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Pre-wedding Ahong & Jess

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Meet Ahong en Jess! Ahong is Nederlands en ontmoette zijn toekomstige bruid tijdens zijn werk in Hong Kong. Mede vanwege de traditie in Hong Kong,  wilden ze ontzettend graag een pre-wedding shoot doen en tijdens hun mini vakantie in Nederland hebben zij dan ook een heerlijke shoot gehad met fine art fotografe Amanda Drost. Wat een dromerige en sfeervolle beelden, we kunnen niet genoeg krijgen van de zomer.

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Stel: Jess en Ahong | Fotograaf: Amanda Drost fine art photography | Jurken: Jarlo London, Chi Chi London |Pak: Mr Collection | Make up en haren: My-Lan Du | Schoenen Jess: Asos | Schoenen Ahong:  A Day with Poet
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Fraser and Katy’s wedding

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Oh, wat een pareltje is deze bruiloft! De locatie, sfeer, styling in combinatie met het creative oog van Melissa Milis hebben ervoor gezorgd dat deze bruiloft een lust is voor het oog. Spaanse vergezichten, heerlijk eten en te gekke trouwkleding. Katy en Fraser hebben hun bruiloft zo persoonlijk gevierd dat wij niks anders kunnen zeggen dan, heerlijk!

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Can you tell us how you met each other?
We met through one of my (Katy’s) best friends from school, who went to university with Fraser. We met post-university when were were living in London. There was a big bunch of us going out to a cheesy club in London the night we met. There was a fancy dress/hat theme that night and Fraser donned his flat cap for the occasion – how could I resist!!  That was back in 2007….it’s been quite an adventure since then!

What is your engagement story?
Our engagement was a long time coming!! Fraser was not going to be rushed into marriage, and he finally proposed after 6 years and a lot of hinting on my part!!  The process began on a trip to Brighton, where he suggested that we go ‘window shopping’ to see which styles of ring I liked best, so that he knew what I would like etc. I then began expecting the proposal at every opportunity but it wasn’t to be for another 12 months!! He fooled me into thinking his parents were coming to say with us for a weekend, but on the Friday evening he told me we were actually off to Spain for the weekend. He had planned the whole thing months in advance and booked a beautiful little beach house down near Tarifa. Once we’d arrived and had a swim in the sea, he set about cooking steaks on the BBQ, lighting hundreds of tea lights, and playing some pre-selected tunes on our little terrace.  I cried even before he popped the question as the whole setting was just so incredible.  He eventually got down on one knee and popped the question, and produced the beautiful pear shaped diamond I had spotted on that first trip to Brighton, and which I assumed must have been long gone! It was an amazing weekend.

What means marriage to you?
Marriage to us is being part of a team. Knowing that you have unconditional love and support from the other. And sharing adventures with someone who loves you implicitly.

Wedding Location
We have been lucky enough to attend so many weddings over the last 10 years or so, so all these experiences really helped us realise what was important for our own wedding day. Most important to us was to have a relaxed celebratory weekend with our friends and family where we could all feel comfortable and at ease. We didn’t want pomp and ceremony, or anything too formal, and really enjoyed the holiday feel of weddings we’d been to abroad. We came across Casa La Siesta, near Cadiz in Spain, quite by accident.  I read about it on the beautiful wedding blog ‘Love my Dress’, which featured an incredible wedding held at Casa La Siesta. We loved everything about the wedding itself but most importantly the rustic, bohemian vibe of the venue. It’s a small boutique hotel set in beautiful gardens, tucked away in the Spanish hills. The photos also just oozed fun and celebration too, which we loved – and we felt it was the perfect venue for our sunny fiesta style wedding. The venue has a beautiful courtyard where we had our wedding dinner and the fairy lights hanging across the courtyard created such a magical atmosphere. We had the ceremony and reception at Casa La Siesta, with the ceremony held in the gardens at the front of the house, and the drinks and main reception in the courtyard and surroundings.

Theme/ Style
Rustic, bohemian, fiesta, relaxed, outdoor. We wanted the wedding to be less of formal event and more like a giant house party with all our friends. We loved that we could host all our close family at the hotel itself, so that it became like our home for the weekend. Having all our guests come back the next day for a big BBQ and pool party was so much fun and really created that holiday feel we wanted.

Photography
Melissa Milis did our beautiful photos, and her husband Jan Persoons shot the incredible film. They work together so beautifully and are so understated yet hugely talented.  They were very discreet over the whole weekend – we often didn’t realise they were filming, which was perfect for us as we didn’t want formal photographs or anything too staged – more a series of snapshots of the weekend. Some of our favourite photos and moments they captured were the seemingly insignificant ones but which spoke volumes about the atmosphere on the day – i.e. the breeze blowing in the flowers while we said our vows, our friends expressions during the ceremony, Fraser touching my shoulder during the speeches. These were the moments that really captured the essence of the weekend, and to view them now really takes us right back to that moment. We will absolutely treasure them.

Weddingsongs
We really loved choosing the music for our wedding and had spent many evenings playing out different options to each other! I walked down the aisle to James Vincent McMorrow’s ‘Higher Love’ which still gives me goosebumps now. Fraser had put it on his playlist of songs that he played the night we got engaged, so it felt special and fitting to be walking in to this. As we had a humanist ceremony, we decided to have two songs in our ceremony for everyone to sing along to – All you Need is Love by The Beatles, and Your Love Keeps Lifting me Higher, by Jackie Wilson. Both are so uplifting and fun and we loved watching everyone bopping along and singing to them! As Fraser is Scottish, he arranged for a bagpiper to pipe us in to our wedding dinner (a Scottish tradition) and that was amazing fun. Our first dance was an unusual choice – Paulo Conte’s Sparring Partner. It was one Fraser suggested and as soon as I heard it I knew it was perfect. It seemed to fit the atmosphere of the wedding so well. Several of our guests commented afterwards that there was a really magical feeling when that record was playing.

A memorable moment
There are so many! At the end of our best man’s speech, he unveiled a projected screen and played the most incredible video which Fraser had coordinated (unbeknown to me) and which included messages from friends and family who couldn’t make our weekend in Spain. This was unbelievably emotional and ended with my sister’s video which charted how Fraser and I met and which set off a lot of tears all round! She wasn’t able to join us in Spain due to giving birth to her beautiful son only 2 weeks before, so that was especially moving to watch. Fraser losing his phone the night before the wedding in the back of a taxi – the phone had all the wedding ceremony music on, but thankfully he got it back the next morning! I’m pleased i knew nothing of this at the time! We organised a silent disco for after the wedding band finished to keep the party going. And this was such a success! Seeing all our friends, our parents, aunties/uncles dancing around with headphones on was just priceless and gave us 3 hours of incredible dancing with no one wanting to go to bed! We had asked 3 of our friends to put together a playlist for the headphones and it was hilarious to see what they had chosen! The Postman Pat theme tune was a particular favourite!!

Honeymoon
We’re heading off to Brazil in 3 days time for our belated honeymoon! We are hoping to blend relaxation and adventure and are visiting Rio, Trancoso in the Bahia area, and Florianopolis.

One thing I whish I knew before I started my weddingplans:
Everyone always says it, and you never think it will apply to you, but I was amazed at the opinions that came out of the woodwork from friends and family during the planning process! The most important thing to do is be true to yourself as a couple and focus on creating the day you want. Try to be happy with your decisions too and don’t look back on anything.  We went all out with personal touches on the big day including hand writing thank you notes for every guest which we put on the tables, and while this nearly killed us and took FOREVER, it was so worth it to watch everyone reading these – it was such a special moment. Making the weekend as personal and unique to us made it such a fun event to organise and made it really special for eeveryone involved.

What is your advice for a couple with wedding plans?
As above, but also…Don’t scrimp on a photographer and videographer – it so worth every penny and those images/moments are the closest you will ever get to reliving this incredible experience!! Also, string out the wedding for as long as possible!!  One day is not enough! We stretched it out over 3 days with a drinks/tapas evening the night before the wedding which was brilliant for getting all our guests to bond after their long journeys out to Spain, the wedding day itself, and then the pool party the day after which was the perfect chance to kick back and relax with everyone.

YOUR CONTACTS:
Bride and groom: Katy Paul & Fraser Daun | Wedding date: 24th May 2015 | Photography: Melissa Milis | Bride’s Dress: Kerry by Watters | Bride’s Shoes: Lucy by Rainbow | Bridesmaids Dresses: created by me, from Navy tops by Coast, Chartreuse pleated skirts from Alice & You, and with a hot pink silk belt which was sewn onto the skirts by a dress maker | Bridesmaids Shoes: their own | Grooms Suit: Geoffrey Tailor | Wedding rings: Made at the Wedding Ring Workshop, in Hatton Garden, London | Jewelry & Accessories: Bride’s headpiece was a bespoke creation by Gemma Holley Millinery | Hair: Lisa Hernandez | Makeup: Lisa Hernandez | Stationary/ Invitations: I designed all stationery myself and had everything printed at a local printer | Florist: by Casa La Siesta | Catering: by Casa La Siesta | Wedding Planner: we were assisted by Elske at CLS | Wedding Venue: Casa La Siesta | Honeymoon Destination: Brazil | Entertainment: Funky Soul Band Marbella, plus a Silent Disco

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Griekse schoonheid door Naturae Design

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Haarstukken voor jou als bruidje zijn helemaal 2016 en draag je juíst op je grote dag. Voor Daniella, designer van deze unieke haarstukken, is haar avontuur in april 2014 gestart met Naturae Design. Haar fascinatie door de geschiedenis van de antieke haarstukken ontstond toen Danielle de antieke Myrtle kroon tegen kwam op een antiek marktje. Anderhalf jaar later zijn er twee lijnen uitgebracht. Dit bewijst maar weer hoe snel het soms kan gaan.

Grootste inspiratie? Dat is bij uitstek de natuur. Het dragen van een kroon van natuurlijke elementen als een eerbetoon aan de natuur wordt namelijk al sinds de Griekse tijd gebruikt voor bruiloften. Tradities van vroeger zijn prachtig om in nieuwe stijl terug te brengen.

Een combinatie van antieke en moderne elementen, goud, verzilverde stukken en edelstenen worden allemaal bevestigd en gesoldeerd met de hand, hierom is elk stuk uniek en kan hierdoor generaties mee gaan. De ontwerpen zijn gemaakt voor bruidjes, maar kunnen ook gedragen bij een alledaagse look. Maak een simpele knot en dit vast met een haarklem of een kroontje en je kunt er weer tegenaan.

Haaraccessoire: Naturae Design | Foto: Karin Ni

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Enchanted forest bruiloft

Paulien en Arjen trouwde op een unieke plek midden in het bos. Hun liefde voor elkaar is ontzettend sterk en dit wilde ze graag bezegelen met een prachtige ring en een heerlijk feest. Erika en Gerbert van In beeld met floor hebben deze ontzettend mooie bruiloft perfect vastgelegd. Een ‘enchanted forest’ gevoel, donkere tinten, veel details en een eigen gemaakte jurk. Wij waren op slag verliefd!

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Can you tell us how you met each other?
We met while studying in the same small town. He came and two friends came by the house I was living in at the time. I knew his name, but didn’t know him personally. And I didn’t really get to know him that evening either, I just remember him sitting there quietly, looking at me from across the room. A few weeks later he approached me at a party, kidnapped me to the garden and we talked for hours. At the end of it we made a bet; if I won, he would have to come up with a date, if he won, I would have to. I won, and he took me to an open air concert. We danced and talked all night and I remember thinking: I’ve never met anyone this sincere, and open.

What is your engagement story?
We met while studying in a small town. Arjen was about to graduate, and I was just beginning. After 4 years of qa distance relationship, we finally moved in together, and a few months later I went out for drinks with my girlfriends. It was all brilliantly set up though: half way through the evening one of my girlfriends told the whole group we had to go and look at the canals, not wanting to say what for. We were standing on a bridge overlooking the canals, and I remember thinking: this is so pretty and romantic, when I saw a small boat approaching. It was Arjen, in a boat filled with roses and candles. He took me with him, and while we were rowing through the canals, loving the warm air and all the lights against the dark sky, he asked me to marry him.

What means marriage to you?
I never dreamed about big weddings and happily ever after. Maybe because I wasn’t sure happily ever after existed. It was during our relationship, and thinking that I might want to spend the rest of my life with him, that I realised we don’t really have a lot of good examples of happy marriages. So I decided to interview 100 couples happily married for over 40 years, to know what I would get myself into, and to show myself and others that happily ever after does exist. Because of it, marriage got a whole new meaning for me. Warm, connected, loving and absolutely, totally worth it. Being married, for me, really adds something to being with him. When you get into a relationship, you base your choice on what you hope the relationship will be like. When you marry, you already know him, and to then make the choice again that you want to spend forever with them, is awesome.

Wedding Location
We knew right away we wanted to get married outside, in the woods, in the dark. I just had this vision of us standing beneath the trees with a million twinkling lights. So we chose a really beautiful campground in the middle of an old forest. The campground had a big loghouse on it, which was perfect to get together with family on the friday evening, the day prior. We also wanted everyone to be able to sleep there, and have a really big party. This was pretty much the only venue where that was possible, and it was so gorgeous. It was a no-brainer, really.

Theme/ Style
Bohemian like, and very relaxed. I spent a lot of time on pinterest, that really helped.

Photography
Erika Floor, from ‘In beeld met Floor‘ was our photographer. We started out not really wanting a photographer. We both had this assumption that it would be really stiff portrait pictures, and we weren’t really up for that. But then I saw this picture of a bride on my Facebook feed and I was mesmerized. So I clicked on it and found out it was Erika’s. Then we decided, if wedding pictures can be this pretty, we need her.

Film
Erika’s husband Gerbert was our videographer and it was awesome to have them both around for the day. They are just really, really good at what they do and very sweet people. The film turned out amazing. Everytime we watch it we see new things. It really captures the feeling of the day.

Wedding songs
The ceremony song was Beirut-Scenic World | The first dance was ‘This Will Be’ from Natalie Cole

A memorable moments
Bride: I will never forget the look on his face when he turned around to see me for the first time. I really would never have thought he would be taken so much by surprise, and seeing the look of endearment on his face, and the tears in his eyes, made me all fuzzy inside and full of love. Groom: The most memorable moment for me was when I turned around and saw her for the first time. What led up to this moment was reading her letter, which was touching and loving, and put me into an eager and tender mood. While I waited on a sunny spot in the forest, it took everything in me not to turn around when I heard Paulien walking towards me. When I finally did, I was taken by surprise, and emotions rushed over me: she looked so absolutely gorgeous that it astounded me. It felt like her dress, and she, were both so perfectly made for me.

Honeymoon
We went to Sardegna, because we both love Italy!

One thing I whish I knew before I started my wedding plans?
I had no expectations, and that was a good thing. Therefore we were very flexible with everything, so there weren’t any big surprises really.

What is your advice for a couple with wedding plans?
Really make this a day about you two. Don’t let traditions and family members direct you too much in what you should or shouldn’t do. Also, do not stress. Whatever goes wrong, will be a fun story in the end. Start in time with DIY projects, and really think whether or not they are feasible, because they always take more time than you think. There is always a more efficient way to do something equally awesome. And, prepare to discover how amazing your friends can be! Always ask for help, most of them are very willing to.

Bride & Groom: Paulien & Arjen  | Weddingdate: 4th of October 2014 | Photography: Erika Floor, In beeld met Floor | Bride’s Dress: Made by the Bride | Bride’s Shoes: Abby by Elsa Colored Shoes | Grooms Suit: Combination of brands | Weddingrings: They are antique rings, from ‘Oud-Holland Antiek‘ in Utrecht, The Netherlands | Jewellery & Accesoires: Earrings from topvintage.nl | Hair: Done by bridesmaids | Makeup: Done by bride | Stationary/ Invitations: Done by bride | Florist: The mother of the Groom | Cake: Made by the guests as part of the day activities | Catering: Done by friends of the bride and groom | Wedding Venue: ‘T Vlintenholt | Honeymoon Destination: Sardegna | Entertainment: The Falcons, De Ceresband | Videographer: Gerbert Floor, In beeld met Floor

 

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Dé droombruiloft voor iedere blogger

Wesley F+M-407

Een bruiloft in het zuiden van Frankrijk op een plek zo mooi als het Chateau d’Alphéran is als een droom voor ons als bloggers. Een bruiloft vastgelegd door Wesley Nulens en gepland door Simon Verhoeven is de perfectie combinatie. Een droom. Mooier dan mooi. Laat je inspireren door deze prachtige beelden.

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Hoe hebben jullie elkaar ontmoet?
Terug naar 2007.. Het was paasvakantie…Een warme, mooie avond voor de tijd van het jaar. Mijn zus en ik organiseerden (als universiteitsstudenten die  te veel tijd hebben in de paasvakantie) ons jaarlijkse paasfeestje. Gewoon onder vrienden, gezellig samen zijn, met wat muziek, dansen en hapjes.  Plots stond hij (Mattias) voor de deur. Hij was meegekomen met enkele andere vrienden. Hoewel we samen op school hadden gezeten, kenden wij elkaar niet. Hij was 18, super lief, slim en knap.Al snel geraakten we aan de praat en bleken we tot elkaar aangetrokken…  Love at first sight! Enkele dagen later begon ons sprookje..

Kun je ons meer vertellen over het huwelijksaanzoek?
We woonden in hartje Londen en waren net 5 jaar samen toen hij me belde om te vragen of ik vroeger van mijn werk kon afkomen omdat hij een verrassing voor me  had. Ik dacht dat hij iets had georganiseerd voor ons ‘5 jaar samen zijn’. Hij blinddoekte me en nam me mee doorheen de wirwar van de tubestation tot we eindelijk uit kwamen aan de Royal Albert Hall (de mooiste concertzaal ter wereld die Queen Victoria liet bouwen uit liefde voor haar man). Ik was super blij. Noah and the Whale trad er op in de prachtige concerthal. Toen ze het liedje van ‘Five years time’ zongen ging Mattias ineens op zijn knieën en vroeg me ten huwelijk! Sprakeloos was ik.! Natuurlijk zei ik ja en de rest is geschiedenis!

Wat betekent ‘trouwen’ voor jullie?
Trouwen is de mooiste dag van ons leven! Het toppunt van onze liefde! Vanaf die dag beloven we er eeuwig voor elkaar te zijn.

Trouwlocatie
Locatie Chateau d’Alpheran: we hebben hiervoor gekozen omdat we verliefd waren op de Provence. Een van onze eerste vakanties samen was daar in de buurt. Mijn zus woonde bovendien een jaar in Aix-en -Provence en zo vonden we deze prachtige locatie. We vielen vooral voor het feit dat het feest volledig buiten kon doorgaan in de schaduw van de prachtige, gigantische boom op het binnenplein. Het dansfeest ging door in de charmante, magnifieke oranjerie.. Ook de ceremonie was buiten met uitzicht op de berg Sainte-Victoire. De trouwfoto’s zijn op het domein en in de omgeving getrokken, o.a. in het wijndomein van Chateau la Coste. Een echte aanrader!

Thema/ Stijl  
The Great Gatsby meets Provence…: Pastel, goud en veel bloemen in combinatie met lavendel en gestilleerde Provençaalse landelijkheid.
Stijlbronnen: Pinterest, wedding magazines, onze wedding planner Simon Verhoeven, Style me Pretty blog.

Fotografie 
Wesley Nulens. Simon Verhoeven had hem ons aangeraden. We vielen meteen voor zijn stijl!
Hij is de beste fotograaf die we ons konden inbeelden: veel geduld, creatieve ideeën, echte, intieme foto’s die de sfeer perfect in beeld brachten, niet digitaal , we voelden ons 100 % op ons gemak bij hem.

Muziekkeuzes
Ceremonie: The Piano Guys (Cello Song)toen we opgingen. Nadien hebben mijn zus en mijn petekind gezongen. Openingsdans: Love is blindness van Jack White en nadien werd het feest geopend met A little Party never killed nobody (The Great Gatsby).

Een mooie herinnering
Heel de dag was een prachtige herinnering vol verrassingen.. Mijn zus en mijn petekindje die zongen tijdens de ceremonie, mijn ouders die samen met mijn zussen live een concertje gaven (zang, gitaar, mondharmonica), mijn neefjes en nichtjes die een toneeltje opvoerden, de openingsdans, de mooie speech van mijn vader, iedereen was fantastisch en zo gelukkig!!! De picknick met vrienden en familie de dag erna aan de kust in de Calanques.
Het was 1 groot feest!

Huwelijksreis
Meteen na ons feest reisden we met de mobilhome door langs de Cote d’Azur, waar we de tijd van ons leven hadden.. Young, wild and free en zooo in love. Echt heel romantisch. Enkele weken later gingen we nog 2 weken op huwelijksreis naar Kreta. Een fantastische reis!

Wat is jullie advies voor een stel met trouwplannen?
1. Organiseer een feest dat 100 % bij je stijl aanleunt.
2. Zorg dat je je volledig op je gemak voelt de dag zelf.
3. Weg met tradities en verplichtingen. Doe je eigen ding.
4. Trouw in de Provence.
5. Een wedding planner is zeker een aanrader.
6. Een feest buiten is subliemer en intiemer.
7. De dag er na ook nog samen vieren met vrienden en familie is super leuk.

Fotografie: Wesley Nulens | Bruidsjurk: Shop: Le Chapeau Antwerpen, Merk: Olvi’s | Schoenen van de Bruid: LODI | Flowergirls/ Pageboys: Fred & Ginger (schoenen: 1000Poot Antwerpen) | Kleding Bruidegom: Café Costume (België) | Trouwringen: Lore Van Keer | Kapper: Carol Ray Bonnet  | Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold  | Uitnodigingen: Love VS. Design | Bloemen: Laetitia C. | Catering: Helen Traiteur | Wedding Planner: Simon verhoeven | Trouwlocatie: Chateau d’ Alphéran | Bestemming Huwelijksreis: Kreta | Entertainment: Familie zorgde voor muziek, foto’s en actjes en DJ was Thomas Colinet uit Nice

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