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Wedded bliss

New love blossoms at Highland Springs

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March 20th, 2012

Col. Bob Bullock and Sue Decordova had three requirements for their wedding they wanted to get married at Highland Springs, they wanted fellow resident Pete Robertson to perform the service, and they wanted a simple ceremony. The couple met all three criteria on January 14, 2012, when they exchanged vows before family and close friends in the North Dallas community s Cotton Belt Caf . This was the first time we ve had residents get married at Highland Springs, says Roben Brannon, catering and events coordinator. Other residents have married, but not at the community. It s a fun and exciting occasion.

The courtship

Bob, a retired air force colonel, moved to Highland Springs in October 2006. Sue moved to the community from San Antonio in August 2009. They met at a party in the apartment of a mutual friend on December 26, 2010. A few nights later, Bob signed Sue s dance card at the community s New Year s Eve celebration. Bob asked if I would go out to dinner with him, says Sue. As we were talking, he gave me every opportunity to turn him down. I was surprised he asked, and I think he was surprised I said yes. For their first date, Bob took Sue to The Keg Steakhouse in Plano. Both admit that it wasn t easy building a new relationship. Bob was married to his first wife, Betty, for 55 years, and I was married for nearly 30 years, says Sue. Neither one of us had dated since we were in our 20s, so it was a bit awkward at first. But within three weeks, the couple realized how much they enjoyed spending time together. The one word I would use to describe Bob is steadfast, says Sue. I know I can trust him implicitly. For his part, Bob says he s been twice blessed. I ve had the privilege of loving two remarkable women in my lifetime, he says. Sue is kind and funny and smart. I m a lucky man.

Planning the wedding

Bob popped the question on December 17, 2011. Sue said yes, and the wedding plans came together quickly. The couple ordered their wedding cake carrot, Bob s favorite from the Highland Springs catering department. And they asked Pete Robertson, a retired United Methodist minister and Highland Springs neighbor, to marry them. Pete is a man of God, says Bob. He s always available to help other residents with matters of faith. There was no question of who we wanted to marry us. During the short ceremony, Pete encouraged the couple to put each other s needs ahead of their own. Marriage is a journey of growing, developing, and maturing, he said. Happiness does not mean finding the right person. It means being the right person. After the ceremony, family and friends gathered around to congratulate the newlyweds. It s a joy to see two such special people find each other, says Jeanette Edwards, who also lives at Highland Springs. I wish them every happiness. For the moment, the couple plans to keep both of their apartments at Highland Springs, going back and forth between the two. We each have a fully-furnished apartment, says Sue. It will take a while to combine everything. Meanwhile, Sue continues to work at her dream job as a medical technician for AmeriPath North Texas. And Bob has found his niche as a reporter for the resident-run newsletterThe Voices of Highland Springs. Both of them hold a special place in their heart for the community where it all began. This is where we met, fell in love, and married, says Sue.