13 Years together. Miranda always dreamed of her wedding, Jan not so much. He told her after they got their two children Lotte and Job they would get married one day when the kids were old enough. The kids got older and Lotte even mentioned it as she saw her moms last name was not the same as the rest of them. So one day out of the blue, not romantic at all he said it was maybe time to get married. Miranda knew that that was the best proposal she would get and jumped on it right away, finally being able to plan the wedding of her dreams.
Miranda is super creative and already told me she wanted to make a lot of the details and styling herself. Their theme was hearts and the colors white and red. I was blown away how many things she made herself, the decorations, the card, the boutonnieres, the cake, the table and venue decorations, the Thank you gifts(I will post these tomorrow!), the reception album, etc, etc. It all came together on their wedding day and everyone was talking about it how much they loved it.
On the 21st of Septmeber I arrived with Nathalie(my assistant and second shooter) as Miranda was getting her hair and make-up done, as was Lotte. Miranda was so nervous and stayed this way till after the ceremony was over, after that you could see her relax and enjoy everything. Then she and Lotte got dressed(BTW I was in love with her red cowboy boots!). Not much later Jan and Jop arrived in the Rolls Royce(which they had to help try to start with Jan's car, but they only told us this much later on) it was time for the first look. I love, love, LOVE the first look so much and to see Jan get overwhelmed with emotions gave me goosebumps right then and there. Inside of Miranda's parents house everyone was waiting for them to present themselves for the first time and when they walked into the living room Miranda was the one who got overwhelmed with emotions. Everyone got into the big white bus they rented for that day and it was off to the city hall in Leiden were the ceremony took place.
The ceremony was one with a smile and laughter and not only Jan and Miranda placed the rings on each others fingers, so did Lotte and Jop. When they came outside everyone was blowing bubbles from a heart shaped bubble-maker(details people, details!). As a surprise they got to set free two pigeons. The family and friends left to go to Miranda's mothers house again to enjoy a lovely lunch and we went to Kasteel Duivenvoorde in Voorschoten to do their shoot. When we wanted to leave we heard that the Rolls Royce broke down completely and they had to wait for a new car to arrive. Not long after a white Bentley arrived and all was well again. Not much time left to grab ourselves a some bread and off we went to the Meerhoeve, the location of the diner and party.
First it was cake and bubbles and then the kids could enjoyed themselves on a big inflatable jumping "thing" that was placed outside the venue. At diner time we were ordered to put our camera's down and sit with them at their table to eat with them and their family and friends. They made us feel like we were a part of their close cirlce as well and I found this very special.
In the evening when more friends and family arrived it was time for another big surprise. Joeri Nuyten, a Maître-Sabreur came to have them slice the neck of a bottle of champagne. It took place outside, but it was pitch dark and I hoped my flash was able to focus on something. On the first try where Miranda had to hold the bottle she got scared an let the bottle drop to the ground. Luckily it wasn't broken so the second time around Jan could give it a try. He sliced it wrong and the whole bottle exploded. I was so happy when I looked back to see that I captured that exact moment.
Then it was time to party and the first dance was a family dance on "The Time of my life" from the Black eyed peas and after that it was time to PARTY!! Lots of people on the dance flour, Nathalie and I might or might have not made a few moves as well, as the music rocked!
Then it was time to say goodbye and leave the party. Nathalie and I couldn't stop talking about it on the way back about how relaxed and fun it was and how we truly enjoyed the whole day.
Here is a capture of their day:
Ofcourse had to do something with the broke down car ;)
My favorite shots of the day:
Miranda and Jan I hope you look back on your wedding day with as much love and Joy as I do, thank you for choosing me to caturing it all!
Kids clothing: www.suitsyouwell.nl
Hair: Nancy Bronk
Flowers: Bloembinderij De Vos, Sassenheim
Inflatable jumping cushion: www.kidsjumping.nl
The location, including the food and the DJ: www.demeerhoeve.nl