Super Stylish & Modern Intimate City Wedding

Orocco Pier Wedding Meggy Mac Photography

I just love Becca and Daire’s super modern Orocco Pier wedding. They were married on the 12th September 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their day really was the epitome of city chic style and they had a stunning backdrop in the form of the Forth bridge.

Their wedding plans were changed due to COVID-19. But it meant that they stripped back their plans and really focused on their relationship together. It made for a very personal and intimate day. I am sure you will agree that their outfits are ever so stylish. Becca chose bridal separates that included a beautiful flowing skirt, while Daire opted for striking fashion forward suit. They looked amazing!

Meggy Mac Photography has very kindly sent over these truly remarkable images and I couldn’t be more grateful. Oh so special.

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Orocco Pier Wedding

The Proposal

Becca: I surprised Daire when we were on holiday in Serignan, South of France. Plan A of proposing on the beach didn’t quite go to plan because Daire accidentally took us to a nudist beach, and I didn’t want a naked audience, photo-bombing our proposal shots! :D I improvised and proposed on a secluded bay over the river with no naked intruders. Managed to catch it on my GoPro without Daire noticing. Daire: I was completely shocked, had not expected it at all and of course said YES!

The Vision

To make it personal to us, a bit rustic and nothing OTT.

The Planning Process

The impact of COVID-19 meant we had to re-create most of our plans. We decided to strip it back even more to centralise the focus on our relationship in one of our favourite places.

Our venue Orocco Pier and appointed planner, Laura were so accommodating – we decided on an outdoor ceremony quite last minute and the view was incredible. We selected our music for the ceremony which Orocco Pier set up on the day – having these tracks played was so important to us. Our celebrant Stevie McLaren helped us with the planning of the ceremony and worked with us to create a very personal ceremony, where we did things a bit less traditionally for e.g. both saying at the same time “we do” instead of each saying “I do” to our vows. After finding our photographer Megan at Meggy Mac Photography online, we loved her vibe and knew we wanted her to take our photographs.

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The Readings & Music

We selected a special poem which Stevie our humanist read out during the ceremony. The poem is called Partnership is more by Nuala Geary.

Our ceremony tracks;
The Lumineers – Ho Hey (walking down the aisle)
The Beetles – Ob la di, ob la da (signing the register)
Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop (leaving)

We also had speeches after the wedding by Daire’s Dad, Becca’s Mum and Jess (Daire’s friend). Daire’s mum had also organised for video recorded messages from Ireland to be played which was really special.

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Your Outfits & Accessories

Becca: For my wedding outfit I worked with Edinburgh designer, Catriona Garforth. She was brilliant and put together a modern bridal isla skirt and kami top, slightly bohemian in style which was perfect for me. I was keen on wearing an outfit made by an independent local/Scottish designer.

Daire: I found my suit by Catriona Hanley when shopping at home in Dublin. I really wanted to wear something by an Irish designer and had my heart set on a suit from the beginning, so knew I had to find something that was really special. I am a big fan of Catriona Hanley’s style of suits and was delighted to find something I felt good in, which was alternative to typical bridal wear.

Beauty

Becca: Due to COVID-19 I had to do my own make up but my hair was styled by Helen Cameron. She also styled my mum and sisters hair who walked me down the aisle.

Daire: Due to COVID-19 I also had to do my own make up. I did my own hair also, which was less stressful than I thought it would be!

Wedding Party

We didn’t feel the need to follow the bridesmaid tradition. We did appoint Jess (Daire’s best friend) and Angela (one of Becca’s sisters) as out witnesses. We also had Daire’s parents walking her down the aisle and Becca’s Mum and sister walking her in so that those very close did get a special part to play.

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The Flowers

We kept flowers to a minimum, but had some wildflowers dotted around and sunflowers in gin bottles on the tables to add an extra bit of happiness :)

Your Photographer

The amazing Megan at Meggy Mac Photography!! She was great to work with, so creative, easy going, talented and professional. She gave us so many ideas and produced stunning photographs.

The Details & Décor

Did it ourselves! Couple of wooden log stands, rustic candle lanterns and gin bottles for flower vases. With a venue with such a gorgeous backdrop we didn’t feel the need to decorate a lot. The courtyard is really beautiful and we just added a couple touches e.g. wildflower garland around the arch.

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The Honeymoon

Mini moon in the west coast of Scotland, lodge with hot tub! Will do an abroad holiday when we can :)

Memorable Moments

Best moment was when Stevie pronounced that we were officially, legally and happily married.

Advice For Other Couples

Intimate weddings are really special and allow you to really connect with everybody on the day.

Do what you want to do and not what anybody else tells you to do/what you think you should do.

Be in the moment and enjoy!

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Photography
Meggy Mac Photography

Venue
Orocco Pier

Humanist Celebrant
Stevie McLaren

Becca’s Hair
Helen Cameron Makeup

Becca’s Designer
Catriona Garforth

Daire’s Designer
Catriona Hanly

Such an on-trend yet totally romantic wedding. I really love this paired back and meaningful wedding day. If you are an LGBTQI+ couple looking for inspiration you can find many more gorgeous weddings on our site too.

Becca and Daire, thank you so much for sharing your incredible real wedding story with us.

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