Our Wedding {part two}

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After our photo shoot with Hanke we started driving towards our old town hall. At this point my nerves really hit me! I still smiled a lot (I actually tend to giggle more when nervous) but my mouth started to feel dry and as we got closer more butterflies entered my stomach. Joris was pretty calm, he is much more comfortable with having an audience (as expected from a teacher). I thought I wouldn't mind being in the spotlight on our day among people we know and love, but I'm afraid part of me will always remain a little wallflower. When we arrived and stepped out of the car I was overwhelmed by the amount of people waiting for us. It was heartwarming, it was awkward, it was wonderful and I had no idea what to do. We started greeting, hugging, kissing and by the time my mother and I walked down the aisle on the song we picked out earlier that morning, lots of emotions were waiting to come out...

When our friend Lies started telling our story I relaxed and we all listened to the beautiful words she wrote for us. Every now and than some tears entered my eyes when she spoke the words our friends and family gave her, I felt so thankful. I am so thankful to Lies for this gift! The 'official' part just flew by, I remember the wedding officer asking me to give Joris my right hand twice before I noticed I gave him my left hand, nerves... We laughed about it and after 'yes' we kissed and hugged, kissed again and I don't remember anything else :).

Afterwards we had a moment to ourselves, just before we entered the balcony. Yes, we had real life balcony scene in which I got to wave like a queen and everyone yelled 'kiss kiss kiss'! Before we entered the town square Hanke took a photo of me in which I can definitely see many emotions hiding in my eyes. It's hard to explain, but taking everything in was a lot and took quite some time for me, especially because everything went so fast!

When we started planning our wedding, one of our first ideas was to celebrate our wedding in two days with the ceremony first and the party later. Just to keep it light and have enough time to take it all in. We got off that track because it wasn't really practical for guests who didn't live near us, I thought it would also be impractical with the photography during the day and for our budget. I wouldn't be me if my perfectionism didn't kick in afterwards (thankfully it was nowhere to be found during the big day) and I must admit this two days wedding plan might have been better for us. But that's just a thought, who knows, right?

We were surprised with rice when we left the town hall, the kids really loved it and I love the last photo.
Our party took place in a beautiful garden, stay tuned for part three!

Photography by Hanke Arkenbout 100% film 
Developed and scanned by Carmencita Film Lab

Our Wedding {part one}

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On our wedding day I woke up pretty early, a little bit anxious but not as nervous as I thought I would be. Joris was still asleep and I let him, all he had to do was suit up and shape his cute little beard. I on the other hand, had a two hour mane taming session planned. I enjoyed eating a big slice of bread when my mother arrived, she had very lovingly agreed to be my personal slave and picked up Madame the Pompadour from the train station on her way. Madame the Pompadour, whose name is actually Robin and is a great gal, got started on my hair right away. My mom put on some music on the Crossley turntable and we tried to listen intently to each song, because I hadn't picked a song yet for our 'aisle walk'. It was very relaxed, all I was allowed to do was sit still, and so I did... In the background my soon to be husband was waking up and started on his own rituals, I got the feeling he was a bit more nervous than me.

When our photographer Hanke arrived it was almost time for us to dress up and time suddenly started to go much faster. When our friend and driver Aram arrived, I still had to put on my make up and collect everything that needed to come with us. I got a little nervous after all, but once we were in the car and on our way I couldn't stop laughing at Joris, it felt so unreal, it was happening! The weather was gorgeous and the old car had that wonderful bouncy feeling only old cars have. We decided on a spontaneous stop at Joris's parents house on our way to the photo location with Aram and Hanke. When we arrived they were making corsages (because I waited too long with making them and didn't have time left), oh sweet family, they all looked so pretty!

We drove on to Fort Vuren, and started our photo shoot with Hanke. Just like before, a little giggly at first! We didn't have as much time as planned, but Hanke got to work right away and she really knows her job which was very comforting. We were relaxed, chatting, laughing and forgot about anything else!

When I look at these photos, I almost can't believe that a year ago our wedding ideas were so different than what they have become. We talked about marrying on Wednesday morning when it's free, and give a party on another day. I find it funny that during planning, my expectations of our day grew bigger each month. A couple of things were important to us from the start, and we held on to those like guidelines. We wanted our wedding day to be relaxed, no stress and not too many rules. We wanted a low budget wedding, because oh someday, we wish to buy ourselves a little house, and we wanted our wedding to be environmentally friendly. Halfway through the year I managed to switch the location of our ceremony from a sober room to a bit more characteristic one in our old town hall, and from that point on I really went for it :). 

After our photo shoot is was time to drive to the town hall for our ceremony, of which I have many things I'd like to share in a next post... 

{Part Two}

Photography by Hanke Arkenbout 100% film 
Developed and scanned by Carmencita Film Lab


A little wedding preview

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Today, amazing Hanke send us our wedding photos. I can't stop looking at them. One of the things I noticed during and after our wedding day, time went too fast! It's so nice to almost experience everything all over again, and notice little moments I didn't even remember because everything was, well, a lot! First I wanted to write one big post with all the photos and everything I remember I want to share, but isn't it way nicer to divide it in parts and enjoy it a little longer?

Hanke shot so many rolls of film, we are so grateful! I didn't know which photos to choose for this first preview, but part of them are black and white, so this created an easy theme for me and keeps things a little exiting don't you think? No further words yet, let your imagination run free :)!

The Desk

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With some more room in my head I feel like blogging again. Unfortunately my keyboard is on strike. Whenever I type an O or an L, strange things happen. My text suddenly gets deleted or I end up writing in a different place then where I started. I learned that if I write very slowly, I can manage to stay where I am with all of my text using the escape and arrow keys. Joris and I tried everything, but we can only explain it by some drops of lemonade that hit my keyboard ages ago. Maybe something got under the keys and with the heat it melted. Although I imagine this isn't very interesting to read, it's a bummer that I can't blog without obstacles. Have you seen the amount of O's and L's already :)?

Well I wanted to write about the desk so I will. I'm sitting behind it right now. Somewhere in February I decided we needed a bigger desk for Joris's (home)work. It needed to be a big bad heavy industrial steel desk. That was how I envisioned it and nothing else would do. After some searching I found one and it was quite a challenge to get it six stairs up to our apartment, luckily we had help! I tried my best to make everything a bit manly, but I can't help my love for combining opposites. The big bad manly desk ended up with some sweet things on it as well. Zilverblauw's poster and Liekeland's illustration for example. I take great joy in seeing Joris working behind it, and the big drawer units have more than enough space for all of his books and papers!

My only wish for the desk now is a computer, so I can say goodbye to my slow laptop with weird keys. We are looking for an affordable mini computer and good secondhand screen, any advice or tip is welcome :)!

June

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June was mostly about our wedding, we had a beautiful day and I would like to tell you all about it in a next post (while we wait oh so patiently for our analog photos to be developed)! For now some instagram snaps to keep the flow alive. Back in July!

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One of the hardest decisions I had to make for our wedding, was choosing a photographer. How on earth could I choose between so many talented and sweet people? And what about our budget, could we afford it at all? Joris wasn't worried, we could just ask a friend, it's not that important, it's too expensive...
Well, excuse me?!

I felt extremely protective about our future wedding photos and knew the importance of choosing someone with a style I love. I even wondered how hard it would be to make our own photos, which is pretty crazy. When something like this keeps my mind occupied, I get very good in pretending like it doesn't exist. At least that's what I told myself at the time, yet the feeling kept pinching me in the butt every time I sat down to relax.

Just when I thought it was too late to ask anyone to photograph our wedding, still indecisive as ever, I crossed paths with Hanke Arkenbout. We worked on an assignment for Oh Marie and I felt very comfortable around her calm and confident presence. We loosely talked about my dilemma and she sort of forbid me to photograph my own wedding ;). My indecisiveness melted away and that evening I sent Hanke a message asking her to photograph our wedding. I'm so happy I did!

A month ago on a beautiful sunny day, Hanke came to visit us with her analog cameras and a big bunch of film. I though it would feel very strange and uncomfortable, cuddling my love in front of the camera, and I was pretty giggly when we started. Soon it began to feel natural and we had a wonderful fun day. I'm so happy Hanke will be at our wedding day in June!