Wedding day in the dunes

When a wedding day starts at a location this beautiful, you know you're in for a treat. This wedding couple lived in a beautiful remote area in Bloemendaal surrounded by dunes, so it only made sense to also shoot wedding portraits in this amazing area.

Wedding day in the dunes

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Wedding day in the dunes

Fabiènne and Robbert getting married in Bloemendaal

A wonderful start to the wedding day at this location, surrounded by dunes and with fantastic weather all day long. As a wedding photographer, I cannot wish for more. I'm also a huge fan of the sea and the dunes, so it is always great for me to be able to capture wedding portraits in this area.

The preparations

On Friday, August 30, 2019, I get into my car in the morning to capture the wedding of Fabiènne and Robbert. I set the address on my navigation and drive to Bloemendaal, their hometown. At one point the navigation sends me a small road that looks more like a cycling path than a regular road. To my surprise, I end up in a valley surrounded by dunes. There is a small collection of houses here and the navigation directs me to the last house with the most beautiful front garden I have ever seen. I park the car and walk in amazement towards the house and see Robbert drinking a cup of coffee in the garden in front of the house.
The preparations had already started, with a warm cup of coffee in the sun. A pretty nice way to start your wedding day and for me also a wonderfully relaxed setting to start this long but e exciting day. I always love the preparations, there is a kind of tension in the air that cannot be compared with anything else. Over time, more and more people arrive at the house and I capture all the small details that tell the story of this wedding day. The groom's mother ironing the groom's clothes, simple details such as their daughter's dress and of course dressing up and getting ready for this beautiful day.

First look and portraits

Sometimes a wedding couple chooses to keep the first look intimate and private, but that was not the case here. They chose to see each other 'for the first time' in front of all friends and family and that resulted in some surprised looks not only from the groom but also from everyone around him. After some nice words from their loved ones, it was time to leave for the dunes to capture some wedding portraits.
The classic Porsche 911 was fired up and we drove to the Oosterplas near Bloemendaal. During the shoot, it's not just the directed moments that I captured. I also like to capture the 'in-betweens', the more spontaneous moments that happen in between the more directed types of photos. I like to tell the complete story and those moments are an important part of it.

The ceremony

The ceremony took place in the small and intimate village church of Bloemendaal. A beautiful old church and the perfect location for the wedding of Fabiènne and Robbert. After a few more portraits near the church (I couldn't resist), they took a moment to themselves.Right before the ceremony, it is often common for the wedding couple to plan a short break so that they can relax until the moment of truth has finally arrived. I often leave the wedding couple alone here and focus on all the guests who come in and get ready for the ceremony. In this way, I can even show the moments that the wedding couple did not experience at all, while those simple small moments are sometimes just as valuable as the planned moments.
The ceremony was conducted by a close friend and although the real official part of the wedding ceremony was briefly taken over by the wedding official, everything went smoothly. Beautiful words were shared and even a song played by a loved one on the piano. With a baby as the ring bearer, the story was complete and the vows and wedding ceremony ended with a resounding "Yes!".
All guests gathered outside for a grand departe and after leaving the church with a cheering crowd and bubbles flying through the air, they got into their 911 and left for the next chapter of their wedding day.
The guests were well looked after. The next location where the reception and dinner would take place was in the middle of the dunes. Because of the remote location, the wedding couple had hired a true American school bus for the guests that took them to the next location. A very nice memory for all the guests who were present at this wedding.

Reception and Dinner

All guests were now on location and all we had to do was wait for Fabiènne and Robbert to return to Duinpaviljoen de Uitkijk for the reception and dinner. During these moments of the wedding, I always stay in the background to be able to capture all spontaneous events. Because the wedding couple is often occupied with talking to their guests, they are not able to experience everything that happens at their wedding. They are often surprised to see photos of moments that they never noticed.
After taking some portraits of the guests, it was time for dinner. As usual, all kinds of beautiful moments pass during dinner time. Speeches from the witnesses and friends are often a given, but of course, there is always an opportunity to raise a glass and make a toast. And that is also where I leave it at for the blog post. So grab your tablet, laptop or phone, crawl under your blanket and take a look at all the photos of this amazing wedding. A bit like these kids below did during dessert.

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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!