My oh my does the Dutch know how to party? Do they know how to throw a fun wedding? Do they know how to plan a perfect wedding? Yes they do. Well at least Ilse & Joep with their friends & family do!
So a few weeks back I joined my friend a co worker Ingrid Simons to photograph a wedding together in Utrecht, the Netherlands (Holland). And it was the most perfect wedding. Truly. Not only because it was such a pleasure to see two people so crazy in love, but also to see two people have so much fun together and such a fantastic day with their friends and family. I could go on forever, but there’s a few things I love in particular;
I love how Ilse’s dad sat down to play the piano in the morning of preparations and Ilse stood behind him for what felt like an eternity, like there was just the two of them in the whole world…and the piece he played on the piano.
I love how when Ilse walked down the stairs to meet Joep just before the wedding, he looked at her like there was no tomorrow. As if in this defying moment there was no longer two, but one of them and everything was just safe and lovely.
I love it when I realised their wedding car was a Volkswagen bus and I was going to travel with them in it! I have never been in one ever, but always wanted to. For purely selfish reasons I love that that was their choice of transportation 🙂
I love it that when Ilse stood up in church and started to sing a song exclusively for Joep, the whole of the church burst into tears like I have never seen before. I loved every second of that song and even though it was in Dutch and I didn’t understand a word of it, I was in the back holding my tears back.
I love how all of the couples friends and family had come together to organise the wedding. With everything from the farm, the food, the fun, the festival, the signs…it was all made with a whole lot of love and not much else.
I love the afternoon salsa class and the outdoor dance floor filled with guests.
I love that instead of having one cake they had 7, I liked that a lot 😉
I love that everyone got to bring their own plate and write a message for the couple on the back.
I love sing a long when it is proper sing a long. And this was nothing but proper sing a long! People were on the tables, in trees, dancing around the gardens, singing, laughing crying, laughing, cheering, laughing….so. much. fun.
I love the speeches. Not understanding a word, but really getting it, feeling it. The laughter and tears and all the emotions were indicators off course, but the energy was indescribable. Intense and real.
There’s so much to love about Ilse & Joep’s wedding, but most of all Ilse & Joep actually.
I + J. Wow. Thank you for having me and for being just amazing people. I admire you both and the love and passion you have for each other and for everything around you. It was perfect. Thank you.
Lot’s of love, always. A