Our Wedding {part three}

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After our ceremony it took a lot of time for me to land again. My head was in the clouds and it was kind of strange to physically be with all of our friends and family, while part of me was still somewhere kissing and hugging Joris. We arrived at our party location, Wereldwinkel de Punt, after only a ten minute drive. Some of our guests were already there and I was happy to see all of my preparations just like I imagined them. A huge amount of vintage cups, table cloths and more which I collected on flea markets and thrift stores the past year were doing a lovely job of making everything feel like us. When I walked into the beautiful wild garden 'De Punt', I saw an adorable little kitchen set up, made out of old crates. This wasn't something I planned, but a most pleasant surprise by our cook.

When all of our guests arrived we cut one of many cakes and I had a piece of the best chocolate cake ever. We spontaneously fed each other and Joris managed to make my 'piece of cake' extra huge, yikes ;). Afterwards things went exactly as I hoped and we had some time to take it all in. Everyone was relaxed, my father in law played music with his fellow musicians and the kids were picking raspberries and kneading bread to hold above a little fire. My mother gave a beautiful speech that brought me to tears, my newborn niece Eva was sleeping in my arms and I was walking around showing her to everyone like a proud aunt while everyone enjoyed the 'that was fast' joke. Precious moments, so precious...

The rest of the evening was filled with warmth, food, presents, conversations, spilling food on my dress and just not caring, there wasn't even a tiny bit of control freakish perfectionism to be found and I felt a thousand times the luckiest. 10 years together with my love, my friend, and even more to come... wow.

That evening we sat on our bed together with our suitcase filled with cards and presents. Family, friends, all I can say is; too much... How all of you have helped us. We love you. Our little honeymoon is coming up soon and I am so thrilled and exited! I want to dedicate one last post to our wedding with the preparations and some wonderful names and details, but it'll have to wait until we are back from Scotland!

Photography by Hanke Arkenbout 100% film ♡ Developed and scanned by Carmencita Film Lab
Photography by Renate van Dijk | Wit Photography

{Part One}
{Part Two}

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!

{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 :)!