Duke Obstetrics and Gynecology residents are accustomed to happy surprises and the joy that often accompanies them. Today was no different, as Duke Ob/Gyn Resident Dr. Shelun Tsai and fiancé Dr. Michael Sun, a resident in Duke Psychiatry’s program, commemorated what would have been their wedding day during an impromptu ceremony at Duke Birthing Center.
Both Dr. Tsai and Dr. Sun are native New Yorkers, and their planned nuptials were postponed due to the coronavirus.
Friends and colleagues wanted the day to be special, nonetheless, and found a way to hold the short ceremony and create a memorable moment, bringing a bit of hope and joy to an otherwise stressful time for health care workers. The “wedding party” hurriedly designed a tissue paper bouquet and even decorated a transportation cart adorned with JUST MARRIED signs.
Outfitted in a festive paper gown designed by a colleague and donning a face mask as required by Duke Hospital amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Tsai exchanged vows via Zoom with Dr. Sun, joined by Duke Birthing Center staff and employees.
“Officiating” the ceremony was a nurse on the Labor and Delivery unit; friends and family also viewed via Zoom from throughout the United States.
The couple’s plans for their originally scheduled wedding ceremony have been postponed until a later date, but their chosen day of April 11, 2020, will be a special one for them and their Duke wedding guests.