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June 23, 2014

Lawrence nurse holds her wedding at cherished care home in Salisbury

SALISBURY — Brides are known to be pretty picky about where they get married, but on Saturday, one bride tied the knot where she works because she loves the people there so much she couldn’t image experiencing that special day without them.

Some brides dream of walking down the aisle at their family church. Yet for Carmen Perez, now Carmen Ledesma, a certified nurses assistant at Salisbury’s Assisted Living Center, her dream was walking down the handicap ramp into the new garden in the back of the center to meet her groom, now husband, Jorge Ledesma. A CNS at the center for six years, she works with many residents there who have ambulatory issues, she said, and a lot would not have been able to get to her wedding.

Her relationship with her colleagues and those she cares for over the past six years is very close, she said, and they were all delighted with the news that she was going to get married, even helping her make her plans. The thought they’d miss this important event in her life simply wasn’t acceptable.

So if these very special guests couldn’t go to the wedding, Ledesma decided the wedding would go to them.

“When I told my fiance I wanted to get married at work he thought I was crazy,” she said, laughing.” He said: ‘Aren’t you there enough? Only you would want to get married at work.’ But he visited and he loves the place.

“The residents were so excited when I told them I was having the wedding here. I wanted to give them something to enjoy, something to look forward to and that they could share with me. I love them all so much.”

The wedding reception for 125 people was at the Elks Hall in Lawrence, she said, within easy reach of their family and friends, for she’s from Lawrence and he’s from Methuen. But the wedding ceremony was reserved for those closest to the couple, along with those at the center.

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