Sandy Beck, 68, and Bud Olson, 85, of the Lodge at BridgeMill got married in October and celebrated their recent wedding Sunday at a reception with the residents at the Lodge.
The two met when they began walking their dogs, both Yorkies, after Sandy moved to the senior living complex in April.
They began dating in July and were married less than three months later in Daytona Beach.
Sandy said she wasn’t looking to find anyone after her husband passed away. The two had been happily married for more than 30 years.
“I wasn’t looking for a husband. … I thought that part of my life was over,” Sandy said, “I was just looking for other people.”
The first year after her husband died was incredibly difficult for Sandy, she said.
“It’s so hard to pretend you’re whole. You can be happy, but never in the same way. ... But being alone isn’t the worst, it’s being stuck with the wrong person,” Sandy said. She said she is glad she has found the right person now.
She said she found a new life of friends and fulfillment when she came to the Lodge.
“You still have your privacy here, but you look forward to having dinner …with other people,” she said.
The Lodge residents rejoiced in the event of the couple getting married, she said.
“The fact that we could find love makes everyone happy and gives everyone hope to find love,” Sandy said. “We both lost our spouses,” she said.
Combined with husband Bud, who had been married over 60 years, the two have 98 years of married years behind them.
Both Sandy and Bud felt quickly that they had found another chance at love.
“It’s pretty amazing because when your loved one passes away, you feel alone. It’s sort of an isolated feeling. I feel like there is always hope out there for those that want to share the rest of their lives,” said Debbie McAdory, the leasing and marketing specialist at the Lodge.
The service was in Florida, where family gathered to witness the ceremony performed by Bud’s daughter, an ordained minister.
“Newlyweds expect it to be like in the movies, but you have to work hard even in the best days,” said Sandy. “My daughter says I act like a teenager again.”
Sandy has recently moved into Bud’s apartment from her own at the Lodge.
The couple enjoys trips to Bud’s condo in Florida and are hopeful of a future of happy matrimony.