An Aberdeen couple are to marry in grande fashion… inside a city centre Starbucks.
Romance brewed between chartered financial planner Jonathan Craig, 37, and midwife Joanne Macdonald, 26, in 2016 after they met at the Union Street branch.
At the time Joanne was a barista there and served her future fiance while he was studying for his exams.
Bosses at the branch have agreed to close the coffee shop in order for the Bucksburn couple to tie the knot on September 8.
Jonathan said: “We knew we didn’t want to get married in a church – it’s just not something that really suits us.
“Instead, we wanted somewhere with a real meaning to us.
“We were looking to do something a bit different.
“That’s how we came up with the idea of marrying in Starbucks.
“It was my fiancee that first suggested it.
“I was initially worried because it’s not the biggest of spaces so I wasn’t sure it would work – but we’re keeping it small and it’s worked out.
“Starbucks were really open to the idea and seemed very enthusiastic. They’ve been brilliant – so helpful and really on side.”
Jonathan said the branch played a special part in their burgeoning romance.
He said: “I met Joanne when she was working there as a barista while she was studying midwifery at Robert Gordon University.
“We began going out in April 2016.
“I used to come into the Starbucks quite a lot as I was I studying for my professional exams.
“To be honest, I was completely oblivious at first – it was my friend that said she liked me.
“She would often come across on her break and we got chatting.
“That’s really where it all started – the early days of our relationship were in that Starbucks.”
Jonathan said friends and family have been slightly bemused by their choice of venue, although they have chosen a more traditional option for their reception – the Marcliffe at Pitfodels Hotel.
“The place will be shut between noon and 3pm for the wedding and they’ll be putting up fairy lights and curtains to make it look a bit nicer and like a wedding,” he said.
“It’s certainly an unusual choice of wedding venue – I haven’t heard of anything like it before. Disbelief is the most common reaction we get when we tell people where we’re getting married.
“The hardest people to win over were our parents who are a bit more traditional.
“It took a little bit of persuasion but they’ve come around now.”
As the day gets closer, the couple are completing the finishing touches for their dream wedding.
Jonathan said: “The nerves are definitely kicking in.
“We’re really coming down to the nitty gritty – it’s all becoming very real. But we’re both so excited for the day.”
Starbucks regional manager Cindy Ross said: “We are delighted to be hosting the ceremony for Jo and Jona-than.
“Jo was a barista here and that’s where she met Jonathan so it was an important place for them.
“When she approached us I was over the moon.”