Anke and Patrick combined some of the crème de la crème of the Belgian and Dutch wedding industry to build their perfect day. Although this might sound like a big and full day, the opposite was actually what happend. If you ask me, they made a couple of very smart decisions like starting their day in Hotel 1819 The Post with only their three best friends, then being able to walk to the city hall, having a big gap between their civil ceremony and their big afternoon ceremony during which their sons had their own playdates with friends, and spending lunch all on their own – even without me.

After a few photos on the way back from the civil ceremony, we enjoyed some drinks at the hotel’s cocktail bar The Cobbler. Their friends looked on while I took a few photos of the newlyweds at the bar and noted how much my face lights up when I get to document a love like the beauty that Anke and Patrick share. We left their friends behind for a few more photos in the tourist filled city center. And I was impressed by the couples confidence, with so many onlookers they only had eyes for each other, while gracefully thanking all their well-wishers.

The afternoon organized and designed by the amazing people of Wonder Weddings felt like a beautiful love festival with – after a heartfelt ceremony – some bubbles, great food, fun entertainment and an amazing group of joyful people. And yet, according to the couple, the best was yet to come: their first dance. They had been practicing for weeks, and wow! an incredible first dance it was. I think just looking at the photos, you can probably guess that they chose Dirty Dancing’s “Time of my Life” as the song. After which it became clear that most of their guests love dancing just as much, and even with a 15h photography day behind me I stayed an hour longer to join the party.