A chance meeting led to a stunning eco-friendly wedding – and it all happened in just four years for Adele and Lewis Macmillan.
When they met on a night out in 2014 – as Adele was in her first year and Lewis was in his last year at Dundee University – there was already a sense of nostalgia as Lewis’s parents and his sister and brother-in-law had met in the exact same circumstances as students of the university in years gone by.
Even though they aren’t sure who made the first move, their chance encounter one alcohol-fuelled night turned into multiple coffee dates and then to their first romantic dinner date – or so Adele thought.
The psychiatric nurse said: “Lewis asked me out for dinner and of course I said yes, then he dropped in ‘oh and all my friends will be there too’ – not really the romantic date I was hoping for.”
Lewis made up for it on their next date (or their first official date as he calls it) bringing Adele a bunch of florist’s flowers.
Adele added: “I was only 20, no one had got me proper florist’s flowers before so I was so excited.
“I went home and told my gran and she said ‘I think he loves you’ I didn’t believe her as I had only just met him, but looking back now it turns out she was right.”
Just nine months ago Adele, 24, travelled to Applecross to spend three weeks working in the Highlands.
Lewis, 31, an assistant manager, stayed at home and by the second week he had bought a ring. He travelled north to collect Adele and stayed for a few days.
The pair took a walk along the “gorgeous” Coral Beach and Lewis decided the perfect proposal spot would be on top of some rocks – much to the annoyance of Adele.
He managed to convince her and after popping the question Adele gave the answer – no.
Adele had thought Lewis was about to break up with her so a marriage proposal was not what she saw on the horizon.
After quickly retracting her first answer the pair were engaged and they embarked down the rocks – no easy feat as the tide had come in during the romantic gesture.
Within a week the wedding was booked for August 18 at Hospitalfield, Arbroath.
The bride was piped down the aisle by 12-year-old Andrew Russell, who has only been playing the pipes since December.
The couple stood in front of 25 close family members in the beautiful paddock and said their vows.
Adele was joined by sister Charlie Allan as her bridesmaid and Lewis had brother Merrick Macmillan as best man.
Just as light rain started to fall, the wedding party made its way inside to devour a vegetarian feast which had been prepared with fruit and veg from the venue’s gardens by chef Simon Brown.
That wasn’t the only way the gardens were used though as Adele and Charlie’s bouquets – Adele’s favourite part – were arranged by Maria Coleman using flowers from Hospitalfield.
The bride said: “We tried to make the wedding as eco-friendly as possible and thanks to Scott Byrne, the event manager at Hospitalfield, it was all possible.”
Lewis had prepared a special poem as his speech and he had also given his bride an extra special wedding present – personalised Beano’s for each of their guests’ wedding favours.
Adele said: “Everyone had a wee tear when Lewis performed his poem and it was extra special as his kilt was my clan’s tartan.”
Ceilidh band Reel of Fortune then got the wedding party dancing and thanks to photographer Angela Bell the whole evening was captured – even though she was meant to leave before the evening reception began.
Lewis said: “Angela was like a kid in a candy shop, she had so many ideas and the photos look amazing.
“The whole day was more amazing than we could have ever imagined and we are so grateful to our families and everyone at Hospitalfield.”
The happy couple travelled to Croatia for their honeymoon and remember that sense of nostalgia when they first met? Well it just so happened that, unknown to them when they booked, the pair stayed at the same hotel as Lewis’s mum and dad did when they honeymooned.
What a lovely coincidence.