If you need a little escape from this eclectic weather (what’s that about?) then today’s Spanish engagement shoot from Julie Michaelsen Photography is sure to add some sunshine to your day. She tells us more…

I was at school with Kim and have always followed her very cool urban jewellery company on Instagram, as well as generally loving her style.  Kim and Oli are somewhat of a power couple in the making! Based in Cheshire, both run their own successful businesses; jewellery for Kim, and Oli who has come from a family of Chocolatiers started his own business providing chocolate parties for children as well as adults… the perfect cheeky hen weekend activity especially as you can opt for a ‘naked chocolatier’!

So when my boyfriend and I were on a short summer break in the south of Spain last year and I saw on Instagram that Kim and her husband Oli were in the area too, I contacted them to see if they would be interested in a little beach love shoot before sunset. The light is always beautiful during the hour before sunset and I very often ask my couples for 10 minutes on the wedding day for a couple of shots as the sun is setting.  I usually do engagement shoots before the wedding but they can just as easily be done afterwards!  I had never shot on a beach before but had always wanted to and knew that Kim and Oli would make gorgeous models, especially as they were so loved up form their recent wedding!

From Kim… Oli and I actually met in Amsterdam believe it or not! We were both on holiday with different friends and one friend knew Oli so we met up one evening and it really was love at first sight! As soon as I saw him…there was an immediate connection!

We’d both recently come out of relationships so didn’t say or pursue anything until a month or so later when I got the text I’d been waiting for…. “Would you like to go for dinner??” And the rest was history! It was like we’d been together forever and 8 months later we were engaged!  The proposal was perfectly traditional at home the night before we went on holiday! It was a complete surprise!!! We then celebrated in Spain with family the following week after! It couldn’t have been more perfect!

Ironically, from a young age, my favourite film has always been ‘Chocolat’ and I dreamt of my very own chocolate shop and of course my very own Johnny Depp! In my dad’s father of the bride speech at the wedding, he mentioned how my chocolate dreams had come true! And how I had my own Johnny Depp… however he got tongue tied and said ‘Donny Jepp’ and the nickname has stuck!

I would love to thank Julie for the shoot! We loved the shoot as it captured us shortly after the wedding having had time to take it all in and be more relaxed post the wedding chaos! It was the perfect setting on a secluded beach with the sun setting. Julie made us feel so comfortable and relaxed! The photos are just amazing and we will treasure them forever ! Thank you xxx


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.