WEDDINGS

Anne & Joris’ Colour Me Crazy Wedding {Part 1}

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Rainbow weddings.  For a long time they were simply the dream of creative wedding pro’s and magazine editors.  But I’m super pleased they’re becoming more mainstream with couples opting to bin the traditional ‘one wedding colour, two accents’ thinking and go for a multi-coloured spectacular.  Just like Anne & Joris.  Their colour-me-crazy wedding was all about fun and celebration, combining all the colours of the rainbow and binning the rule book to create a truly unique wedding.

Captured by b.loved fave, Dutch photographer Anouschka Rokebrand, there’s just too much loveliness for one post so pop back this afternoon to see the details in all their glory.  This morning however, we find out their story from Anne ~

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We met 8 1/2 years ago, during my first year in college. We both studied communication management and I had noticed Joris as a striking guy amidst the predominantly female students. I was too shy to act on it but a mutual friend of ours stepped in and gave Joris my e-mail address. We started chatting online before going on a date. After just a few dates we were head over heels and pretty much inseparable. It all went quite fast, considering how young we were then, but it felt very natural to us both.

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Joris proposed when we were on safari in South Africa, this past November. I had absolutely no clue!  I’d been hoping for a proposal for some time but didn’t think he was ready for it yet. Right before we left on holiday, a friend of ours said to me she had a few bets going. I told her ‘no way’ and was completely oblivious when we suddenly went out on a private safari together.  Even when I picked up his jacket and felt a big lump in his pocket and he told me it was a spare camera battery, I bought it. When the ranger poured champagne instead of the cocktail I’d asked for, I had no clue. When Joris turned toward me and started thanking me for the wonderful holiday we were having, that’s when I thought ‘Oh my god, is this THE moment?!’ but then he started rambling a little about arranging champagne as a thank-you and I thought ‘Wait, no, he’s just saying thanks, that’s it.’ When he went down on one knee and grabbed the lump in his jacket, turns out it was a custom made ring, not a battery, I was so shocked I burst out laughing so he had to ask me twice what my answer was, which was ‘yes!’ of course.

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We got married at the Parel van Zuilen, in our hometown Utrecht. The venue is an old villa, which was renovated a few years back. It’s right on the banks of the Vecht river and a perfect fit for our small wedding. The owners, Elz and Gerard Joost, are wonderful people. Very down-to-earth and easygoing and they added a distinct personal touch. We mentioned we would like a South African twist to the day and they immediately started thinking about décor and various food and wine options. Their can-do attitude was really a breath of fresh air after having visited one too many stuffy, run of the mill venues where your wedding is just a number and anything ‘extra’ you ask for has a price tag straight away.

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My dress is from Cymbeline and it was actually the first dress I tried on. I loved it instantly but I thought it couldn’t be that easy finding THE dress, so I tried on at least 15 other dresses just to be certain. None were as perfect for me as this dress. I love how elegant and ‘timeless’ it is and the lace adds a romantic touch. I also love the double V-neck, front and back. A big dress with lots of bells & whistles would not suit my personality, as I’m quite shy and hate being the centre of attention. This dress was just right for me. I wore a peach coloured peony flower in my hair, my own pearl earrings, my mother’s pearl bracelet, and a blue opal ring my grandmother gave to my father before she passed away. She asked him to give it to me on my wedding day so I would have a part of her with me on my special day. Such a precious gift, 17 years after she passed away. It was my something old and my something blue.

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Together with my hairdresser and make-up artist I decided on a slightly messy up-do but with my bangs (fringe) the way I always wear them. With my make-up I focussed on my eyes, which I always do, but more intense than usual. I didn’t want to look like a completely different person just because it was my wedding day, that wouldn’t feel right. For the evening party I switched from a nude to bright red lipstick. I experimented with both hair and make-up beforehand to feel confident about the end result, something I can recommend to every bride.

Pop back this afternoon for Part 2

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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