Patients enjoy annual mock wedding

Grant Memorial Hospital staff recently said unofficial “I dos” for patients’ entertainment at the seventh annual mock wedding.

The wedding, which took place on June 19, was broadcast live on WELD and also featured Steve Davis from the radio station as the minister.

Whitney Cook, C.N.A., played the part of the bride, while Joshua Gartin from the hospital’s lab starred as the groom.

Steve Thompson acted as father of the bride and has played this role for five out of the seven years the mock wedding has taken place.

The best man was Brett Roberts; Casey Goldizen acted as the ring bearer; the maid of honor was played by Lauren Brown; and Kelsey Harper was a flower girl along with Samantha Simon.

Patients Evelyn Shirk and Arvella VanMeter filled the “mother roles.” Shirk acted as mother of groom, and VanMeter was mother of the bride.

Several local businesses offered to help with this activity: Shop’n Save provided cake and other refreshments, Petals Florist gave the bouquet and Kaposy’s supplied the tuxedo jackets.

Those in attendance were serenaded with music by Jesse Crites, R.N., and Joe Crites.

Hospital staff and E-wing patients were reminiscing about their own wedding memories as the event went on.

“This is one of the favorite activities at the hospital,” said Josie Goldizen, GMH activities director. “I ask the patients each year if they want a wedding or ice cream party, and they always select the wedding.”