Cover Me In Your Candy Floss Kisses.

Ok so I think we’ve established that I love an engagement shoot. Especially when the couple involved really throw their personalities and unique style into the whole proceedings and it is captured beautifully on camera…

A while back I received an email from very excited bride-to-be Olivia who couldn’t wait to share the beachy Brighton imagery of her and her fiance Max:

“Hi Charlotte!

I’m a long time RMW fan and have really relied on your fabulous website to help me with my wedding plans – my partner, Max, and I moved over to the UK from NZ a year ago and we’re planning our wedding to take place in London this December. Having only been in the country for about a year and having no idea about anything wedding related means that RMW has been such a life saver! We’ve gotten a number of suppliers and so many ideas thanks to the website :).

Anyway, my fiancé and I had our pre-wedding shoot a while ago with our amazing photographer Aneta Mak, who we found through RMW!! We wondered whether you guys might be interested in featuring some of the photos from it?”

Um Hello….. Do I like cake?!


Think candy floss kisses and the sweetest sugar coated dreams.

Think the prettiest parasols and the most delectable dresses.

Think a cresendo of crashing waves and a stormy shaded sea.


Because this is what this is folks.


Olivia: We found our photographer, Aneta Mak, after we saw a wedding she photographed that was featured on Rock My Wedding. Her photographs were just stunning and absolutely what we were looking for. After meeting Aneta for hot chocolates and cookies (yum!) and seeing how genuinely enthusiastic she was about her work we were completely certain she was the photographer for us.

Our wedding is taking place this December in central London. Max and I moved to London from New Zealand about a year ago and we have a lot of family and friends coming over from home for the wedding. This is part of the reason we decided to have it at a gorgeous 18th century town house – it’s like nothing you’d ever find in New Zealand and, as a long-standing fan of period dramas (I just coerced Max into sitting through the whole 5 hours of BBC Pride and Prejudice (he didn’t complain all that much – talk about devotion!)), it’s a dream come true for me!

So for our engagement shoot we wanted to do something completely different i.e. outside, bright, colourful, fun, silly and in the sun (not that the wedding won’t be colourful and fun too)! After I explained our vision to Aneta she suggested going out to Brighton. Neither Max nor I had been there before and we loved the idea of going somewhere new for it. We both enjoy travelling and visiting new places and given we’ve just left everything behind in New Zealand for a new adventure it seemed kind of appropriate. We also used to live in Wellington and didn’t realise just how much we’d missed having the sea around us until that day.

In the end the weather didn’t exactly comply with our plans – the rain clouds got more and more threatening as the day went on. But we had so much fun working our way from the pier and then along the beach taking photos as we went (with a brief interlude for a costume change midway through!). It all worked out perfectly and I think some of the images from later in the day, when the sky is more moody, are my favourite.

Aside from getting an amazing set of images we both learnt so much from doing the engagement shoot. I was more than a bit nervous in front of the camera to start off with, but Aneta was great at relaxing us and giving us just the right amount of direction when we weren’t sure what to do. We both think it will be a lot easier being photographed at the wedding now which really takes the pressure off!

I mean really, how much in love are those two?

Seriously – I can’t WAIT to see the Big Day.

And if that has put you in the mood for all things retro beach inspired then you have so got to come along to Rock My Wedding tomorrow, we have one giant British seaside extravaganza of a wedding.

You guys will be loving it.


Big Candy Kissed Love

Charlotte xxx

Aneta Mak is a Rock My Wedding Sponsor but all engagement shoots are chosen on individual merit and no part of this post is sponsored.

Author: Charlotte O’Shea
Purveyor of short shorts. Make-up junkie. Hopes to grow old disgracefully.

24 thoughts on “Cover Me In Your Candy Floss Kisses.

  1. WOW! This is delicious.
    What beautiful photography!
    Anything seaside-y floats my boat as we’re having a British seaside-esque wedding ourselves in Devon next summer.

    I am also tres excited about tomorrow’s post! 🙂

  2. You know how you get that spine tingle, hairs on your arms stand up thing. Well normally you only get it once and than that’s it for a while… well I just got about 6 back to back! Those images are just amazing. Every time I scrolled down to the next set I got a new tingle! If I was that couple I would buy and blow up every single image. Breath taking.

  3. Now I am not normally a fan of the old engagement shoot…but I love these! Not too schmaltzy and with a good mix of photographic styles. I also like the moody ones, definately the best of the lot.

  4. How i do love these photos. O how i would love to have an engagement shoot myself but Mr R just wont succumb to any amount of persuading. The just arn’t manly and devoid of emotion enough for him. *sigh*

  5. ooo, I am loving this shoot, especially the moody ones (maybe because i’m a generally moody person?!)

    i am trying to engineer a ‘spontaneous’ e-shoot when we meet up with our photographer in the shire next month, needless to say mr = not keen hence the trickery! x x x

  6. Arrrgh I love these photos so so so much – having a moment over here! These should be in Every wall of Every room in this gorgeous couple’s house. Especially the B&W.

  7. Sooooooo gorgeous!!! Just the right amount of romance. They look like a couple that are genuinely in love as opposed to the forced poses of some shoots I’ve seen. Love it!!! This has just inspired me for our engagement shoot!

  8. Unbelievably romantic and dreamy.These photos are really making me miss England and that chilly Channel. So, what about some pics in New Zealand to top it off? Wouldn’t that be great?

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