Most weddings end with confetti and a drive in a classic car to the reception.
But one Dundee couple hadn’t read the script and instead made their vows then headed off to a nearby bookshop.
After tying the knot at Kinkell Byre in St Andrews, children’s author Pamela Butchart, 31, and new hubby Andy Cunningham, 29, went to the town’s J & G Innes bookshop to see her latest title The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, which had coincidently come out on the same day.
When Pamela handed a copy to Andy for him to open, he was left stunned when, inside, he saw a message dedicated to him, which read: “For Andy, on our wedding day.”
A cartoon above showed Pamela, who is also a philosophy teacher at Harris Academy, in her wedding dress, holding hands with Andy in his kilt attire.
Also in the drawing were the couple’s two cats, Bear and Carlos, throwing confetti at each side.
Pamela, who lives in Broughty Ferry with Andy, said: “We set the date of our wedding about a year ago and, by coincidence, my publisher set the release date of The Spy Who Loved School Dinners for the same day.
“I was very excited by this, but also felt a little sad that I wouldn’t be able to visit a bookshop on publication day to see it.
“My husband had the idea of trying to get to a bookshop on our wedding day, in my dress, to see the book on the shelf.
“After the ceremony, we headed down to J & G Innes, where the book was on the shelf. Andy had no idea that my words to him and picture were in the book, and he was absolutely speechless when he saw it.”
Jude Innes, the owner of J & G Innes said: “I thought it was a brilliant idea. It was a surprise to everyone.
“People in the shop at the time had no idea what was going on. There was a lot of laughter and tears.”