Bride Takes Wedding Reception to Care Facility so Mom With Alzheimer's Can Be There
Julia Napolitano's mother no longer recognizes her. But that did not stop the doting daughter from taking her wedding reception to the care facility where her mother is spending her last days in a thick fog delivered by Alzheimer's disease.
"Although Mom wasn't there in the way I had always imagined, she was a part of the most special day of my life and I'm forever grateful that we could share our day with her," Julia told INSIDE EDITION.
The 30-year-old bride, and her groom Justin Phillips, 28, held a special reception at her mother's nursing home immediately following their November church wedding in Milwaukee.
"I had to figure out how to bring the wedding to her. That's when I came up with the idea of having a mini-reception at the Alzheimer's home ... so mom could be there," she said Thursday.
Her mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's in 2009, at age 60. Her soul-stealing affliction has moved incredibly fast and Linda Napolitano is in the final stages of the ravaging disease.
"My mom does not recognize me. She doesn't communicate verbally anymore and hasn't known my name or who I am," Julia said.
It's been that way for nearly two years.
Nonetheless, Julia wanted her mother to see her in her wedding dress, and to celebrate her marriage with family and friends.
Her mother's care facility welcomed the newlyweds, their friends and family and invited Linda's fellow Alzheimer's patients to join the festivities.
The staff at Silverado Oak Village decorated the center's main room and provided live music as well as a cake a juice. Julia's mother and father, Umberto, shared a dance.
"Our wedding day was filled with love and support in a way I can barely describe," she said.