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It seems I’ve started a tradition, that every year I am photographing weddings in Leiden. We did the couple session in the area about the old town, De Burcht and Hortus Botanicus, a common route when shooting in the city of Leiden. For the ceremony, however, the couple chose Oegstgeest venue Villa Beukenhof. This venue is a great place if you want a place with a nice private garden, where you can spend time with your guests if the weather allows. And the garden is beautiful for wedding l in July. There are a lot of corners you can hide and have a great floral background for your wedding photos.
Fabienne and Stefan were guests at this wedding I photographed back in 2017. I remember I took a picture of Fabienne with her wide smile during the reception and I guess this delivered photo of her did the magic I was booked as their wedding photographer two years later.
You all know how much I LOVE THE NETHERLANDS. And how happy I am when I am back in the state. Enjoying canals, Dutch and Belgium beers. And eating a lot of unhealthy fried food such as Bitterballen. Oh gosh, I miss Bitterballen!
So what is so special about Dutch weddings next to the served Bitterballen? The ceremonies are so relaxed, very personal, though some of the longest civil ceremonies ever. They may take about an hour or more. And why? because the officiant speaks about their lives and stories. There is a lot of speakers from family sides. And it’s very emotional. The very first wedding I captured in the Netherlands made me change my career from a car photography business to a wedding documentarists photographer.
wedding venue: Villa Beukenhof
dress: enzoani blue