By Hollie Bone
A football-mad bride and groom who coach a children’s team together tied the knot on the pitch – with help from their entire 18-strong squad of miniature ushers.
Football coaches Danielle, 29, and Callum Kay, 38, from Perth, Scotland, got married in September in front of the team of 12-year-olds they manage – Fair City Blues 2007.
Setting up goals on the green of their venue, Murrayshall House in Scone, Perthshire, the newlyweds didn’t let being dressed up for a wedding stop them from having a kick about – even entertaining their 170 guests with a game of ‘beat the goalie’.
The couple have no children of their own but met through their voluntary coaching roles at the club and agreed they couldn’t say ‘I do’ without their gang of footie proteges, who donned mini suits and kilts for the occasion.
Gas auditor Danielle said: “They’re like surrogate sons to us, I call them my 18 boys.
“We are with them three of four times a week for at least five or six hours so when we started organising the wedding we talked about it and both agreed we wanted them to be there.
“Everything is football related with us, it’s all we’re ever talking about, it’s always on the TV or we’re out playing it, it’s such a huge part of our lives.
“I even got on the pitch for a kick about in my dress on the big day– not even a wedding dress could make me worry about getting muddy.
“When we told the squad we were engaged they were buzzing for us and I think they knew they would be invited to the wedding because they have seen our relationship from the very start.
“For some of them it was their first time at a wedding, they were really excited and all the boys wanted to wear a kilt because some of them had never worn one before so they all got matching kilts made from a tartan that matched our wedding colours.”
Sharing a sense of humour as well as love, construction worker, Callum, and Danielle got engaged in on April Fool’s Day at Danielle’s family home in 2017.
After the couple first met in 2016 while volunteering at the club, the 18-strong squad watched their relationship blossom over the seasons and shared their joy when the couple announced their engagement.
The couple got all the boys, who they have coached in the beautiful game since they were nine years old, together after training one night to ask them to be part of their wedding.
Danielle said: “I met Callum at training after applying to be a coach for Fair City Blues and was attracted to him straight away, he’s very handsome and he’s makes me laugh so much.
“When we got engaged, we had gone home for my birthday and Callum had asked my dad’s blessing the day before.
“My dad suggested the next day would be a good day to propose and Callum did it at the house.
“I told him to shut up and then he said ‘I’m not joking’.
“On the day, the boys got really into it – it was a good laugh.
“All the guests loved it, they kept coming up and telling us how well behaved they all were, that they were a credit to us and we should be proud.”
Callum added: “it was great having all the lads there on such an amazing day, it was something a bit different to the normal wedding and our guests loved it.”