Wedding bells rang for one very special couple ... and made eight dreams come true.
Sharon Graham and Craig MacMurray were runners-up in the wedding competition run last year by The Falkirk Herald in partnership with The Three Kings in Shieldhill.
Although the Larbert couple were pipped at the post, losing out to Bonnybridge’s Rebecca Fyfe and her fiance, John Morton of Stoneywood, they were given a consolation prize of a wedding package for just £1000.
On Saturday, Three Kings owner David Cattanach and his staff ensured the couple’s wedding and reception was a day they will never forget. And The Falkirk Herald were there to record the event as a complimentary wedding gift to them.
There were eight very special members of the bridal party – the couple’s children.
The youngsters, aged three to 15, were so desperate for their parents to win the contest and get married they even used their pocket money to buy copies of the newspaper for voting coupons.
Craig (37) said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day. We would never have been able to afford a wedding like that without the generosity of David Cattanach and we can’t thank him enough.”
Sharon added: “It was absolutely fantastic. We couldn’t have asked for a better day.”
The couple first met when they were teenagers at Larbert High School, but they went their separate ways, eventually getting back together five years ago.
By then, Sharon had four children and Craig three – Stephen (8), Craig (10), Jason (10), Chloe (11), Jordan (12), Jamie-Lee (13) and Aimee (15). Three years ago, their family was completed with the arrival of Zara.
Craig is a labourer with Falkirk Council, while Sharon (38) is a full-time mum looking after the children and their Larbert home.
However, with such a large brood there was never any money spare to save up for a wedding and they were delighted when the chance came for them to tie the knot.
The couple were married by registrar Morag McPheat, the wife of Craig’s workmate Ted, in front of 80 family and friends, and were joined by another 70 guests in the evening.
Guest of honour was Terry Niven, the neighbour who nominated the pair for the competition.