They maybe didn’t like each other when they met at the age of 11, but now Jennifer and Peter Stewart are newlyweds.
They met as youngsters when they swam for Scotland, but it took a training camp in South Africa when Jennifer was in sixth year and Peter in his first year of university to realise that they did like each other after all.
Jennifer, 25, said: “We didn’t like each other at all when we were younger.
“It wasn’t until I started the same university in Stirling and we both joined the swimming team that Peter asked me out.
“I remember we went to the cinema to see American Pie: The Reunion, which is funny considering it really was a reunion.”
The pair have been together ever since, embarking on trips to Amsterdam, Paris and Budapest.
Four years after their first date they took a trip to the Dominican Republic in June 2016.
During a romantic walk Peter, 26, seemingly innocently asked passers by to take an image of the couple on the beach at sunset.
It was then that the postman got down on one knee, with the moment captured by the strangers.
Jennifer, a primary school teacher, said: “I definitely hoped I would get engaged on holiday. I had given a few hints.
“Unknown to me, before we left Peter asked my dad’s permission, which was lovely.
“The couple who took the pictures on holiday were so happy to have been a part of the proposal, and he couldn’t have done it in a better place or at a better time as two days later he got kidney stones so there was no chance he would have been able to propose.”
Just four months after the engagement the date was set for July 21 this year at Gean House in Alloa.
What should have been a chilled morning getting excited for the nuptials turned into near disaster as an unnamed bridesmaid accidentally spilled orange juice down the crisp white bridal gown.
Jennifer said: “I am such an emotional person and kept crying at the mere mention of weddings up until the morning. I really mean it, I was an emotional wreck.
“On the morning I was totally cool and then the orange juice was spilled. I wouldn’t let my mum in my room – my bridesmaids and I were just dabbing the dress with water trying to get it out. Eventually we did and I let my mum back in.
“My bridesmaid was almost in tears she felt so guilty.
“During the day when I told people about the incident and I tried to find the spot I couldn’t find the stain,so it actually worked out fine.”
As Jennifer walked down the aisle with dad Glen Dobson the groom did what every bride wants to see – he cried.
Jennifer said: “As soon as I saw him tearing up I had to give him a kiss, even though you’re not meant to.”
The humanist ceremony went almost perfectly, although Peter did have a minor hiccup when he dropped the rings. However, the laid back atmosphere helped the guests laugh the mishap off.
The wedding party released dark purple and lilac balloons while the newlyweds released two single white balloons.
Following the speeches, which Jennifer described as “funny, yet so nice”, the pair swayed on the dancefloor to Jason Mraz, I Won’t Give Up, which has always been their favourite song, before dancing the night away with their guests.
Photographer Rebecca Lee captured the day beautifully, and Jennifer says they can’t stop looking at the pictures.
Jennifer was an only child, and her mum Kathryn Dobson said: “It was the second best day of my life, with the first the day that Jennifer was born.”
Jennifer added: “I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. It was a fairytale from start to finish, I wouldn’t even change the orange juice incident.”
The bride and groom would like to thank both sets of family and friends for a “better than amazing day” and would like to thank Peter’s mum Morag for planting two gean trees as their very thoughtful wedding present.
Not bad for two 11-year-olds who didn’t like each other.