Life’s a beach for muddy matched newly weds
Friday, April 29th, 2022
When dog lover Kay met farm auditor David whilst farmer dating on Muddy Matches in May 2019, the idiom ‘sands of time’ carried extra significance.
Both were tentative in looking for a second shot at love after the sudden, early losses of the spouses, and both found reassurance and comfort in the solitude of remote beaches.
That shared love of dog walks on windswept sand would also be a key element of their relationship; bringing both an engagement, and an intimate wedding on the same ‘beautiful’ beach on which David proposed last June.
Kay’s Chocolate Labrador Rosie was ringbearer.
Speaking on return from their beachside April wedding on the Isle of Harris, and island-hopping honeymoon in the Outer Hebrides, Kay and David tell us their love story.
“We had a very sad shared experience in common but somehow, thanks to Muddy Matches, it has brought us together to the point of finding love again, and it is so very special,” Kay says. “We feel very lucky.”
“Although we only live just over an hour’s drive a part, we don’t think would have ever met without Muddy Matches.
“David’s profile sounded very genuine, he had a warm smile, and we immediately had a lot in common. We started messaging on 8th May, had our first date on 19th May and have never looked back. David only joined on 3rd May, so we must be one of the quickest couples ever!”
After the quickfire countryside connection, Kay admits the couple have ‘gone from strength to strength’.
She tells us their first date was a dog walk along a beach on the Solway Coach in southwest Scotland with her lab, Rosie. It went so well, and Rosie gave David her wet-nosed seal of approval, that they lunched a nearby pub.
She recalls an early date in which they visited the Mull of Galloway lighthouse – the most southernly point in Scotland, and they walked down to the foghorn platform together. “The Irish Sea was like a mill pond. It was just the two of us, very special.”
It was fitting then that their big day would be beach-based too, with only their daughters there to witness.
“A few folks thought we were very brave, and it was possibly madness getting married on a beach in the Outer Hebrides in April but beaches are a common theme for David and I.” she adds.
“I have always loved the sea and beach, live near a beautiful coastline, and they have featured heavily in our Iives, walking our dogs, so it seemed very appropriate.”
“In fact, we were very lucky with the weather. It was very much a beach holiday without the suntan. It was perfect.”
Now back home in Castle Douglas, they are ready to settle into married life and are currently in the process of building a new house.
Rosie will be getting some new playmates too as well. “Sadly, David lost Belle, one of his elderly labs to old age last year, so we will get another dog or two.”
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