Wedding Files: Part II – Bridesmaids, Table Settings and a Very Personal Story

24.05.14

Hello again! Back today as promised with Part II of the Wedding Files series. I promise I’ll be back to posting about inspiring interiors, styling and photography very soon but for now I’m so excited to share with you my special day. Did you enjoy Part I as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you? It’s so surreal that all of that magic happened (and boy did it all happen fast!) and now it feels like some sort of dream. Speaking of dreamy things, I have more stunning images to show you today, this time of my gorgeous bridesmaids, the table settings and a couple of shots taken right after getting ready in the space downstairs.

Wedding Files: Part II – Bridesmaids, Table Settings and a Personal Story / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Wedding gown by Armeni / Veil by SIBO Designs / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Let me introduce to to five of the prettiest maids I know. Looking at the opening image, we have my sisters Linda and Claire on the far edges, my best friends Lauren and Danielle next to my sisters, and my cousin Glenda standing next to me. Aren’t they a lovely bunch? The girls wore dresses that they picked themselves after I sent them these moodboards to help them along. I wanted them above all to feel comfortable, confident and beautiful in their outfits, and to come away with something that really suits their body type and personal style. I love the look of mismatched frocks of varying fabric types and shades in the same colour palette. I also love mixing textures. They nailed it. Each one of them perfectly translated my ideas, picking something that was just right. I adored each and every one of their dresses! Their paired their dresses with either cognac leather or blush hued shoes, as per instruction and I love how the neutral palette I had had in mind all came together so beautifully. 

Wedding Files: Part II – Bridesmaids, Table Settings and a Personal Story / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Wedding gown by Armeni / Veil by SIBO Designs / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur, Delft, The Netherlands

Wedding Files: Part II – Bridesmaids / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle

Wedding Files: Part II – Bridesmaids, Table Settings and a Personal Story / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Wedding gown by Armeni / Veil by SIBO Designs / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur, Delft, The Netherlands

Wedding Files: Part II – Bridesmaids / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur, Delft, The Netherlands

Wedding Files: Part II – Bridesmaids, Table Settings and a Personal Story / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle

The girl’s bouquets were a combination of olive, eucalyptus, pink jasmine, cow parsley that was gathered from the local forest by two of my bridesmaids the day before the wedding, a few sprigs of the most dainty white forget-me-not’s and giant coral hued peonies. I wanted something loose with a slightly wild look to them, but still with a lovely touch of femininity. I loved all the olive green tones, particularly with the colour of the walls of the venue.  Because I had quite a specific look in mind for the bouquets, I sourced the flowers myself and ended up gathering them from thee different florists locally as well as the market. Knowing I would be too busy the night before and the morning of the wedding, I enlisted the help of my sister’s best friend, who has known me since I was about 5, to put the arrangements together as she used to do floral design for weddings.

Originally I was looking for peonies in a soft tea/peach colour thinking they would be beautiful with the colour of my gown, but when it comes to color, it’s all about timing with peonies. The more they open, the softer their colour becomes, so they needed to be almost dead and falling apart for them to have been the colour I wanted. But I must say, looking at the bouquets against everything now, I think that coral colour gives the whole palette a beautiful pop. And I got to enjoy the fading peonies at home after the wedding anyway, which you can see in this Instagram post.

Wedding Files: Part II / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Wedding gown by Armeni / Veil by SIBO Designs / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur, Delft, The Netherlands

Wedding Files: Part II / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Wedding gown by Armeni / Veil by SIBO Designs / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Wedding Files: Part II / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Wedding gown by Armeni / Veil by SIBO Designs / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Let me tell you about this wonderful woman you see above. She is my mother, and the bravest, most incredible woman I know. She is a survivor. When I was 14, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having gone through a year of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, she suddenly suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. When she slipped into a coma while being airlifted to hospital, we were told to gather the family together and start planning her funeral. They told us that the bleed had been so severe that the likelihood that she would never wake up from her coma was very strong, and that if she did wake up, that she would be severely impaired and confined to a wheelchair for life. You can just imagine the thoughts whirling through my mind as a teenager and the notion that she would be rolling down the aisle beside me in a wheelchair on my wedding day. We were all devastated, but then she woke up with nothing but a bit of short term, temporary memory loss. Those of you familiar with stroke will know that it could have been a lot worse. They told us it was a miracle and sent her back home, only to take her back just two months later after she had suffered a second stroke. Just when we thought we had lost her for good (who survives such torment?) she surprised us all and came home again, this time having spent three months in brain rehabilitation while I was in high school. It was really the most turbulent time for all of us, and it all feels like another life altogether, but you can imagine how amazing it was for me to have my mother at my wedding, so alive and so beautiful, after everything we have been through.

Wedding Files: Part II / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Assistant styling by Style Serendipity / Plates by VerTerra / Brass candlesticks & cutlery by Helene Millot Furnishings

Wedding Files: Part II / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Assistant styling by Style Serendipity / Plates by VerTerra / Brass candlesticks & cutlery by Helene Millot Furnishings

The tables! Quite possibly my favourite part of the wedding planning. From the get go we wanted to create a low key, relaxed setting reminiscent of a garden party. At long tables dotted with candlelight and lined with jasmine, we would dine with all of our closest friends and family Italian family style, where wholesome, locally sourced produce, made into simple but delicious dishes were served in a relaxed, low-key manner. I purchased a ton of vintage bowls from second hand stores around town for the dishes to be served in, and our caterers (the amazing duo Femke and Eddy from Hééérlijk) served clusters of amazing dishes to each group of about 10 people. I’ll tell you all about the menu later on, but they did an amazing job of translating exactly the kind of atmosphere we wanted.

Because there would be a lot going on on the tables food wise, I wanted to keep the rest very simple and pared down. I created centerpieces from clusters of fine brass candlesticks which I sourced at Amsterdam based Hélène Millot Furnishings along with the most beautiful mismatched collection of silver and bone cutlery. With these items secured, I knew I wanted to keep the rest organic and simple, but with the same femininity that flowed through the rest of the scheme.

Wedding Files: Part II / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Assistant styling by Style Serendipity / Plates by VerTerra / Brass candlesticks & cutlery by Helene Millot Furnishings / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands

Wedding Files: Part II / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Assistant styling by Style Serendipity / Plates by VerTerra / Brass candlesticks & cutlery by Helene Millot Furnishings

Wedding Files: Part II / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Assistant styling by Style Serendipity / Plates by VerTerra / Brass candlesticks & cutlery by Helene Millot Furnishings / Venue: Lijm & Cultuur Delft, The Netherlands

Wedding Files: Part II / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Assistant styling by Style Serendipity / Plates by VerTerra / Brass candlesticks & cutlery by Helene Millot Furnishings

Probably not one of my best choices, but I decided to make my own table runner and napkins! (Do NOT try this at home, people!!) Because our venue had been cancelled 7 weeks before the big day, and we had no idea where the wedding would be taking place, how many tables we would be needing, or what kind of layout we would be employing, I decided to buy an entire roll of fabric at the markets (I chose a fine, almost see-through cotton) that was 19 meters in length and 3 meters in width and make 4 extremely long table runners to ensure we would have enough, I enlisted the help of two girlfriends and given the amount of wine that consumed on the evening we made them, they came out surprisingly straight!

And then I thought I would test how much my bridesmaids love me by deciding to make 80 linen napkins from scratch two days before the wedding. And while they all shook their heads at me and called me crazy (and I’m sure the word Bridezilla popped up a few times, too), one amazing maid jumped to the rescue (thanks Glen!) and together we pressed and sewed until all 80 were finished and it was five o’clock in the morning. We had good tunes though, so it wasn’t all labour!

Wedding Files: Part II / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Assistant styling by Style Serendipity / Plates by VerTerra / Brass candlesticks & cutlery by Helene Millot Furnishings

Wedding Files: Part II / Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Assistant styling by Style Serendipity

I have been in love with VerTerra dinnerware made from fallen palm leaves for a really long time because of its natural, organic quality, so I knew early on that I wanted to incorporate them into the table settings. Because the venue had these rustic wooden tables, I decided to pair a VerTerra cheese plate with simple white Ikea plates for contrast. They were a prefect fit and I like the simplicity paired with the more ornate candlestick centerpieces and cutlery.

On top of each wine glass was a little wooden skewer with blueberries and blackberries on it, and on each place setting there was a little home made jam which I made one evening with a friend of mine who is an amazing cook. We made this recipe for a rhubarb and orange preserve and infused it with cinnamon and fresh ginger. It was so easy to make and absolutely delicious! My bridesmaids all helped to craft the little fabric jam toppers, which came in several different colours and fabrics.

I am very fortunate that I have a network of very talented people I could call upon to help me with the styling of the venue as I knew I would be busy on the day itself and would;t physically be able to do all of the physical work myself. Without hesitation, I enlisted my good friend Ciara from the blog Style Serendipity to help me with the styling, as well as Tessa from Nu interieur|ontwerp. Between the two of them, I knew they would be able to capture my feminine but simple and organic vision to perfection, and that they did. Thank you both so, so much, ladies!

And that’s that guys! Back on Monday with the next installment, the love shoot and ceremony!

This is so much fun. I hope you are enjoying this series as much as I am.

Have a great weekend,

Holly x

Photography: Anouschka Rokebrand / Venue: Lijm en Cultuur Delft / Furniture: FabriekNL / Dress: Armeni / Headpiece: Portobello Jewelry / Veil: Sibo Designs / Bridesmaid’s Necklaces: Mimi Amsterdam / Flowers: designed by Avenue Lifestyle, 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 / Dinner plates: Ikea / Salad plates: VerTerra Dinnerware / Cutlery and Brass candlesticks: Hélène Millot Furnishings / Styling: Avenue Lifestyle / Styling assistants: Style SerendipityNu interieur|ontwerp / Hair and Makeup by a friend of the bride 

10 Responses to “Wedding Files: Part II – Bridesmaids, Table Settings and a Very Personal Story”

  1. JansjeJKF says:

    WOW!! I knew you would do a great job! How lovely this all looks and what a wonderful venue! Love the transparent look and feel. Great pics!

  2. Danique says:

    Oh my Holly, this is beyond beautiful! The venue worked out perfect for you and such a great job on the tables! And Lola looked so cute ieeh!

  3. Ciara says:

    Eeek so excited to see these! It feels very surreal having been there in person, now looking at all the shots and I could never have imagined just how beautifully Anoushka would have captured it all. Not only all the details that you poured your heart and soul into but especially capturing how you glowed all day, love just beaming from your every pore! It was an honour and a privilege to have been there to watch it all unfold sweet Holly, wishing you every happiness now and in the future xx

    • Holly says:

      Ah, Ciara. Thank you so much! Anouschka really did capture it all to perfection. And yes, I was beaming with love the entire day, completely overwhelmed by the many people who did so much to show their love and support {ahem… you and Rian!}. So special to have been able to share those memories with you. To many more {beautiful} adventures together! xoxo

  4. Jessica says:

    It looks amazing!!! So you and beautiful. xx

  5. Sylvie says:

    Beautiful Bride, what a great story teller you are! I’ve been quite busy lately so I just finished reading part I and II. So beautiful and fun to read all about your preparation, boy you girls did a LOT! It definitely did show, everything looked perfect, and so did you both. Wishing you all the best!

  6. Oh.. this is amazing. Thank you for sharing all those photo’s, perfectly captured. Anouskha did a great job! The styling is mindblowing, subtle but so much your style. Im happy to see how your weddingday looks so beautiful. Wish you all the love!

  7. Hi,

    I’m friend of Glenda and came across your wedding photo and FB page, Congratulations on your marriage. Just wanted to say I love all the details of the decoration, the style, the venue was perfect, beautiful colours, I have enjoyed reading your blog (Part I and II so far) and the photography was amazing! wishing you more happy days 😉 Sylvia

    • Holly says:

      Hi Sylvia! Thank you so much. It really was an absolute dream day, despite bucket loads of rain! Having Glenda there by my side was an absolute highlight. Talk about an amazing bridesmaid – she pulled an all-nighter with me 2 days before the wedding to sew and press 80 linen napkins! Must be love 🙂

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