Wedding Files: Part III – Shoot & Ceremony

28.05.14

Ready for Part III of the wedding? I did promise it to you on Monday but I have been spending some quality time with my best friend before she jetted back to Australia. So today I am taking you through our pre ceremony photo shoot and the ceremony itself. If you missed out on the last two parts to this little love story, get the scoop in Part I where I shared all of the images of me and the bridal party getting ready, and Part II where you’ll find gorgeous bridesmaids and perfectly laid tables. Our photographer Anouschka Rokebrand did such a fabulous job with the images that I couldn’t do it all justice with one blog post, so this next installment is part of a four-part series, which I hope you’re loving as much as me.

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs: Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs: Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs: Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs: Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

As I mentioned in the first post, the weather had most unfortunately been wet, wet and more wet for most of the day, so we started the shoot inside the venue with the bridesmaids and my mother and then after much deliberation decided to risk it and jump in the car and attempt to get some shots outdoors before heading to the city hall for the ceremony. The weather held up and we managed to get some lovely shots in an old military base I scouted which is very near to our home. I cycle past it at least three times a week when I drop our little girl Lola off at daycare and when the groundsman offered to open it up for us to do our wedding photos I was thrilled. I love all the exposed brick, the old wooden windows and the secluded feel of it. We had to dodge a few puddles though!

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs: Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs: Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs: Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs: Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

After the shoot, we bundled into the car (our good friend Bas’s old Volvo), defrosted a bit, and headed to the centre of town to the city hall, for the ceremony. I have never felt more nervous in all of my life! It was a three minute drive, but it felt like eternity. My legs were quivering under my dress and my hands were shaking with nerves. Why exactly, I do not know, because I was also very excited, but it had been such a stressful, emotional, busy and unsure time for me up until that point that it was all just bubbling to the surface. We pulled up at the city hall on the town square and my future husband held the door of the car open for me to greet our guests… Anouschka Rokebrand Photography

Anouschka Rokebrand Photography

Anouschka Rokebrand Photography

Anouschka Rokebrand Photography

Of course I had known that all of our friends and family would be waiting there for our arrival, but I couldn’t really picture exactly who. And when I saw them all standing there, all 80 of our most treasured people, I became incredibly emotional. It was one of the most special moments of my life. Once inside, we were ushered to a quiet room while our guests were seated in the marriage hall. I was a bundle of nerves! It was a quiet moment filled with anticipation and excitement.

A little about the city hall. It is very traditional for couples to marry at their local town hall in The Netherlands. While I dreamed of a garden ceremony, I couldn’t shake the moment I first laid eyes on the city hall in Delft when I first visited Dirk here in 2008. Dating back to 1620, it is a vast and elegant structure made from limestone and featuring quaint little shutters on all of the windows and stunning Renaissance detailing all over. It is quite breathtaking in fact, and I knew it would be an experience for both myself but also for the guests traveling from abroad to have our ceremony there. And that it was.

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

My father walked me through the foyer and ‘down the aisle’, or rather, into the room, to Pachelbel’s Canon in D. Our guests were seated around the room in the shape of  U, while we were seated in the middle. A very different affair to any other wedding I had ever been to. The room was laden with classical furnishings which, while I personally prefer simplicity and understated beauty, was very fitting in the moment. I was pleased to see that our outfits didn’t completely clash with the huge rug in the middle of the room! From the minute I locked hands with my future husband, it was all emotion.

Anouschka Rokebrand Photography

Anouschka Rokebrand Photography

Anouschka Rokebrand Photography

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Anouschka Rokebrand Photography

We asked our mothers to present a few words during the ceremony, which they did beautifully and reduced us both to chin-wobbling, breath jerking tears. This moment has officially gone down in the history books as one of the most meaningful to us as a couple.

Meanwhile, our little girl, who had quickly made her way onto her Opa’s lap (my husband’s father who she adores), sat perfectly still during the entire proceedings, only venturing over to us to present us with the rings, of which she did the most beautiful job. It must all have been very strange for her, my poor little sausage!

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Wedding Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Anouschka Rokebrand Photography

Anouschka Rokebrand Photography

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

We chose the song ‘This Old Love‘ by Lior to play during the signing of the papers. I love the lyrics and joyful yet melancholic feel to the song. It completely described how I felt about the signing off of one life and part of myself, to another. All in the name of love. Our best man and maid of honour, Aart and Lauren, witnessed the signing of the papers and added their signatures to the documents. After being pronounced husband and wife, we made our way out of the room to the song ‘Budapest‘ by George Ezra, a song we have come to love in the last few months which we feel encapsulates the sacrifices we have made for our relationship. And it’s a lovely, upbeat song to send our guests off to. We then went to stand in the foyer so that our guests could congratulate us after the ceremony, more often than not in emotional bursts of laughter and tears.

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand

Anouschka Rokebrand Photography

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Gown by Armeni Rotterdam / Veil by SIBO Designs / Headpiece by Portobello Jewelry

Anouschka Rokebrand Photography

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle

Photography by Anouschka Rokebrand / Styling by Avenue Lifestyle

Back outside the city hall, we were greeted for the first time all day by SUN and the peonies in our bouquets opened! It was so beautiful. After being sufficiently ogled by passers by, sometimes being stared at for minutes on end, we made our way into the car and headed off for our late afternoon photo shoot while our guests made their way to the reception venue for drinks, h’ordeuvres, dinner and shenanigans on the dance floor.

I’ll be back tomorrow with with the final installment and very last Wedding Files column with the video of our wedding day. I hope you enjoyed this little peek into the most emotional part of our day and quite possibly, our lives.

Holly x

Photography: Anouschka Rokebrand / Ceremony Location: Stadhuis, Delft / Bridal gown: 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 / Hair and Makeup by a friend of the bride 

12 Responses to “Wedding Files: Part III – Shoot & Ceremony”

  1. Natalie says:

    Holly and Dirk, heartfelt congratulations to you both! It’s so wonderful to take a peek into your special day through your beautiful writing and stunning photographs. Anouschka sure captured your day perfectly! Much love to you all. I look forward to your final post… and hope to catch up with you in person soon for a congratulatory hug xx

    • Holly says:

      Thank you, Natalie! What a whirlwind it’s all been, and yes, Anouschka did an amazing job with the images. And I believe congrats are in order for you too 🙂 I am thrilled for you both! Congratulatory hugs all round! x

  2. Sonia says:

    Beautiful Holly! Love everything, your dress, flowers… The pictures are beautiful and really capture a very special day. I wish you all the best in your newly wed life!
    Liefs. Sonia

    • Holly says:

      Thank you, Sonia! It all came together very nicely in the end despite a lot of stress in the lead up! Hope you are well, lots of love x

  3. Liubou says:

    I am almost crying now, so gorgeous! Really a dream:) Can you be a stylist for my wedding too?:)

  4. yzette says:

    ooooh Holly, this all looks so sweet! And you look stunning! Love it. I wish you both and your Lola a very happy marriage life. Congrats! xx Yzette

  5. Jana says:

    OMG – Holly! I’m speachless. Beauty and lover everywhere. You must be sooooo happy! <3

    • Holly says:

      Thank you ,Jana. Yes, there was a lot of love flowing around on the 10th of May (and quite a few tears too)! Best day of my life 🙂 x

  6. I have just read all three of your posts in one go Holly. Just wonderful and so touching about your Mum and getting Lola ready. You looked beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your special day. Wishing you both many happy years together xx

    • Holly says:

      Wow, Caroline. Apologies for keeping you up so late getting your fix! Thank you so much for your lovely words. It sure was a special day and I am so thankful to have these images to look back on. Much love x

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