This couple’s wedding was spent with family and friends who filled the day with laughter – but there were two extra special four-legged guests of honour.
Katie and Martin Wallace-Sinclair, both 29, met when they were five years old at the wedding of Katie’s godmother and Martin’s uncle.
However, it wasn’t until 2012 that they were set up on a date.
Katie, a vet at Parkside Veterinary Practice, said: “I was staying with relatives in Caithness as I was completing a work placement.
“Martin is originally from John o’Groats so we were forced to go out for a beer together.
“Martin has an infectious giggle and we got on great. A random farmer that neither of us knew even bought us shots of whisky.
“I was living in Glasgow while completing my studies so, following that date, Martin was smitten and would visit me most weekends.
“We did the long-distance relationship for about a year before I graduated and got a job down in County Durham. Martin followed me, leaving his job and his home and got a job in Middlesbrough.
“I still wouldn’t let him move in with me though until about three months later when I realised it really was silly to still be living apart.”
In September 2016 sunnier climes called and Martin and Katie were heading to Majorca.
However, much to the annoyance of Katie, Martin seemed to be in no rush to pack.
Katie said: “I had been asking Martin to look out all the clothes he wanted to take for ages but he never did it so one day I went in to his room and started getting all his T-shirts organised myself.
“It was all in a mess and Martin has always got receipts lying about the place so I grabbed them thinking they would be work expenses and quickly realised that one was actually for a ring.
“I didn’t know what to do but I couldn’t put everything back in the drawer the same mess that it was so Martin obviously knew I had seen it.”
Martin, a service engineer, added: “On the first night of the holiday I said to Katie ‘I know that you know I have got a ring’, so it did make it a bit easier when it was time to ask.
“I had the ring for six months before I did ask and occasions kept passing me by and I wouldn’t have done it.”
On the second night of their break Martin enlisted the help of nephew Ruan who was one at the time. Martin wrote a letter which Ruan passed to his Aunty Katie.
Ruan was three by the time Martin and Katie got married on October 20 at Fernie Castle in Fife. He had the special job of announcing to the waiting guests that the bride was on her way with a sign that read: “Here comes Aunty Katie, and it’s all thanks to me.”
But he wasn’t the only cute attendee to steal the show – Martin and Katie’s four-legged friends Morgan and Talisker also made special guest appearances.
However, Morgan was more focused on the chickens which roam the venue than the formal proceedings.
Martin first laid eyes on his bride during a “first look” which involved him sitting blindfolded. When the blindfold was removed, his bride was in front of him.
Katie added: “It was lovely doing the first look. Our amazing photographer Chris Scott captured every reaction and then he left us for 10 minutes all by ourselves which you don’t really get at any other point on your wedding day.
“We gave each other little cards that we had written too.”
It wasn’t the only romantic part before the ‘I dos’ were said though, as Martin had pulled out all the stops to give Katie a bracelet for the day which had originally been gifted to her grandmother on her wedding day by Katie’s grandad who died in 2017.
Katie said: “I am not an emotional person but Martin on the other hand is a crier.
“But I definitely got choked up when he gave me the bracelet. It was incredibly thoughtful.”
Following the laid-back morning and ceremony, Martin and Katie cut their magnificent cheese wedding cake from The Cheesery. Well, they attempted to anyway, using a blunt sword which saw the miniature groom fall off and lose his head.
They danced to Soldier by Gavin DeGraw for their first sway as a married couple before enjoying the rest of their reception.
Katie added: “Neil at Fernie Castle was amazing and we knew we loved the venue from the moment we walked in.
“We want to say a massive thank you to all of our family and friends who made the day laidback but filled with fun and laughter.”