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.
So their colleagues at Duke University Hospital decided to have a commemorative ceremony for the couple, with the groom on Zoom as he was busy, you know, doing his job.
The colleagues stepped in and made a whole thing out of it too, creating a veil and gown for Shelun and organising a ‘first look’ moment with her husband-to-be.
Sadly though, it wasn’t a legally binding wedding, meaning Shelun and Michael will still have to take that much-needed time off later, but it was certainly a sweet distraction from everything else going on.
Some friends and family even tuned in via Zoom to watch the ceremony.
And because doctors are busy and hospitals are big places, unfortunately, Michael couldn’t attend his own makeshift wedding so had to play his part in the ceremony via video call.
‘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.
‘It started out small, that they wanted to make me a wedding dress, then it was a veil, then flowers and then it became everyone chipping in and jumping onboard.
‘They literally started at 8 a.m. and in between patient care they’d get bits of stuff done and then had the ceremony at 3 p.m.’
When the ceremony ended, Shelun rode off in a transportation cart which was decorated with a ‘just married sign’ and cups on a string.
The loved up couple’s colleagues also threw confetti as she rode away.
Shelun added: ‘It was absolutely amazing.
‘Every day I feel like we take care of our patients and we’re always so thoughtful and love what we do and to see that [my colleagues] also care so much about us and the things that mean so much to us, it was really touching.
‘They’re really my work family and we really try to take care of each other.’
How sweet. We hope they have a wonderful real-life wedding too when all this is over.