Bill Duncan, 71, has been with Anne, 69, for almost 18 years but they tied the knot for the second time after Bill forgot their first wedding 12 years ago. The “newlywed” described the wedding ceremony as “very emotional,” according to Independent.

The pair married in 2007, but Bill’s illness meant that sections of their life were missing from his memory, including the fact that Anne is his wife. Bill convinced that she was his new girlfriend.

Bill rarely talks, so she was taken aback when he proposed to her.

“We’d been to a family member’s wedding earlier in the month, and clearly it touched Bill as he turned to me not long after and said that he wanted to be with me forever,” Anne said.

Anne Duncan thought that Bill would forget the proposal but he persistently asked when they would be married. Anne said that he had asked her about the wedding every day and was insistent on marrying her.

“He asked me when would we be walking up the aisle together, and I thought he would just forget he’d asked me that, but then the next day he said it again,” she said.

They renewed their wedding vows on Saturday, Aug. 17, in a heartwarming garden ceremony at their home in Aberdeen, Scotland, with the help of family members and friends. 

“We renewed our vows surrounded by a small group of our friends and family, and even added some bits in for Bill so it felt like he really was getting married,” she continued. “It was the most beautiful day, and being with our friends in the garden we share together made it all the more perfect.”

Anne said that Bill has been happy and affectionate ever since they renewed their vows, and she is happy that her husband continues to lover her after years of battling dementia.

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