Proposal was a walk in the park for happy Dundee couple Patrick and Rachael

Patrick and Rachael McVeigh
Patrick and Rachael McVeigh

After meeting six years ago and welcoming their first child together, Patrick McVeigh and Rachael Noble knew they were made for each other.

Patrick, 28, a printer, and his future wife met unexpectedly through a mutual friend when neither of the pair was looking for anything serious.

Despite this, after that one night out in July 2012, the pair became inseparable.

Patrick and Rachael with daughters Adele and Layla.

Rachael, 27, a healthcare assistant, said: “It seems like so long ago.

“One minute he wasn’t there and the next he was.”

Rachael was already a proud mum to Adele, now nine, when she met Patrick and she introduced her daughter to him during a trip to Camperdown Park.

Although to some it may not seem the most sentimental of places, it would go on to be incredibly special to the pair.

In September 2014 the couple welcomed baby Layla, who will soon be four. The family was almost complete.

On December 18 2014, Rachael and Patrick took their newborn for a stroll in Camperdown Park.

Rachael said: “Camperdown means a lot to us as it was the first place Patrick and Adele met.

“I had not long had Layla so we decided to go for a walk. We had talked about getting engaged but I didn’t expect it to happen then.

“When he asked me I just said ‘well obviously’ – I didn’t actually say yes.

“It may not be the most romantic of settings but it is very special to us.”

Patrick added: “I think at that time Rachael needed some reassurance that I wasn’t going anywhere. I didn’t get down on one knee though.”

The wedding was booked for July 28 2018 at the Rose Function Suite.

When the day came, the bride stepped into her beautiful dress from Bliss Bridal that she admits was “even bonnier than I remembered” but it wasn’t all going swimmingly.

In the morning, the rain was pouring down and Rachael was devastated.

She wanted her pictures beside Broughty Ferry Castle and it didn’t look like it was going to happen.

She need not have worried though as the sun shone and dried the pavements so photographer Lyndsey Phillip got the pair to the iconic building after their ceremony and took the picture-perfect shots, just as Rachael had wanted.

The bride said: “The photos are absolutely stunning so a big thank you to Lyndsey for making it happen.”

During the day the bride was accompanied by bridesmaids Kirsty Noble, Gemma Clark and Laura Clark and her two daughters acted as flowergirls.

Rachael’s brother Ronan was also Patrick’s groomsman and even at the tender age of 12 he took it all in his stride.

Sealed with a kiss: Rachael and Patrick are husband and wife.

Patrick added: “It didn’t faze Ronan at all. He is a bit of a showman anyway so he loved it.”

When it came to Patrick choosing his best man, the choice was easy – his dad Patrick Sr would take on the honour.

Patrick said: “He is my best pal so it seemed right to have him as my best man. It made him so happy as well.”

Rachael added: “He is one of Patrick’s biggest supporters so it made sense.

“My dad Paul passed away when I was about 12, so I was walked down the aisle by my stepdad Ronnie Kelly. He was a great substitute.

“You could also see how much it meant to him to walk me down the aisle.

“When planning my wedding I didn’t get too emotional about my dad not being there but on the wedding morning my sister gave me a picture of him to attach to my bouquet and that set me off.

“My step dad also took on the role of giving my father’s speech at the meal. He was really emotional but it was lovely.

“Patricks dad’s Best Man speech was funny as he kept moaning at his wife Arlene that he couldn’t read her writing as she had obviously helped.

“We did get to see what it was meant to say the week after though.

“Patrick absolutely smashed his speech – it was amazing.”

The happy couple outside Broughty Castle

The reception came and the newlyweds swayed across the dancefloor to The One by Kodaline, which was the perfect fit for such an occasion.

After the emotional bit was over and done with the party started and the whole room was up on the dancefloor.

Patrick said: “It was amazing. I wouldn’t change it for anything – the night was just a big party.”

The pair would like to say a special thank you to Lucy Black who pulled out all the stops for their humanist ceremony, Agata Stasiak at the Rose Function Suite who decorated the room, better than Rachael could she admitted, and to both sets of family and friends especially their mums Arlene McVeigh and Sharon Kelly for all that they contributed to the day.

Rachael added: “I wish we could do it all again.”