02
Sep 2013

Jill + Andrew

A Relaxed Thursday Wedding, an Industrial Venue and Lots of Pretty Personal Details

I’m not always sure whether I like veils, but the one Jill has, and the way she’s wearing it is just perfect. I think it totally fits her wonderful dress for a very gypsy looking result; and the best part is, she did it herself! Actually, it looks like every little detail they put into that wedding had a personal meaning for them, how great is that? Last, I need to tell you I love this industrial venues! Photography by Carina Skrobecki.

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Jill and Andrew were married on a Thursday in May 2013 in a small private ceremony at the Seattle, Washington LDS Temple. The reception that night was at the Golden Gardens Bathhouse on the beach in Seattle, WA. From the bride:

One of my early successes was that I fell in love with and bought the first dress I tried on–bridal shops aren’t really my thing :)

I’m better with details than with ‘big picture’ planning, so I was so excited to see how both the planned (and un-planned) details came together into the best day! Some of my favorites– my wedding ring is my gramma’s (with 46 years of marriage already to its name),  I carried the same heirloom handkerchief my mom carried during my parents’ wedding, and I made my own veil, my buckskin boots, and the feather boutinierres.  Our lovely designer and baker friends designed the invitations, helped style the reception, and did the dessert catering (best cake I’ve had in my life!) and my sister made photo timelines of me and my husband growing up to display…  I hand-stitched our guestbook pages out of vintage postcards from places we’ve lived and old family pictures.  We had our Seattle reception at the same beach where we had our first date, and for the reception we showed a stop motion video we made and my husband performed a song… AND the lighting on the beach was crazy perfect that evening.

 

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Name one thing you regret…

Well, first–I always wanted a cream colored VW bus for a getaway car… perhaps for our ten year! and second–I wish I could have had a few extra quiet moments with each of our guests and with each other…those little moments are some of what I remember the BEST…

 

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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

I loved how absolutely carefree the day felt once it came– the day goes quickly and I’m glad we opted for a more laid back schedule and atmostphere.  Carina and Rob captured the energy of the day in pictures and video perfectly.

 

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29
Aug 2013

Essie + Frank

Super Fun Dutch Windy Beach Wedding

There’s many things I love about weddings, but what touches me the most is to see people in love, and people having fun, because, that’s what it should be about, right? Essie and Frank had a simple beach wedding, but I love how much fun they seem to have had together. The wedding took place in the Netherlands, so that it’s not the typical turquoise water beach wedding; we can see there’s actually a lot of wind, which just gives a very special atmosphere! +1 for the 2 red balloons representing Essie’s missing sister and father! Photography by Jarg Woldhuis.

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The wedding took place May 31th, 2013 in Texel, The Netherlands; the location is called Beach-In Paal 21.

Our first date was five years ago at the dance event Sensation White in Amsterdam. Like it is in the name “Sensation White” the dress code was completely white! We liked that so much we decided to use the same dress code on our wedding five years later…

The island is very special to the both of us; we have great memories of some special moments on the island. On the wedding we had to miss Essie’s sister and father and in memory of them we added two red balloons to our 50 white “Just Married” balloons. We let the two red balloons go at the same time at the land wash followed by the 50 white ones; which was very spectacular because of the strong wind!

 

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Name one thing you regret…

After a long and hard thought about what to regret regarding our wedding… we decided there was nothing to really regret! Sure… Essie wasn’t on the bus that picked up all the wedding guests including me, the groom… So she missed a great bus drive around the island in a red English double decker bus. But in return she got that great entrance without anyone (including me!) seeing her before that moment! That moment was very very special and awesome!

 

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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

The first “todo” on our wedding-preparation-list was to get Jarg Woldhuis as our photographer. And we are very very proud on his pictures of our wedding! BANG!
We’re very proud on Essie’s 80 year old mom and the fact that she attended the wedding from the beginning until the late end. She didn’t want to miss a thing, and she didn’t!!
We are very happy we could realize our dream to get married on the beach with all our loved ones around us.


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12
Aug 2013

Alana + Rob

Moving Australian Wedding at the Beach, in Yellow!

So much (and so many) emotions came up went I went through the pictures of Alana and Rob’s wedding! I was basically moved and amused at the same time, especially when first seeing the pictures of their ‘first look’—Lucky commented about this at the end of the post! I loved so many things about their wedding: It was a wedding at the beach and everybody got to take off their shoes; the groomsman gifts were customised and instead of names you could read things like “smart ass” or worse; the night ended up with a campfire on the beach and they had a rainbow cake. Also, everybody looked fantastic and yellow is definitely a nice color for a wedding. Of course, you cannot actually feel other people’s emotions throughout images without a great photographer being involved; this wedding was shot by Lakshal Perera (but you should call him Lucky), who we had the absolute pleasure to have at home for a few days a couple of months ago, and that I am now proud to call my friend. Enjoy.

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The wedding took place on April 27, 2013, at Home Beach, on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia. The reception was at Point Lookout Community Hall, North Stradbroke Island. From the bride:

We decided to invite quite a few friends to be part of our bridal party. We had a relaxed wedding, and they got to wear their own clothes (within a few guidelines), so there was no stressing over trying to wrangle people to fittings or finding a dress that matched different body shapes. Having our friends involved was a really fun part of the day.

 

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Name one thing you regret…

One thing Rob regretted were his nerves leading up to the big day. He hates being the centre of attention and was really nervous, but we ended up having so much fun that he’d love to do it again!

 

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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

We chose to have a ‘first look’ and see each other before the ceremony. We were so glad we did, because it gave us a few special moments together, and we got to say our personal vows in private. It also helped with nerves!

 

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The word of the photographer.

I loved everything about Rob and Alana. From the first time that I chatted to them on Skype to getting to know them better on Facebook in the time before their wedding, I really felt a connection with them. And being on Stradbroke Island the day before the wedding and spending some time with them just confirmed all of that. But it almost didn’t happen – I caught the ferry over to Stradbroke Island and Alana was supposed to come and pick me up from the terminal. I had messaged a bit earlier with which ferry I was going to be on but due to the remoteness of where they were, the phone reception was somewhat lacking and my messages didn’t get through. I didn’t know where exactly they were so jumped on a public bus and asked the driver whether he could help take me to where I needed. Thankfully he did and I made it in one piece! From the moment I arrived, Alana, Rob and all of their friends and family treated me with complete warmth and affection. I was one of them and I shared their wedding experience with them. It was a beautiful and touching wedding, filled with personal touches that Rob and Alana had spent countless hours preparing. And these two people were clearly absolutely devoted and committed to each other – they loved each other to the core. I was just lucky enough to be there to photograph it and these are the kinds of things that I live for.

One anecdote: During the first look, Alana started crying and nobody had tissues. I offered her a cloth from my bag which I use to clean my lenses without realising that it was covered in lens cleaner which irritated Alana’s eyes and made her tear up even more. Thankfully, Rob donated one of his socks to the cause!

 

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