Marlene Williamson and Derek Bryson

Derek Bryson and Marlene Williamson
Derek Bryson and Marlene Williamson
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THE COUPLE: Marlene (39) is from Ferniegair near Hamilton and Derek (29) is from Bonnybridge. The couple run a dog walking and behavioural service, Paws for Walkies, and live in Bonnybridge with their three dogs.

HOW THEY MET: The couple met when Marlene was working as a nurse at Yorkhill Hospital alongside Derek’s sister Denise.

THE PROPOSAL: The animal lovers had just lost their dog Lily and decided not to do presents for Christmas 2012. However Derek gave Marlene a mug with Lily’s picture on it, and inside was an engagement ring. Marlene said: “I was in floods of tears with the mug, I didn’t even realise there was anything inside, Derek had to take it off me to show me!”

THE WEDDING: The couple were married at the Sandbar in Anna Maria Island, Florida, on September 17, 2014 in front of 12 guests. They had discovered the venue on a previous trip to Florida and agreed it would make the perfect wedding destination. They held a reception at Bonnybridge Golf Club on October 11 for 90 guests.

THE WEDDING PARTY: Best man was Derek’s friend Mathew Foy and bridesmaid was Marlene’s friend Lyn McQueen.

THE DRESS: Marlene wore a short, 1950s style dress with floral embellishments for the beach wedding and a full length ivory gown for the reception at home.

THE HONEYMOON: The couple went to Orlando after their wedding.

THANKS: Thanks to Derek’s parents Theresa and John Bryson and aunt and uncle Jim and May Fallon.