Optometrist couple swap wedding attire for PPE

Two optometrist directors who were due to get married swapped their wedding dress and morning suit for PPE so that they could continue to support patients with their urgent eyecare needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Phil Jones, 37, and Lyndsay Hewitt, 31, of Specsavers Swansea, had planned to celebrate their big day with family and friends on 25 April. However, due to government guidelines and social distancing measures, the pair have postponed their nuptials until November.

Instead of cutting the cake and having their first dance the couple are continuing to provide urgent and essential eyecare for local residents, with the Specsavers store recognised as an acute eyecare hub for the region.

Lyndsay, the would-be bride, says: ‘We’d planned a spring-themed wedding, with spring flowers and colours. A lot of the wedding stationery had already been made with the date on.

‘It won’t go to waste though. If anything, we hope it will provide an interesting story to tell our children and grandchildren, who might find it strange that our springtime wedding actually took place in November – or at least, we hope!’

Despite working through their planned wedding day, the couple did take time to have a low-key celebration, enjoying a glass of non-alcoholic bubbly and a mini wedding cake with the other two remaining colleagues in-store.

Phil, the groom-to-be, says: ‘It’s not how we would have expected to spend our big day but, with everything going on, it meant the world that we were still able to spend the day together and celebrate with our colleagues, while also doing what we can to ensure local residents and key workers can remain healthy during such a testing time for the country.’

Phil’s post on LinkedIn about the delayed wedding has attracted hundreds of likes, and dozens of comments including from Specsavers founder Doug Perkins who said, ‘Thank you so much from both Mary and I, for being there for our customers in your community – and we hope that you have a wonderful wedding, in the future when it’s safe.’

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