26
Aug 2014

Bea + Chris

My Friends’ Beautiful English Sussex Wedding

It’s not for all the weddings that I’ve been to that I can say I was really really close from the bride or the groom. For some reason, my best friends don’t get married! When Chris and Bea told us they were getting married at the end of April 2014, I was really excited about celebrating & partying with them. I put their wedding date one year in advance in my calendar, so that nothing in the world could keep me from being there… Nothing except the expected date of delivery of our son, which happened to be April 30!
For you to have an idea, Bea is one of the reasons Marcio and I are together at all; and Chris, he’s the kind of totally unique guy that you know you don’t meet twice in your life. They’ve been living in London for quite a few years now, but have come back for every important moment in my life since then. It’s a shame we couldn’t be there for them on that day, but I am glad I still get to show their photos on the blog! The photos, by the way, were taken by Dragos and Laura of Be Light Photography, that I’ve feature so many times that I’ve lost counts; but as we say, in French, “who loves doesn’t count”.

•••

 

The wedding took place in Lewes, in the UK, on April 26, 2014. From the bride:

Chris and I met in Evry, in the outskirts of Paris, in 2004 when I was doing my Erasmus year. I’m Spanish and he’s French AND Portuguese. From the day we met we were good friends, then we fell in love and lived happily in Paris for five years. In 2009 I got transferred to London with my job and a year later he joined me in the English adventure. After 9 years of relationship and with so many places that we can call “home”, the easy decision was to get married, the not so easy was to decide where! We finally went for a wedding in the English countryside, because it was neutral territory, more practical for us in terms of organisation, and, let’s admit it, because I’m a sucker for Jane Austen stories…

 

christriz-belight-photography-01christriz-belight-photography-04 christriz-belight-photography-03christriz-belight-photography-02christriz-belight-photography-05 christriz-belight-photography-06

Name one thing you regret… 

In England most places will only do loud music until midnight, which meant that our dinner had to finish early if we wanted to maximise the dancing time. That put a bit of strain in the scheduling. If we had calculated times from the beginning we would have just had the ceremony one or two hours earlier.

 

christriz-belight-photography-07 christriz-belight-photography-08 christriz-belight-photography-09 christriz-belight-photography-10 christriz-belight-photography-11 christriz-belight-photography-12 christriz-belight-photography-13 christriz-belight-photography-14 christriz-belight-photography-15 christriz-belight-photography-16 christriz-belight-photography-17

… And one thing that makes you proud.

Three things: First and most important, almost all our guests had to fly to the wedding and we were worried that this would put off many people from coming, but not at all! An overwhelming number of friends and family crossed half Europe for our wedding and we feel blessed for having them during the weekend. Secondly, if you can, hire a wedding planner. You’ll still make all the decisions but they are priceless putting your crazy ideas into practice (like finding that Mini!) and they take care of all the stress so that you can just relax and enjoy. Third, we love quizzes so we prepared a Quiz game about us and the guests, for people to play during the meal if they wanted. We had much fun preparing it, it was a hit and a great icebreaker and played a big part in the overall good mood of the wedding.

 

christriz-belight-photography-18 christriz-belight-photography-19 christriz-belight-photography-20 christriz-belight-photography-21 christriz-belight-photography-22 christriz-belight-photography-23 christriz-belight-photography-24 christriz-belight-photography-25 christriz-belight-photography-26 christriz-belight-photography-27 christriz-belight-photography-28 christriz-belight-photography-29 christriz-belight-photography-30 christriz-belight-photography-31 christriz-belight-photography-32

23
May 2014

Deirdre + Boris

Outdoor Dutch Wedding – A Ceremony Between Two Apple Trees and a Mint Wedding Dress

A simple day in a beautiful backyard & a ceremony between two apple trees, this is what Deirdre and Boris’ wedding looked like. No tight schedule for these two – the band stayed for so long that they left too late for their next gig and the bride even said “I do” before her turn!… In other words, no frills for this wedding, but one memorable day for both the bride and groom and their guests! And oh, YES to mint wedding dresses! Photography by Jarg Woldhuis.

•••

 

The wedding took place on 30 August 2013 at a B&B called Mollenvlied in the Dutch village Vaassen.

We wanted an outdoor wedding and Mollenvlied was perfect for it. It is a magical place in the woods only to be reached over a long sandy road. Because our wedding was outside, in the woods, we made up our own dress code, ‘forest chic’. People really struggled with that, had no idea. Of course, a lot of the ladies wore high heels against our advise. We kept checking the weather forecast every day for about a month, hoping and praying it would be sunny and lovely, and luckily, it was!! Everything worked in our favour that day, we couldn’t believe how lucky we were.

I was very, very nervous before the ceremony. Jarg had to keep telling me to breathe, I just forgot. He was really kind and thoughtful like that. We wrote our own vows and had an intimate ceremony between the apple trees. Because of my nerves I misunderstood and said I DO before my turn, oh well…


Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-01 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-02 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-03 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-04 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-05

Name one thing you regret…

I really have no regrets at all about our wedding, with all its little flaws it was still such a perfectly wonderful day!
Our guests really loved our wedding as well. Some even said it was the best they had ever attended, including their own ;) Some of them sat by the fire until dawn.

 

Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-06 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-07 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-08 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-09 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-10 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-11 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-12 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-13Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-15 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-14

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

I’m most happy about the fact that this beautiful day reflected so perfectly who we are together and in relation to our family and friends. And of course, that it marks the beginning of a journey for me and my sweet, amazing husband.

 

Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-16 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-17 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-18 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-19 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-20 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-21 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-22 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-23 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-24 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-25 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-26 Outdoor-Wedding-Netherlands-Jarg-Woldhuis-27

22
Apr 2014

Thaís + Filipe

An Emotional Surprise Wedding

Thaís and Filipe are Brazilian and about to experience a big change: they’re moving to Mexico. They are also in the middle of the organization of their wedding, a wedding that will take place on the beach in Tulum once they’re there. What they didn’t know is that another kind of wedding was planned in secret for them, on the day of their civil marriage in Brazil by the bride’s sisters. The whole idea was to give the opportunity to some of their friends who wouldn’t make it to Tulum to get a taste of what they were going to miss. I’ve always thought I’d kill the person who’d organize a surprise wedding for me—that’s because I’m kind of a control freak—, but I think their pictures made me change my mind. I mean, have you ever seen a bride that emotional? The photos were taken by Mariana Magno out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

So, surprise wedding, yes or no?

•••

 

Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-01 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-02 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-03 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-04 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-05 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-06 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-07 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-08 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-09 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-10 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-11 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-12 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-13Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-15 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-16 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-17 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-18 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-19 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-20 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-21 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-22 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-23 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-24 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-25 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-26 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-27 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-28 Surprise-Wedding-Mariana-Magno-29

The word of the photographer.

As a photographer, I’ve had my share of emotions, but this wedding stands in my top 10 of the most emotional weddings ever.

At home, everything was taken care of by Thaís’ sisters; Thaís didn’t even know what she was going to wear! They gave them headphones and took them to the church, that was already decorated and full of people waiting for them. When they arrived, they recognized the place by its smell, but had no idea how beautiful everything was and how much friends were waiting to witness their love with them.

It was one memorable moment of joyful tears! Even I had to get it together so I wouldn’t sob! It was so good to be able to be there and capture so much love, to see so many open-hearted people, in a place that’s so special for the bride & groom. I was literally able to feel the love and affection in every detail.

Follow Us on Facebook

You May French Kiss the Bride

You May French Kiss the Bride is a creativity-stimulating website for crazy-in-a-good-way photographers and couples. We are Joana and Marcio and we think you’re the best. Be in love. Be yourself—and let it spill over the web!

•••

Wedding blog • Blog de mariages • Blog de casamentos

What’s on our mind these days?

• Have a cool idea for the next theme? Email us!

 Next themed post: (French) kiss.