Our wedding day
I got married to Roxy in 2015 and I often get questions about my own wedding and what we had planned on this big day. That is why I would like to share in this blog post how this beautiful day in our lives played out.
October 6, 2020
First of all I would like to point out that the photos used for this blog post were of course not taken by myself. All credits for these photos go to Giacomo Vesprini from Krup Studio, a great Italian photography studio that captured our wedding day in all it's glory.
We actually started our wedding a day earlier, with a photo shoot in the estate around our wedding location; Orangerie Elswout
The Orangerie is situated on a beautiful piece of land with a huge country house, old horse stables and a huge park with open fields, water and a large forest. Because we didn't want to spend too much time on the wedding day taking portraits, we decided to schedule a photo shoot with Giacomo the night before the wedding. The sunset provided that well-known 'golden hour' light and that is clearly reflected in the photos.
It was a wonderfully relaxed walk and we are happy that we were able to plan this shoot the night before the wedding. This way we knew for sure that we already had a series of beautiful photos and we did not necessarily have to worry about the shoot on the wedding day itself.
And now I hear all the women think; But you saw Roxy's wedding dress the night before the wedding?
No, fortunately not, because Roxy also had a very nice dress that she would wear during the party, so she used it for our pre-wedding shoot.
The day started wonderfully; Excitement, chaos and a lot of people who came to prepare with us for the first official part, because we planned to get officially married in the morning at the city hall, small-scale and intimate. By the way, here too Roxy was not wearing her wedding dress yet because it was kept for the ceremony at Orangerie Elswout.
The plan was to do the ceremony over again later at the wedding location in a setting that we wanted and with the BABS that we had chosen ourselves: My father.
No, my father is not a BABS by profession, but a very good speaker and a fantastic person. That's why I asked him to marry Roxy and me on our wedding day and we we're really happy he said yes to that.
The small ceremony in the town hall of Haarlem went smoothly and some tears were shed when we were officially pronounced husband and wife. Yet the day had only just begun and we could still look forward to a day full of excitement and fun.
While Roxy started getting ready at our home, it was my job to go to the wedding venue with a team of family and friends to get ready for our day. Several hours of stress passed, but luckily I was ready in time to receive my wife at the Orangerie.
Roxy arrived in a carriage with her parents and her two bridesmaids (my sister and her best friend). I was trembling waiting for her in the Orangerie and when she walked in I finally saw the dress that Roxy has been talking about for months. She walked in under the guidance of her father with Canon in D in the background, played by my 3 good friends and band members.
It was a beautiful ceremony where our BABS, my father, couldn't resist sharing some hilarious anecdotes. And then the moment came, the yes word! And although actually a short theatrical play because we were already officially married in the morning in the town hall, this one felt like the real one!
After the ceremony there was time for a short toast, cheers and Roxy and I went out again to take wedding photos (this time with THE dress). It is very different to shoot portraits when you are already married and I can recommend to every wedding couple to take the time to shoot some beautiful photos after the ceremony when you just got married.
The evening started with a delicious multi-course dinner with friends and family. Around 20:00 all party guests walked into the Orangerie and Roxy and I received them with all love and appreciation. I still think it's very special that so many people make time to come and celebrate our love with us.
It was a wonderful party night with some nice surprises and events. In the evening we cut the cake and it turned out that Roxy had even rehearsed a dance for me as a surprise. It seemed that she has been practising twice a week in a dance hall for the past 3 months to practice and perform all dance steps with this group of people.
But I hadn't been idle for the months before the wedding either. The guests knew there would be a band (after all, the drums had already been set up), but they had no idea which band this would be; Smoke! This band, Smoke, is the jam band formed by me and 3 good friends. Since we were 18 years old we have kept many neighbours awake by our jam sessions in my parents' garage (especially my drumming style provided quite a bit of volume). Later these sessions moved to rented rehearsal rooms, but the performance had never happened. Fortunately, this performance finally happened. About 10 years after the first time that we had picked up the instruments together, our first performance of 45 minutes was a fact. And I enjoyed every single minute of it!
Although Roxy and I had not planned a first dance, the last dance happened spontaneously. Just before the end of the party, Roxy and I were shuffling on the dance floor together when the most cheezy song ever sung was played; 'When a man loves a woman'. Family and friends formed a circle around us and danced with us to work towards a beautiful end to the best day of our lives.
And so we left, hand in hand, waving to all friends and family with a wonderful memory of the most beautiful day of our lives to look back to!
This is the end of this blog post.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!