back soon - work in progress!

Happy 2016! (is this still allowed on January 12th? ;)) <3

I hope you are having a good start of this shiny new year. I know I am! In between forest picnic dates and wedding venue visits I am silently working on a brand new website. I can't wait to show you the perfect new logo Mevrouw Knot designed for me and to show you even more beautiful stories.

Because of this I won't be posting new posts before the re-launch. There are very good things to come, so it's worth the wait! Until then, follow my everyday adventures on Instagram: @annevanmidden or keep in touch via Facebook.

See you soon! ♥ Anne

weekends are for pancakes

Well, actually every day is pancake day! But they taste even better on Sunday mornings. That's when I made these banana pancakes. The easiest recipe in the world (mix up 2 eggs and 1 banana, bake pancakes)! I always put frozen blueberries in between the pancakes, they defrost almost instantly and you get little blue flavor-bombs. Coconut and honey seal the deal. A perfect start for a slow day. And I mean real SLOW. The exercise we get on days like this is moving from the bed to the couch and back again ;)

Slow weekends without phones and work are an absolute must during these busy end-of-year weeks! I can't believe it's December already. Where did November go?! My blog is suffering a bit from all the Oh Marie! deadlines and new project brainstorms (plus the website makeover I have been secretly planning!). But I have made early new years resolutions and will try to do better :)

Meanwhile you can read my (Dutch) blogposts on Oh Marie! and follow me on Facebook and Instagram. I'll admit, I have been neglecting my social media accounts a bit as well, but.. nobody's perfect!

life lately: perfect autumn days

fresh homemade bread - annevanmidden on InstagramLife has been good lately. We are having a wonderful Indian Summer here in the Netherlands and I love seeing the first signs of Autumn in that gorgeous golden sunlight. The colors are changing, there are berries and rose hips all around and the market is overloaded with pumpkins. This is my season! 

All pictures are taken from my Instagram. My account is featured on both Teske de Schepper's website and on the vtwonen blog, yay!! For more snaps from my daily life, color inspiration, homemade bread experiments and all kinds of Autumn perfection, join the fun: @annevanmidden.autumn berries - annevanmidden on Instagramcampfire popcorn - annevanmidden on Instagramautumn colors - annevanmidden on Instagramsunday morning - annevanmidden on Instagramautumn breakfast - annevanmidden on Instagrammacrame workshop emily katz - annevanmidden on Instagram It will always be hard to be self-employed, but the beauty of everyday things help me to think positive. And of course, good talks with friends help too! The most important thing is: I still love what I do! That said.. if you need a stylist for your photoshoot, interior or wedding.. Don't hesitate to contact me! I would love to do some outdoor shoots and foodstyling projects this fall&winter!

♥ Anne

outdoor weddings, sunny days

forest wedding - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire StylingWhen you plan your wedding, the big question always is: What will the weather be like? Especially if you have your mind set on an outdoor wedding, like most of my couples, it can be quite tricky. Although you should always opt for a plan B (hire a tent, go for a nature-like venue like a greenhouse or a barn), a lot of luck can do the trick.

Wedding season has started and until now, mother nature has been on our side! I have had two outdoor weddings, last week and the week before. Two weeks ago I set up this beautiful ceremony arch in a forest for sweet Hylkje&Sander, they got married after being together for 16 years. The day before and after was grey, rainy and horrible but Saturday the sun came out and everything was perfect!

Their wedding day was filled with family, love, personal touches, DIY projects and lots of lace. I saw a tiny preview of the photos Hanke Arkenbout made and let me tell you: They are gorgeous! (cliffhanger, sorry guys!)Kinfolk style wedding in a greenhouse - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire Styling Last Thursday me and my assistant for two days Joëlle de Visser drove up to Groningen, for a Kinfolk style wedding on a beautiful location. We set up the ceremony on the waterside, with pollard willows as a natural backdrop. Cocktail hour looked like a high tea party in an English garden, the guests were walking around barefoot in a field filled with daisies. And dinner was served in a greenhouse covered with grape vines. So beautiful! Kinfolk style wedding in a greenhouse - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire StylingKinfolk style wedding in a greenhouse - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire Styling I hand-lettered all the 'Bon Appétit!' cards and the signs for the cake table. These personal elements are the perfect finishing touch for your tabletop. A great way to add a little extra or to say thank you to your guests. The eucalyptus branches are always a winner, they smell great, I can prep them the day before the wedding, as they stay in shape forever* and they are a match made in heaven for this Italian style set up.

*unless you are setting everything up in a greenhouse on the first tropical day of the year (in the Netherlands 30° degrees is a LOT), because the heat flattened them out. The candles melted too, so next time I will go for a more last minute approach. You live and learn ;) Kinfolk style wedding - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire Styling Trust me, moving around heavy furniture and tree trunks is not something you want to do with this kind of weather. But a lot of water and a short break every now and then was all we needed to create a dream set-up for cuties Liza&Martin! Their entire wedding looked absolutely stunning (patting myself&Joëlle on the back now) and so did they! I can't wait to see the pictures Rox&San made and to show you more, like the ceremony, the super adorable ring bearer and of course the happy couple!!

See you soon! ♥ Anne

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good food and picture perfect Amersfoort

It has been too long! The downside of being partner of an amazing blog like Oh Marie! is my own blog feels a little left out. But here I am, I didn't forget about you! :)

Life lately has been quite hectic, but filled with wedding preparations, shoots, some 'mweh' days (yes, like everybody else, don't believe everything you see on social media) and lots of good food and sweet people. I told you before, we eat vegetarian most of the time and we have been cooking more special things lately. Like the dinner above, my sister and brother-in-law came over and I made them very very happy with a Italian style tabletop and different veggie dishes. These sweet potato fries, the avocado spread and cauliflower&chickpea salad were soooo good! And everybody even liked my last-minute-I-need-another-dip tomato&red onion salsa. Yay!

And yes, my sweet husband knocked over his glass of red wine over that crisp white linen cloth. But that was bound to happen. I should have sticked to white wine :) *note to self: buy new linen at the market*Amersfoort - @annevanmidden on Instagram This month my picture perfect hometown Amersfoort was the place to be, I have had meeting after meeting here. Super easy and always a winner. I spend some time at this cool new coffee place called Livingstone, strolled through the cute little streets with friends and enjoyed the sunny weather (as long as it lasted, go away rain!).

Can I say I just LOVE meeting other creatives? I do! Especially if they are illustrators I have admired for a few years and they turn out to be so sweet and a perfect match, friend-wise. And I love talking to other stylists that make me look at things differently. Or planning shoots with photographers while showing cat pictures to each other. Oh well, you get the point. When you work alone it can be so refreshing to meet up and share ideas, thoughts and new perspectives. And cat photos, you always need cat photos. So here you go, one irritated Nalu cutiepie! You're welcome. anne-nalu1 The next couple of weeks are wedding weeks, but I have some really interesting shoots planned too. I will try to share pictures soon! But no promises, you might remind me of it and make me feel bad! ;)

Until then: ENJOY! ♥ Anne

enjoying some time in the sun

summer flowers sun spring golden hour | Inspire Styling blogOooh, I love these sunny spring days! Today even felt like summer! I decided to take it easy so I spend a lot of time chilling in our garden, soaking up the sun before the rainy days will start again ;)

I hate the saying "I'm so busy" because I think people use it just to sound interesting. But now I really am busy, the best kind of busy.. because wedding season is starting! Yay, can't wait! I can hear my couples getting more nervous every day, but don't worry guys, everything will be great :)

If you want me to (plan&)style your wedding, don't wait too long with contacting me, my calender is filling up. I have room for 1 or 2 summer weddings and look forward to your fall&winter plans! Mail me at weddings [at] inspirestyling.com or give me a call!

Speak to you soon and enjoy the sun! :) ♥ Anne

loveshoot Amersfoort: fries in a postcard town

loveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogThis year flew by so fast! On April 2nd 2014 my (then) fiancé and I walked out with the sun on our heads to do a loveshoot in our beloved Amersfoort with sweet Danique from OAK & FIR. Yesterday, April 2nd 2015, there was hail, storm and rain all morning. Mweh.

I realized I never shared this loveshoot, because I used it for our wedding giveaways and I didn't want to give it all away (how ironic). But I really want to share these photos with you, I am so proud and so happy when I look at them. We are 100% Anne&Stefan, not trained models or anything. I hate my hunchback posture in some photos, Stefan hates that he has his hand in his pocket on almost every shot, but we look beautiful, happy and in love so none of that matters!

And what is a better backdrop for a couple in love than the pretty postcard town centre of Amersfoort? The place I grew up, the place we met, where we live together and spend our free time. I can not fall OUT of love with this city, so we will probably be here for a while. (Uhm, until we find a countryhouse with a big garden ;)) We ate fries & icecream, had smoothies & coffee and had the best time with each other and with Danique. We just walked around, showed her all our favorite places and she captured us just the way we are. The results: A gorgeous loveshoot and a really cool 'tour de Amersfoort' booklet (design&illustrations by yours truly) for our wedding guests!

Danique did share some pictures last year, so you might regconize them from her website. Oh well, I have seen them a hunderd times and still love them. So sit back, prepare for a HUGE pile of happy couple pictures and enjoy!loveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blog loveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blog loveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blog loveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blog loveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blog Don't we look cute and lovey-dovey? Doing a loveshoot is super awkward and weird, especially if you are used to work at the other side of the camera, like me. But it is so worth feeling silly! It is what makes it personal, so any photographer would love a little silly :) And you don't have to do a shoot in a public place, you can go to the forest with your love or another more off-beat place. Somewhere you both feel comfortable. But do it!

Remember, if you need advice on what to wear or picking a location.. just ask me and I will help you out! :)

Enjoy! ♥ Anne

 

from tajine to pizza: 6 vegetarian food blogs

Warning: This post can cause some serious cravings. So grab some snacks, keep your grocery list close and enjoy!

6 favorite vegetarian food blogs: For worldy, colourful and tasteful recipes

Why these blogs? Because they excell in photography, foodstyling and recipes! On these website you will find recipes that make me very happy, so expect a lot of worldy flavours, avocado, sweet potato, chickpeas and nuts. Almost every blog is 100% vegetarian of even vegan.

We actually almost never eat fish or meat anymore, ever since our WWF expedition to Borneo, where we saw what our modern consumer lifestyle does to the earth and it's habitants. We now only eat biological meat or fish, maybe once a month, at the most.

After our honeymoon to Costa Rica (promise: pictures will come sooooon!) we started with weekly menu's. This probably sounds very old fashioned, but I love those slow Saturday mornings lookings for recipes together. And we cook and eat with a lot more love and care now, we try to buy seasonal veggies only and visit the farmers market and the greengrocer a lot more. No more perfect shiny greens from the supermarket! (I mean, why? You're eating them anyway). I kind of hate to say cliché things, but I feel so much better now we are eating better! And I have never enjoyed my meals more :) (bonus: they look gorgeous!) dolly and oatmeal - 6 vegetarische kookblogs - Inspire Styling blog One of my new favorites is Dolly and Oatmeal. Last week I made Lindsey's pink quinoa salad, with oven roasted beets, blood orange and a chimichurri dressing. And oooh my, that was so good!! Chimichurri sounds pretty exotic, but is so easy to make! I served the salad with a wholegrain French bread and dipped that in that dressing. A great (vegan) alternative for good old pesto!!

As a stylist I get really picky about how food looks, more than the average foodie I guess. But that pink and green salad totally passed!! So pretty :) Actually, all the recipes on these 6 blogs are perfectly photographed and styled!! the first mess - 6 vegetarische kookblogs - Inspire Styling blog The First Mess is a website that never lets me down. Whenever I need inspiration, I find it here. I don't think I will stop cooking until I have tried everything Laura comes up with! You can easily fill a dozen weekly menu's with this one (trust me). And.. this has nothing to do with cooking but everything with relating to a blogger.. I love her about page photo! It makes me happy :)green kitchen stories - 6 vegetarische kookblogs - Inspire Styling blog Always a winner: Green Kitchen Stories, a very popular blog, even by non-vegetarians (labels are just labels).  The photography and styling are amazing, for the pictures alone their two cookbooks (the Green Kitchen and the Green Kitchen Travels) are on the top of my wishlist food bandits - 6 vegetarische kookblogs - Inspire Styling blog A Dutch blog, which I only recently discovered. Untill today I have seen nothing but really nice stories and beautiful photos, so I am hooked! Food Bandits excells in sweet (vegan) baking recipes and 'messy' styling. And I love the texts by 'woman behind the pineapple' aka Suus, she has a very fun tone of voice. The Morning Rituals series are wonderful to read, they make you dream of lazy Sunday mornings with coffee and bread fresh from the oven. my new roots - 6 vegetarische kookblogs - Inspire Styling blog Sarah of My New Roots is a 'whole food eater', which basicly means she doens't let processed food with lots of junk ingredients in her kitchen. (insert applause here) Maybe whole food sounds really lame and boring, but there is nothing lame about those overwhelming coloured bowls, all the comfort food and 'the best coconutsoup ever' (or so she claims, I haven't tried it yet ;))! krautkopf - 6 vegetarische kookblogs - Inspire Styling blog The best thing about Krautkopf (well, second best.. after their English blog), is how easy you can search by season. That is the best thing you can do anyway, eat with the seasons, nothing has to be flown in from across the world and everything tastes so much better! Come one, those watery strawberries from Egypt in the Winter or fresh, juicy strawberries from your own backyard on a warm Summer day? I dare you to pick the first! Same things about veggies.. remember, there's is more to life than brocolli and tomatoes people! 6 vegetarische kookblogs - Inspire Styling blog Hungry yet? I warned you! I had a delicious lunch while writing this, but I can hear my stomach roar already :)

What are your favorites recipes or (vegetarian) food blogs? Share them with me and other readers in the comments below! I can't wait to discover even more food inspiration!

Have a lovely weekend! ♥ Anne

*dives into her kitchen cabinets to find a yummy snack*

Oh Marie is back in town!

Oh Marie launch party - @ohmariemag on instagramOh Marie! Magazine is back again! Marlous and I launched the new website this Sunday, in the company of our little tribe of bloggers, photographers, illustrators and other creatives. We had a lot of fun at the launch party and I loved meeting and talking to a lot of online friends. Applause for the tribal outfits, I saw some awesome combinations! I think we can all agree Vera Bertens 'indian cats' sweater ruled the place!

I never expected to recieve gifts, but my table is filled up with presents, sweet cards and a LOT of Tony's chocolate bars now. And I must say, you guys know the art of giftwrapping! So much pretty packages, it felt like my birthday :)

Speaking of birthdays.. Nikki&Lisa rocked the cakes table with their heavenly creations! I took home 3 plates filled with leftovers, so I am probably have to take a detox month in April (remember that pile of chocolate..) Sugarrrr overload! ;) Oh Marie launch party - @annevanmidden on instagramOh Marie launch party - @annevanmidden on instagram Oh Marie launch party - @immerurlaub on instagram It was a lot of work to finish everything for this deadline but we nailed it! Marlous and Casper took care of the website, while I worked on the launch party. I never take the easy way, so I wrapped up 50 tiny cactusses (autsj), made stamps to customize the napkins&menucards, collected caketoppers, plates and glasses, created macramé planthangers&wall hangings and made flavoured water/lemonade (in my brand new taps that kept on leaking). Marlous and I transformed the little greenhouse at DRUK into a desert like tribal heaven in under 2 hours. And it looked great!

I am so proud of everything we did already and I can't wait to do so much more for Oh Marie! Marlous wrote something on the website that explains how I feel about it too: Oh Marie! is like coming home. A home where creative people can find each other, where you are not weird or and exception, but part of a family. And I couldn't be happier with my new place in this amazing family! *add a thousands smiles here*

♥ Anne

PS: Anki already wrote a blogpost on Zilverblauw about the launch, with some pretty pictures you want to see! :)

instagram photos: portrait by Lonneke via @ohmariemag, styling details @annevanmidden, greenhouse photo by Ellen via @immerurlaub

pulling all the strings for Oh Marie..

macrame wallhanging work in progress | Inspire Styling..in a quite literal way! This is a macramé wall hanging in progress, the first I ever made.

I am really surprised by how easy this is to make! I have three of them ready now, waiting for their 5 minutes of fame at the Oh Marie! launch party. Because a party needs decoration and our TRIBE party needed some boho touches. Hence the knotted wall hangings. And a lot of succulents! Our living room looks like a seventies sun room (aka Instagram heaven!), haha!

Only two more days! Marlous and I are drowning in a pool of deadlines and neverending to do lists, but we are more excited than stressed out and can't wait to show you the new site! We are super proud of our header and invitation, illustrated by the fabulous and talented Mouni Feddag. She makes the most amazing work and was more than happy to create a tribal piece for us. You should check out her other work, I love her version of Charlie&the Chocolate Factory and adore the Columbia Road flower market illustration! Oh Marie Tribe - launch party prep | Inspire Styling I tried to make some tribal patterns myself, but didn't really like the final result. I had some troubles scanning the waterpaint, all the colours seem to fade away as soon as I put it in Photoshop. Bummer. Oh well, you can't be great at everything, can you? (it's a process, I am learning..) I do like this iPhone photo I took of my sketches :) Oh Marie Tribe - launch party prep | Inspire Styling Oh Marie Tribe - launch party prep | Inspire Styling My favorite place to go prop-shopping (besides our local thrift store) is the always amazing garden centre Eurofleur. I can not leave without plants here, they make me want to turn my home into a botanical garden. These colorful guys didn't make it to my shopping cart..  but a lot of other things did. Boom! It's a cliffhanger, because I am not sharing everything!

If you are curious about more launch party details join our tribe at #ohmarietribe on Instagram! And don't forget to check the Oh Marie! website this Sunday for the reveal!!

Feel inspired? If you want to create a wall hanging yourself, I have used this tutorial from Free People as a starter. After I learned the basics, I experimented with different patterns. I will post more photos after the launch!

Have a wonderful weekend! ♥ Anne

tiny signs of spring and a vintage cabinet

life lately, feb2015 - @annevanmidden on instagramCan you smell it? Spring is in the air! I love the tiny signs of change everywhere! Fresh tulips at the flowermarket, little pop of colours in mostly grey gardens, rays of sun through my windows.. Spring is coming!

I have been working on the weddings of some lovely couples, so I am all over Pinterest these days. Collecting ideas and searching for the best tableware, props and materials. These weddings are going to be so good! Small hints: elegant, bohemian and forest weddings! :)  My husband is quite suspicious about it all, because in his eyes all I do is meeting super nice people, eating cake, drinking tea and chatting away (on the phone), for hours and hours, even on a Friday night.. "How is this work?" Pure envy, I'm sure!

Anyway, here are some bits and pieces from my daily life in February. I was enjoying our home a lot, worked on the big pile of deadlines for Oh Marie! and admired all the colours at the flower market. I didn't buy them, because flowers tend to die really quickly in our house. I love nature, but I guess the feeling isn't really mutual. Maybe I will give it a try next week. I also cuddled my sisters enormous cat on her 25th birthday (my sisters! I mean.. a 25 year old cat? Really?) and had a fun day in Amersfoort with sweet friend Marloes. Yes, cakes were involved. And she drew that awesome quote on our toilet door!!

But most of all: I gazed at my new precious vintage treasure, a gorgeous cabinet that replaced an old white cheapo thing in our living room. I love it!! I have been working at the dinner table ever since we got it, because I like the view more than my workspace view ;) Picture after the tulips! :) collected, Inspire Styling home | @annevanmidden on instagramflowermarket | @annevanmidden on instagramvintage cabinet, Inspire Styling home | @annevanmidden on instagram kitty | @annevanmidden on instagramProcessed with VSCOcam with x1 preset Told you.. enormous cat. According to her human slaves, my sis&her boyfriend, she is on a diet and eats hardly anything. Well yeah.. maybe not at her own house.. ;)

Cuddle away! ♥ Anne

unforgettable, amazing, wonderful 2014

sunset trampoline | Inspire Styling journalThere's no better way to end a year than jumping a tiny trampoline on the beach during a beautiful sunset :)

Most people started counting the hours, my husband is baking 'oliebollen' in the kitchen, kids are throwing fireworks everywhere (argh, my poor cat is flipping out!), the champagne is chilled and ready... 2015 is just around the corner!

Today I will share my highlights of the second half of 2014. You would think that after the wedding everything would be disappointing, like a hangover after a great party. Thankfully, I loved these last couple of months.. and it was quite hard to pick my autumn&winter favorites!! But here are my favorite moments of 2014.. part 2! my year in squares - autumn 2014 | Inspire Styling journal Autumn was the season of cool events.. It started with Snor festival (can't wait for the second edition!), Seinfestijn (where I hosted my first workshop, in making a moodboard) and of course good old Woonbeurs, where I met so much online friends in real life. If you want to get together for coffee and cake next year, feel free to send me a message!

And then there was Engaged, the most creative and original wedding fair in town. I attented it last year, as a bride-to-be and loved the vibe and vendors. So when Jamy asked me to design his stand for Engaged 2014, I was very excited! We had a great time, our bohemian/vintage stand looked smashing and I definitely will be there next year!

Speaking of weddings.. I launched Inspire Weddings at Engaged! Because I want to help couples by creating a personal, cool and unique wedding day. For all of you that want a wedding in the woods, a lake picnic, a bohemian love fest or maybe an elopement in the mountains..  feel free to contact me, I'm bursting with ideas :)

Another big part of the year was going places with Stefan. We dragged his family to the forest, visited an old greenhouse on my birthday, went to Songbird festival again and had a great weekend in Rotterdam, visiting the Aloha Bar (hello heaven!) and meeting up with old friends at the festival. I love our time together ♥my year in squares - winter 2014 | Inspire Styling journal Winter was the season of drinking tea, Christmas shoots, making plans, going to cold, windy beaches and spending time inside with lots of cat cuddles, sketchbooks and well.. Pinterest ;)

But it was also time to say goodbye to our sweet furry friend Kalare. He is in the Autumn collection, on the sweet picture Marlous made of him. He was suffering from a lot of things, after he got hit by a car 6 years ago. We gave him the best life possible and loved him to pieces, that short 7 years. But he was just in too much pain the last couple of months. It was the hardest thing I ever did, choosing to end the life of this friendly creature, our little guy. We cried for days after that visit to the vet. It is for the best, because Kalare is (pain)free now. We will miss him and love him forever. Even if that sounds like I am a crazy cat lady (proud to be).

Marlous took the picture of me and Nalu above as well, while she was here to brainstorm. Because somehow, over tea&cake, I ended up as her creative partner in crime for Oh Marie this year!! I must say, it's the best thing that ever happened to me over tea ;) Awesome Marlous and I have been making all kinds of plans since and we can't wait to get shooting, writing and collecting for our first issue! We will blow you all away early spring :)

Just before Christmas I got an early present: my first publication! The shoot I did with Hanke Arkenbout hit theweddingblog.be. I couldn't be more proud of this amazing dark winter days shoot! And so, this year ended like it started.. A shoot with sweet Hanke, lots of new things and projects that involve insecurities and wobbly bits. But I feel way more confident than at the start of 2014. Because I have the support of the most talented people, a network with the best creatives in town and a whole bunch of sweet supporters! So this one is for you! dark winter days - analog Christmas shoot - photography by Hanke Arkenhout - styling by Anne van Midden - 2015 Your kind words, comments and likes always bring a smile to my face and mean the world to me. Because sometimes, when you work at home, it can get lonely and quiet. But with all those lovely people at the other side of my screen, I feel less alone. Thank you for all those nice moments this year! You have been wonderful! I hope to see a lot of you in 2015!

Have a magical new year, filled with love, happiness, friends, exciting new things and adventures!

Enjoy! ♥ Anne

goodbye to a magical year

It's almost 2015, time to look back at this year. It has been one hell of a ride! When 2014 started I just celebrated my company’s first birthday and still felt like a total rookie, business wise. I had to figure out what my ‘USP’ was, where in this giant pool of creatives I belong. I also jumped into this year with an engagement ring around my finger, making all kinds of plans with my love. One of them was my idea to illustrate my own wedding stationery. A lot of new things filled up my to do list and it felt a bit wobbly at first.

But then came the lazy Sunday shoot I did with Hanke Arkenbout, on the day we first met. (seriously: “Hi, I’m Anne.. this is my giant backpack with props”) The shoot turned out so good, I felt more confident I was on the right track. After that great start, the year flew by! I will show you my highlights, in tiny squares that represent each season. Let's start with spring! my year in squares - spring 2014 | Inspire Styling journal I spend most of my free time working like a crazy hermit on our save the dates and invitations. With every flower I painted I got happier.. and closer to a wrist injury (still handling that one). Totally worth it. In the weekends Stefan and I loaded up our firevan with all kinds of vintage tableware for the wedding. Total prepping-mode, we were on the roll! ;)

On a cold rainy day I created a gorgeous lookbook for Puur Anders, starring my sweet friend Margriet (looking stunning with ivy ranks all over her body) and photographed by Danique van Kesteren. When I downloaded the pictures I knew.. My USP is my love for nature. It is my neverending source of inspiration and a red thread in my best work. Nature, details and authenticity, that pretty much sums up what my work is (and what I am!) all about. I guess I found my place in the pool this year.

That month I spend more time with Danique, since we also had our engagement shoot our beautiful hometown. I never really shared the pictures, I should do that in 2015.. for those French fries alone! ;) my year in squares - summer 2014 | Inspire Styling journal And then summer finally came. Besides all the wedding stuff I made a lot of moodboards&sketches and searched for the most perfect furniture for a backstage room at Doornroosje Nijmegen. I met a lot of people online and found out that they all are even lovelier offline. I got the hang of Instagram, gave my website a little makeover and listened to Hankes tips about photography.

The times we weren’t thrifting or working, Stefan and I had our own little adventures. Picking blackberries, beachcombing, running into dreamy flowery fields, gazing at sunsets in Soestduinen, wandering in the woods.. or just strolling through Amersfoort.

But the biggest adventure we ever had was getting married! On the 28th of June we said our I do’s under the trees. It was the most amazing day, filled with family&friends, flowers, good food (thank you Femke&Eddy), homemade details, thrifted treasures, helping hands, magical moments and a lot of love!!  bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling So yeah, the first half of 2014 was pretty amazing! Tomorrow I will let you know if the second half can measure up.. :)

♥ Anne

Happy Holidays!!

happy holidays - simple Christmas wreath | Inspire StylingI'm making some last minute Christmas wreaths today, to make our living room look extra festive for the next couple of days. I saved the branches we cut off our Christmas tree for this. Planning ahead and less waste, win-win! :) This is my first one, I photographed it before the daylight was completely gone (oh those dark winter days!). My entire desk is covered in green clippings from our garden now, so I guess I will have to make some more today ;)

And yes, I'm doing this at the very last minute, I planned to decorate the entire home before this weekend. Inspired by all the amazing (overseas) stylists I follow, I set that impossible goal every year! Never works out. I don't know how other people do this, I guess I will have to work on that planning ahead thing, haha!

We don't have too much plans for Christmas, except for a lunch at my sisters place, so we will probably spend the Holidays like we do every year: In our living room, with a pile of blankets, pillows, movies, snacks and wine. Just the two of us, our furry friend Nalu and our sweet little Kalare, who is no longer with us but will be in our hearts forever.

I hope you have a wonderful time, filled with joy, love and magical moments!

ENJOY! ♥ Anne

the smell of the Holidays

the smell of the Holidays, eucalyptus branches | Inspire Styling journalAre you getting ready for the Holidays? I'm slowly getting into that good old Christmas vibe! The pretty lights everywhere, darker days, songs on the radio.. I love it! Especially in my hometown Amersfoort, which already is a postcard come to live without all the Christmas decorations. You should definitely pay a visit this December, if you can :)

This weekend I bought some Eucalyptus branches from the flower market. I was quite hard to pick something, all those lovely berries, leaves and pinetree wreaths.. But Eucalyptus was this weeks winner and their scent is giving our home that typical Holiday-season smell. the smell of the Holidays, eucalyptus branches | Inspire Styling journalthe smell of the Holidays, eucalyptus branches | Inspire Styling journal We still have to get a Christmas tree, but untill then these branches will do the trick! (can't wait for a tree though!)

Enjoy and be merry! ♥ Anne

why autumn is my favorite season..

autumn forest - seeds | Inspire Styling journalI could have ended the post after this photo. This is my Autumn is my favorite season.. the colors, the crisp air, falling leaves, changing nature and this year: the Indian Summer.

On the first of November me and my family-in-law walked out into a beautiful orange-yellow colored forest in Soest. It was warm and sunny, it didn't feel like Autumn at all. But those colors do! This is what my favorite season is all about! And that is why I didn't end this post after the first photo. Better keep reading.. :) autumn forest | Inspire Styling journalautumn forest - family | Inspire Styling journal My family-in-law came over for my birthday. They all live on Dutch island Texel, so they usually stay the entire day. Because the weather was screaming: "GO OUTSIDE" we suggested to take a walk in the forest. Best idea ever. autumn forest - mushrooms | Inspire Styling journalautumn forest - leaves confetti | Inspire Styling journal My father-in-law took this picture. Leaves confetti is the best!! :) *fall wedding idea* autumn forest - family | Inspire Styling journalautumn forest | Inspire Styling journalautumn forest - leaves | Inspire Styling journalautumn forest - family | Inspire Styling journalautumn forest - leaves | Inspire Styling journalautumn forest - heathland | Inspire Styling journalautumn forest - heathland | Inspire Styling journalautumn forest - family | Inspire Styling journalautumn forest - heathland | Inspire Styling journalautumn forest - flare | Inspire Styling journal These last two pictures feel like Summer to me, so dreamy and light! I wish I could have stayed longer to shoot some golden hour photos but we had to get back on time. Oh well, maybe this weekend :)

Enjoy! ♥ Anne

wedding in the woods - into the night (+video!)

bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling WeddingsI can't believe this is my last wedding post! A bit sad, but I will end with a BANG!! I have some really gorgeous evening shoot photos for you, a few party pictures and of course the wedding video!

I will continue the story where I ended it the last time, just after dinner. While our guests were enjoying those delicious cookies and coffee, we walked back into the forest to do a little evening shoot. Because of all the love and joy, we couldn't act like normal people. (and because we suck at being normal people) We ended up giggling, laughing and acting like teenagers. Being newlywed is just too much fun! bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings At my final dress fitting I realized the gown was too fancy to dress like my usual boho self. Untill that day I was looking for a knitted cardigan to wear in the evening. I also made a hairpiece out of an old (gold leaves) necklace, but it felt a bit crafty. I wasn't super happy when I saw myself in the mirror and started a speed-search to find a more fitted jacket and an elegant hairpiece. Best decision I made! Although I regret not wearing a knitted piece on my wedding day (I live in knitwear), this white wool-look a like cardigan was a good find and that hairpiece... oooh my! I am in love with my golden leaves hairpiece by Avigail Adam. It is so gorgeous, delicate and just perfect for me, my dress and my day. Very elegant, not crafty at all! And I was still my boho self, walking through the woods with pinecones and twigs in my dress ;)

The necklace below was made by Layered and Long, also via Etsy. My sister gave it to me, although I selected it myself to make sure it matched my dress :) bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings This is our favorite picture of us, you can see the joy and love we felt that day. Happiness! :) ♥ bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings At the time, the wedding ring felt so awkward, I am not used to wearing rings. Except for my engagement ring, but I had to get used to that one too! And now, after 4 months, sometimes it still feels weird to wear two rings. I guess in a few years I won't even remember what it was like nót to wear them. I wouldn't want to miss them for the world! bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods - handmade ceremony backdrop | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings Stefan decorated these willow branches for our ceremony backdrop by burning in little drawings. It took forever, but it looks so incredibly good! He made two 'totems', one for each of us, with drawings saying something about me, like some highlights of my hometown Amersfoort, cute patterns, the initials of my family, leaves, flowers, birds and so much more cool things! You can find something new every time. On his 'totem' are the initials of his family, drawings of the ocean, a turtle, important dates, a bat and other things typically for him.

We had to break down the arch and take it home in pieces. (someone crazy even suggested we could burn it all! :S) The two totem branches are in our living room now. To be treasured and definitely NOT to be burned to ashes ;) bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | campfire decoration, vintage blankets | photography by 88forever | Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods - campfire | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods - campfire | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods - campfire, marshmallow roasting | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings It is a good thing we did a shoot by the campfire, because that is were we actually spend the entire night. We both usually feel awkward at parties and aren't the best dancers, but we did create a 5 hour playlist on Spotify! A super awesome 80/90's mix, with everything from Pearl Jam to Spice Girls and back, because it was our wedding day and you want a kick-ass party on your wedding day! Sadly too much people left early, so our party area felt huge and empty. We laughed so hard at ourselves and tried our best, but it just wasn't meant to be. After a hour or so, we turned the music down and continued the party at the campfire. We dragged all the beer and wine we could find outside, served french fries in the middle of the night, laughed, talked, said things we don't remember (go booze!) and enjoyed the company of our sweet friends and family untill early in the morning.

It was a kick-ass party, just not at the dancefloor. It was more us, we didn't feel awkward at all and looking back, some of the best memories are from that night. The fries still come up every time people talk about our wedding :) Best night ever! bohemian wedding in the woods - rsvp cards&memories photowall | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings Speaking of memories.. we created this memory photowall in the hallway. We printed out a huge pile of photos of us, from the day we were born untill the bachelor parties. On our RSVP cards, we asked our guests to fill in their favorite memory with (one of) us and we tried to match these cards with photos. It didn't work for every card, but almost everyone was on our wall, which was great! There were a lot of guests looking at pictures that evening, laughing about crazy moments and photos. A cool way to look back! bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings My sweet friend Marloes de Vries handlettered the text for this banner, I illustrated the leaves and did the lay-out. It was great teamwork and it made a unique decoration for our party (and now it is a great addition to our staircase). bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings The last photo! Danique shot this on her way home. But don't worry.. I still have the beautiful video Jamy from Life from the Inside made! He did such an amazing job on this film! It captures the mood of our day perfectly and all our precious moments are in it. He walked the extra mile for us and was really excited about this himself, which is even better! We will cherish this video forever, it is a great story about a great day. Thank you so much Jamy, you made us very very very happy with this!

Our vows are in Dutch, but after a few minutes there is just music. But let me tell you, this film is beautiful enough to watch on mute! (don't do that though, music is better ;) ) Click the 'full screen' option and ENJOY!!

Anne & Stefan Weddingmovie. from Jamy Vodegel on Vimeo.

Finally, we want to thank our amazing photographers too! Danique&Bart, you captured so much emotional, funny, loving and beautiful moments. And you made my styling look even better than I could imagine.. the flowers, plates and the littlest details. All the pictures are in our hearts and we are proud you guys were such an important part of our day. Thank you!

That's it. The final post about our wedding. Thank you for reading along, please stick around for my 'regular life' posts and feel free to comment below!

And we lived happily ever after... :)

♥ Anne

Missed my other posts about our wedding? Check them out here! Wedding in the Woods – the making of Wedding in the Woods – getting ready Wedding in the Woods – first look Wedding in the Woods – ceremony Wedding in the Woods – cakes&champagne Wedding in the Woods - stationery

Vendors: Photography: OAK&FIR | Videography: Life from the Inside | Styling, planning, props: Inspire Styling/Weddings | Suit: Masterhand via Jac Hensen | Shoes:  Dolcis | Socks: Happy Socks | Dress: Pronovias via Valkengoed | Sandals: Accessorize | Hairpiece: Avigail Adam | Necklace: Layered and Long | Bracelet: Praxis Jewelry | Wedding rings: Heart&Arrow Amersfoort | Engagement ring: Vintage | Ceremony bench: Borrowed from a neigbor | Ceremony backdrop: handmade&carved by Stefan Tijsen (groom) | Handmade wooden signs: Stefan Tijsen | Banner: Marloes de Vries Illustration&Anne van Midden | Stationery: Inspire Styling/Weddings | Venue:  Only available for rent under certain conditions. More info: weddings [at] inspirestyling.com

wedding in the woods - stationery

bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | illustration by Inspire Styling WeddingsBefore I share the last part of our wedding in the woods.. a small post about the stationery! I know I have shown it before, but it looks so much better when Danique is in control of the camera ;)

When I decided to illustrate the save the dates myself I didn't think the list of handdrawn pieces would end up like this: save the date, invitation, rsvp, route, enveloppe lining, personalized stamps and stickers, menu cards, leaves on the banner at the party, illustrations in our 'Amersfoort tour' booklet/giveaway and the cover of a (last minute) handmade guestbook. But I created every single thing and I am more than proud I did! I had to wipe dust off my watercolor paintbox, spend a crazy amount of hours drawing leaves and flowers, ignore a few doubts.. but I did it and I would do it again in a heartbeat!! Every piece looks so incredibly good! It set the tone for the rest of the wedding and inspired our guests to create some amazing cards and gifts for us.

Oh.. and I haven't put away my watercolors since! :) bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | illustration by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | illustration by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | illustration by Inspire Styling Weddings Curious about our give away? It isn't in any of the pictures, but I can share the PDF file with you: Tour de Anne&Stefan - Amersfoort.

Our personal give away was a booklet with tips for visiting Amersfoort, Anne&Stefan style. We created a route based on our memories here and our favorite places to hang out. Expect a lot of tiny streets, green bits and good food. The texts are all Dutch, but there are plenty of photos (and an illustrated map) for the rest of you. Please feel free to read it, but please do not print or use it without my permission!

♥ Anne

Missed my other posts about our wedding? Check them out here! Wedding in the Woods – the making of Wedding in the Woods – getting ready Wedding in the Woods – first look Wedding in the Woods – ceremony Wedding in the Woods – cakes&champagne

Vendors: Photography: OAK&FIR | Design, styling&planning: Inspire Styling/Weddings | Stationery: Inspire Styling/Weddings

wedding in the woods - glorious food

This weekend was all about Engaged, a really cool wedding event in Delft. Our videographer Jamy (Life from the Inside) asked me to design&style his stand for this. Besides making it all look good, I helped him out on the event day. And of course I was there to tell visitors all about my wedding styling, illustration and rental options. It was a great day! I will write a blog about it this week :) In this new part of my wedding in the woods post you can see a lot of my styling and rental items! All our thrifted plates, glasses, the lights, candlestick holders and pretty much everything you see is part of my own collection. If you're interested, drop a line at the contact page or mail me at weddings [at] inspirestyling.com! bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings Back to the wedding!! I remember us sitting in this gorgeous decorated room, with all our guests at the tables around us, beautiful looking food, plates, wine, candles and flowers on the table, everybody chatting away with people they just met, and us feeling so happy because everything turned out like we hoped! The food was great, I don't think our friends&family ever ate that much. My mother-in-law even tried something of every dish, which was pretty much impossible because the caterers kept putting new dishes on the table.

It was like magic: The never-ending dinner!

(it's like a never-ending blogpost too, prepare for a LONG post with a LOT of photos! :) ) bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings My father and my sister both speeched beautifully. My dad is a writer, so I expected him to do something, but my sisters speech was a sweet surprise. She tried to do it with my brother, but speaking in front of a crowd isn't really his thing. My sister cried (again, hence her nickname "waterfall"), so I guess she was a bit overwhelmed too ;) bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Food by Hééérlijk | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Food by Hééérlijk | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Food by Hééérlijk | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Food by Hééérlijk | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings The whole table looked gorgeous, everything tasted even better than it looked and it was perfect for our day! A family style mix-match dinner, with couscous, oven roasted potatoes, watermelon salad, curry, bread, dips and so much more! Just like we do at home and perfect for the vibe of our day!bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling We felt the need to speech, but we didn't know what to say. It was a bit awkward and silly, I believe we just thanked everyone for coming. Oh well, at least nobody had to cry! That's a first for a speech on our wedding day ;)bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings I love love love how this fabric garland idea turned out! It looks magical, don't you think? It made this high room feel cosy and intimate, just like I imagined it would look. I love it when a idea works out so good! bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Food by Hééérlijk | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Food by Hééérlijk | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings During the coffee after dinner the evening guests arrived, for a smooth transition. It was both dessert for our day guests and a warm welcome for the party people :) Sadly, we didn't get to try those delicious looking cookies because Stefan and I went into the forest to do a little evening shoot with Danique, Bart and Jamy. I guess we missed out, because the day and weeks after the wedding those chocolate chip cookies were the talk of the town! bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings I am lucky to have beautiful friends like these girls! Both inside and out! Marloes, the pretty redhead on the right, was one of the teachers at the illustration workshop I joined a year ago at Urlaub. We were friends at first sight! Our best man still laughs about how his first talk to her at our wedding: "So, how do you know Anne?" "Well, we met like two months ago". But like most things, it's not about quantity.. :)

The pictures below look like it was a fall wedding, which we might have had if our day wasn't the 28th of June. I would love to work on a real fall wedding! (hint for those reading.. ;) ) bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddingsbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling We laughed so hard when we scrolled through our wedding pictures the first time. Credits to our brilliant photographers for noticing this! Timing is everything! bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Styling by Inspire Styling Weddings Sweet Anne&Alexander made this wooden box for us! They decorated it by burning in the pattern and initials and you can open it by turning the lid and she even added fabric lining inside. So many people created really cool things for us, using our stationery as inspiration. It was a joy to open this suitcase the day after our wedding! So much creativity and really lovely personal cards! bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling Oh boy, only one post left! The party, our evening shoot and of course.. the VIDEO!!! I think a lot of people have seen it by now, especially those that visited Engaged. Jamy had the video playing on loop all day, so I saw it over 50 times this weekend. And you know what, I'm still not sick of it! I don't think I ever will be! It is beautiful, just wait and see..

Next time: My final blogpost about our amazing woodsy lovefest!

Missed my other posts about our wedding? Check them out here! Wedding in the Woods – the making of Wedding in the Woods – getting ready Wedding in the Woods – first look Wedding in the Woods – ceremony Wedding in the Woods - cakes&champagne

♥ Anne

Vendors: Photography: OAK&FIR | Design, styling&planning: Inspire Styling/Weddings | Catering: Hééérlijk | Styling and props: Inspire Styling/Weddings | Suit: Masterhand via Jac Hensen | Dress: Pronovias via Valkengoed | Cardigan: Vero Moda | Hairpiece: Avigail Adam | Necklace: Layered and Long | Bracelet: Praxis Jewelry |  Stationery: Inspire Styling/Weddings | Wooden signs: handmade by groom | Venue:  Only available for rent under certain conditions. More info: weddings [at] inspirestyling.com