Two doctors at Bideford’s Wooda Surgery have tied the knot – 10 years after first meeting on the ward as junior doctors at North Devon District Hospital.
GPs Stewart ‘Reg’ Perrin, 40, and Jessica Danielson, 30 were married at Buckland House near Shebbear on November 14.
Both have become partners at the surgery since Jess joined Reg there in 2012 and are looking forward to a successful future at work and at home.
“We met on the ward where I was born,” said Jess.
“It’s absolutely brilliant to have someone who does the same thing as you.
“We were probably the last of our friends to get married and got a lot of ‘you next, you next!’”
Reg popped the question while scuba diving in Egypt – a story which could have ended very differently.
“At the end I had written on a dive slate ‘will you marry me?’,” he said.
“I was sat on the bottom with the slate trying not to give the game away and my air went well into the red. I was thinking ‘this could go really wrong’ but happily it all went to plan.”
The couple have been inspired by fellow doctors David Milburn and Sara Herriot at the same surgery, who have been married for 20 years.
Doctors Darunee Whiting and Adam Kwiatkowski, at sister surgery Northam, have also tied the knot.
“The benefits definitely outweigh the disadvantages,” said Reg. “The thing I love about Jessica the most is we are just on the same wavelength.
“We want to work more closely with other surgeries and keep up continuity of care more than anything as that’s what’s best for our patients.”