manager went above and beyond and created a magical setting and baked a spectacular wedding cake adorned with handmade sugar roses. the hand”.

Groom Will Heppell told SWNS: “It was doubly magical, because we were reliving the original ceremony.”


Helen Harrison, the bride’s mother, said: “It was extremely important to Rebecca that her grandmother was there to be part of the celebration and it was a wonderful day. My daughter looked fabulous and her grandmother was commented on the beauty of her dress.”

Harrison added, “It was lovely to see my mom interacting with so many people, smiling and laughing and having all her family around her.”


“Osborne House was beautifully decorated,” added Harrison, “and the chef exceeded all expectations by hosting the reception with a spectacular silver tea buffet – a grand finale to a perfect day.”

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