When Linda and Jeroen asked me for their wedding I don’t think I let them finish the question. Sushi and talking followed, and later on the wedding! I didn’t go alone, the entire Big Yes was there as well! Good times! :)
I feel so weird categorizing these posts as ‘pregnant’. It’s not like Edwin suddenly got bigger boobs you know. Either way THEY are having a baby. Soon! It’s so exciting! I’ve known Edwin forever. And Veerle a bit shorter than forever. And they’re going to be a mom and dad. And they are SO COOL about it. Dear god I’d be panicking all over the place.
Nevertheless these two had time to bake me cookies, give me tea and peptalk me through the day (I have a serious shoulder injury going on, which started the day before their shoot. Could not lift a water bottle. Not kidding).
Please enjoy these two pretty people. I know I did!
A week before Jeanine and Emeks wedding I received the sweetest e-mail from the couple inviting me to their (!) henna celebration. I have NO CLUE what that is and asked if it was ok to bring my camera. They said sure but to make sure I didn’t work too much and enjoyed the food and party (gotta love these two, and their food <3). Well I went and photographed probably EVERYTHING.
This was such a special wedding! Both Loes and Harry are older than 65. This was definitely my first wedding where there were no nerves anywhere. There was no time for a photoshoot but I managed to get them to pose near this gorgeous window (light!). More storytelling after te click!
I know. We just got back from Brugge really. But I saw this travelbird offer and just booked it. We had never booked anything there before so it was a bit of a gamble. But it turned out quite great =)
Also the superb guys from Calumet moved heaven and earth for me to get my new lens.. a f1.4 50mm (it’s the Nikon g version for the geeks :P). I know. THAT LENS. I’ll make a different post about how I like it later on. I only took photos of boyfriend, trees and food so far ;) So eh, prepare for that ;)
As said! I present you: boyfriend in trafficlight glow.
We got in a trafficjam only for a little bit. Which was good the drive to Odoorn was at least 2.5 hours!
We had fries. At Burger King. They were kinda gross. We should know better. Oh well.
We were really there for the Starbucks! I LOVE THEIR CHAAI TEA LATTE. Any advide on how to make this at home is SO SO SO WELCOME. They don’t sell it for home usage. MIMIMI.
Also mobile office.
Hotelroom! Not yet a gigantic explosion of my stuff.
Beds were A OK! Love the phone too hah.
Breakfast! Not as epic as in Brugge. But that was the champion of breakfasts. This one was quite good =)
Outdoorsing time! This means BF has to try and get me to come outside. Outside is cold. I don’t fare well in it. Yes I know. #Winteriscoming
I was really obsessed with these though! Hunebedden! I’ve been wanting to see these all my life. Not kidding.
They’ve been around for over 5000 years. So amazing. There was a total peace surrounding them somehow.
Also: amazing nature. I want to live there. Only move everyone I love along.
The trees in the distance surrounded another hunebed. Boyfriend was examining acorns :)
Keep in mind this pic. You’ll need it later for comparison.
Also keep in mind this pic. You’ll need it later for comparison.
There’s apparently 52 of them. We saw three.
HELLO. PHOTOS ALL THE TIME.
OK I CAN DO THAT TOO. Man do I look tired. Advice for recurring cray cray dreams: GO
We were in ‘Poolshoogte’. We drove to it kinda by accident. ITS AMAZING. In the middle of trees and greatness. On the menu they say ‘we’re a bit slow’. How awesome. And they feed you enough cheese to last a lifetime.
Boyfriend had eggs, more appropriately portioned ;)
There’s a tower you can climb. Boyfriend being all sporty sprinted up. I was like: EH. WHAT. He laughed at me ;)
I did follow though. It was gorgeous!
LOOK. How not Dutch is that?
Random pic of his legs. Sorry. The new lens makes want to click everything :)
RLY? More photos? This is his ‘Megin wow, staahp’ face.
So I took this architectural thing instead. You all know my love for architectural things right? Oh. Nope.
GO HERE. Only weird thing is no dogs allowed. And they put a doggy bowl with water near the door. Confused.
As seen before I was super tired. I parked myself ON the ‘heater’ (also known as ‘object that sounds like a murder scene’) and didn’t leave it for the next three hours. BF managed to sneak up on me and take this pic. Stealthyness: check
Trooper! Math! He has exams coming up.
OH MAN THIS BOOK. Read it. It’s not an ‘all the answers’ kinda of thing. But she does make sense.
Ok not three hours. I crawled into the bed and fell asleep. At 4 in the afternoon. Yup. Woke up to this happy face =) (yes I slept with my camera).
Apparently I booked a dinner (wow did you forget about food Megin? YEAH I KNOWWW). We were seated next to two older ladies. They were HILARIOUS. It started snowing and they were like the seagulls from Finding Nemo: SNOW SNOW SNOW (or the crows from Game of Thrones wichever reference suits you better). They were very cute though and asked us lots of things :)
BUT. It DID snow! I put on everything I packed. Im not kidding. I only skipped the dinner dress (which I always pack and then never wear).
Woow. It was SO quiet. And so pretty.
LOOK AT THE PRETTY.
So we came back to all we had seen before. Cause I obviously needed to remake these pictures.
Hello :) Again. SO quiet here. It was great.
And of then I threw stuff around. Completely out of character. Cold stuff + touching. But wow. Again. Snow in the middle of nowhere. Wow :)
Boyfriend is practicing with my camera. I think he is doing great!
I needed to touch the stones of the Hunebedden. Somehow sometimes it’s like you haven’t been somewhere when you don’t touch something.
:) Adventure time. Ok short adventure we were so underdressed.
Again. So impressed. Try to visit them outside season. I think it’s best when no one else is around.
Hello good sir! We’re in Zwolle!
These ppl were so cute! Discussing on crossing the road when the trafficlights were out. He did, she didn’t ;)
Zwolle on a sunday! Must go back there when the stores are actually open.
Thanks to reading Miss Lipgloss (cause I use makeup.. eh..)
We ended up in Brasserie Jansen. OH BOY were we happy. Also they have an elvis toasty on the menu. ALL the awards.
Boyfriend had bread with goatcheese and been salad with baked potatoes. YUM.
I had food too bu I forgot to export it. Apparently this house was more important. I LOVE Zwolle though. Really want to go back!
Hello gorgeous :)
So this happened. Again. On the way back. More of that Chai Tea Latte. GIMME!
We had a very nice weekend and it was great to be ‘away’ again. The snow was such a gift. We’re going to try travelbird again. We’re not over the moon yet, but it definitely didn’t suck either.
For my birthday the lovely boyfriend gave me a trip to Brugge (with him as company/chauffeur/carrier-of-my-stuff/other). And it was great!
Yay! Selfie time! As #selfie was the word of 2013 we’ll now go for ‘zelfportret’.. Anyway. Boyfriend was a super gent and carried my camera around for me so I could go GIMME GIMME every time I saw something. Or wanted a zelfportret ;)
In the ‘new’ family car hih ;)
Our hotel was a little outside Brugge (or a lot as we got lost hah). As you can see we scored blue skies on the first day!
He only had one bag. I manage to overpack anytime, anyplace.. So this is my bag ;) Also the hotelroom! It was very nice and roomy and we could run around it! The bathroom was very pretty too. We liked the tiling (is that a weird thing to like..?)
We decided to head into Brugge straight away to find something to eat. We walked out of the parking and found this trail of hearts leading us into the center. How cool :)
So this is the first building we saw. Also, tons of ppl on segways. Not sure how that works. They looked very happy about it ;)
I need to buy books. Always. Everywhere. I’m still getting through the J.K. Rowling one as we speak. It’s somehow kinda hard to get through but I want to finish it..
Breakfast in the hotel was AMAZING. Really. EAT ALL THE FOODS. I combined chocolaty goodness with eh, mushrooms. Cause I can.
Second day in Brugge. Apparently it was ‘solden’ and the little city was PACKED with people. Police to guide all this madness and all.. So enjoy this tranquil photo of water instead ;)
Yay zelfportret ;) My mother would love these kind of stores and somehow that makes me go into them as well. It was supersmall and ther owner was somewhere else and just left it open as is. So amazing :)
Wow. Just. The entire city feels like it just TOO pretty. Everything. So. Much. PRETTY!
Also all the store fronts were so great! It was superbusy in each and every one of them so we didn’t go into this particular one but I snapped a lot of photos anyway =)
There was a beautiful church we visited which had this wall with plaques on it. Right across the Maria Altar. I’ve never seen that in any church before and think it’s very special. It’s people thanking them for their prayers I think!
These sheep. all the cute.
so this was just a ‘side’ street. You know. NOthing big or fancy in it. And it looks LIKE THIS.
We found a little store called ‘cat and dog shop’ and it sells clothing for dogs. Oddly they didn’t have anything in Carlos size ;)
Hungry campers we were and we wanted a real belgian waffle. Our hope were high cause look at this amazing hot chocolate set..!
The waffle arrived, with hot chocolate sauce.. and it was horrid. Im afraid I don’t remember the name of this restaurant but NEVER get your waffle anywhere else than a waffle stand. We could throw this through a window and then build a house with it..
We’re very talented at finding starbucks anywhere. We just followed the trail of hipster girls (really we actually did that) and coffee presented itself to us.
YAY coffee! And my love <3
After the very busy solden days i Brugge we decided to expore elsewhere. We had dinner in Knokke last evening and decided to want to see the beach with daylight.
We drove to Oostende which was great! And SO COLD!
Pretty sand is pretty!
Cold boyfriend is cold hih.
I’m such a badass and not cold at all. Clearly.
Also we present worlds ugliest flat at the beach. WHUT it up with this? How amazing to live in it though. If you drop something out of it it might just be ok landing in the sand and all..
We had a great time and love the city and the beach! We didn’t love the solden so much and if you ever go to Brugge make sure it’s not the first weekend of solden.. also make sure you have cash on you cause paying with pin is a whole different ballgame in Belgium.
Thank you so much boyfriend for this awesome gift :) I love you! :)
GUESS WHAT I GOT.
Ok, you can stop guessing, it’s a new album. It got delivered on the 31st and I can’t say anything else but “OH WOW OH WOW YAAY”. Also it made for a great NYE cause I’m not that into fireworks and bad tv.
This album is by Asuka Books. I ran into their stand at Professional Imaging and fell in love on the spot. They only work with photographers (as in no your mom can’t order her holiday pics there).
I fell in love because their albums were simple but gorgeous. Of course the quality of the prints is amazing too. All the other album vendors had these horrid, tacky albums with far too much ‘bling’. These guys though: NOT THE CASE.
I got a demo album with my favorite specs:
It comes in a box that protects it. I can design the box anyway you’d like, but I like it to match the album inside. And that’s black too.
When you open the box, it ‘gives’ you the album. Like it’s saying ‘yes! you there! Take a look!’.
And there she is (yes it’s a girl). She has a ‘micro suede’ cover with the names embossed in gold. That means they’re pressed into the material which looks awesomesauce.
See what I mean? It. Looks. So. Classy.
Also it’s another ‘layflat’ type album. I don’t like it at all when pages stick up and mess with photos. This one behaves perfectly.
And closed again. I LOVE the structure. You can actually pet this album. Of course there’s many other options possible but this is my personal favorite and as it’s my demo album to have I want i to be my favorite ;) In the box there’s this handy dandy space to store the dvd with the photos. Its. So. Complete.
I LOVE IT.
Now please go and get married and order this album. Okido?
Recently Wij Zijn Gestrand and I teamed up for the wedding of Jeanine and Leendert. All the way in Ermelo. Honestly I don’t know where that is cause my love drove me there :) But it was pretty, and the location was even prettier. Situated in the middle of a forrest with little lights and fireplaces and yay!
Enter Jeanine and Leendert! It’s kinda odd for me to only arrive at a wedding when it’s all ‘over’ and only the partying remains (‘only’ thsss big party hurrah!). So I instantly went into TAKE ALL THE PHOTOS mode and Leendert and Jeanine were just totally cool with that!
Look at this cool tent for example. Imagine a ton of trees, and another space for people to dance to Wij Zijn Gestrand (which you’ll see more of in following pics duh!).
There they are! See those wooden walls in the background? It was all like that. So pretty! I kinda want to live in that forest.
Anything I put here will be biased so: isn’the gorgeous :)
How COOL is this window sticker? Made from Jeanine and Leendert’s thumb prints. OH MAN I love this.
Meet Leendert! Who is curiously looking about..
Jeanine had a BIG surprise for Leendert. She announced ’cause you’re such a terrible dancer, we prepared something ourselves’. You understand from that sentence on I could only love this girl right?
Oh and also him, cause look at his exicted face!
HOW COOL. I know I’m saying how cool everywhere but come on. Look at this spectacular girl :)
AND look at this thank you from Leendert. Oh how cute how cute how cute!
Wij Zijn Gestrand had reheaersed a special song for the couple (I think it was Racoon?). And I got these not-quite-first-dance shots!
Are you not melting?
The venue was so nice. And the people working there were great. Getting us drinks and whatnot at exactly the right time and wow. Such a great atmosphere!
Ill end with my favorite picture. SO MUCH LOVE. Again I’m usually no longer around by the end of the party but now I was. And I’m so happy I got to make these photos. Again, ALL THE LOVE.
Thank you Jeanine and Leender for having me, and of course having Wij Zijn Gestrand. We all had a blast and are honored to have been a part of your amazing day.
This was quite a special wedding! As I didn’t know I was going to shoot it upon til 8 hours in advance. Poor Gerke had suffered a back injury and called me to fill in for her. As it was quite late the bride (lovely Marieke) had no idea yet.
To top it off I figured: ‘better be early’ and arrived before her master of ceremony could tell her about me coming. Color her surprised! Being the amazing woman she is she learned my name and anounced after 15 minutes: it’s ok! Megin is sweet too!
I WAS SO HAPPY she said that. I would have so understood if she would have been at least the slightest bit upset. But she wasn’t. BAM. This was the start of a lovely, warm and sunny day (in the middle of tons of rain so woo!).
I arrived in a very prettily decorated house where there were tons of pretty things for me to photograph.
Like this amazing tiara!
Marieke’s mom did all the decorating. How amazing is she?
And also this dress, right?
And meet the misses! Marieke was so much fun to be around. This was wedding filled with laughter!
Isn’t that cute? The L stands for Luuk, who is still on his way to Marieke.
I love hand shots. In case you haven’t noticed in all my other posts ever.
Isn’t she pretty?
YES she is!
OH and meet Luuk! Who arrived in an amazing car. Looking fab.
With an awesome blue suit!
Check out this weather. Really. Check. It. Out.
Aww I love the first look. And how small she is and how tall and how cute they are and oooh!
This. This smile. Sets the tone for the day!
Looking over his lady.
Not only looked good I can tell you!
And a special duo.
Eh oh. Redressing the bride in the kitchen.
No matter, everyone is still having a blast.
The couple had special pens for everyone who was a witness.
So in love!
Oh and yes, badass car!
How can you not have fun with this lady?
Here comes her man.
So yes, hands.
Are we doing this?
Hah yes ;)
They needed no posing instructions ;)
Nor cuteness instructions.
We were looking for a tree. Gerke instructed me the night before there would be an amazing tree. But we all had no clue ..
Again I love how petite she is!
And yes hands :P
A true gent.
WE FOUND THE TREE. Luuk wasn’t paying attention though ;)
Tree? What tree? I see Marieke ;)
These guys had it all. Cool shades, cool everything.
I love this.
Did I mention Marieke is a teacher? Cause well, she is. And there were hundrdes of kids waiting for her and her hubby to be.
I was so overwhelmed by cuteness at this point. Seriously check out all the cute pink kids.
There was a dance. Yes. It was spectacular.
Also they were married by her students. Who needs a ceremony after this? (Sorry Mark look at this kid below. He got style!).
He’s got this things!
There were some surprises for me during the day, since I only met the two of them well, on the day. This was one of them, Luuk is one hell of a sax player!
Meet Mark. He made this an amazing ceremony. Really. Go visit his site (click).
Oh and yes hands.
A BLAST. Everyone was so well spoken and funny and heartfelt!
Lots of love :)
Let me help you with that ;)
‘For my baby’
NOW KISS! Wooo!
‘Here you might need these’
These two, GOT MOVES.
How pretty is this table?
Or this cake?
Did I mention the moves? That they have?
It was a blast. The whole day. And an honor for me to be accepted by Marieke and Luuk so easily. I’m very glad that THEY are happy with my photos and to be able to be a part of their day.
Also one hundred million thanks to the boyfriend. Usually I plan out my weddings to the dot. Parking space you name it. As I didn’t have time for that he came along and was the perfect wingman/dirve/assitant/everything. Thank you <3
Yaay I can finally blog about Janine and Michaels wedding! I got to shoot this wedding together with my father. As you might know we team up very often, which allows us the be at places where I just can’t be on my own. I couldn’t help myself and posted a GAZILLION photos which you can see right after the click :)
Janine and Michael contacted me via mail, and I’d never met them before the actual day. We had only met through skype! Which was very handy and fast since we both live on opposite sides of the country.
Their wedding day was so fun, and relaxed. And full of love! Enjoy the photos =)
I love playing around with well. Everything I can get my hands on. MINT GREEN SHOES. Right? 1000 points. Click read more (if you haven’t already) for the rest of the photos!
I loved Janine’s make-up! It was natural but with a touch of glam too!
And her hair! Great idea =)
The funny thing with weddings is that even though I’ve seen these photos LOTS of times, by the time I get to blog them I kindof relive the entire thing. And get all giddy again. I just love moments like these. Mom and sister helping out!
She came in with a smile SO huge! It didn’t go away all day. I totally understand! Psyched!
This could be a groom pic right? Isn’t he prince charming?
No no not the groom! Dad of prince charming!
This is what I mean! While I was with Janine my dad was with Michael, our groom :)
And yes, men do real mean stuff!
I love this! It’s even cooler cause I don’t get to see it until we’ve copied the photos at home!
Father and son. Wow!
It’s actually not broken at all ;)
On his way to his wife to be!
Trying to sneak a peek!
He has a little bouquet and everything. Heart. Melting.
I love this! ALL THE EXPRESSIONS!
There she is!
I didn’t feel paparazzi at all ;)
Oh aren’t they cute? I so love my job! (hah I bet I’m going to repeat this often..)
I have SO many cute car pics. It deserves it’s own blogpost really.
Did we mention the big UK bus? No? While I was with Janine and Michael my dad was in THIS COOL BUS!
So Janine and Michael arrived at kasteel Warmelo (gorgeous!) and we had some time for their photos!
I don’t like giving too much ‘commands’. I didn’t have to either! We just went for a walk and out came these gorgeous and relaxed photos! (Did I mention LOVING photos?)
A moment together before the ceremony.
So far for the stickers ;)
Here we go!
Her father giving Janine away. This somehow always really gets to me!
As the weather decided to be completely untrustworthy the ceremony took place inside. Which was totally great too =)
This is so cool. During the I Do’s everyone is so silent. And when they kissed, BOOM!
How can you not have love for this grandpa and grandma?
By far the best shot of a signing EVER.
I guess because I’m a daddy’s girl too, these kinda shots I just love them!
This photo can go for most charming cake eating of the year =)
I don’t usually do many group photos. The spontaneous group photos usually work much better. But this group was very well trained and it went great! (apart from prince charming running off hah, but no one seemed bummer by that ;)).
That blog about the car, I maybe should do it ;)
Awww the cuties were singing!
WOW Janines brother made this!
OH YEAH. What I meant about spontaneous.. This went as followed ‘GROUP PHOTO YEAH GO GO!’. Works out awesome :)
Speeches! I think I love this the most maybe. So heartfelt and full of love.
They had doppelgangers!
And a very lovely first dance!
And an awesome party! With no trouble getting people to dance!
Ok so maybe prince charming was running a little low on energy ;)
Doesn’t this look like a great and fun party? It really was! It was in Hoog Holten which I really want to visit again sometime without being busy with photographing a wedding (if you look caerfully you can spot Marike in some of these photos! Who got married in Holten as well! I loved running into her and catching up.
My dad and I were assisted during the day by Jasper, who did a kickass job. We were a superteam. Really. Can’t wait til the next one!
But for now: thank you so much Janine and Michael for trusting us and having us with you on this amazing day. Truly awesome and wonderful!