Healthcare workers have makeshift wedding celebration at hospital

Paramedic Nathan Judge and healthcare assistant Charlotte Medcalf, were due to get married last weekend, but had to cancel their wedding due to coronavirus.

They ended up both working at the hospital that weekend instead,and Nathan decided to mark what would have been their wedding day with a makeshift celebration at their place of work.

The couple had exchanged cards and gifts that morning, before setting off to the hospital, but then Nathan planned a surprise for his bride-to-be.

He arrived at Jersey General Hospital in his wedding jacket with a bouquet of flowers (the exact selection they had picked for the wedding, in fact) in hand and wearing a boutonniere.

The paramedic also contacted the wedding caterer Jersey Kitchen, and asked them to deliver what would have been the pair’s starter and dessert for them to enjoy after work.

During the working day he snuck home on his break to set out a nice table cloth and champagne, then went to pick Charlotte up from her shift.

‘She loved it, there were tears of happiness in her eyes – that’s how she described it,’ said Nathan.

‘Her work colleagues had put up pictures of us around and we ate the same food we would have on the wedding day.

‘I managed to get home in the day and set up a table on the balcony, put down a table cloth and covered it with flowers – and got a nice bottle of champagne.

‘Then the maid of honour got all our guests to record a video message saying they were sorry they couldn’t be there, and that they were looking forward to next year.’

Charlotte added: ‘It was lovely. I was taken aback by all the surprises – I don’t like surprises. I like to know everything. But it was really nice.’

Local shop Sandpiper also sent out a hamper with teas, coffees, candles and Marks & Spencer’s ‘Connie and Colin caterpillar cakes, which would have been their wedding cake.

Charlotte said: ‘As a family, we always use Colin for our birthdays, so it made perfect sense to have him and his beautiful bride at our big day.

‘We’ve been to lots of weddings where we’ve had great wedding cake, however, they’re all quite similar. We decided to be more unique and hope everyone will remember our lovely Colin and Connie cakes.’

The couple first got together five years ago when Charlotte invited Nathan to her leaving do, as she moved to the A&E department.

They fell in love and after three years together Nathan popped the question while they were on holiday in Las Vegas.

They planned their wedding and hoped that as lockdown restriction eased they might still be able to make the original date of Saturday 30 May work.

But when one of their suppliers pulled out, they decided the best option was to postpone.

Nathan said: ‘Because of the Government’s advice we knew that we would have to cancel the wedding. It was gut-wrenching. We had spent two years planning the day.

‘I didn’t really think about it until the day before, but when we realised we had been due to be married the next day, we were really disappointed.

‘I decided to make it special for Charlotte.’

The couple will now make things official on 30 May 2021.

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