Bingo! The love continues this afternoon with the very cool engagement session of Peggy and Phil, shot on the glorious North Coast by Beard & Mane. Their story is gorgeous and we’re excited to see how it continues with their wedding in December.
Our love story
Peggy and I met when she was living in Belfast and working on the Universal Studios Hollywood production of Dracula Untold as a costume maker, she’s originally from Edinburgh. There was a barbecue that one of my friends invited me to as part of a church gathering. Peggy had just started attending the church on her arrival in Belfast. We met for the first time at the barbecue on a Wednesday, then got talking again that Sunday at church. That afternoon we went for coffee with a group of friends from church followed closely that evening by me asking for Peggy’s number. I then summed up the courage to ask Peggy on a first date within the following week and the rest is history.
The proposal happened on a four day road trip around Ireland in April, just as the sun was setting over the Cliffs of Moher.
We had just arrived to a thatched cottage in which we were staying for the night, originally planning to go and see the Cliffs of Moher in the morning, however I managed to convince Peggy that seeing the sun set at the cliffs would be a sight to behold. With my nerves increasing, I packed a camera, picnic blanket and the ring and hopped in the car for the drive to the cliffs. Once we arrived, we walked up the path to the cliffs, and found a section of the wall that we could hop over, to get on the grass area that led to the edge of the cliffs. We sat down to get ready to enjoy the sunset.
As the sun was beginning to set, Peggy had picked up the camera to try and take some nice shots of the sunset. At this point I saw the opportunity to pop the question and while Peggy was looking through the viewfinder at the sun, complaining how she couldn’t get a good shot, I had taken the ring out of the box, got onto one knee and said “I think there may be something here even more interesting you might want to take a picture of”. When peggy set the camera down and looked up, I asked “ Peggy…will you marry me?”. After a quick yes, we both got up and hugged and kissed to the whoops of some tourists who had seen what was going on!
This was the first evening of our four day trip, and we decided not tell anybody for the duration of the trip and to enjoy each others company and enjoy being engaged before all of the necessary ringing around of all of the friends and family.
The ring holds a dear story. In keeping with Peggy’s unique style and personality, it is a trillion diamond set in an 18-carat rose gold ring. One of my good friends is local jewellery designer Mairi Currie from Mustard & Peaches. Over the previous two months before the proposal I had been discussing the design and requirements of the ring I wanted, and the final product was exactly what I imagined, and Peggy was absolutely delighted with it!
Our engagement shoot
We decided to have an engagement shoot because our very dear friends David and Kerry Salisbury have started taking professional photos under the guise of Beard & Mane Photography. We love these guys very dearly as friends and as a couple, and there was no need for an excuse to go up to the most beautiful part of our country, have some fun and take some photos. I couldn’t recommend them enough for anybody looking to have some photos taken with a cool and creative couple!
The exact location for many of the photographs was decided on the day, based on what we felt like, or anything interesting we passed, like the field of hay bails. However for us the one place we had to make sure we took some photographs, was in the harbour at Ballintoy. This is probably our favourite place up north, a place we always love to stroll around together and where we love to take any of our friends when they come visit. It’s something about the quaint little harbour as well as the ability of the waves to be so amazing, scary and powerful on a stormy day against the jagged rocks that sit on the ocean side of the harbour. It’s a place that we will always hold dear in our hearts.
Our wedding date is December 12th this year and Peggy and I are having a great time planning everything. We have most of the main items sorted and are now in the process of refining the little details, and having fun with designing our own invites and decorations! We have tried to make sure that we do a little bit of planning and organising each weekend, so that it does not get on top of us, or become the only thing that we talk about. We still want to give ourselves time for each other and all of our friends and family. So far its working!
This is one wedding we’re excited to see, good luck guys!
You can view more of David and Kerry’s brilliant photography at www.beardandmane.co.uk.