Two NHS workers have pulled their wedding forward to help tackle coronavirus, after hopes of a summer wedding became unlikely in the midst of the pandemic.
Dominique Thompson and Simon Bradley's wedding took place making them one of the first to wed under the new legislation.
This meant only two guests could attend and Dominique's parents, who are both over 70 and high risk, were not allowed to be present.
The couple had been together for 13 years and were finally ready to say ‘I do’.
However the rise of coronavirus has resulted in former GP and mental health expert Dominique being called back to active duty with the NHS.
This and the hectic nature of GP Simon’s job as chair of his local GP federation meant the pair knew a summer wedding wouldn't be possible.
They married at Bristol Register Office on March 22, where the celebration included a caterpillar cake and a can of diet coke.
Dominique, 49, said: “We thought this would be a great year to get married – our little boy was ecstatic.
“And we were supposed to go to New Zealand in July…waiting to see what happens, but for now the honeymoon involves homeschooling a 10 year old.
“We just wanted to be married to each other, and we knew Jack would be devastated if we cancelled.
“We had to think – what will make me, Simon and the family smile?
“Life is for living, and we have got to focus on small, positive acts.
“Now we are doing what we can to help – trying to help the people we would normally be helping."
Simon, 63, added: “We were really lucky – we could see things running out of control.
"But it's really simple to get some of that control back.
“The day was wonderful and lovely.”
The pair’s son Jack, 10, and their stepson Henry, 24, were the only family at the celebrations due to their other step-children isolating in London.
The only other guests were friends Jo and Paul, who acted as both witnesses and photographers – always from a distance of six feet.
The pair both wore outfits they already had – in fact the only piece of wedding attire bought for the day was Jack’s Paul Smith football bow tie.
Dominique is one of 65,000 retired medics who have been called back to action.
Yet to hear what she can do to help, the pair are focusing on what they can do for their family.
Dominique said: “We are taking each day at a time, not planning that far in advance.
“But we made a bright spot in a pretty dark week – it’s those things we can control.”
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