A £70,000-a-year oil worker faces losing his job after a drink-fuelled attack on his wife at their wedding reception.
Richard Muchowski and Dana Bain eloped to Skye and tied the knot in secret with two photographers as their witnesses.
After they returned to the north-east as newlyweds they were persuaded to throw a party for family and friends.
But the celebration turned sour after Muchowski rowed with his new mother-in-law then assaulted his wife.
He was later found sleeping in the back of his Range Rover Sport by police, who discovered he was more then three times the drink-drive limit when they breath-tested him.
The 34-year-old now faces losing his job with an oil services company, although his wife is standing by him.
Muchowski appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and admitted pulling his wife’s hair and grabbing her by the arm in the early hours of October 4 at the Cults Hotel in North Deeside Road.
He also admitted being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol on the same day.
Fiscal depute Alan Townsend said: “A few months prior to the incident the accused married the complainer.
“The incident took place at a belated wedding reception on the evening of October 3.
“It started off as a disagreement at around 11pm. The accused was challenged by the complainer’s mother regarding something that had happened and he left the reception.
“At around 1am on the Sunday the complainer returned to her hotel room to wait for the accused. He returned shortly after and appeared to be intoxicated.
“It is stated that he was being aggressive and seized the complainer by her hair. They then fell on to the bed and he thereafter grabbed her by the arm, causing some slight bruising.”
The court heard the incident was seen by Mrs Muchowski’s sister.
Mr Townsend said the police were then called and discovered Muchowski’s black Range Rover Sport was no longer parked at the hotel.
When officers went to the couple’s home at 45 Hareburn Road, Blackdog, they found him asleep with the car keys in the back seat.
A roadside breath test found that he had 68 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.
The legal limit is 22 mcg.
Muchowski’s agent, solicitor John McLoone, said that incident was completely out of character for his client.
He said he had been under a lot of strain as he did not want a big reception and felt forced into it.
The court heard Muchowski would have been happier with a small gathering with his immediate friends and family.
Mr McLoone said the argument with his mother-in-law was caused by drink and that the couple then became involved in an argument when he returned to the hotel room.
Mr McLoone said his client had not driven the car home and that he had only got into the back to sleep as his wife had the keys to their house.
He said Muchowski was the sole provider for his wife and two children.
Mr McLoone urged Sheriff Alison Stirling to consider imposing 10 penalty points – the statutory minimum – for the driving offence.
He said if the senior material controller was banned from the road he would lose his job and be unlikely to find a similar one because of the current downturn in the oil and gas industry.
The lawyer added: “He is the sole earner, he has two children and his last conviction was in 2004. Shortly after that he secured employment with an oil company and has worked his way up over the last 10 years.
“He is now a senior material controller and that requires him to work six days a week travelling to all the fabricators around the north-east.”
But Sheriff Alison Stirling, who read a latter submitted to the court by his wife, said there were “clearly issues” and deferred sentence for background reports.