Selfless sisters decided not to upstage each other when they shared a joint wedding – and even bought their wedding dresses together.
Charly Mckevitt, 28, from Sauchie, Clackmannanshire, had been engaged to her partner Marcin Jerwan, 36, for five years.
Her younger sister Ella, 23, was desperate to see the couple tie the knot – and joked that she should marry her boyfriend Chase Pretorius, 28, on the same day.
The siblings decided to go ahead with the plan and said they ‘wouldn’t change it for the world’.
But although they bought their dresses on the same day, the sisters wore totally different styles – with Ella wearing Converse trainers matching her husband’s, and a lace dress, while Charly wore heels with a strapless gown.
Sisters Charly Jerwan, 28, and Ella Pretorius, 23 (pictured left and right) from Sauchie, Clackmannanshire, decided to get married together at the same time, at the same venue – and even bought their wedding dresses together
Charly and Marcin Jerwan, 36, getting married with Chase Pretorius, 28, and Ella at their joint wedding on the grounds of the Gartmore Village Hall on June 22
The idea started off as a joke, with younger sister Ella teasing her bank worker sibling about how long she had been engaged for.
‘It started off as a joke,’ said Ella. ‘I had just recently got engaged and Charly had been engaged for five years.’
‘She hadn’t married yet and we started joking about getting married at the same time, but then as we spoke more about it we said ‘why don’t we just do it?’
The two couples got married one after the other in the sun-soaked grounds of the Gartmore Village Hall on June 22, before sharing their reception inside.
Siblings Charly (left) and Ella (right) tied the knot with their husbands Marcin and Chase at the same venue last month
Ella, 23, had joked about marrying her partner Chase on the same day as her sister Charly and her partner Marcin. She said the idea became a reality after the sisters began discussing it more. Pictured left to right: Marcin, Charly, Ella and Chase
They cut their specially made wedding cake together and even shared their first dance – dancing to the aptly named Better Together by Jack Johnson.
‘We got prepared together upstairs and then our dad and step-dad walked us down the aisle,’ explained Ella.
‘I went first then Charly came downstairs. I did a speech for my sister and she did one for me.’
She added: ‘We also opted for a hand tying ceremony for both of us and our husbands.
‘We walked back into the village hall one after the other after the ceremony – it was stunning weather for us.
‘It couldn’t have been better and we also got a little sunburnt.’
The sisters cut their wedding cake and even shared their first dance together. Pictured left to right: Chase, Ella, Charly and Marcin
Speaking of their joint wedding, Ella said: ‘It’s definitely not easier, you’ve got so many more people and ideas so it’s trickier in that sense.’ Pictured left to right: Chase, Ella, Charly and Marcin
Ella said they kept a ‘family vibe’ with around 130 guests made up of close family and friends.
Ten guests attended from Chase’s homeland, South Africa, and Marcin had around six guests from his native Poland.
‘It was nice and not too busy,’ said Ella. ‘All of the guests were there for the full day and we had a caterer come.’
‘It’s Polish tradition that we provided all of the booze so everyone got a fair drink.’
Despite the trickiness of coordinating two weddings on the same day, Ella said she ‘wouldn’t change it for the world’ and would recommend it to others.
‘It’s definitely not easier, you’ve got so many more people and ideas so it’s trickier in that sense,’ she explained.
‘We both wanted the best for each other on the day and bought our wedding dresses together. I’d recommend it, it was amazing. But it’s definitely not for everyone.’
Ella, who is soon going to move to Cape Town with her husband, added: ‘Charly and I looked at each other afterwards and both said we were glad we did it.
‘It was a perfect day, no regrets.’
While Ella said she would ‘recommend’ others to share their big day with their siblings, she admitted ‘it’s definitely not for everyone.’ Pictured left to right: Charly, Marcin, Chase and Ell
IT worker Ella said they kept a ‘family vibe’ with around 130 guests made up of close family and friends. Pictured left to right: Chase, Ella, Charly and Marcin