It’s a nice day for a white, black and tangerine wedding for Donna and Sheedy Rashid.
The couple, from Menzieshill, were renewing their vows after seven years of marriage and a special guest, in the shape of Dundee United defender Frederic Frans, even attended the celebrations.
Sheedy, 48, is a lifelong United fan and when the couple decided to go ahead with the renewal Donna, 35, wanted to make it extra special.
She said: “Sheedy and I first got together when I was 16 but after a brief time we split up.
“Almost 10 years later we met up again and decided to give it another good shot.
“I had been through a bad childhood and adolescence, which Sheedy knew, about and he told me ‘I don’t have anything to offer you but I will take you away from your old life and we can be together and have a family’.
“Sheedy definitely saved my life and continues to every day, so when we decided we were going to renew our vows I wanted to do it all Dundee United-themed as it is definitely Sheedy’s passion.”
Sheedy added: “I remember when I was six years old a boy asked who my favourite team was, I didn’t have a team so I picked Dundee United because that was who he supported.
“Now it has turned into a lifelong passion, everything is Dundee United for us.
“Unfortunately due to mental health issues, which Donna helps me with, I have been unable to attend a game since the late 90s but I am still mad about United.
“In the past when we have been in cup finals – when we used to get into them – we would deck the house out with decorations to watch the game. I even have a DUFC tattoo.
“I was so excited that we were going to have the vow renewals Dundee United-themed.
“Everyone knows how much I love the team so it seemed perfect.
“My best man, Jimmy Miller, is one of only two Dundee fans that were there and even he wore an orange tie for the whole day. That is a true pal.”
The couple have two children, Kavi, nine, and Bethanie, seven, with Kavi taking an important role on the day, walking his mum down the aisle.
Kavi said: “I was really nervous but I wanted to do it for my mum.
When I got in the room it wasn’t too bad.”
Sheedy’s children from a previous relationship, Javade and Natasha, also joined the celebrations with Sheedy proudly claiming that Javade was the star of the party.
He said: “Javade was absolutely brilliant, he was up on the tables dancing, having an amazing time.
“Looking back to our first wedding, everyone just seemed so much happier this time.”
Alongside the black, orange and white decor that filled the Bayview Bar on October 10, Donna organised the special surprise of inviting Frederic Frans – and to her amazement he agreed to attend
Donna added: “When Frederic turned up and I saw Sheedy’s face light up, I couldn’t believe it.
“I have never seen him so happy.”
Sheedy said: “The aura of that man was amazing.
“I couldn’t believe he actually turned up.
“He brought the top he had worn in his last game as a present to us both. It was truly unbelievable.
“I have it in a frame on my livingroom wall already.
“I knew it was going to be a great day anyway, but Freddie coming blew it through the roof.
“He was such a gentleman and was taking pictures with everyone every two minutes.
“It didn’t feel like he was rushing away, he had a smile on his face the whole time he was here and I can’t thank him enough for taking time out of his busy schedule to come along to see us.
“It meant so much to be able to stand beside such a great United player and get a picture of my sons with him. It is something I will never forget.”
The couple chose Meghan Trainor and John Legend’s hit Like I’m Gonna Lose You for their first dance – but in their true quirky fashion, they asked the DJ to play 30 seconds of a Dundee United song after he had announced the first dance.
Donna said: “You should have seen everyone’s faces who thought we were really going to do our dance to a United song.
“When the real song came on the kids came up and danced with us, too. It was beautiful.”
The couple would like to say a special thanks to Sheedy’s sister Alison Johnston for the buffet she gifted to them, Cheryl Simpson for the beautiful wedding cake and to all the staff at the Bayview.
Sheedy added: “I can’t thank the staff at the Bayview and all our family and friends enough for making it such an amazing day.
“I am still getting emotional thinking about it. It was perfect.
“Frederic joining us was the icing on the cake though.”
A Dundee United club spokesman said: “It looks as if Donna and Sheedy had a wonderful day and Frederic was delighted to go along and support their big event.
“The passion they have for Dundee United is fantastic and we all hope they will have greater cause for celebration come the season end.”