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The creation of a wedding concept

In this blog post, wedding planner Sharona takes you through the creative process of setting up a wedding concept. She talks about 'A night under the stars' and explains how this wedding concept was created.

The creation of a wedding concept

A night under the stars

Picture this, you’re standing in an open field at night, no lights to be seen, not even in the distance. Above the horizon you can only see dark sky around you. All you can see in this pitch black sky are billions of stars. If you look long enough, you can see that they are slowly moving. Under the starry sky you feel incredibly small and you realise that the planet you live on is only a small part of a much bigger picture.

I experienced this magical moment during a road trip through the United States in 2016. At that moment I had no idea that this would be the inspiration for my styled wedding shoot 'A night under the stars', four years later.

But how does a wedding concept arise from such a moment? In a nutshell: be creative and think outside the box. Let me take you through the process.

1. Determine your goal

What would you like your wedding day to look like if there were no limits? What kind of ambience do you want to create on that day? What is most important to you? Do you want to add a theme to the day? Do you and your partner have a shared passion?

The ultimate goal of this photoshoot was to create something magical, to capture the feeling of that night I experienced under the stars.  Something different than the average pink and white Pinterest wedding picture. Nothing wrong with that, I love pink myself, but not for this shoot. This shoot needed to give people that amazing feeling as if the sky had fallen down and made everything bright.

2. Brainstorming session

Keep your goal in mind and write everything down and I mean everything. Even write down the ideas that you know may not be realistic. Remember: there are no limits, no financial restrictions and no rules.

On my brainstorm sheet I wrote down: stars, gold, magic, lights, dark, dancing under the stars, universe, constellations, astronaut, rocket, moon, telescope, astrology, etc.

3. Realistic - Unrealistic

Now that you have a page full of words, place everything in two columns: realistic and unrealistic. The unrealistic column could be ‘a fun challenge’, how can you make the ideas from that list realistic? Go through it again and highlight what you would really like. What’s the purpose of this idea? Now think in terms of solutions rather than problems. Are there alternatives that could help you achieve the same ambiance?

For example, I wanted the couple to dance under a real star filled sky. Can I influence the weather? No, unfortunately not. Is there another way to create stars? Yes, this could work with a lot of lights, maybe candles in dark surroundings. Outside during the evening or in a darkened room?

After a creative thinking session, a plan starts to materialise. At this stage you can get started or begin your search for a wedding planner ;). What I do for my clients or in this case for the shoot: I visualise what the day will look like. In detail I describe everything that will be seen, what will happen and what kind of ambiance this will create. Based on this story, it’s possible to visualise the day. Did I get you curious about a wedding at night under the starts? Imagine this:

A night under the stars

It’s a cloudy December day, and at Vanenburg Castle the last details are being put in place for a magical ceremony. The room is decorated with tea lights, candles and stars. It looks as if the starry sky has fallen down. A backdrop of hanging glass balls, in which tea lights steal the show, is the setting for this enchanting ceremony. The aisle between the chairs is scattered with small golden stars that unite the bride and groom. Meanwhile, the bride has curlers in her hair and her make-up is done. The dress is hanging in the doorway. A beautiful long dress made of tulle in a blush-like colour swirls around her as she moves. The dress is covered with glitter and stars made of sequins, which sparkle in the light. The groom gets dressed in another room, he says he is not nervous, but you can see the tension in his face.

The ceremony starts and the groom is waiting in a smart dark purple suit. You can see his relief when his future wife walks in. The amusing stories of how the bride and groom met are told and family and friends laugh, the tense atmosphere disappears. They read their vows to each other and the marriage is sealed with a kiss.

At the reception, the galaxy cake is waiting to be cut. Three layers high and glazed with purple, black, dark blue and gold marbled accents. As the cake is cut, each guest lights the sparkler that was handed to them adding ambiance to this special moment. The champagne flows and roaring laughter fills the room.

A dark blue tablecloth with golden stars lights up the long dinner table. The dinnerware has gold accents and stands out against the dark tablecloth. Just like the candles in long candlestick holders. These dark blue and gold candles on the table bring the perfect intimate ambiance. Everything on the table is in balance, with a globe of constellations being the centrepiece. Everyone enjoys their three-course dinner with laughter filling the night air as the speeches that are given.

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This is the end of the blog post.
I hope I was able to give you some new insights that can help you plan your wedding. Feel free to contact me if you have specific questions or would like to receive some extra information.

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Personal approach
The choice for your photographer is a very personal one. In addition to the photographic style, the character and values ​​of the photographer are one of the most important criteria for making your choice. When I hire someone, I like a personal approach where communication and quality is of a high standard. It is for that reason that I also apply this method as a photographer myself.
Wedding photographer Bart Rondeel
Photo: Roxy Sun
Before the wedding

You can expect this approach from me straight away. Call me, app me or e-mail me and you can always expect a response. I can often be found on the mat, the mountain bike and photographing at other weddings, so sometimes I won't be able to respond straight away, but I will get back to you as soon as I can.

So a personal approach is very important to me and that is why I also would like to get to know you as a couple. During our introduction meeting, it is therefore mainly about you guys. I want to know everything about you, because the more I know, the better I can capture the wedding day for you.
Have a look at the photo below. I knew that the bride had a special bond with her grandfather so I was constantly looking for the right time to capture that bond. This has become one of the most important photos for this bride.

Bride dancing with grandpa

Of course, we will also talk about the planning and how photography, and especially the portraits, can best be fitted into the schedule of your busy wedding day. I have all sorts of practical tips which you can use for your wedding. I would simply like to hear everything about the wedding day so together we can also make the photos to a great success.

You'll also get access to the online portal. Everything about our collaboration ends up in this online environment. During our introduction meeting, I can explain everything about the online portal.

In addition, you can always contact me during the preparations for questions or tips. Changes to the schedule can be communicated through the portal, I will see any changes you make instantly.
Shortly before the wedding we will schedule a call to go through all the details for the last time to make sure that I am aware of everything that will happen during your wedding day. And then the time has finally come!

Wedding balloon detail
During the wedding

Finally! After such a long time the special day has is finally there. You will be able to enjoy this day undisturbed. Me and everybody else who is involved in the organization of the wedding will make sure of that. It is for that reason that I always maintain close contact with the ceremony master and other people involved in the wedding to keep the organization as tight as possible.

Wedding photographer during ceremony
Photo: Eliza Dernovska

At the wedding, I am invisible when needed but present when necessary. For example, I will often work more in the background during the ceremony, but when taking a group shot of all the guests I will make sure everybody is visible and direct them accordingly. During the party, I will be partying with you on the dance floor. I can get much closer and people open up much more when I am part of the crowd, resulting in the best possible party photos.
Not in the mood for uncomfortable poses during the portrait shoot? Fortunately, me neither!
Think of this shoot as a nice walk in the park which I will capture in the most beautiful way. I will of course 'direct' you here and there to get the most best results, but I like movement in my photos, so I would encourage you to do whatever you feel like. Go crazy, laugh, have fun with each other and be yourself, that's how we will make sure these photos will become little pieces of art.
I will enjoy the wedding like any other guest that day. I love weddings because of their great atmosphere and happy people. I genuinely have a great time at your wedding.

After the wedding

The wedding is over, but for me, the work now really starts. After making the necessary backups, it is now up to me to ensure that all those photos are carefully selected and professionally retouched. I shoot thousands of photos in one day and not one of them will go unnoticed. I only select the very best and make sure that they ultimately come into their own in the retouching process by transforming them into my unique style.

I understand that you really can't wait to see the first photos and that's why I always make sure that a preview is ready for you in the online gallery within a week. That way the memories are still clear in your mind and you will experience all the moments again when you view the photos.
Because I pay a lot of attention to selecting and retouching, I need about 4 to 6 weeks to finally deliver all the photos to you via the online gallery. You can share the gallery with all friends and family, but you can also already start making the selection of favourites for your wedding album. When your favourites are submitted, I will design the album and finally upload the design to you again via the portal for approval. You can browse through the pages in your own time and let me know where you would like to see changes before the design is finally sent to the factory. Also, let me know which photo you would like as a print on your wall.

The delivery of the album will take a few weeks and after handing over the album and the print our collaboration will sadly be over. I would appreciate it very much if you would like to leave me some online reviews. Growth is hugely important to me and the best way to find out how my work and approach has been experienced is to ask my clients!

modern tools
Nowadays the internet is indispensable in our daily lives. Everyone owns a smartphone and is online nowadays. This is why I use the most modern tools to provide an experience for you as a wedding couple where convenience, clarity and style are paramount.
Wedding photographer Bart Rondeel
Photo: Roxy Sun
the online portal

All the couples who book me as their wedding photographer receive a complete package. This includes access to the online portal. Not only is this a very cool and handy tool for you, but it's also software that I use on a daily bases and makes sure that all my services and communication run smoothly. In addition, the portal also includes an online gallery that is easy to share with friends and family and can be used to download the high res images, so you can store them yourself. Wonder what your album will look like? The design proofing function will help you to see the design and approve it online.

The gallery

An online environment where all your photos can be seen and can be shared with all friends and family after the wedding. In short, that's the gallery.
USB sticks are already old fashion these days. Technical developments are going forward so fast that the newest laptops no longer have a USB input anyway. Everything is connected to the internet and that is why the online gallery is so enormously valuable.
It is fast, simple, looks nice and very important nowadays, it works flawlessly on all devices. Details such as security and accessibility have also been thought through and photos can even be organised into different categories. Have a look below.

Trouwfotografie galerij voorbeeld

You get exclusive digital rights to be the only one to be able to download the files in high resolution and of course without my company logo. Also, you can decide which photos can be seen by friends and family. You may find some photos a bit too personal and you don't necessarily want to share them, you can easily hide these photos from others who visit the gallery.
The gallery also contains useful functions to select your favourites. This feature is most often used to pick your photos for the wedding album.

Are you interested in ordering prints? Then I can even create a prints gallery for you in which you can easily see what the photo looks like on the wall.

Bruidsfotografie print voorbeeld
Album design

After I have received your favourite photos selection through the gallery, I will start designing the album. The layout depends on the size of the album you choose. Photos really do come into their own when they are printed in large format, so I don't recommend selecting too many photos, it will look messy very quickly.

As soon as I have finished the first design you can review it via the portal in the design proofing section. You can browse through the pages and even make notations where you would like to see adjustments. After the requested adjustments, you can approve the design and it will be sent to the producer. Below is an example of a large album 35x35 cm in which the wedding couple asks to make the text slightly smaller.

Album Design proofing voorbeeld
communication tools

In addition to these parts of the portal, some formalities have also been considered. There is a page that shows all different album types and materials, there are forms to share some contact details with me (for example the ceremony master or contact details of the wedding venue) and there is a very useful form in which you can fill in the planning for the wedding day so there is never a misunderstanding about the schedule. Even the invoices can be viewed and downloaded.
And the best part, it's all online and available whenever you want!