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Sarah + Haaki

by Green Wedding Photography

at Orocco Pier

South Queensferry-Scotland

It’s cold, it’s dark out and even worse… it’s Monday morning! So we thought we’d bring a bit of colour to brighten your day. Inspired by rainbow colours and a love of travel, today’s Scottish retro wedding put big smiles on our faces when it popped into our inbox. From the bold & bright flowers to the vintage dresses and DIY styling, there’s so much to love here!

Who saw who first?
We met through mutual friends back in 2007 when my friend Sara started dating Haaki’s friend Ron. We became friends but we were both in long term relationships back then, which ended a few years later and we finally got together!
And how was the big question popped?
Haaki took me on a surprise trip for my birthday in October 2014, when he told me we were going ‘up North’. I was whisked away to Iceland for a long weekend so I was a bit suspicious. My birthday came and went with no proposal. The day after my birthday, Haaki had planned a few activities. The first was snowmobiling in torrential weather conditions and snow blizzards! After that we went to see a couple of waterfalls, the first was Skogafoss. I was completely overwhelmed when I saw a double rainbow cutting across the waterfall. Haaki took this opportunity and just as we were walking underneath, asked me to marry him. It was perfect! He later told me he had planned to propose under the Northern lights but they were not bright or impressive enough so he had to have a few back-up plans!
We were inspired by…
I love bright colours and wanted to incorporate rainbow colours without looking too much like a kid’s party. We found amazing fun, brightly coloured stationery online where we got our invitations and order of service. We had colourful flowers which tied in the girls in burgundy and the boys in blue/green/yellow. My friend, Lisa made our pew end bows for the church, which were little bursts of all these colours.
Once I decided on my dress, that gave us the inspiration for 50s style bridesmaid dresses and we found the perfect dress in a vintage style bridal boutique. We decided to go retro with our wedding transport too and I was very excited when we found ‘Meg’, the VW microbus that could transport me and my three bridesmaids to the church. They also decorated it with bright sunflowers and gerberas.
Haaki has a passion for travel, so we thought it would be great to have little hints of this throughout the day. We did this by naming out tables after our favourite places we had been together and basing the table plan on a map. I made our table plan out of a rainbow coloured poster of the world I found on eBay. I also made table confetti and confetti cones out of some old maps! We tried to keep a rustic feel to the day with the wild flowers, a personalised hessian sack for cards, hessian signs and I made a little S & H to decorate our cake table by wrapping wool around some cardboard letters and sewing on some buttons. For the favours I tied little tartan bows around the personalised whiskey miniatures as well as the cute little ‘puffin poo’ bags we had shipped down from The Shetland Fudge Company.
I also got lots of little pieces of inspiration, as well as more information about potential suppliers from reading the We Fell In Love Blog Book. And I found our harpist Sarah MacNeil through the blog!
Tell us about your venues…
I grew up in a little village called Rosewell, south of Edinburgh, and went to St Matthew’s church as a child until I moved away from the village. It is a beautiful red brick church and has many memories for me. I also knew it would mean a lot to my dad for us to marry in this church.
Orocco Pier is a little boutique hotel right on the waterside in South Queensferry, with breathtaking views of the Forth Rail Bridge and its own private little beach. We would often go there for coffee or for lunch and just enjoy the view. The staff in Orocco Pier were super organised and did an amazing job talking through each stage of the planning process and they made sure nothing was missed!

And something surprising about your day…
I was fifty minutes late for the ceremony! I’m rarely late for anything, so it was unbelievable that we were that late! We were so chilled out and relaxed on the morning of the wedding and it just took a bit longer than we thought to get ready as me and my three bridesmaids all had our hair and makeup done. We were picking up my dad on the way but as he lives around the corner from the church, he gave up waiting and decided to walk round after 30 minutes! That gave everyone in the church false hope that we had arrived! However, even though we were that late, the rest of the day went to plan and everything else happened as it was meant to.
What made you go for a shorter style of dress? We love it, by the way!
Initially I thought I wanted a fitted trumpet style dress, but when I tried on lots of those types of dresses, I just felt like they didn’t flatter my body shape at all. I am 6ft tall, so felt like they only made me look taller! I saw the Justin Alexander strapless ball gown on a wedding blog and thought I had to try it on. I found it in Pretty Woman, Edinburgh so went there with my mum and sister. My sister walked straight over to that dress not having seen it before and said ‘it’s this one!’. I fell in love with all the beautiful detailed lace and beading and got very excited about the shorter tea length style. It just felt completely different to anything else I had tried on and I loved it’s puffy shape as it made me feel like a princess!
What did you choose for your first dance?
Our first dance was always going to be ‘Iris’ by the Goo Goo Dolls as it was the first song we danced to together at our friends’ wedding, after we had only been together for around 6 months so it had real meaning for us.
Any advice?
Have someone keep an eye on the time!
Try to make sure you have as much as possible done before the week before the wedding so that you can just relax and enjoy the run up without any last minute stresses.
On the day, there is not enough time to talk to everyone no matter how hard you try so don’t worry about it. Most of the people are there for you to see you happy and enjoying yourself. Also make sure you get some time away from everyone just the two of you. We had a chance to talk to each other in the drive from the church to the reception, where we could take it all in and breathe!
Why Scotland?
Scotland is beautiful and it’s our home. We were both born in Edinburgh so it felt right and we wanted all our close friends and family to be able to come to our wedding. Neither of my parents have ever been abroad so a wedding overseas was out of the question. The ceremony was held in my hometown and the reception was in Haaki’s hometown, so it was really nice to have both of our backgrounds merged together in our day.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Having our friends and family around us, including those who had travelled across the world to be with us as we became husband and wife!
We also had both our mums read our two readings during the church ceremony, and that meant a lot to us. I knew my mum was so nervous speaking in front of all our wedding guests but they both did a great job and did us proud, it made our ceremony feel very personal.

If, like Sarah, you’re blessed with supermodel height (and the shoe size to match), then be sure to check out her top tip on bespoke shoes below. Christina x
Venues – St Matthew’s RC Church, Rosewell & Orocco Pier, South Queesferry
Photographer – Samantha Williamson, Green Wedding Photography. Assistant photographer, Anneleen Lindsay. I read a variety of wedding blogs and looked at lots of different styles of photography before we chose a photographer. We decided we wanted natural photos with minimal posed shots and we loved Samantha’s natural and creative style. She also took us on a pre-wedding shoot in a location of our choice (Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline), a few months before the wedding where we got the chance to get to know her a bit better and feel a bit more relaxed getting our picture taken.
FloristLittle Petals. Carole did an amazing job of our flowers. I knew I wanted bright rainbow colours to tie in the kilts and the bridesmaid dresses, and as the kilts had yellow in them I started looking at bouquets with sunflowers in them. I loved how fun and summery they looked. We also wanted to incorporate red roses and thistles to keep a bit of Scottish tradition but add delphiniums and veronicas for a more wild and rustic feel. I googled images of these types of flowers together so had an idea how I wanted them to look but when the flowers arrived on the morning of the wedding, I wanted to cry because they were so perfect and exactly as I had imagined!
Hair stylistAnne Quin
Make-up artistVicky Cameron
Wedding dressJustin Alexander 8465 in Natural/ Ivory from Pretty Woman, Edinburgh
ShoesShoes of Prey, designed by me! The shoes were a big deal because I was wearing a short dress. I have size 11 feet so had to find somewhere I could get pretty shoes in a large size. Shoes of Prey make shoes up to a size 13!
Accessories – My side headpeice was from Lily Luna, Edinburgh. They have an amazing range of bridal accessories and the staff were brilliant at helping me choose. I eventually decided on ‘Ariel’, a stunning statement piece made with crystals and pearls. My earrings were my first birthday gift from Haaki and my necklace was a gift from my bridesmaid Sara, when I was her bridesmaid in 2011! My Swarowski bracelet was a Christmas gift from Haaki last year, so I saved it for the day.
Groom’s outfitRobert Nicol. Haaki wanted to wear a tartan that was meaningful to him and his family. Finding a special hire tartan was quite a challenge as they seemed to be quite generic. Robert Nicol in Dunfermline stocked a Campbell of Argyll tartan to hire, which was his grandfather’s military tartan. I loved that it had a family connection for him and I also loved the bright primary colours in it and thought it would be great with the flowers I had in mind. He and the groomsmen wore it with a Prince Charlie style jacket and they all looked so smart!
Bridesmaids’ dressesLady Jojo’s Brides Half Poppie Bridesmaid dress in burgundy
StationeryScarlet Rose Invitations Personalised Design 17
CakeMimi’s Bakehouse
BandThe Jiggers Scottish Ceilidh Band. We wanted a ceilidh band to add a bit of Scottish tradition. Haaki’s side of the family are from Shetland, so it wouldn’t have been right to have a wedding without a ceilidh. The Jiggers kicked off the first half of the night with a bang! They were fantastic and had the dance floor bouncing. Everyone had a great time, even the ones who were a bit unsure of the ceilidh dances! Orocco Pier then provided a DJ who played a variety of songs from a playlist we put together and finished the night in style with ‘Loch Lomond’.
CakeMimi’s Bakehouse
TransportVintage VW Campers
Additional suppliers – Harpist Sarah MacNeil during Church ceremony, Piper James A. Nicholl provided by Scotpipe, DJ in the evening provided by Orocco Pier. Just Miniatures and The Shetland Fudge Company (run by one of Haaki’s friends) for wedding favours.