Wedding Files: Part I – Bridal Preparation

23.05.14

Hello, it’s been a while! Do you still remember me? You may have noticed over the last few weeks that there have been some problems with the blog loading up. For a moment there, there was actually no blog, because I was in the process of switching web hosting providers resulting in a slight interruption. Thankfully, I was much too preoccupied to worry about such things because, I was, you know…busy GETTING MARRIED!! As many of you know, Saturday, 10 May 2014 was the day my sweet D and I tied the knot. It has been an absolute whirlwind of a time, with family and friends having flown in from across the globe to celebrate with us (and sadly, back out again – all too soon). What a busy, intense but immensely fulfilling time it has been. From the excitement-filled arrivals of loved ones, to the sleep-deprivation-inducing wedding prep, to the BIG day and then on to the cleaning up, winding down and then relaxing last week. Phew! The day itself sped by at the speed of light. Thank heavens Anouschka Rokebrand and her husband and partner Ray were there to capture every last detail because holy moly, I sure missed a few things. And because I am so thrilled with the results, I have decided to divide my last ever Wedding Files posts into four parts and take you through the day in chronological order, starting with the bridal prep on the morning of the wedding. Feel like reliving my magical day with me? Well let’s get this party started! (Note: This may well be my longest blog post ever and it’s only the beginning! Oops…)

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle

The venue we hired (6 weeks before the wedding, in case you missed that fun story) was an industrial building called ‘Lijm en Cultuur‘ in our home town of Delft with exposed pipes, raw concrete and lots of space and natural light. One of the buildings for hire had walls partially painted in olive green, which I particularly liked and felt softened the rawness of the interior. The building was split level, so we used the ground level for the reception and dinner, and the upstairs area to get ready in. I had the entire space emptied out, and got to work creating a comfortable space in which my mum, bridesmaids, my little girl and I could get ready and share a few precious moments together on the morning of the wedding.

I selected a collection of stunning vintage pieces from FabriekNL, a Dutch company that specializes in the sourcing, restoration and sale of vintage furniture, and when I say furniture, I mean the absolute classics. I chose a dainty little striped sofa in pistachio green, surrounded by cognac leather armchairs and sweet vintage chairs, with touches of brass coming through in the dressing and coffee tables. I added a few pieces from home, including the rug which was a wedding gift from my mother, and two marble topped coffee tables. I stuck to colour scheme I had created several months ago in this post, of blush, olive, cream, pistachio and fig and the results were just what I had imagined.

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands / Furniture by FabriekNL

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands / Furniture by FabriekNL

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Once my beautiful bridesmaids were ready – my two sisters, my two best friends and my adoring cousin – it was my turn! I slipped into my gown, custom made by the talented Rotterdam based designer and couturier Armeni, going over the weeks leading up to this moment in my mid, filled with nerves, excitement and giddy anticipation. I had spent many a sleepless night deliberating on the design, colour, style, fabric, basically everything about The Dress, but the moment I was wearing that gown, with my hair and makeup done and in the beautiful context that I had so carefully created, I felt wonderful. As I saw my own reflection in the mirror, I burst into tears and turned to my two best friends (who were standing there holding their breaths to the point of turning blue) and exclaimed “It’s not orange!” and they laughed at me and sighed a massive sigh of relief because just two days prior I had had a severe midnight meltdown while sewing table runners, imagining myself in a hideous orange dress and all my guests eyeing is suspiciously and saying, “oh, how… er… different…” The things we brides put ourselves through, honestly! With a stunning hand made headpiece by Portobello Jewelry that I had hunted down after spotting on Pinterest, the whole look came together and I felt not only relieved, but (and I hope you don’t mind my honesty) beautiful. I suppose one can say that about oneself on such occasions.

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands / Gown by Armeni Rotterdam

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands / Bridal gown by Armeni Rotterdam

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Once I was dressed, I dressed my little girl Lola. Those moments were some of my most precious. Watching her little face light up when she realised she could finally wear her “princess dress”. Too precious for words. I chose her dress while in London a year ago, hoping like hell for the last year it would still fit her! It did, and she looked so sweet. The bodice is made of crocheted lace with a soft tulle skirt and satin bow around the back. I paired the dress with the cutest pair of ballet slippers I have every seen. Ok, before my ovaries go into overdrive, back to the getting ready bit!

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands / Furniture by FabriekNL

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands / Furniture by FabriekNL / Bridal gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands / Furniture by FabriekNL

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands / Furniture by FabriekNL

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

All the while, my husband was getting himself ready at our home nearby, with his best man and a few close friends. He wore an olive green / grey suit, paired with cognac leather shoes and belt, a linen tie and a crisp white shirt with very subtle neon stitching detailing. He looked so dashing. After getting dressed, he made his way over to where we were to get a first look at his future wife and get the day started. I was so nervous about him seeing me I could hardly breathe. When I had presented him with a swatch of the silk of my dress for him to match up at the suit store, his immediate reaction was, “It’s orange!“, so I was petrified he would hate it. And then he saw me, and his breath caught, and I knew, and all was right with the world…

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands / Furniture by FabriekNL / Bridal Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry / Veil by Sibo Designs

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands / Furniture by FabriekNL / Bridal Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry / Veil by Sibo Designs

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling and floral design by Avenue Lifestyle

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands / Furniture by FabriekNL / Bridal Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry / Veil by Sibo Designs

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands / Furniture by FabriekNL / Bridal Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry / Veil by Sibo Designs

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands / Furniture by FabriekNL / Bridal Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry / Veil by Sibo Designs

There was one slight (read: massive) downer to the day. It was incredibly wet. It had poured with rain the days prior. And when I say pour, I mean pelting down, the kind of rain that hurts the skin when it falls and soaks you through and through in a matter of seconds. The day before the wedding, my dear friend Ciara O’Halloran from the stunning blog Style Serendipity arrived to help with the decorating and approached the building buried in her coat while the rain pelted down and gushed through the big iron doors of the venue. I was not impressed and was so worried about the photography schedule I had carved out and the kinds of images we would end up with. We were forced to start the photographs indoors while the rain fell, but surprisingly I wasn’t in the least bothered by this unfortunate turn of events. I was relaxed, happy and prepared for whatever would ensue. No point worrying about things on the day that are out of control. So we stayed at the venue for the first lot of snaps, which I will reveal to you tomorrow!

I hope that you enjoyed this little peek into the morning of my wedding. I’ll be back tomorrow with Part Two, and if you think you’ve seen enough pretty, you haven’t. Trust me on that. I’ll be taking you through the venue and tables, the bridal party, the ceremony, love shoot and the party, and lastly, my favorites of the film images (eeeeek!) once they are back from the lab and our wedding video which is being created by Ray Pluym Cinematography! Thank you, Anouschka and Ray for capturing all of these precious memories for us. Wish we could do it all over again!

Much love,

Holly x

Photography: Anouschka Rokebrand / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft / Furniture: FabriekNL / Rug:  Sheepsroad via Etsy / Dress: Armeni / Headpiece: Portobello Jewelry / Veil: Sibo Designs / Earrings: A pair given to the bride by friend Tina Fussell and a pair purchased from Red Truck Designs on Etsy / Stationary: Atelier Indrukwekkend / Rings: His – Mimi Amsterdam (melted down from two wedding rings inherited from D’s grandparents) & Hers Backers en Zoon Juweliers /  Flowers: designed by bride, florals sourced from local florists (Toke Bloemen & Marcel & Ruud Bloembinders) markets, and wildflowers gathered at a local forest; bouquets assembled by a friend of the bride / Styling: Avenue Lifestyle / Styling assistants: Style Serendipity Nu interieur|ontwerp / Hair and Makeup by a friend of the bride

16 Responses to “Wedding Files: Part I – Bridal Preparation”

  1. Ingrid says:

    You are gorgeous. The dress suits you so well. It reflects your style. The pictures are beautiful. Anouschka did a fabulous job. You can feel the love and emotion. I love the pictures of you and Lola. Especially the one where you kiss each other. Can’t wait to see more. x

    • Holly says:

      Thank you, Ingrid. Anouschka and Ray indeed did a sterling job, as I knew they would. Can’t wait to show you the rest!! Those snaps of me and Lola will be making their way into frames very soon. Too sweet to be in an album 🙂 Take care, Holly x

  2. Sally Anne says:

    Truly beautiful!!cant eait for next post!!

  3. Talitha says:

    Stunning!! The setting is gorgeous and everyone looks so beautiful. And your dress! I’m very curious about the next posts. X

    • Holly says:

      Hi Talitha, yes the setting worked out very well in the end. There was blood, sweat and many, many tears to get to that point, particularly in the 6 weeks leading up to the big day, but it was all worth it and it was the very best day of my life. Thanks so much xxx

  4. Wendy Morley says:

    Congratulations, Holly and Dirk on your wedding. The photos radiate your happiness.loved reading your blog.

    • Holly says:

      Thank you, Wendy! So sweet of you to stop by. It was such a wonderful day despite the wet weather! Hope you are well? Much love, H x

  5. Nikole Gramm says:

    Love, love, love the dress, Holly! Xo miss you!

  6. Mel says:

    Oh Holly, I had tears in my eyes reading this post. You looked absolutely beautiful and I especially love that photo of you and your daughter, just precious. The bridesmaids, your mum, your man – gorgeous! I can’t wait to read and see more. M xx

    • Holly says:

      Hi Mel, thank you so much. Yes, the images of me and Lola, my mum and maids are some of my favorites too. I love the olive green backdrop with the colors of our dresses and flowers. Anouschka did a fabulous job with our images. So pleased you are able to enjoy them from across the sea. Much love, Holly x

    • Holly says:

      Hi Mel, thank you so much. Yes, the images of me and Lola, my mum and maids are some of my favorites too. I love the olive green backdrop with the colors of our dresses and flowers. Anouschka did a fabulous job with our images. So pleased you are able to enjoy them from across the sea. Much love, Holly x

  7. JansjeJKF says:

    Finally found the time to read your lovely wedding part I and II.
    Tears in my eyes!

  8. elizabeth says:

    Hi Holly, I’m new to reading your blog (came across you from the link on decor8). Your wedding was beautiful, all aspects just stunning. I’m bridesmaid in the summer for my best friend and as I watched your video it made me smile and brought a tear to my eye with joy as i look forward to her special day. Looking forward to becoming a new reader to your blog.

    Elizabeth

    • Holly says:

      Hi Elizabeth, thank you so much for stopping by with your sweet comment. Our wedding was truly the best day of my life. So full of emotion and beauty. I’m sure your best friend’s wedding will be nothing short of that too, and how wonderful to be able to share that with her. All the very best and have fun! Holly

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