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Brewtiful Day: Aberdeen couple exchange vows at Starbucks wedding

An Aberdeen couple have tied the knot with a grande wedding ceremony – at a coffee shop.

Romance brewed between chartered financial planner Jonathan Craig, 37, and midwife Joanne Macdonald, 26, in 2016 after they met at the Union Street branch of Starbucks.

And the pair decided on a wedding with a difference rather than the usual church ceremony – at the Starbucks shop where they first met.

Joanne MacDonald and Jonathan Craig after their Starbucks Wedding

The happy couple have now spoken of their delight at the unique celebration, which took place on Saturday afternoon.

Joanne said: “It went really well, really smooth actually without a glitch. We joked about it for a while because we’re not religious so a church would be quite weird.

“It was actually better. What we did was better than what I imagined.

“I hope it kind of starts a trend, that’d be quite funny.”

Despite being a little on the cosy side, the coffee shop made a surprisingly good venue for a wedding.

The couple exchanged their vows inside the Union Street Starbucks

With tables and chairs swept away and disposable coffee cups hanging like decorative bunting, the Starbucks was transformed from its usual look, while still maintaining the character and charm of the place where the happy couple first met.

There was just about standing room only for the personal and warming ceremony, conducted by a humanist society speaker.

There were a few tears in the emotional ceremony, but thankfully there were no interruptions from anyone looking to come in to buy coffee.

The shop struck the perfect balance, with decorations and photographs giving it a personal touch while not going so far that it was unrecognizable as a coffee shop.

Joanne even made Starbucks coffee cups threaded together and hung from the ceiling like bunting.

She added: “It took my sister, the bridesmaids and I up until 9pm the night before.”

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Jonathan said: “We actually just came up with it together, but it was more Joanne’s idea.

“She came up with the idea of just doing it at Starbucks.

“We approached them expecting them to say no but they actually said ‘yes, we like the idea, we like your story, let’s do it’. I think Starbucks were really good.

“We met up with the regional manager the week before and she just asked what we’d like.

“It was more than I hoped.

“I can’t say enough about the people at Starbucks and what they did. It just went like clockwork.

“There were no snagging points.

“It was like a dream. I think it actually went more smoothly than I thought it would be.”

The couple first met when Joanne was working at the coffee shop

He added: “Joanne was a student midwife working there to support her studies and I was a customer sitting my professional exams and I was studying in there.

“There was a mutual friend who thought we’d make a great couple.

“It was really natural.”

And the newlyweds now have an Americano honeymoon lined up.

Jonathan said: “We’re off to Los Angeles and hiring a car and driving to San Francisco.”