A Connecticut couple got to say “yes” a second time in a heartwarming ceremony the groom may never remember, but the bride will never forget.
It’s a love story that love movies aspire to. Alzheimer’s disease stole most of Peter Marshall’s memories, but he hasn’t forgotten how much he loves his wife, even though he doesn’t know her name.
Peter and his wife Lisa have been married for 12 years. But with 56-year-old Peter battling early-stage Alzheimer’s disease which he was diagnosed with a few years ago, he can’t remember that marriage. He just knows he loves her.
Last December, Peter had a moment of lucidity. The couple were watching a wedding on TV, when they said, “Let’s do it.” Lisa didn’t know how to answer.
âI said, ‘do what? And he pointed to the TV, this wedding scene and I said, ‘Do you want to get married?’ He said yes and had that big smile on his face, “Lisa said.” He doesn’t know I’m his wife. I’m just his favorite person. “
Peter fell in love again and chose Lisa – again.
âI’m the luckiest girl in the world. I can do it twice,â Lisa said, wiping a tear from her eyes.
Her daughter is a wedding and event planner. She has spread the word and countless providers have offered their services for free.
âIt was so perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. It was so magical,â said Lisa. “I don’t remember seeing him so happy for so long. He was so happy.”
Peter’s illness progresses rapidly, so much so that he can no longer remember the vow renewal ceremony just a few months ago. But he remembers that there is a woman who loves him and still cherishes him, something he expressed at the wedding.
âHe leaned down and whispered in my ear, ‘Thank you for staying,’â Lisa said through tears.