Last weekend Brookdale Carmel Valley held its first-ever wedding reception for two residents who met and fell in love at the community.
Ninety-year-olds Doris Harr Swanlund and Hugh Howell Foreman were married on Saturday, Nov. 12 at North Coast Calvary Chapel in Carlsbad. The couple was married by Foreman's son Mark, the pastor at North Coast Calvary. A reception followed at Brookdale.
Swanlund has been living at Brookdale for two years and Foreman for four years. They met while living in Brookdale's assisted living community and said their romance came to life when Swanlund planted a kiss on Foreman's lips on his 90th birthday this June.
Foreman was born on June 24,1926 in east Los Angeles. A Navy veteran, he is a graduate of UC Berkeley who owned and operated Hall and Foreman, a civil engineering company.
Swanlund was born on June 3, 1926 in Pittsburg Penn. She attended Robert Morris Business School and worked at UCLA.
Both were extensive world travelers through their younger years.
The newleyweds both have wonderful families. Foreman has three children: Mark Foreman and wife Jan, Curtis Foreman and wife Paula, and Denise Troxell and husband Joe. He also has 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Swanlund's family includes children Debbie Scott, William Davis and wife Martha, Patti Ochi and husband James, Wendi Swanlund, Akiko Yatez and husband Robert, eight grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.
The couple's reception was the first in Brookdale's 18 years in Carmel Valley and Brookdale staff members were "happy to play a part in the joyous occasion."