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Today is our last day of vacation, Joris is going back to work tomorrow. We don't really mind, we like it when our life falls back in our regular rhythm. We did have such a wonderful couple of weeks, it's so nice to completely focus on each other and going on little trips together. Below is a little movie of a recent trip to Woudrichem where I visited the lovely store 'Oude Liefde'.

I really loved making a compilation and using the beautiful voice of Laura Veirs in the background...

Scotland | Film 3

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On our very last day in Scotland, I decided to get up at 7 a.m. and stroll until I met some highland cows, determined to photograph them. It might have been my favorite part of our vacation, I had a feeling of ultimate freedom and adventure. I wasn't really sure where I was going and I could focus on mindfully connecting with Scotland. I had a basic idea of where I could find the cows, and on my way I was surprised by all kinds of flora and fauna.

A bit of a scary moment was when two dogs came running up to me barking very loud and acting very territorial. I just stood still and tried to ignore them. One of the dogs sniffed me and just as I was about to make contact, sensing some kind of friendliness, they got called away by their owner. My next meeting was with two horses, a most pleasant surprise indeed. I've loved horses ever since I was a child and often miss not having one around on a regular base. I almost couldn't stop connecting with them but knew I still had to walk back as well.

When I finally spotted the two highland cows I was so thrilled! Unfortunately they were not at all impressed by my efforts to get them closer to me. I sat on the fence, called for them, clapped and made any kind of noise I could think of. For a moment I considered just walking up to them, but decided it wasn't safe enough, not knowing them. And so I started walking back, taking a different path and taking in different views, marveling, breathing in fresh air, feeling the little stones crackle under my feet... simply magical.

Until we meet again Scotland.

Scotland | film 2

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My favorites from the second Scotland film. Tantallon castle turned out to be a 5 mile walk, but it was very beautiful and very sunny. We had a view on the Bass Rock, which is populated by a huge amount of gannets (birds) and that's why the rock appears so white. If you google Bass Rock you can see much more beautiful photos and close ups. We also visited the lovely Stirling Castle the day after (travelling to Tantallon Castle occupied most of our day, though we did have a quick peek of Edinburgh in between). The weather was kind of unpredictable, it felt like it changed from sun to rain every half hour, but the showers were short and refreshing.

Scotland on film

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A while ago I purchased a sweet small Pentax. I hadn't really tested it properly so I was itty bitty nervous to take it with me to Scotland. Being such a nice travel size, it came with me anyway, and it did not disappoint me! I clicked through three films of fuji superia and these photos are my favorites from the first film. Our first day in Scotland we roamed around Castle Campbell and Dollar, where we were staying in the home of friends. I loved Scotland and once home I kind of wished we stayed longer!

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

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