As a world champion Eight Ball Pool Player, Patty McCarron was well on cue for his wedding day to Carrie Murray.
The happy couple, who have been together for the past 12 years, exchanged wedding vows on Sunday August 19 at Maryculter House Hotel, surrounded by all their friends and family.
Patty, 30, a fields service supervisor with National Oilwell Varco, said: “Our wedding day was perfect. We couldn’t have asked for more. The whole day went by so quickly but we all had an amazing time.”
Elder brother Iain, a magician, was also on hand to help. Although he didn’t do a disappearing act, he did, however, pull a rabbit out of the hat – of sorts.
“He was certainly up to some tricks,” added Patty.
“Mainly, he did a fine job, embarrassing me.”
Iain, who runs the monthly magic club The Trickery – had arranged for envelopes to be placed on each of the tables and he invited guests to open them up – as he regaled the room with funny stories and anecdotes about his wee brother.
“It’s fair to say he ripped in to me.
“By the third photo, a guest pulled out a picture of the footballer, Jason Puncheon, implying I am punching above my weight with Carrie!”
Fortunately, the newlyweds and their guests saw the funny side and Iain’s speech was very well received.
Patty and Carrie, 29, an accounts assistant with Altus Intervention, did not get off to the best of starts when they first encountered each other back in 2003.
“I suppose you could say I did the chasing back then, but she wasn’t interested in me,” said Patty.
“We hung around in the same social circles, so after about two years it became a little awkward for me, so I just stopped speaking to her as much”
And just when Patty threw in the towel, some kind of magic happened – and Carrie became the one doing the chasing.
“I am always pre-empting my next move, potting balls,” said pool player Patty.
“If only I’d known back then a little reverse psychology could have worked with Carrie, I wouldn’t have had to wait three years.”
But, then again, some things are clearly worth the wait.
Patty and Carrie, who live by the beach, jetted off to St Lucia for their honeymoon.