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An Oban couple are set to get married tomorrow (Friday January 5) after meeting on a volunteer beach clean-up last year.
Fiona Campbell-Smith and Thomas Ferris met while helping out at Hope Kitchen’s monthly clean – and they will wed in the charity’s premises.
Fiona, who is the owner of the renowned Parsley the cat, explained how the couple got together: ‘My daughter’s wedding was coming up and I was going and as the mother of the bride on my own.
‘Even my 82-year-old mother had managed to get a plus one, so I felt that maybe I should find someone to chaperone me.’
Fiona built up the courage and asked Thomas if he wanted to go with her after they ended up on the same beach cleaning group.
‘I would never had approached him if I had not had that reason,’ she said. ‘I felt like it was such a special thing and I could get away with being so forward.
‘I didn’t know him at all, but I liked the look of him and I could see he was nice.’
After finding out the more intricate details, such as where the wedding was, who was getting married and what Fiona’s name was, Thomas deliberated for days.
‘Six days later he said yes,’ Fiona said. ‘But for the previous five days he was going to say no.
‘But he changed his mind after we met at McCaig’s Tower with the cats and had a good laugh.’
Fiona added: ‘I never in a million years [would usually do something like that] but I am so glad that I did it that day.
‘I never slept for three nights after I asked him because a brass neck isn’t comfortable to sleep on.’
After the wedding the couple hit it off and three weeks later Thomas had moved in and he proposed three months later.
And Fiona will be wearing the same dress to her wedding as she did on their first date as ‘Thomas took a step back when he first saw it’.
However, someone who won’t be attending the wedding is Parsley.
Despite the cat’s 6,800 Facebook fans and countless headlines, Fiona’s Maine Coon isn’t invited to the wedding.
‘Parsley is barred,’ she said. ‘He is too much of a celebrity – he would upstage me.
‘Also, he doesn’t like loud music. I will maybe get my daughter to bring him to where I am getting ready for a photograph.’