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A Brazilian pensioner has become the oldest person to get engaged aged 106.

Valdemira Rodrigues de Oliveira said yes to her 66-year-old toyboy Aparecido Dias Jacob in a stunning ceremony last week.

The pair of smitten seniors, with the combined age of 172 years, held the special engagement after doctors banned their marriage.

Medics assessed their health and age and warned the duo, known affectionately as Valda and Jaco, would not be able to cope with living on their own.

But after three years together, the senior romantics, who have separate rooms at Nossa Senhora Fatima retirement home in Pirassununga, south east Brazil, were determined to prove it's never too late to be with your soulmate.

Valdemira Rodrigues de Oliveira got dressed up for a special ceremony with her beloved. Photo /  Kyioshi Abrey, CATERS

Valdemira Rodrigues de Oliveira got dressed up for a special ceremony with her beloved. Photo / Kyioshi Abrey, CATERS

The elderly sweethearts exchanged engagement rings in a betrothal service organised by volunteers under an initiative called the "Project of Dreams".

Volunteer Fabiane Zaffalon, said: "As they couldn't get married we came up with another way to make their dreams come true by holding an engagement ceremony at the retirement home."

The event was lavishly decorated with a four-tier cake, flowers, cupid ornaments and scattered rose petals. Valda wore a white dress with a fancy headpiece in her hair, pearls around her neck, nails painted and comfortable slippers.

She walked down the aisle with her Zimmer-frame decorated with roses.

Speaking about her love for her Jaco, the centenarian said: "I fell in love with him. I like him a lot. If he dies, I die too."

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Jaco, dressed in a bespoke suit and tie, waited at the front with the master of ceremonies for his future fiancée. Photo /  Kyioshi Abrey, CATERS

Jaco, dressed in a bespoke suit and tie, waited at the front with the master of ceremonies for his future fiancée. Photo / Kyioshi Abrey, CATERS

It's the first time both Valda and Jaco have been "married". Neither of them have children and most of Valda's relatives have died while Jaco has lost touch with his family.

A volunteer page boy and bridesmaid, Renan and Isabella, both 12-years-old accompanied Valda.

A live band played the wedding march as Jaco, dressed in a bespoke suit and tie, waited at the front with the master of ceremonies for his future fiancée.

At the altar, the couple couldn't hold back from sealing the occasion with a passionate kiss before taking their vows in front of the 150 invited guests.

After a short message and prayer, the happy couple said "yes" to stay loyal to each other and exchanged engagement rings.

Volunteers organised a special ceremony for the pair. Photo /  Kyioshi Abrey, CATERS

Volunteers organised a special ceremony for the pair. Photo / Kyioshi Abrey, CATERS

In Brazil, an engagement ring is placed on the third finger of the right hand and when the person gets married the same band is swapped to the ring finger on the left hand.

The two lovebirds were among 40 residents at the elderly care home who were asked by the Project's organisers what they would like to do 'most in their life to make them happy.'

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