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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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!

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