Here’s something that’s easy to do: fall head over heels for this gorgeous wedding. Fall madly in love with the chic and sophisticated style, the simple yet elegant blooms from Robert Exoo and the stunning bride and groom who really know how to throw a party (a Britney Spear first dance, anyone?). See it all captured by Anouschka Rokebrand in the full gallery.
From Anouschka Rokebrand Photography… Lotte and Wesley are people who enjoy life. They love good food, wine and travelling. So for their wedding they chose one of the top venues in The Netherlands with amazing food: De Librije in Zwolle. It’s also a hotel so the happy couple stayed there the night before so all preparations could take place there, as well.
Lotte had two dresses, one classical one for the Saturday and a short and modern one for the Sunday brunch. The colours for the day were white with a touch of silver. Lotte’s silver Louboutins would make any girl swoon!
The ceremony took place at a beautiful old Hall located in the Library of Zwolle, everything else was at De Librije. The ceremony was very personal, with speeches and songs by the parents and a wonderful officiant. Wesley had rented an old timer Bentley to transport them between the venues.
For the dining tables they had lots of white floral centerpieces, white ribbons in the room and the placecards were winecorks. Very fitting for people who love wine!
The tables all had names of different kinds of wines/champagne so the theme continued throughout the dining room. For the brunch the theme was the South of France so the table names had changed to cities in the South of France on the Sunday morning and the tables were decorated with shells and white centerpieces.
Their guestbook contained photos of all their guests and they could write a personal message next to their photo.
For the first dance they opted for a very original song: “Scream and Shout” by Will.I.Am and Britney Spears. It got the party started right away. The DJ was accompanied by a live saxophone player, a great touch to any party!
Photographer: Anouschka Rokebrand Photography | Cinematography: Ray Pluym Cinematography | Dress: Jesus Peiro | Flowers: Robert Exoo | Cake: Jonnie Boer | Ceremony Venue: Statenzaal | Reception Venue: Librije | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | DJ: Hans Stroeve | Groom's Shoes: Crockett And Jones | Officiant: Mooijen Belofte | Brunch Dress: Pronovias | Hair & Make-up: Virginia Cosmetics | Pianist: Olga van der Pennen | Suit: Pauw | Transport (Bentley): Limo Rental
Oh my heavens, this couples’ love story is straight out of a story book. Do yourself a favor and set aside some time today to get lost in their international love affair – trust me, it’s worth the read. And these images from Anouschka Rokebrand Photography? Equally as amazing. Put them together, and we have one perfect post on our hands. See even more here.
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From Holly (our bride to be)…Dirk and I met in Germany in 2008. I was at the end of a nine month study/travel adventure and Dirk had just arrived to do a three month internship. I met him by chance one afternoon, realizing (happily!) that he was the new flatmate of a good friend of mine. The moment I laid eyes on him I knew he was different from the rest. After a whirlwind six weeks, it was time to pack my bags and head back home to Australia, albeit reluctantly. We were in touch every day for four weeks, and realizing I wasn’t quite ready to be back home, I spent my last dollar on a flight back to Europe. After securing a job in London within days, I headed straight to the Netherlands to see him. Those first moments spent together at the airport after seeing each other after a month apart were some I will never forget. Our chemistry was palpable. We couldn’t take our eyes off each other! I stayed the weekend, then extended my stay to a week. I ended up staying two months while waiting for my job in London to start. Those two months were the most romantic of my life, and the most fun either of us have ever had. Naturally, leaving him to go and work in London was difficult, but I commuted almost every weekend to see him during that time, and he would visit me there too. After nine months, a decision had to be made. Return to my studies in Australia and risk never seeing him again, or start a new adventure in the Netherlands? As he was completing a masters degree at the time, I knew the only option was for me to take the leap. On 1 January, 2009 I arrived in the Netherlands, bright red suitcase in hand, to be with him. It was the best decision I ever made. I was, and still am, crazy about him. He asked me to marry him on boxing day 2012, nearly two years after we welcomed our little girl, Lola, into the world.
My work as a stylist came into play for our late summer engagement shoot, though natural, organic and effortless romance was central to the overall look and feel. We chose a local venue that was meaningful to us for the shoot. The first nine months of our relationship was spent sharing a bicycle, and we have many fond memories of that time. We rode all over the place, Dirk behind the handlebars and me on the back! So incorporating my army green bike was a must. One of my absolute favourite things to do is picnic, so I wanted our shoot to be based around a cosy and effortless picnic setting. We ate different types of cheese, crackers, blueberries and figs with red wine while our amazing photographer Anouschka Rokebrand snapped us enjoying a quiet and romantic picnic together beneath a gigantic oak tree. There is always a chill in the air in the late summer, so we incorporated a few cosy blankets to snuggle into. To add a touch of whimsy and romance to our late summer shoot, I had a gorgeous floral wreath made out of berries, tiny flowers and foliage. I adore wreaths and will be incorporating them into our wedding in the spring of next year, so it became an element I wanted to weave into the shoot. Late afternoon sunshine gave our images a beautiful soft and romantic light.
From Anouschka Rokebrand Photography…I met Holly a few months ago when she contacted me to colaborate on a few editorial shoots for Style me Pretty Living together (she’d been referred to me by the wonderful ladies over at SMP Living). We clicked instantly and had a blast working on the editorial shoots. I was incredibly honored that she trusted me to capture her engagementsession for her and Dirk. They are such a cute and amazing couple and we had the best time with them!
I love the organic feel of the shoot thanks to Holly’s wonderful styling. The amazing Katie Larcombe did Holly’s hair and make-up for the shoot and I always love working with Katie.
photography: Anouschka Rokebrand Photography | Styling: Holly Marder Avenue Lifestyle | Hair & make-up: Katie Larcombe
This pretty Amsterdam fête takes me to my happy place. Whether it’s the yellow, or the sunshine or the stunning captures by SugarLove Weddings, I’m not sure. But it all adds up a big ol’ smile I can’t seem to wipe off my face. It’s the kind of castle affair most girls dream of, and there’s lots more waiting for you right over here.
From SugarLove Weddings
… Cathy and Eelco were married in De Witte Holevoet, Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands and chose Australian Photography studio SugarLove Weddings to cover their day. It was love at first sight for Cathy & Eelco when they met in a small pub in Mudgee, New South Wales. Eelco is Dutch and Cathy, Australian but chose a white castle one hour outside Amsterdam in the Netherlands for their special day. The day was bright and cheery with their chosen theme colour of yellow throughout the details and bridal garments. One of the most special moments of the preparations was when Cathy together with her Bridesmaids, Mother and Grandmother went flower picking the day before the wedding to create the bouquets corsages and table decorations. Guests flew in from all over the world to celebrate.
Photography: SugarLove Weddings | Ceremony Location: Huize Scherpenzeel | Reception Venue: De Witte Holevoet | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung | Hair: Salon La Kim | Grooms Attire: Armani | Bow Tie: Alfred Sung | Decor: Bulk Party Supplies | Decor: Paper2 | Makeup: Dung Nguyen | Music: Vibes Factory