Cumbernauld newlyweds name themselves after the hotel where they got engaged

The Garrisons tied the knot at the Lodge on Loch Lomond
-Credit: (Image: Supplied)


A Cumbernauld couple have named themselves after a hotel in the Highlands where they got engaged.

Laura, 43, and Suz Garrison, 42, tied the knot on May 13 after getting engaged at The Garrison Hotel in Fort William in 2022.

The couple and their Cocker Spaniel, Toffey, headed north for a romantic weekend away when Suz popped the special question.

The Daily Record reports that when it came to getting married, the newlyweds decided the hotel was such a special place that they chose its name as their new surname.

Laura, who works for the NHS , said the name 'Garrison' fell right into place for them both.

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She told the Record: "When we got engaged, we felt that we wanted a completely new start.

Suz popped the question at The Garrison Hotel in Fort William
Suz popped the question at The Garrison Hotel in Fort William -Credit:Supplied

"That might sound daft seeing as we have been together for six-and-a-half years but we wanted to start as we mean to go on and be completely ourselves.

"When we were choosing a surname, we immediately thought of The Garrison. It means soldiers protecting a fortress - it's about protection and defending and we thought it was lovely.

"The name fell right into place for us. We told our friends and family we were changing our surnames but nobody knew what we were changing it to until the day of our wedding.

"We are now very proud to be the Garrisons. We will carry this name with pride forever and a day."

The Garrisons, who got married at the Lodge on Loch Lomond, have since been invited back to the hotel after bosses heard about the couple's remarkable story.

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Laura continued: "It's a really special place for us, we hold such fond memories there.

"Suz is a police officer. She chose The Garrison to propose because it used to be an old police station.

"When we got engaged, we had Toffey with us and the staff were absolutely brilliant with her. She has since passed away, so we like to go back because it reminds us of her too.

"Every time we go, we feel very welcome and we are glad to go back, they are lovely hosts."

A spokesperson for The Garrison Hotel said: "All of the staff at the hotel are honoured to be part of this special love story. We have invited Mrs and Mrs Garrison for a complimentary stay with us.

"We wish them a lifetime of happiness."