Meredith Dropkin

Autumn of Sarasota Celebrates Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal for Resident Couple
Celebration included full wedding ceremony and rings delivered by parachute jumpers

Sarasota, Florida – February 17, 2015 – Autumn of Sarasota – a new, state-of-the-art memory care community managed by Autumn Senior Living – held a special Valentine’s Day event to celebrate the enduring love and wedding vow renewal of residents Ed and Dora Sementelli. More than 75 guests gathered at the community’s campus at 3251 Proctor Road, Sarasota, on Saturday, February 14, 2015, to join in the festivities.

Ed and Dora Sementelli originally married before the justice of the peace on September 22, 1956 in Commonwealth, PA, without the approval of their parents. Now, nearly 60 years later, the couple remain deeply committed to each other as Ed faces the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. The Valentine’s Day vow renewal marked the first “official” wedding for the Sementellis, who live together at Autumn of Sarasota. “We couldn’t have a large wedding when we were married so many years ago. We decided that we would elope, which sounded romantic to us,” said Dora Sementelli. “It’s a wonderful place here at Autumn. We love these people and all they’ve put together for us. We’re just so happy.”

“It was a wonderful experience to see our staff and residents come together to make the day special for a love that has stood the test of time,” said Jim Soper, CEO of Autumn Senior Living. “From creating the beautiful centerpieces for the reception to crafting the pages of a scrapbook to give to Ed and Dora, our residents delighted in the opportunity to participate on behalf of their friends and neighbors.”

The celebration began at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, as a pair of parachute jumpers landed adjacent to the community and hand-delivered the wedding rings – along with Valentine’s gifts for all residents. The wedding vow ceremony for Ed and Dora followed, where Soper gave the bride away and Autumn of Sarasota residents served as the bridal party. Afterward, the event continued with the wedding reception. “We included all the traditional elements of a wedding in our reception celebration,” said Laurie Blackwell, Autumn of Sarasota Life Enhancement Director and wedding planner for the event. “The couple enjoyed their ‘first dance,’ they had the bouquet and garter toss, they cut the cake… the room was filled with such joy. It was spectacular!”

About Autumn of Sarasota
Autumn of Sarasota is a state-of-the-art memory care community designed in consultation with the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and managed by Autumn Senior Living, an assisted living facility development and management company. Over the last three decades, Autumn Senior Living has managed 10 properties totaling over 900 beds and more than $18 million in revenue. To learn more about Autumn of Sarasota’s services and amenities, please visit or call 727-342-0253.

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