Lisa and Peter Marshall were watching a wedding scene on a TV show late last year when he suddenly looked at his wife and exclaimed, “Let’s do it!’ ”
“Do what?” she asked.
When he pointed to the TV, she asked: “Do you want to get married?”
He said yes with a big smile.
“Well, okay — we should get married then,” Lisa Marshall recalled telling him.
A married couple from Connecticut hosted a second wedding ceremony when the groom, who has a type of dementia, proposed to his wife again after forgetting they were already married.
Despite struggling to remember his marriage due to early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Peter Marshall, 56, has never forgotten the love he has for Lisa, 54, his wife of 12 years, whom he has recently mostly regarded as his favorite caregiver given his deteriorating memory.
Lisa decided to renew the couple’s vows with the help of her daughter, Sarah Brehant, who has a wedding planning business.
Lisa acknowledged that her husband may need a long-term facility at some point.
On difficult days, she remembers what her husband told her as they danced to their favorite song, “Brown-Eyed Girl,” after they renewed their wedding vows.
“He whispered in my ear, ‘Thank you for staying.’ ”