Coronavirus has halted many wedding plans in 2020. And unfortunately for these two doctors, who had planned to take time off for their own nuptials, the pandemic has forced them to change their plans too.
Dr. Shelun Tsai, an OBGYN resident at Duke University Hospital, and Dr. Michael Sun, a resident in Duke psychiatry’s programme, had planned to marry in North Carolina after they got engaged in 2016. But the couple decided to postpone amid the virus outbreak.
Their colleagues at Duke University Hospital, however, decided to have a commemorative ceremony for the couple, with the groom on Zoom( A video conference app) as he was busy working. The colleagues stepped in creating a veil and gown for Shelun and organising a ‘first look’ moment with her husband-to-be.
She then walked in with her two maids for the exchange of vows where a colleague held the phone as the groom made his vows to her.
”They knew I’d postponed my wedding but people didn’t realise it was that day until I was there [at work] and I said it was supposed to be April 11,” Shelun explained to Good Morning America.
They were witnessed by many of their colleagues, as well as friends and family who dialled-in via Zoom.
Their bridesmaids were in scrubs but held flowers made from the hospital.
Followers of Duke Medicine on Facebook were thrilled for the couple, congratulating them on keeping spirits high and love in the air.
One user wrote, “Huge congratulations! Made me smile and teary at the same time. This was so beautiful … love in the time of Covid-19. Many happy years ahead for you.”
The wedding however wasn’t a legally binding, meaning Shelun and Michael will still have to have one later but it was such a beautiful moment for them and their colleagues, more so during the Covid19 times.