Metro Health Employees Wed at Hospital Amid COVID-19
Honoring Bradley Wernette and Melanie Bork
While the COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt to much of our lives, one thing it can’t stop is love and marriage. Melanie Bork and Bradley Wernette, two Metro Health employees, decided to not let COVID-19 get in the way of their April wedding.
“We can say that we’re more excited about the marriage than one day of a party and a wedding. We’re more excited about the rest of our lives and a marriage,” Bork said.
Melanie Bork, a nurse in Metro Health’s post-anesthesia recovery unit, and Bradley Wernette, a physician assistant in neurosurgery, were set to marry on April 17 in front of 110 family and friends in Petoskey, Michigan. Due to the COVID-19 closures, that was made impossible.
They decided to get married anyway and picked their employer, Metro Health, as the new venue. The couple tied the knot Monday evening with two co-workers as witnesses and hospital chaplain, John DeVries, officiating the ceremony. The hospital was able to stream the ceremony for the couple’s family members to tune in.
John DeVries has been the chaplain at Metro Health for eight years and has married other people at the hospital, but it is normally when a patient is too sick to have a wedding anywhere else. He says this is a much nicer experience, despite the less-than-perfect venue.
“It is really nice to have a wedding to focus on and to show there are good things going on during this unprecedented time,” DeVries said.
The couple hopes to have a party with family and friends this summer to celebrate their nuptials, in addition to taking their postponed honeymoon to Hawaii.