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Honestly, my heart leaps with joy each time I look through these images. I think they’re all the more special because I know the Bride and Groom as friends.
Through the camera I saw so much happiness, laughter, and fleeting glances of pure love and joy. It’s hard to find the right words to describe this perfect day, and so I hope that these images will do the talking for me.
And since the Bride and Groom have already seen their gallery of images, this sneak peek is an extra long one ;-)
The wedding ceremony took place at the fabulous Castle Duivenvoorde, a beautiful venue.
All the wedding guests gathered on the bridge, awaiting the Bride’s arrival.
Arriving on a beautiful white horse-drawn carriage, and met by the Groom, the Bride stepped down from the carriage and WOW! – her dress was amazing, she looked absolutely stunning!
Whilst the guests were being seated in the wedding hall, the Bride and Groom waited in a side room. I especially loved this fleeting moment between them.
Doesn’t the Bride look stunning? :-)
I love those loving looks the Groom gave his Bride :-)
And look at those beaming smiles as they exchanged rings!!
I also love this next image of the Bride’s Mother signing as a witness. Her smile speaks volumes, look how proud she is :-)
After the ceremony we took some formal group photographs in the castle grounds.
The fabulous Bride and Groom… :-)
The Bride, with her Mum and her Sister…
And I don’t remember what was so funny now, but l loved this out-take of the Groom’s family :-)
When all the guests had left, we also had a few special moments with just the Bride and Groom…
Yes, mostly kissing moments ;-)
*so happy for them*
And then it was time to head to De Knip, to meet all the guests for the Wedding Toast, Dinner and some dancing!
Unfortunately, due to timing, I wasn’t able to photograph the Wedding Toast and the cutting of the cake… Instead I was preparing a slideshow of the ceremony for the evening party! :-)
During the evening party, Irish dance group Kyra gave a great performance! One of the dances was improvised and without music – it was quite amazing to watch (and listen – I loved the ‘tap’ sound of their shoes as they danced)!
…and the Groom joined them for a quick Irish dance of his own ;-)
Late in the evening, the Bride and Groom took to the floor for their first dance…
And then everyone else joined in… :-)
Christa, you are a beautiful Bride, and Pete, a dashing Groom – or should I call you Mr Darcy ;) *a little inside joke for the wedding guests*.
It was truly an honour to photograph all of these very special moments. Thank you so much for allowing me to share your special day.
Wishing you both much love and happiness, always.
To Mr and Mrs. :-)
It was raining in The Hague and as I packed my camera gear into the car I quietly whispered “please, please, stop raining, pleeeeeeeease!” – after days of blue skies and sunshine, I couldn’t believe it was raining! But, it seemed the weather gods were listening.. by the time I arrived in Leidschendam the rain had all but stopped.
It was a beautiful love story, one that travelled the Atlantic ocean; Charlotte and Remco first met 11 years ago, and in 2006 Charlotte moved to the Netherlands, for love. :-)
Unbeknown to Charlotte, I was in on a secret! Remco’s parents were surprising her with a special bridal car, a classic American car! It was a fabulous surprise, here’s a teaser – can you guess the car?
Before the ceremony we first went to visit Remco’s Oma at her care home, her face absolutely lit up when she saw Remco and Charlotte step out of the car. Her smile made my heart skip a beat, she was bursting with pride and happiness!
After a short while we travelled on to the Oude Gemeentehuis Leidschendam-Voorburg for the wedding ceremony. It was a beautiful and touching service.
Just a few moments before the guests came over to congratulate Charlotte and Remco on their marriage, I witnessed this beautiful moment… checking out the rings ;-)
With the guests waiting below, Charlotte and Remco stepped out onto the balcony..
I’m so happy for them both – Congratulations Charlotte and Remco!! :-)
The next stop was Kasteel Duivenvoorde for a creative bridal session. And now you see the car..! ;-)
It was a lot of fun to walk around the castle grounds and spend some time for some beautiful bridal portraits.
Kasteel Duivenvoorde is a stunning location!
We went inside too..
Absolutely LOVE the silhouette!
Before we knew it, the creative session came to an end and we drove the short distance to Eiland van Ome Nick where the guests were gathered for the wedding toast and the cutting of the cake.
..and the beautiful bridal cake tasted just as good as it looked! yum!
Many congratulations to Charlotte and Remco!! It was a perfect day, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of it. I absolutely loved working with you both and can’t wait to share all your images with you! Wishing you both much happiness! :-)
I intended to just do a small sneak peek.. but making a small selection was incredibly difficult and I got a little carried away! So this sneak peek is going to be an extended one! ;)
Here’s some of the highlights of a beautiful summer’s day in The Hague; the Bride and Groom – Laila and Markus, had travelled from Dubai to marry here, and their friends and family joined them from all over the world. I hope you enjoy their sneak peek!
With the Groom and all the guests seated in the Wedding Hall of the Old City Hall, the Bride arrived with her father.
It was a beautiful ceremony; love and happiness filled the room.
Officially Mr and Mrs! :-)
After the ceremony and a short time in the ‘Congratulations Room’, the Bride and Groom departed on a horsedrawn carriage to their Reception venue.
The reception took place at the Pulchri Studio which was beautifully decorated. Delicious snacks and drinks were served by the very attentive staff. Love and laughter filled the room.
And then the party was gatecrashed in a spectacular style. Here come the students from Delft University…
This was just hilarious to watch! And after all the singing and the shouting there was the ceremonial cutting of the Groom’s tie to replace it with the University version…
The children had fun too – with a game of tug of war!
It was a lot of fun, this was taken just before the students left…
It wasn’t too long before the Bride and Groom’s son was spotted with what looked like a glass of wine………….. only it was cola, but like a true wine connoisseur, he swirled his drink around the glass before taking a sip, to the amusement of many!
After the Reception we walked along the Lange Voorhout for some portraits of the Bride and Groom.
A gorgeous couple, so very much in love. Beautiful.
After a short break, dinner was served at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel with some very entertaining speeches woven inbetween the courses!
Cutting the cake – which had two camels for the decoration!
Then the stunning couple hit the dancefloor together, met with a cloud of bubbles.
And here ends the sneak peek, I hope you enjoyed them!
To Laila and Markus, it was really an honour to be a part of your special day. I wish you a lifetime of happiness together. Best wishes to you both!