With a step beyond the ordinary Bloemen Service Nederland is an enthusiastic flower atelier dedicated to adorning life’s moments.
Recently, and once again I had the opportunity to photograph their brand new Atelier Studio in which they are launching their “Quarantine Flower Experience” and it is pure genius!
Taking into account all the safety corona measures, imagine an intimate afternoon of creativity with your BFF or mom, working with either fresh flowers or dry ones.
The project would be either creating a crown of flowers or a flower cake.
Perfection, because, think about it,… the art of flowers is a symbol of hope as they are the inspiration for lasting memories and we all long for those.
As the proud winners of “Best Bridal Florist in The Netherlands” and “The Best Flower Shop in South Holland”, if you are in the search for magic and quality service be it for a wedding, private event, photoshoot, fair, or company decoration… you’ll find yourself at the right address.
Their atelier is the place where you can feel at liberty to discuss your flower wishes and wildest ideas as you simultaneously are able to look for inspiration LIVE.
And if you love it as much as I do, it can even be rented for a small intimate ceremony.
Flowers are definitely for all of life’s celebrations because flowers are a sign of love.
On May 11 this year, the 8 winning photographs in their different categories will be announced.
Good luck to all my talented colleagues!
“Renee’s and Coen’s Real Wedding”
Taking advantage of the fact that I am just nominated with one of the next series of pictures, I wanted to write this blog with the complete wedding publication.
Renee and Coen got married on July 6th, 2019. She is a ballet teacher in the most prominent dance schools in the Netherlands, and he is a technology expert. Together they are one of the friendliest couples I’ve had the honor of working with and documenting such a special day in their lives.
They are of those couples with whom I feel our relationship began professionally and now it has naturally evolved into a genuine friendship and that fills me with joy.
“3 Locations, all within walking distance and a boat trip”
It was an incredibly smart way to save time and enjoy the day without having to worry about moving from one place to the other. My work was at ease and the 12-hour wedding package was well used, fully covered and enjoying every moment of it.
Here, I share with you the impressions of the day, starting with the “Getting Dressed”, each in their own private room in the beautiful Hotel Boutique Logement Swaenevecht.
Once the couple was ready, we headed to the chapel, conveniently located less than 200 mts away. The chapel was beautifully decorated with floral bouquets that the bride helped prepare.
After the guests congratulated the bride and groom we headed to Slot Zuylen, which was also incredibly conveniently located right behind the chapel and where the guests enjoyed a variety of vlaais.
Vlaai was served in honor of the bride’s and her husband’s family birthplace being that they are originally from the Limburg province.
When the guests were done, we walked back to the chapel, to take 10 minutes of our group pictures.
Although the day started sunny, the sun started to hide behind the clouds and we moved quickly through our 30 minutes Loveshoot before it got darker in the gardens of Slot Zuylen capturing the perfect shots.
A beautiful detail from the bride was a pendant with the pictures of those dear ones no longer physically present but always in their hearts.
Once I was sure I was set with my couple shoots, we moved to the front of the chapel where the couple had a surprise for the guests: a boat ride. And, even though the rain greeted us on that exact instant everyone loved and enjoyed every second of it without getting bothered by the rain.
Upon our return, dinner was ready. And, the 120 guests enjoyed the delicious catering prepared by the chef at Slot Zuylen and delighted with anecdotes that their family and friends had prepared for them. The whole dinner was carried inside since the rain was still falling down.
After the delicious dessert and short break, we moved on to Bistro Belle, also located right next door to the chapel. And, the bride and groom opened the dance floor with their first dance.
And, as an extra surprise, the bride changed her dress onto a shorter and more comfortable one to delight the guests to a Rock n’Roll choreography.
The night ended with laughter, satisfaction, without rain, with a beautiful sunset and many beautiful moments that will be remembered by future generations.
Paris, the city of love, is the perfect location for any love shoot.
Lorenny and Joan, a beautiful couple from the Dominican Republic, chose for their pre-wedding loveshoot to be made in Paris. And, could anything be more perfect?
The beautiful buildings, the atmosphere, the history, the river Seine, and of course, the Eiffel Tower!
Paris, is a photographer’s dream, and always a good idea.
There are so many perfect locations to shoot that it is impossible to narrow it down to only my favorite ones.
But, to mention a few ideas, while in Paris consider:
Trocadero, one of my most definitely favorite places, is a square with the best views of the Eiffel Tower. It is a beautiful stylish location that is perfect for a romantic session at sunrise.
A stroll along the Seine, for the most romantic photos with a background of iconic landmarks.
Pont Alexandre III, would be a favorite bridge.
The Louvre, during the day this place is loaded with tourists and visitors but in the early morning or evening you have plenty of opportunity to make beautiful pictures.
The Tuileries Gardens, near the Louvre, an idyllic place to walk around and make romantic photos.
The Luxembourg Gardens.
Sacre Coeur (from the back side, because the front is always full of people) .
A stroll through Montmartre, You’ll find it located on a mountain with an outstanding view over Paris from Sacre Coeur. Here you’ll find the most beautiful streets with its cobblestone pathways. I particularly love Rue l’Abreuvoir. Note: It is best not to wear high heels if you plan on shooting here.
Les Champs Elysées.
And, some Parisian cafes.
When I’m booked for a love a shoot like this one, there’s always some golden knowledge to pass on in order to ensure the capturing of the most magical images. For example:
1.- It is best to skip weekends in order to avoid the crowds.
2.- Always make a booking in a centered hotel, preferably with large windows and a parisian balcony for bedroom pictures.
3.- Clothes, I advice always to choose your attire with plenty of time considering the season, perfect fit, a flattering color for your skin, and the look you wish to project.
4.- Early shooting. I always make sure to meet each other in the early morning. This way we find the most flattering light and the city is still fairly empty. On this particular shoot, we were in Trocadero at 6:30 and we already found about 5 other professional shoots taking place.
5.- In order to travel with speed from one location to the next, I advice to hire an Uber.
Inspired by childhood memories and the new ones to be made, this beautiful family forest wedding is nothing but love to perfection in a woodsy green dream.
Let’s dance and laugh, and fall all over in love under the trees!
Danielle & Rogier forest wedding at Feel Good Events was a romantic, whimsical, flower-filled, family celebration of love! The couple’s outdoor wedding reception included lots of happy children, loving family members, pastel flowers, an outdoor reception with long, farm styled tables for feasting amidst fresh floral arrangements and fairy lights twinkling into the night.
In this wedding’s photo gallery, you’ll find that modern meets vintage, with an opulent palette consisting of rich colors, wood and lots of leafy green, it adopted a rustic feel with a luxurious twist.
On this wedding, they had such a dedicated team on board, that I believe it can be a source of inspiration for any modern mixed family wedding to be.
I hope you enjoy this gallery as much as I enjoyed creating it.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. It is a ritual passage full of meaning and charged with emotion and which should be a perfect event.
And, what could be possibly more perfect than a rustic bohemian wedding in Italy’s Tuscany?
This Spring Tuscan wedding has been one of my favorites!
It was almost 15 years ago when Erica and Nick first met while studying abroad in Italy.
“We always made an effort to sit next to one another in class, writing funny notes to each other and being told off at times for talking too much,” says Erica. “It was a beautiful friendship; and over the years, though we went our separate ways, we would find time for a catch-up when we could.”
Their friendship deepened after coinciding a couple of years later in London. And on Spring 2017, Nick whisked Erica impromptu away on a surprise holiday to Italy. The Italy where they had met years before as students and where he had to know at first that it could be love.
He decided to plan everything to perfection and proposed on an early morning hike over Tuscany’s rolling hills.
That magical engagement led then to an exciting “wedding planning” experience for they knew that Italy was the perfect setting for tying the knot.
And, they couldn’t have chosen better for Erica’s and Nick’s destination wedding in Italy was filled with bliss.
The beautiful American bride and her groom were joined by a party of 30 people. The guests had flown in from around the world and the bride and groom from Amsterdam, where they currently reside.
“We were surrounded by our friends and family, and we both recall experiencing joy in a way that was heavenly,” says the Erica.
“We never imagined our wedding would turn out to be such a fairy tale.”
“Spectacular Tuscan food, wine, and culture surrounded us. Above all, we had so much love around us that it was wonderful to just have our closests friends and family sharing our joy. It was a mini holiday get away with our loved ones and a once in a lifetime experience,” commented Nick.
The wedding day celebrations were held In a breathtaking rural resort just on the outskirts of Siena in the heart of the Chianti region.
The guests were welcomed with an ambrosial aperitivo and an authentic Tuscan barbecue to start the marital festivities “al fresco” whilst being serenaded by local musicians. Their day was blessed with beautiful skies, blazing sunshine and a stunning couple.
The newlyweds enjoyed a short but sweet honeymoon in Portofino, reminiscing and feeling grateful for everyone who made their wedding extra special.
“Months later, we still think of it fondly and are still overwhelmed with appreciation,” says Erica. “I married my best friend, surrounded by love… we are truly blessed.”