A wedding after almost 40 years together

By Lauren Spencer  |  Globe Correspondent   March 16, 2014   The staff at Emerson Village had never really considered the Watertown skilled nursing facility to be a traditional wedding destination, but when you're an 87-year-old bride, it's the perfect spot. Madelene Young and her groom, John Flynn, have been together for almost 40 years. Marriage was never something the Somerville couple had really considered or discussed, until recently.   Early last month, surrounded by friends and relatives, the bride was decked in a white knit dress and a string of pearls. The groom wore a jacket and tie adorned with a white carnation, when they became husband and wife.   'I definitely did not think we'd ever have a wedding here,' said Norah Otieno-Wasonga, therapeutic recreation director at Emerson Village. 'I've worked in different places and we've never ever had a wedding in a [nursing] facility . .  .   an actual wedding with a priest and everything. It was amazing.' Young had been recovering from a series of orthopedic-related surgical and medical concerns in the rehabilitation unit at Emerson Village. When Flynn asked her if getting married would make life easier, it didn't take her long to answer. 'Sure,' she replied. 'I was very happy that's how it worked out.' The ceremony was held in a private room on the fifth floor of the facility and was complete with a priest, vows, rings, and a buffet-style assortment of food and drinks for the nearly 25 guests in attendance. Young and Flynn first met while both were working for Arlex in Arlington and Lexington. They have lived together...