Care home residents in Newtownabbey were treated to a surprise 'wedding' yesterday complete with an Elvis impersonator.
With social distancing measures in place, the staged event saw staff members take up the leading roles of bride and groom for a mock ceremony officiated by their manager.
As strong winds scuppered plans for a garden setting, Martin 'Elvis' Rice crooned hits like Love Me Tender from outside the care home's front door as residents watched on from their windows and nursing staff in face masks served champagne.
Playing the role of bride and groom were nurse Elaine Alcorn and carer Ade Shonibare.
They made their 'vows' to the home's manager - and minister for a day - Fiona Cook. Chef John Wight was on 'best man' duties while resident Pauline Bennett had the honour of being appointed 'mother of the bride'.
The colourful event was organised by the social and leisure organiser, Phillipa Graham.
"We really just wanted to give the residents a bit of a lift and cheer, and for the staff as well because they've been doing such a good job," she said.
"We had to put the gazebo up in the wind for Elvis outside and the residents were able to watch from inside the reception, and we're using social distancing."
With the fight against coronavirus in care homes remaining a priority in Northern Ireland, Ms Graham said it was important to boost morale for residents as restrictions on areas like visits from family members continue.
She added: "Thankfully we've had no cases and I hope we stay like that.
"We are being very careful and we are due to test all residents and carers for the virus for the first week in June," she said.
After the wedding cake was cut and the bride's bouquet thrown, Ms Cook thanked staff members for creating the big day for all the residents to enjoy.
"It was just a bit of fun, we've had nine weeks of lockdown so we just wanted something to raise everybody's spirits.
"All the 'bridal party' are working as staff here and pitched in to help.
"Our chef even made the lovely 'wedding' cake and it was fantastic to have Elvis here singing for the occasion."
Plans are now in place to hold a socially distanced and safe fashion show at the home in the following two weeks.