Wedding dress drama on rainy wedding

Every bride's nightmare, a muddy wedding dress. What can you do about it, but above all, how do you stay positive when you have a whole ahead of you? Read the story of Linda and William who faced a major challenge after shooting their wedding portraits.

Wedding dress drama on rainy wedding

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Wedding dress drama on rainy wedding

Linda and William, a wet wedding

Friday, November 1, 2019, a day with a weather forecast that does not make every wedding couple happy. Generally a grey day with the occasional shower, but this left Linda and William (and their son Mats) untouched, despite our plan to shoot some wedding portraits in an outdoor location.

Wedding preparations

The day started quietly, William and Mats were already long awake when I arrived to capture the first preparations. As with almost every wedding, the excitement was in the air, but nevertheless, everyone was very relaxed and getting dressed went very smoothly. Changing a poopy diaper accompanied with Mat's tears are part of being a father I guess.

The next location, the house where Linda was preparing. When I arrived, Linda was already finishing up the final touches of her hair and make-up. A lot of friends and family were there to help Linda put on the dress and despite the chaos and excitement, everyone was very happy and on point to get Linda ready for the first look.

First look and wedding portraits

Around 11:00 the time has come, William and Mats arrived to pick up Linda. I personally think this is one of the most beautiful moments of the day. The 'first look', not only the moment that William and Linda see each other for the first time ion their wedding outfits, but also the moment when they look each other in the eye for the first time and realize that this getting married thing is really going to happen now. A moment that has been looked forward to for months (sometimes even years) has finally arrived. And you can feel that in every glimpse, kiss and hug.

When it was time to leave for the portrait shoot, the weather was fine and it was dry. So we decided to go to the planned location to take some wedding portraits. In November, autumn is in full swing, which was also evident when we arrived at the first location. The ground covered in leaves really helped set the mood of this fall wedding portraits.
Location two was also dry, but it turned out that the wet ground had caused some damage to Linda's wedding dress. Even after a short walk, the dress was already covered with mud, so Linda had doubts about our decision to go to the park for the wedding portraits. At that time, however, there was not much there could be done about it, so we decided to make the best of it and to create the best possible series of photos.
And this is where the character of these newlyweds really showed. I have never really captured a wedding couple who, despite such a muddy dress, remained so positive and happy. It didn't matter anymore and what really mattered was that this was the day of their lives and a little mud wouldn't change that. Their happiness is very well reflected in the photos. In one of the last portraits I shot, William brings Linda back to the car with an extremely dirty dress. This is for me the most telling photo of that day that shows their character in one image.

The wedding ceremony

The ceremony took place in the church of Bleiswijk and fortunately a team of friends was ready on arrival to clean Linda's dress immediately. It is still a wonder to me that they managed to get the dress so white again with some water and soap, but it worked!

The ceremony was fantastic. Many beautiful words from friends and family, ring bearer Mats, naughty children and ultimately without stuttering and full of conviction two beautiful vows and 'yes-I-do's'.

Reception, dinner and party!

With all the official parts done, it was time to get through the rest of the day without stress. A relaxed reception and a delicious dinner would soon follow. Again beautiful words are shared, old memories are relived and new memories are made.

The party was a special one because I had never seen an opening dance prepared in this way. It was a short theatrical play with a rehearsed dance behind a white sheet lit with a very bright lamp so that only the shadows were visible. Then a jump through that same sheet made an even bigger impression and the DJ, Rick from  De Bruiloft Disco Show, started the party. What followed was a fantastic wedding party, with the necessary drinks, fun and dance moves to celebrate Linda and William's love that day.

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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!