Dutch Wedding

I'm being asked to photograph a lot of Dutch weddings at the moment and here is one of them.  This is the wedding of Champagne connoisseurs Bart and Mathilde from Vlaardingen in The Netherlands.  I photographed the bridal preparations until the beginning of the party that evening at a beach club in Noordwijk.
It’s always great to walk into a stress-free environment and when I arrived at Bart and Mathilde’s house that morning there was a lovely calm presence.  Bridal preparations were underway and everything was going as planned.  The weather was beautiful which meant that Bart could arrive in style with his soft-top down on his vintage sports car.  The civil ceremony was held in the Stadhuis Vlaardingen which hosts the oldest doorstep in The Netherlands apparently…!!  So tradition has it that the groom must carry the bride over the step after their marriage.  A feat that Bart performed spectacularly..!!
Following cake cutting and toasts back at their house with close family and friends it was time to travel to a forest for some photos of the bride and groom.  As the sun was still shining the location was perfect as it gave us some shade to work. The religious ceremony took place in the Witte Kerk, Noordwijkerhout - beautiful little church right in the centre of town.  Following some family photos we then travelled to the Strandclub Witsand in Noordwijk for the party.  We had hopped for some more photos amongst some sand dunes in Noordwijk but time ran out on us unfortunately so it was straight to the Strandclub.  After a ceremonious opening of a champagne bottle by Bart with a sword we did manage however to grab some very very quick photos of the bride and groom as the sun was starting to set.  Again, it was a beautiful wedding of an amazing couple who looked fantastic on their big day.  Here are some of the photos from the day as seen through my eyes.