From a first date to see Paul Weller to using their musical talents to win their dream wedding, Lianne and Paul’s big day was pitch perfect.
Lianne, 34, and Paul Wyllie, 37, met through the Dundee music scene with them both being singers in city bands.
It may have taken a few years of friendship to strike a relationship but that was the first example of this pair taking their time.
After officially getting together 10 years ago it took nine years and the birth of their daughter, Mia, six, for Paul to buy a ring and ask Lianne to marry him at the start of this year.
The question was finally asked during a candlelit dinner on the streets of Milan under the shadow of the Duomo Cathedral.
Although the scenery was beautiful it wasn’t what Paul had planned.
The employment adviser said: “I had originally planned to ask her at Lake Como but the day we went it was so foggy you couldn’t see anything. You couldn’t see in front of you for the mist.
“In the end the restaurant by the roadside proposal worked out well and maybe even nicer than I had originally planned.
“Lianne had no idea but I thought I was going to get caught out at the airport as the security searched through my bag.
“I had to discreetly signal to the women not to take the ring box out.”
The pair never planned to get married until 2020. Lianne had waited for nine years for a ring so there was no real rush.
However, when the jewellery shop manager saw a post on Help for Kids Facebook page giving couples the chance to win their whole wedding day they decided to go for it.
After they successfully made it to the final five the couple had three weeks to raise as much cash as they could.
Lianne said: “A year ago I was totally blind to the needs of children in Dundee so once we found out we were through to the final I thought let’s just concentrate on raising the money, not winning the wedding.
“We did loads of events including a music night in Clarks where bands including Kyle Falconer played and Paul’s band, Paper Tiger, headlined. We also did other music events and I even dressed up as Belle and sang Disney songs in the Overgate.
“Everyone we know did something to help – we had amazing support from all of our family and friends. A sponsored bridge walk raised the biggest chunk of money with more than £3,000 raised from that alone.”
In total the pair raised £12,430 which was enough to win their £10,000 wedding, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton.
Just some of the items received included £600 towards Lianne’s beautiful dress that she purchased from Innate Bridals, a bespoke video package from I Do Videos and a platinum photography package from Lyndsey Philip Photography.
Lianne added: “I had a strong feeling that we were meant to win the competition.
“When we entered we knew we would have to get married on October 12 which is my grandad’s birthday.
“We then realised that the day we would find out if we won was my granny’s remembrance day. “There were so many signs that this was meant for us.
“At the wedding the only two things I wanted was for my other gran to be there and for Mia to sing.
“On the day my gran managed to come for the whole ceremony and Mia agreed to sing.
“Although she did say she was nervous on the morning she was bribed with a Lol Doll.
“Mia sang Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman at the ceremony and she loved it so much that during the wedding reception she wanted to sing again, which she did.”
Paul couldn’t believe it went without a hitch saying: “It was totally surreal – everything went so smoothly.”
Lianne added: “My favourite part of the whole day was doing a sand ceremony with Paul and Mia. I was so happy – just the three of us together doing it. “There’s not much more you need in the world than that.”
Lianne may have waited nine years for the ring but the happy couple only needed to wait six months to get hitched.
The couple would like to say a special thanks to all of the family and friends who made it happen.