What I do, think, see or dream about. Updated regularly with things I've been up to, movies I saw, music I'm really into at the moment and other personal things. In the first place as an outlet for *me*.
If you happen to enjoy reading it and can kinda know what I'm going through, then that's fine. If I offend you, I'm sorry... write me and we'll sort it out.
They are now in Indonesia on their honeymoon trip but 2 weeks ago I shot the pictures for the wedding of Albert-Jan and Roos in Clingendael. It was a beautiful but chilly day early March and the sun was way to high, but I tried my best to get decent photos. Mental note to self: always use fill-in flash when shooting portraits between 12pm-3pm! It's a pain correcting the dark areas afterward.
Now I have 250+ photos left from the wedding itself and the reception. :) But they're not back yet... And Albert-Jan reads my blog. :D
I'm going through 450 photos right now, selecting and editing them so that I can turn them into a bridal book of the whole weekend. So this will take a little while. Until then, I've published unique pictures that I'm sure no one has: the groom getting ready. Enjoy!
Petra and I talked about the distribution of things this week. Who wants what? Really weird, confusing and it gave me a terrible taste in my mouth.
She also found a new place to live. A nice little apartment for rent that resembles this house in many ways. I think she can even move in in March already. I like the pictures of the place, looked really cozy and I am happy to know she'll have a nice place for herself where she'll feel comfortable, but at the same time it tears me apart that she really physically is moving out and taking stuff with her. The house will still be home yet unfamiliar without her. I can't seem to grasp that I have to let her go, especially since I don't really particularly want to. It's the hardest thing I have ever done...
What a weekend... :yawn: *sigh* Friday we went to Imro and Roos' wedding in Hilversum. Petra made portraits of them beforehand, so we were there early. It was a overcast, gray day, but not bad for the pictures. Sadly, it was very chilly and Roos was freezing in her dress most of the time. The ceremony was nice and quick, and I didn't mind it too much. I normally hate that part but I guess my own wedding has softened me a bit. ;) We had a wonderful dinner at Zilt & zo in Hilversum afterwards. Very nice, had a great time and the services was excellent. The 70s theme party at night was awesome. Roos' colleagues had turned around her school into a 70's basement and everyone was dressed up all the way! Very groovy! Pictures soon... Saturday we worked around the house a bit. Put up the new LCD TV and installed our new Ferguson speaker set and spend time getting hang of all the new remote controls. :) Great sound, finally!!! At night, we had a party at Petra's work. Tha…
Petra has spend the last 2 weeks selecting, sorting and editing through all of the 1500+ photos that we have of our wedding day! I really really appreciate that, as it was one hell of a job. The result will also be enjoyable in the form of a DVD of 10-12 minutes, but in case you see yourself and want to get it, we have uploaded small versions of the final 300 images that provide an overview of our wedding day. Apologies for anyone not in these pictures. It's not personal. But we only chose the best pictures (and many were not in focus!) that also contributed to the overall impression.
Last weekend we were in Paris... again. Well, near Paris, actually. Michiel and Molina celebrated their wedding in a (Dutch-owned and renovated) Château de Chaâlis with about 200 guests, family and friends. Impressive! Molina is from Cambodia and they met in Chicago while both were on a business for Accenture. We drove down to Varreddes on Friday evening. The wedding ceremony - all in old tradition - was on Saturday morning at 9am. :yawn: It was very elaborate and lengthy. But old traditions take time. They brought gifts to ask Molina's parents for permission and convince them Michiel is a good candidate. Then they had gifts for both parents to ask them forgiveness of their past foolishness. They had gifts for the educator too, who gave them their knowledge and intelligence. :) They fended off ghosts, evil spirits and got the blessing from 7 long-time married couples who represent good fortune. All in all took until 3pm (!) before they were finally married. :) We had food in betwee…
Richard made excellent photos at our wedding and Petra edited them magnificently in Photoshop (very little work needed). So with pride I can say that my wife has uploaded our wedding pictures to smugmug. :)
Through a sneaky trick, Imro lured Michiel away and drive him to Monnickendam, where Michiel, Imro, Daan, Roy, Erik and I went sailing on the IJsselmeer at night and slept on the boat. Erik had arranged the boat, an antique Frysian cargo boat from 1890, through his friend Roald from BlueSail. I've uploaded the pictures I took. It was a gorgeous evening... This weekend, we're all off to France where he'll get married.
Josée has uploaded a ton of pictures from our wedding in France... 189 in total! Very very good to see it all again, as the whole day kinda went by in a rush and I had no idea what happened, really. There are links to many people's photos on our wedding website: Heureux Hasard (access code needed).
Monday after wedding, Petra and I left for our honeymoon. Until we actually landed she didn't know where we went... She saw the name of the city but didn't know where that was. LOL We went to Norway for 5 days. She had never been there but I did and loved it. June is the best time of year to go, they say. So I booked a flight to Kristiansand (pun intended!) and got a room at the lovely B&B Liana Gård in the Southern Søgne
My sister in-law Marleen ;) has already uploaded her pictures from the wedding to smugmug. Petra and I have been busy sifting through 1200+ pictures during the honeymoon and are down to 600+ by now. But it's not ready to be published yet, according to Petra. :)
Iconic pop art from blik! Remember the cool stickers we had on the glasses at our wedding, last week? Well, they're from Blik. The make wall stickers and other removable decalls for your walls. Now they also have a cool new type of wallpaper that you can color in yourself. Great for kids' rooms! :)
Greetings to all from our honeymoon location in beautiful Norway. We're staying a few days only - way too short - in Liane Gård - Bed & Breakfast. It's a short 30-40 minute dive from Kristiansand airport in the Southern-most part of Norway. Wanted to go North, but not too far that Petra would freeze. ;) There is room here for at least 20 people, so there might be a new candidate for a group getaway...
We woke up at 830 to a beautiful day: sunny and warm. Petra had already been awake a while. She was restless. Hihi At 9 breakfast was delivered: croissants, tea, coffee and juice. Wonderful! While petra had partially dressed and ready for makeup and hair, i zapped tv channels and listened to mp3s. Haha. Marleen picked petra up right on schedule, so now i have an hour to kill before i need to get dressed and pick up the flower bouquet.:)
So much has happened in the last few days... Preparations, checks and final checks. My dad, petra and i have been busy with last minute details. Mostly petra and my dad... Today our guests arrived in france and we had a bbq with those staying in the chalets and a happy hour with those staying in la source blue. I'm beat. We're off to bed and will get breakfast in bed tomorrow at 9. In a few hours actually.:)