Mill House celebrates lockdown love story with a wedding

28th September 2022

While separated from their friends and family during lockdown, we saw love blossoming for two of our care home workers, who recently celebrated their wedding with residents.

Having met at Mill House in Chipping Campden, head chef Luke Webb - who at 22 is the youngest head chef in the Caring Homes group, and registered nurse Dianne Declan, married on Thursday 15th September. The couple made sure everyone was involved in their special day - despite initially trying to keep their relationship under wraps.

Spending their dates walking in the Cotswold countryside, it wasn’t long before other members of staff noticed that Dianne was getting very good lunches from the kitchen and with the pair frequently taking their breaks together, their relationship was finally revealed.

For their wedding, the couple made sure our residents were involved every step of the way, asking them to help make small flower arrangements for the tables and filling jars of sweets as wedding favours. They even helped Dianne to choose her flowers and had online dress viewings, helping her decide what to wear on the big day.

Following the ceremony, Luke and Dianne visited Mill House, where residents threw confetti and celebrated with champagne, releasing a dove of peace to wish the couple happiness for their future together. Dianne also took a tour of the home to make sure that every resident - including those who were too unwell to leave their rooms - could see her dress

The day was made even more special as it was announced that the couple have been shortlisted for the Great British Care Awards - Luke for Chef of the Year and Dianne for Nurse of the Year.

She said: “There was simply no way we could not prioritise the residents above everything else, having met and fallen in love at Mill House. They have been such a big part of our journey and it was important to both of us that they were included in our big day.

“During the ceremony, just as the registrar asked if anyone had any objections, one of the care team rushed in and shouted ‘sorry I’m late!’ The room erupted with laughter as did our registrar, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way; it’s a great anecdote from a wonderful day.

"To be surrounded by all the people we love so much and then to find out we have both been shortlisted in the Great British Care Awards has just made it all the more special - it’s the cherry on top of the (wedding) cake.”

Since their wedding, residents have delighted in giving the new couple marital advice, particularly to Luke on the skills of ‘being a good husband’.

Mill House care home manager Paul Dixon said: “This has been such a special time at the home and everyone has been involved in the wedding of Luke and Dianne.

“The advice has been pouring in for the couple and one of our oldest residents is 104 so there’s a lot of advice they can give!”

Luke and Dianne will be enjoying two honeymoons; a three week trip to the Philippines in January and a traditional English Coastal break in March. But before that, they will be returning to their beloved Mill House, where residents can’t wait to hear more about the special day.

Mill House Care Home in Chipping Campden offers residential care, nursing care and dementia care. If you’d like to find out more about Mill House Care Home, please contact 0808 175 6196.

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