A couple swapped their white dress and morning suit for PPE as they continued to support their community amid the pandemic, instead of getting married.

Not the 2020 wedding they had in mind

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

Now, instead of cutting the cake and having their first dance, the couple is continuing to provide urgent and essential eye and hearing care for local residents as the Specsavers store is recognised as an acute eye care hub for the region.

Lyndsay Hewitt, 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. The sweet treat was generously provided by Pontardulais-based Bella Cakes - who were set to make their wedding cake.

Celebrations in-store

Dr Phil Jones, the groom-to-be, says: ‘We are of course disappointed we couldn’t get married on the day we planned but it didn’t come as a surprise. Our honeymoon was booked for Florence so when that was cancelled we knew we were unlikely to be saying our vows in April.

‘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.’

Specsavers’ teams are classed as key workers to provide urgent and essential eye care to those who need it. This includes supporting other key workers who otherwise couldn’t work or function without their help, and people who would come to harm without care, especially where the usual hospital services and NHS facilities are being prioritised for the fight against COVID-19.

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