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Dutch Delftware Wedding Inspiration

This shoot – with gorgeous images from Masha Bakker – is wedding happiness. Pure, good, utterly lovely wedding happiness. From the blue and white wall installation (LOVE btw) to the sweet but sophisticated styling, everything about this little nugget of goodness makes us smile. So if any of you brides are feeling the same way, we can’t wait to see how the real deal turns out. Oh and there is so much more here!

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From Masha BakkerThe theme is “Delfts Blauw” inspired by the typically blue coloured tableware and porcelain Holland is famous for. The different shades of blue and white come back through the whole series of images. We used flowers, cakes and beautiful accessories for the details. We work with vendors and together we inspire Dutch couples and try to help them to make their day as unique and beautiful as possible.

Photography: Masha Bakker | Event Styling: Trouwlala | Floral Design: Mon Fleuri | Wedding Dress: Keurslijf Bruidsmode | Cake: Saakje Bakmeisje | Jewelry: Atelier 12 Hoven | Makeup: Fleur Pieterse | Groom's Suit: Rietbergh Maatpakken | Groom's Accessories: Selon Sebastian | Manicure: OPI Nails | Paper Goods: Ik Blijf Je Trouw | Tableware: Pollman

Elegant ‘Something Blue’ Netherlands Wedding Inspiration

My great-grammy was a collector of many things: teapots, teddy bears and of course, her beloved Delftware. Admittedly, I suppose I always felt it was old-fashioned, but after seeing this Delft-blue inspired shoot from Anouschka Rokebrand? Well, it doesn’t feel so old-fashioned anymore—but rather elegant and picturesque for a sweet ‘something blue’ wedding. See it all here.

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From Anouschka RokebrandThe look of this shoot is inspired by the romantic handpainted Delft pottery. With a palette of pale, dusky and powder blues which is offset with white, grey and hints of brass to give an elegant, luxe feel. The beautiful table was adorned with beautiful pale blue linens. For the stationery a hint of calligraphy was used in the design. Beautiful brass candlesticks and delicate glassware was used. One gorgeous centerpiece on the table and beautiful antique wooden chairs completed the look.

For the sweettable, Sugarlips Cakes had created two different cakes and sweets all in the pale blue and white shades to match the theme perfectly. Our models, real couple Dorien and Steffen, wore a dark blue suit and two dresses were arranged for Dorien to wear. One pale blue one and a white one with a lace top and tulle skirt. We used beautiful headpieces and veils from SIBO designs and jewelry from DRKS. The shoot took place at the stunning castle Hooge Vuursche, in the woods in Baarn, The Netherlands. This shoot was part of Louise Beukes workshop during the third edition of the European Wedding Congress.

Photography: Anouschka Rokebrand | Floral Design: DON FLORITO | Stationery: Leintjes Exclusief | Jewelry: DRKS | Venue: Kasteel De Hooge Vuursche | Cake & Sweets: Sugarlips Cakes | Concept & Styling: Louise Beukes Styling | Crockery, Flatware, Glassware: Hélène Millot Furnishings | Gowns: Unielle Couture | Hair & Make-up: Marianne Roza For The Beautiful Bride Company | Veil & Headpieces: SIBO Designs

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Rustic Italian inspiration shoot

Above anything else, traveling inspires me most of all. There is just something about being out of my comfort zone that really makes me open my eyes a bit. So I totally understand Amanda Drost‘s desire to capture Italy’s stunning essence right in her own backyard. With the help of Don FloritoStudio Met MarjetNINA Weddings and Sweet Appetite she whipped up a shoot that will have you craving la dolce vita, and you can see it all right here

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From Amanda Drost Fine Art PhotographyItaly is such an inspirational country and we just adore i’s beauty! That’s why this shoot is very close to our hearts, filled with Italian en rustic details.

As we live in The Netherlands the weather is always unpredictable and we do have a lot of rain, therefore we choose a indoor location. It’s a fairy tail, dreamy and stunning old greenhouse, with a raspberries backdrop. It hasn’t been used for years and fitted our style perfectly with amazing light and creamy floors. To give this inspirational shoot a real Italian feel, we asked model Marissa, as she is a 100% italian girl.

This shoot is all about rustic italian styling, mediterranean feel and romance. The gorgeous elegant and simple bridal dress from Rembo styling combined with the perfect hair and make-up gave Marissa a natural refined look. The table styling with olive branches, a perfect naked cake, wine, citron, candles, stationary and oil, made us literally want to site down and enjoy a glass of red wine and take us away to Italy for a couple of hours. We had some stunning bridal accessories from Sibo Design, long laces to perfection. You can create something styled and beautiful for your wedding at any location and give your friends and family a true and heart warming experience.

The images are captured on film as well as digital by Amanda Drost fine art photography and filmed by the talented Koen from Narratief. This fun and talented team worked perfectly together and we absolutely love the results.

Photography: Amanda Drost Fine Art Photography | Videographer: Narratief | Floral Design: Don Florito | Wedding Dress: Rembo Styling | Cake: Sweet Appetite | Stationery: Studio Met Marjet | Bridal Accessories And Hair Pieces: SIBO Designs Handmade Bridal Hair Pieces And Accessories | Furniture Rental: Teleukhout | Hairstylist: Lonneke Van Dijk - Fashion Hairstyling | Make-up Artist: Netanya Lüschen Professional Nail & Make Up Artist | Model: Marissa | Old Greenhouse: Private Property | Photolab: Carmencita Film Lab | Styling & Organization: Amanda Drost Fine Art Photography | Styling & Organization: NINA Weddings

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Bridal Shower Flower Workshop

As a bride-to-be, this inspirational shower captured by Anouschka Rokebrand is only feeds my floral crown obsession. Filled with fragrant blooms made for snipping, the loft space of Avenue Lifestyle Studio was perfectly transformed by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} into a creative and casual party. Join me in toasting the future and donning a halo of blooms while scrolling through the gallery here.

From Avenue LifestyleFor this bridal shower inspirations shoot, floral wreaths were the inspiration. I wanted to create an event where the bride-to-be’s closest friends could gather together in celebration of the imminent nuptials by participating in a floral wreath making workshop. The setting was organic, natural, light, feminine and whimsical. Pretty and ever-so-slightly utilitarian. The primary elements used to convey this included wood, terra-cotta, linen and cotton.

Everything the attendees needed to create their own fresh flower headband was set out for them at their own personal workstation at one central trestle-legged work table. Each station included a pair of scissors, florist wire and tape, a custom-made note to write to the bride-to-be and a paint dipped pencil. Terra-cotta pots filled with fresh flowers and herbs lined the centre of the table, ready to be made into headbands, while cafe lights were suspended from wooden beams above the table added a touch of romance to the setting. After a productive workshop, the bride-to-be and her leading ladies sipped Prosecco while admiring their self created floral headband in an antique mirror.

For this shoot, Stijlvolle Trouwkaarten, provided us with a custom stationery suite which highlighted the organic aesthetic that I wanted to give the entire event. Simplistic yet classic with natural elements and a nod to the wreath.

A whimsical draping of the most delicate climbing blossom suspended softly above the food table, a delicious spread which ensured our busy bride-to-be and her friends were well catered for. The menu included: a salad of foraged flowers and leafy greens; goats cheese, honey and mint blinis; artichoke, pear and parma ham tartlets; balsamic and mint soaked grilled aubergine on crusty ciabata; and the most heavenly flat peach cake with vanilla and sage cream cheese icing. The food and food styling was done by the expert hand of Amsterdam based food stylist Ajda Mehmet. Beautiful bone and silver cutlery and mismatched vintage cream crockery by Hélène Millot Furnishings were used to serve all of Ajda’s delicacies, while her fine crystal vintage wine glasses and champagne flutes had the girls sipping prosecco in style!

How to Create a Fresh Flower Headband:

ONE | Start by cutting a length of aluminum wire (about 20cm long) using wire cutters after measuring it over your head from ear to ear. Prepare short lengths of florist wire for later, as well as several lengths of florist tape, cut into thin strips (you’ll thank me later when you’re not grappling to wrap a fat piece of tape around a tiny little opening). Twist a long length of florist tape tightly around the aluminum wire and press it in with your fingertips so it sticks. You should feel a sticky residue from the tape on your fingertips.

TWO | Prepare several clusters of flowers of two or three varieties each and secure by wrapping the stems in florist tape. For example, combine a spring of rosemary and a small cluster of hydrangea. The fuller you want your floral headband, the fuller these bunches can be. For a more delicate headband, use no more than three stems per cluster.

THREE | From one end of your tape-wrapped wire (about 5cm from the end of the wire), attach one of your flower clusters tightly wrapping a small strip of florist tape. Press it down to secure. Attach the second little cluster to the wire in the same way, following the same direction as the first.

FOUR | Continue adding flower clusters in the same way along the length of your wire, using the thin pieces of tape you prepared earlier to attach the taped up stems to the aluminum wire. Stems should all be going in the same direction. You might need a little more strength in some areas, in which case use a short length of florist wire and wrap it around the area, pressing it down carefully to secure it with the tip of the wire cutters.

FIVE | Keep working your way around the length of wire until you are pleased with the way it looks, as well as the balance of flowers, foliage and colour. Your final cluster should end about 5cm away from the end of the wire.

SIX | To finish off the headband, cut two lengths of natural twine (about 20cm each) and knot tightly to each side of the headband, just beneath the last cluster of flowers. Wrap the twine along the remainder of the wire on each end, knotting it off tightly and the end. Leave about 10-15cm extra twine on each end to be able to fasten it to your head. Voila! You should have yourself a beautiful headpiece made from fresh flowers.

Photography: Anouschka Rokebrand | Stationery: Stijlvolle Trouwkaarten | Assistance: Jessica Van Der Liende | Cafe Lights: Allekabels | Floral Assistance: Jennifer Laarman | Food Styling: Ajda Mehmet | Glass, Flatware & Sideplates: Hélène Millot Furnishings | Hay Kitchen Scissors & Marble Tray: Hay Amsterdam | Studio: Avenue Lifestyle Studio | Styling & Creative Direction: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} | Table Linens, Wooden Boards & Chairs: Dille & Kamille | Wooden Side Plates: Verterra Dinnerware

Boho Chic Netherlands Wedding at Het Reirinck

A true labor of love, this heartfelt and detail-filled Netherlands wedding beautifully captured by Youri Claessens plays out like a dream. The Bride and Groom made sure every single touch was both meaningful and styled to perfection, leaving us with a gallery that is simply overflowing with lovely. See even more here.

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From The Bride…From the moment that we started planning our wedding, which was about 8 months before the big day, we knew that we wanted the day to feel as a big garden party, celebrating our love for each other with all our friends and family. Our wedding day was on July 23th, which was exactly 7 years after we first met each other and fell in love while on holiday in France. We planned a summer wedding hoping that the weather would be warm and sunny, and we got lucky because it was a beautiful summer day. We really wanted to get married outside, in nature, because we both are outdoorsy people and enjoy the beauty of what nature has to offer. We wanted the wedding to portray us as individuals and as a couple. Therefore we choose the theme bohemian/vintage adding a lot of small details referring to this; a globe, suitcases, field flowers, dream catchers, feathers, Persian carpets and wooden tables.

The styling of the day was a very important element to the both of us, but we had to be crafty ourselves because we had a small budget. Therefore all garlands, dream catchers, decorated jars, bottles, bouquets, etc. were made by Jeroen and me. The inspiration we got from different wedding blogs and Pinterest. We had so much fun creating all these decorations. We also hunted a lot of second hand shops and markets to find some beautiful old decorations like candlesticks, cookie jars, vases and a lots of other things. These elements made the preparations rather stressful but it also meant that we were really involved in every part of the wedding, making the setting a reflection of who we are.

Having a smaller budget made planning the wedding a little bit more difficult sometimes but it also made inspired us to be creative and think of some very nice ideas. One of them was to ask all of our guests to make and bring a bite to eat. Some were asked to bring a main dish, others to make a dessert. We really liked this idea because we felt that it made all of the guests more involved in the wedding, but also because a very formal dinner just did not suit us at all. It turned out even better than we hoped! There were tables full of beautiful and delicious food, it really looked amazing! It was great to see that everyone put so much effort into making us a wonderful dinner.

There was only one thing that did not really stayed true to the budget, the dress. Being a girl that has dreamed about her wedding (and thus my wedding dress) since I was three years old, finding the perfect dress was very important to me. I had looked all across the internet and in some bridal shops, but because I wanted the dress to fit into the bohemian theme, I just could not find a dress that I loved and fitted into our budget. Then I read online that the best bridal shop in Holland had a sample sale and I thought to myself, I have to go. Hoping that between all these wonderful dresses I could find the perfect one and actually be able to afford it. Well, when I walked in the cheapest dress was already above budget, but I thought to myself, I’m here now, let’s try on some dresses. After trying on four that I thought I would like (but didn’t) I tried one that I thought was beautiful, but not really me. As the consultant put the dress on me I already saw it in her face, and when I saw myself in the mirror I fell in love. This was the dress! But, it was way too expensive (more than twice my budget). Long story short, I was able to buy the dress due to a very wonderfully timed modeling job that I booked. Thank god, because once you fall in love with a wedding dress, you just have to buy it. Luckily, my fiancées suit was very well within the budget and he looked stunning in it. But then again, I think he looks good in everything.

Now some more details on the big day! We went to the location a day before with a few of our closest friends, and started with putting everything in its place, and decorating the location. We than had pizza and beers outside on the terrace, but not for long because a lot of things still needed to be done. After dinner the man went on with hanging all the lights outside and the girls started making the bouquets and flower arrangements. I was so nervous to make my own bouquet but it turned out exactly the way I wanted. It also was such a good feeling to be surrounded by all these wonderful people, seeing them put so much effort into our day. It really made us feel so special and loved.

We went to bed around midnight, but my fiancée and I could not sleep at all because some stuff needed to be done in the morning and we felt a little nervous about that. Therefore we both only got an hour of sleep but we felt so excited to start the day that we got up at 6 and started decorating again. In the end, not everything went perfect but at 10 o’clock I really had to let it go because my hairdresser came to do my hair. I then put everything out of my head and enjoyed some quality time with my bridesmaids while getting ready. A lot sooner than expected the first guest started dropping in just as I put on my dress. It was about then that I started feeling very nervous, but than my dad came to see me and standing there waiting while holding his arm, really calmed me down.

Walking down the aisle towards my husband to be, hanging on closely to my father’s arm was such a special moment. The ceremony went by so quick but was absolutely wonderful. We both had written a letter that we read. It was about why we wanted to marry each other and what made the other person so special. Standing there, in the sunlight, surrounded by friends and family while looking into my husband’s eyes, really was magical.

After we walked down the aisle together through a rain of confetti straight towards the lemonade stand and the cake which was an amazing naked cake with edible flowers (carrot lemon flavored), the reception began. The rest of the day went by in a blur, talking to our wonderful friends and family, enjoying all the food that our guest made, dining at large wooden tables under high oak trees that were decorated with lights and garlands, listening to the wonderful speeches and getting tears in our eyes from laughter because of the funny acts our families did. It was perfect! The last hours of the evening were enjoyed by bonfires, roasting marshmallows, enjoying a water pipe while others felt more like showing some dance moves and were dancing the night away. It was even more perfect than we imagined it. Not because everything that we planned went or looked as we imagined it (because it didn’t), but because the entire feeling of the day was so warm and intimate. When we looked around we only saw happy people, enjoying the food, the weather, the surroundings and the conversations they were having. It really was one of the most wonderful magical days of our lives!

For me (youri claessens) as a photographer, I loved this wedding.

Photography: Youri Claessens | Videographer: I Am Yours Now | Flowers: Handmade By Bride And Bridesmaids | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Homemade | Bride's Shoes: Sandals From ZARA | Rings: Etsy | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ZARA & VERO MODA | Make-up: Danielle Trilsbeek | Groom's Attire: H&M | Wedding Venue: Het Reirinck | Bridsmaids Hair: Eugène Romein | Decorations: Handmade By Bride And Groom | Flowercrowns: Indian Cress | Hair Of The Bride: Bert De Zeeuw | Vintage Decoration: Happy Vintage Rental

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