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Sarah-Jane + Ally

Photographed by Blue Sky Photography

at Waterfront at Archerfield Links

East Lothian-Scotland

From the spectacular coastal setting to a special piece of family jewellery, inspiration came in many forms for this couple. We are more than a little in love with their beautiful big day…

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Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
The story goes that our eyes met across our rubber rings on a family holiday when Ally was too young to be chatting up girls and I was still in nappies!
Unbeknown to us when we got together years later, our mums had been childhood friends as they’d lived on the same street growing up. They’d lost touch as they grew older but years later, when Ally was four and I had just turned one, they randomly bumped into each other again in Algarve, Portugal where both families were holidaying at the same hotel.
You could say our story started then but it wasn’t until 18 years later, when we were studying at the same university, that we clocked one another again. This time, our eyes met across the computer screens in our uni library, not quite as romantic as our first meeting by the Portuguese pool!
I would say the whole story constitutes a gradual attraction but the groom would beg to differ, definitely love at first sight!
We were inspired by…
This is a hard one, I don’t think we could pinpoint one sole thing that inspired us. All the elements we chose for our big day came from so many shared inspirations. Here’s just three:
The setting – We had an idea of the kind of wedding we wanted but it wasn’t until we found our venue and looked out on the setting where we’d exchange our vows and celebrate as the new Mr & Mrs Hogg with all our family and friends, that we really began to get a feel for the special elements we wanted to bring into our wedding day;
Family treasure – I knew I’d be wearing a special piece of my mum’s jewellery on our wedding day, a ring which had a navy blue sapphire stone in the centre, surrounded by beautiful circle-cut diamonds. I wanted our day to emulate the beauty, elegance and same precious feel that the ring signified. As well as that, we chose navy as the contrast colour against simple ivory and silver undertones for our wedding colour scheme to match the ring;
1 Corinthians 13 – The ultimate love passage in the Bible. We had this bible scripture as the first reading in our ceremony and were inspired to use the various ‘love’ attributes described in the passage as the names for each of our tables. We also displayed the verse on the table plan for guests to read as they came into the dinner reception room.

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HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
We wanted to make everything about the day really personal to us. Starting with a stamp that only the two of us could create…our fingerprints amalgamated into a heart…which we used in everything from the invites through to the order of service, our favours and on our photobooth we had specially made for the day.
We really wanted all our guests to fully appreciate how much it meant to us to have them sharing in our Big Day, so a lot of the personal touches we’d organised were little ways of us saying ‘thank-you’. There were the lovingly prepared freshen up baskets in the male and female toilets for guests to use across the night, our thank-you note favours and the fingerprint tree which was hand-drawn by my sister, the chief bridesmaid, where we asked each of our guests to leave an imprint on our day.
Underneath the fingerprint heart were the words “Hoggy Ever After” which we asked guests to use as their hashtag when they were uploading pics from the wedding on Instagram, Twitter, etc. so we could have our own personal wedding photo feed to see all the memories captured on the day.
What was on your wedding menu?
Prawn and Crab Cocktail – Soft Herb Mayonnaise, Marinated Fennel served with fresh Granary Bread; Honey-Roasted Gressingham Duck Breast, Confit Duck Leg, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Spring Vegetables, Calvados and Apple Jus; Lemon Meringue Pie, Summer Berries and Fruit Coulis.
The food tasting for our wedding menu was definitely one of the highlights of the wedding planning!
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
Very much the latter!
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
You’ll hear it a thousand times but enjoy it. Every minute of it. Laugh off the things that don’t go as planned on the day (imperfections make it!) and really take in all the amazing memories. Soak up the smiles and love you’re surrounded by; after all you have an entire room filled all the precious people who have played a small or big, but equally important, part in getting you and your husband to where you are on your wedding day.

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HONEYMOON OR MINI-MOON?
We’re making the most of being newlyweds and doing both! We went away for a week’s stay in a hotel in Scotland straight after the wedding and at Christmas we head over to Africa for a safari in the Serengeti.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
Leading guests outside during the band’s break at 10.30pm to show them my surprise gift for the groom, La Favorita’s stone oven pizza van who were serving freshly prepared pizza for everyone, only to have Ally turn to me and say he had a surprise for me too…
After picking up copious amounts of pizza and making sure those who needed it got a blanket to keep warm, we went out to the sea edge and waited for Ally’s surprise gift to begin.
Standing under the stars, eating pizza, snuggled in under a blanket with my new hubbie surrounded by our friends and family we looked up to see fireworks lighting up the sky with a pipe band playing under this big oak tree during the whole display. For sure one of our favourite and unforgettable memories of our big day!
Why Scotland?
Scotland’s our home. It’s where we were born, where we grew up, where we met and where our “Hoggy ever after” all began. We couldn’t have imagined saying our “I do’s” anywhere else.

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I love the story behind Sarah-Jane and Ally meeting when they were on holiday as children and then again at university. How did you meet the love of your life? Christina x
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Venue – Waterfront at Archerfield Links, East Lothian
Photographer – Blue Sky Photography
Filmmaker – Little Love Films
Hairdresser – Gail Rankin at Bespoke Wedding Hair
Make-up artist – Laura Sutherland
Wedding dress – Maggie Sottero
Accessories – Bride’s mum’s jewellery that was passed down to her
Groom’s outfit – Neil Selbie & Co Kilt Hire
Bridesmaids’ dresses – David’s Bridal, New York
Florist – Flowers Pure & Simple
Stationery – Crafty Cards
Cake – Liggy’s Cakes
Transport – Elite Private Hire
Musicians – Korda String Quartet
Band – Revolution 7

  • Nikky M - October 11, 2013 - 10:24 pm

    The location looks absolutely gorgeous!!! Do you know where they got the Photo booth wall made – love it. xReplyCancel

    • Christina - October 15, 2013 - 9:39 pm

      Hi Nikky! Stunning, isn’t it! We’ll look into this and get back to you just as soon as we can. Christina xReplyCancel

  • Nikky M - October 16, 2013 - 9:03 am

    Thanks!! I need this for my wedding, lol! Been looking at some DIY tutorials but none look as great as this.ReplyCancel