With one watch of this film by Lovell Productions, Netherland has been added to my must-visit list pronto. It was the special site for this fairytale of a wedding between Ryan and Hella and it just may be the key to making all those dreams come true. From the sweet personal touches (the vows!) to the gorgeous views, it’s absolutely magical – enjoy!
From Lovell Productions… Ryan and Hella’s destination wedding at Chateau Neercanne in the Netherlands felt like something out of a fairytale. From the baroque garden ceremony to the cave reception, every moment of the day seemed both intimate and grandiose at the same time and it was truly an unforgettable celebration.
Ryan and Hella both met and currently reside in Virginia. A few months after Ryan proposed to Hella at the Palace of Versailles, Hella suggested the idea of getting married in a castle somewhere in Europe. Hella is from Belgium so the idea sounded only somewhat crazy to Ryan. Realizing how special it would be, they both agreed to do the wedding at Chateau Neercanne, a castle built in the late 17th century on the Dutch and Belgian border. Being that Hella’s father is Dutch and her mother is Belgian, this seemed to be the perfect location.
When they told us they were getting married in the Netherlands, we knew it was going to be a remarkable event. The ceremony was officiated in both English and Dutch by their longtime family friend Floor in the stunning lower gardens, incorporating personal promises that, knowing Ryan and Hella, would surely involve food, animals, and the Baltimore Orioles. During dinner, Hella’s dad sang songs from her childhood and gifted them with traditional Dutch wooden clogs that they were immediately tasked to dance in. Following dinner, when guests weren’t roaming the wine cellar or sneaking off to Belgium (or of course snacking on frites), they were dancing for hours in the limestone caves that were transformed into a club for the reception. Of all the special moments from the day, Ryan and Hella told me that their favorite moment was shortly after the ceremony, when they stood up on the steps to greet everyone and saw just how many of their friends and family that had traveled so far to share in their special day.
Photography: Ruud C Fotografie | Cinematography: Lovell Productions | Event Planning: Fabuloes Weddings | Floral Design: De Rozengaard | DJ: Artistic Productions | Beauty: Chante Cutter
Whether by bike or boat, Amsterdam is full of undeniable charm and Audra Wrisley captured this couple entertaining both adorable modes of transportation – all in our Vault right this way! From holding onto each other atop a Dutch bicycle to sipping wine as they soaked up the sights, these two give a whole new meaning to blissfully in love.
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From Audra Wrisley Photography… Andrea and her boyfriend of many years, Robbert, finished their studies in New York City a few years ago, and moved back to their native Amsterdam to work in the city’s vibrant advertising world. Amazingly these two still find time to also work on personal projects together, and they’ve traveled the country promoting an incredible documentary they released last year.
For their shoot we decided to start at one of their favorite coffee places, not far from the old city center. Afterwards, they hopped on their Dutch bicycle together to a small boat that we used to explore the Amsterdam’s incredible maze of canals. We navigated our way under many of the city’s countless bridges (apparently there are three times more than in Venice!), and captured this sweet couple together. Sunny afternoons in the Netherlands go hand in hand with a glass of rosé, and cheese platters are pretty much always mandatory, regardless of the weather.
It was a perfect afternoon with this beautiful happy couple, and we feel so lucky to have captured their love!
Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab
Whether you’re planning an Old World-inspired celebration of your very own or just want to spend some time soaking in some of the prettiest details you will ever see, this sweet inspiration sesh is a MUST for your Monday. From the beautiful blooms from Meesterlijk Groen to the stunning castle setting, head to THE VAULT to soak in every gorgeous moment captured by the talented Audra Wrisley.
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From Audra Wrisley Photography… Living in The Netherlands this summer, my husband Thijs and I were inspired to capture some of the old world flair of Europe with this wedding inspiration shoot at Kasteel Rosendael. Nestled in one of the smallest towns in Holland, Kasteel Rosendael is an incredible historic venue that finds its origin all the way back in the early 14th century. The castle’s stunning architecture, beautiful rose garden, and enchanting grounds were the perfect setting for our inspiration shoot. To make the vision come to life, we connected with Nailia from Best Day Ever Events, and with her help we put together an amazing team of vendors from all over the country.
Beginning the day in the tower room with it’s stately floor to ceiling windows, our bride stepped into her elegant Unielle Couture gown. Leaving the castle, she met her groom on the front steps of the castle, before making their way into the gorgeous rose garden. We continued our shoot at the backside of the fortress, which is backed by a large pond and next to it an intricate and completely unique gallery made up of seashells from the late 1700’s. This beautiful day ended with photos with an incredibly graceful classic Jaguar, as it whisked the couple away.
Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Floral Design: Meesterlijk Groen | Wedding Dress: Unielle Couture | Cake: Sugarlips Cakes | Stationery: The Sparkle Company | Hair + Makeup: The Bridal Artist | Classic Car: Mooie Trouw Autos | Event Coordination + Styling: Best Day Ever Events | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Kasteel Rosendael