XMAS LOVE STORY FOR COU­PLE

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad - By Donna Ewen

IT WAS a case of love at first sight for Brian Nicoll when he first spot­ted Claire Mackie in his work­place.

But it was to take more than a year for him to win her heart.

Claire, 30, who works in ad­min­is­tra­tion at One­sub­sea, said: “Brian had over­heard me say to a col­league I was go­ing on hol­i­day to Tener­ife. While there I had a friend re­quest from him on so­cial me­dia, which I ac­cepted.” The day af­ter Claire ar­rived home Brian went to Tener­ife on hol­i­day with friends. And, al­though the lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion had been opened, Claire

Mar­riage felt like the nat­u­ral step for­ward for us

had no in­ter­est in start­ing up a re­la­tion­ship.

But Brian, 29, who is a man­u­fac­tur­ing en­gi­neer at One­sub­sea, did not give up on Claire and even­tu­ally his per­sis­tence paid off af­ter she re­alised she had feel­ings for him.

The love­birds en­joyed get­ting to know each other in the first year of their ro­mance, but were blown away when they dis­cov­ered they were go­ing to be­come par­ents to Liam, who is now three.

“He was a very pleas­ant sur­prise to us both,” said Claire. “Af­ter that, mar­riage felt like the nat­u­ral step for­ward for us.” Claire and Brian, who live in Portlethen, ex­changed vows on Satur­day, July 8, at Marycul­ter House Ho­tel.

“Our wed­ding day was amaz­ing,” said Claire. “We both loved ev­ery sin­gle minute of it.” And Claire did not mind one bit their lit­tle guy steal­ing the show on the big day.

HOW DID YOU MEET?

At work in Septem­ber 2011, but only started dat­ing on New Year’s Day 2013.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT EACH OTHER?

Brian is an amaz­ing dad, and takes good care of me. He ap­pre­ci­ates I have a strong work ethic, and al­ways put him and Liam first.

WHO PRO­POSED AND WHERE?

Brian pro­posed at home on Christ­mas Day, 2014.

WHAT YOU’RE NOT SO KEEN ON ABOUT EACH OTHER?

Brian is not so keen on my “To Do” list, while I do not ap­pre­ci­ate his late­ness.

WHERE DID YOU GO ON HON­EY­MOON?

We went to Tener­ife (of course) and took Liam with us.

LOVE: Claire and Brian at home with their son Liam. Be­low, on their wed­ding day.

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