Engagement Shoot: Mr and Mrs Hoggarth

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Lucy & Stephen

27th June 2020 | The Devils Beef Tub, Moffat

Your Instagram: @toamountaindaisy | Photographer: Wild Soul

Lucy and Stephen had their engagement shoot to mark their original wedding date in June 2020 after postponing due to the pandemic. They are now officially Mr and Mrs Hoggarth after eloping to Glencoe on 12th September. Bride Lucy runs wild wedding floristry To a Mountain Daisy so used the opportunity to make a beautiful bouquet for the shoot. 

Why did you decide to have a pre-wedding shoot? 

Our original wedding got cancelled with the pandemic so we decided to mark the occasion to remember the date. As a florist when we cancelled our big wedding I decided to have dry flowers on our wedding day so I needed an excuse to make the biggest fresh bouquet with my favourite British rose Koko Loko so a photoshoot made sense.

How did you meet and how long have you been together? 

Stephen and I met on Tinder around 6 years ago. We kept how we met a secret for a year or so until I realised I had told all of our friends different stories of how we met so I came clean and now we love telling people how Tinder can work!

Tell us all about the proposal... 

Stephen proposed to me in June 2019 on a beach on Anglesey on his own Birthday. Stephen’s Welsh and thought it was romantic to make it all about him. He got down on one knee as after a long walk along the sand with our dog, Phoebe. And to add to the romance he had the ring in one hand and a dog poop bag in the other. I didn’t see it coming at all!

Why did you choose the shoot location? 

At the time we were limited to travelling with Covid restriction and we regularly walk near Moffat so it also felt like we had a connection with the area. The views are amazing up there and I’m so glad we did as I think about it every time we drive past.

Did you find the shoot helpful for helping you feel more prepared for the wedding day? 

It made us feel so relaxed about our day and we realised we actually didn’t need all the guests we were originally planning to have a special day. Who knew we actually really enjoy each others company!

Did you feel nervous behind the camera? 

Not at all on the day but we did feel nervous on the lead up to it! We both hate getting our photos taken so I thought it would be awkward the whole time. We were both not expecting it to be so relaxed, comfortable and fun. But we can both honestly say we really enjoyed it and we made lots of memories.

Would you recommend that other couples have an engagement shoot? 

If you asked me before the shoot I would of expected to think it’s not really necessary and that I was doing it more for the images rather than the experience but actually it massively helped us realise that there’s nothing to worry about when getting photos taken on your day and it was so much fun!

Did your photographer give you any tips before the shoot? 

Nadine and Shelle are so accommodating and chill. They kept telling us it will be fun and casual and to not worry about it. I’m not sure I really took in that advice until we were there but everyone should just trust your photographers! They know what they are doing!

What advice would you give to other couples who do plan to have a pre-wedding shoot?

Enjoy it and make the most of it, treat it as a test run for your big day!

What is your favourite photo from the shoot? 

The family shots of all three of us! We have never really successfully managed to take a photo of all of us so that was the first to get hung up at home.

Were there any stand out moments in the shoot?

Obviously we were really happy when it started pouring down with rain and kept telling each other it would have been a wash out for a wedding anyways! We sheltered under some trees and I love the shots of us all huddled together in my rain coat which I was adamant not to wear in photos!

Tell us about your wedding plans... 

When the pandemic cancelled our big wedding a few months before we started thinking about eloping but it was only the night of the shoot we really set this in stone cause we realised how intimate and beautiful it would be. We decided to elope a few months later in Glencoe, just the three of us, we abandoned our theme, colours and ideas and kept it simple.

Do you plan to incorporate any of the photos into your wedding?

We used an image from our shoot to tell family we had decided to uninvite them to our wedding- with mixed reaction of course!

What has been your favourite part of wedding planning so far? 

I loved wedding planning for our elopement because there wasn’t anyone else to think about and I could micro plan everything from what picnic we ate on the drive up the day before the wedding to what bottle of champagne we would be drinking when!

From Brides, With Love xo

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