wedding in the woods - cakes&champagne

bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire StylingAfter a year of planning, thrifting, illustrating, creating, thinking out ideas, shopping, searching and tasting, the big moment happened. We said 'I do', exchanged rings, we kissed and we were declared husband and wife.. such a surreal moment on our very real day. Because it's the moment it is all about, but nothing really changed. On paper it did, but our life, our relationship, our love didn't change. Well, that's not really true, we did acted different for a few weeks. Crazy giggly and in love, like we were teenagers ;)

Now, 4 months after the wedding, we are getting used to saying 'my husband/wife', which sounds okay, but in Dutch.. 'mijn man/vrouw'.. it sounds a bit old and dull. So most of the time we just use Stefan/Anne :)

Back to 4 months ago!! (start your engine Doc!) We will dive right into the champagne moment! There are some very pretty cakes involved, so follow me! bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling Yes, that is a squirrel on top of our beautiful forest fruit wedding cake. And yes, that is a dinosaur next to it. Can you think of better caketoppers? ...yeah, thought so.

All the thrifted serving dishes, my old vintage cake 'turntable' (as seen under the carrot cake), the mix-match plates, everything was a feast for the eyes! I found the fabric with the leaves&birds at our local market! I bought a few yards without knowing what to use it for but it turned out the be the most perfect fit for this table filled with sweet&pretty goodness! The cakes were spectacular, and gone within a blink of the eye. Everyone had two or three pieces.. or a slice of every cake, there was a complete (sugar) rush going on ;) bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling This gorgeous thing is a baklava cake! I LOVE baklava, so I made a special request and our caterers made me so happy by creating this super cool cake! It was delicious and it looks freaking awesome! (..and trust me, dinosaurs are the next big thing!) bohemian 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 | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling My father-in-law admiring our rings.. and me showing off my personalized bracelet, which I put on with the text ('live mighty', after the lyrics of Jason Mrazs song Living in the moment) facing down because the ends were getting stuck in my dress. Whoops :)bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling Yes, we did a cake-cutting moment.. I was very much against the whole 'let's feed each other' thing, because I have super clumsy moments and I was convinced I would get cake all over my dress. Of course, peer pressure made me do it anyway. On the video I look like a baby bird, because my mouth is wide open, but nothing fell down so it worked ;) bohemian 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 | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling Stefans cousin, our little Red Riding Hood.. bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling To thank our witnesses and my 'best girls', we gave them personal gifts. Bracelets with different texts for the girls, Puur Anders leaves with a picture from our loveshoot for my dad and Stefans mom and Opinel pocket knifes with a burned in message for Stefans best man and dad. See credits at the end of the post! :) bohemian 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 | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling Groupshot time! We did a lot of family pictures, because we never really get together like this. Almost everyone was there, even our family from Switzerland, so we seized the moment. This is Stefans other cousin, probably wondering why Danique was taking her picture :) bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling All of our dayguests! There were more sweet friends at the party, but our camera team wasn't around all night. We still want to thank every single one of you for coming and making our day the best ever!

And a special shout out to the girls&men in the 'bachelor gang' pictures below and to the people missing in these pictures! We had super fun bachelor party's because of you, thanks a million! bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling By the time Danique&Bart took these last pictures dinner was ready.. If you think you have seen enough pretty things and goodlooking food, just wait for my next wedding blogpost! This dinner was a homerun! *total teaser*

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

♥ Anne

Vendors: Photography: OAK&FIR | Design, styling&planning: Inspire Styling/Weddings | Catering: Hééérlijk | Styling, planning and props: Inspire Styling/Weddings | Suit: Masterhand via Jac Hensen | Dress: Pronovias via Valkengoed | Hairpiece: Avigail Adam | Necklace: Layered and Long | Bracelet: Praxis Jewelry | Gifts best girls: Personalized bracelets: Praxis Jewelry | Gifts parents: Handmade leaves: Puur Anders | Gifts best men: Opinel pocketknives, customized by groom | Venue:  Only available for rent under certain conditions. More info: weddings [at] inspirestyling.com

wedding in the woods - ceremony

Okay, so you know what we did the months, weeks, days, hours and even minutes before the first look. You've seen the both of us cry when we saw each other for the first time.. now it's time to really step into our wedding day! First up, the ceremony.. Again, a lot of tears here, you can spot us either crying or laughing. We don't really do neutral ;)bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling When we started planning we hoped for a wedding in the woods. Not just a party or dinner in the woods, but the full wedding. We scouted the forest around the venue for pretty spots a few months before our big day, early spring. This little 'valley' was the most perfect place, so beautiful! :)  We also made sure our officiant could marry us outside, Stefan made a beautiful, personalized ceremony backdrop, on the morning of our weddingday our little team moved some chairs around, our best friend plugged in our favorite music...

*Jason Mraz - Living in the Moment*

(for the full experience: play the video in a new tab and then look at the photos!)bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling I was so nervous when I walked down the 'aisle'. Well actually, there wasn't an aisle, but we did walk down! Down a sandy hill, where a few twigs, pinecones and leaves got caught in my dress again. We wanted a wedding in the woods, that's what we've got! ;) bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling bohemian 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 | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling I love this shot, it's one of my favorites :) And look at Stefans awesome socks! My man knows it is all about the details!  bohemian 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 | Inspire Styling bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling One of the best descisions we made was to write our own vows... we wrote very personal and emotional vows for each other, that not only made us two cry, but a lot of (female) guests were watering up as well. Our best man was really the best, he even brought tissues and shared those with the entire crowd. Thank you Maarten! :)

Stefan and I are definitely on the same page, we both talked about how we love nature (hence the forest wedding) and how we met (me being direct and well, a little drunk, him being stand-offish and a bit shy), we talked about the adventures we want to have together, about travelling with our firevan and how we balance each other perfectly. Our vows even matched so perfectly, our videographer Jamy jumped from me talking to Stefan talking in the video, without weird transitions in the story. Flawless :)

I will share the video in the last post of our wedding in the woods series, as a big bonus! It deserves to be the big fat cherry on top of it all :) bohemian 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 | Inspire Styling bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling The 'I DO' moment! Since this face grabbing kiss we are official! (on the day I'm writing this almost 4 months of marriage! *shock*) bohemian 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 | Inspire Stylingbohemian 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 | Inspire StylingView More: http://88forever.pass.us/annestefanbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling I love this, it is our dream setting in one photo. We couldn't have wished for a better backdrop than those gorgeous green trees. And the pinecones everywhere.. the best gift ever for an Autumn loving girl like me! ♥ bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling This is a photo I will cherish, of me and my dear mother-in-law. On the right you can see my dad in blue and my grandmother (91!) throwing flower petal confetti and on the left you can see Stefans father. A great picture with our parents, without posing :) bohemian 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 | Inspire Styling Me and my sweet friend Anne, admiring each other :) She's not your typical girly-girl, but neither am I, so I loved having her around while getting ready. I didn't see her pretty look untill this moment, because she was in 'prepping' clothes that morning. It was nice to have a moment where we could see and speak to everyone and have moments like this. And like the one below, with my dear sister. She does the face grabbing kiss thing too ;) bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling Ohhh, I love writing these blogposts, it brings me back to our wedding day every time. I hope I can find the time to write part 4 soon! Time for cakes and champagne :)

Missed my first 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

♥ Anne

Vendors: Photography: OAK&FIR | Design, styling&planning: Inspire Styling/Weddings | Flowers: Stefan Tijsen&Femke Ditmars | 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 | Geometric glass ringbox: Inspire Styling/Weddings | Chairs: Venues own | Ceremony bench: Borrowed from a neigbor | Ceremony backdrop: handmade&carved by Stefan Tijsen (groom) | All other furniture: Inspire Styling/Weddings | Venue:  Only available for rent under certain conditions. More info: weddings [at] inspirestyling.com

wedding in the woods - getting ready

Yesterday we celebrated our 3 month wedding anniversary! I can't believe it has been 3 months already since I saw Stefan in his suit for the first time, it still feels like it was yesterday. You have been waiting for this post for the same 3 months now and now it's time for you to read the full story and look at a LOT of pictures! bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire StylingMy first post (yes, there will be more.. :) ) is all about the getting ready on our big day, the 28th of June. This is really 'our' day, we got together on 28-06-06, so on our wedding day we also celebrated our 8 year anniversary.

Most of the decorating was done on Friday, the day before our wedding. And of course, a lot of work was done by me and Stefan in the year before that. We thrifted all the vintage tableware, blankets&props, driving around with our firevan. I illustrated the save the dates, invitations, rsvp cards and other stationery pieces. Stefan built a ceremony backdrop with branches from our garden, he stripped and burned drawings into them, to make them personal. We cut a pile of fabrics into garlands, put together a 5h music list on Spotify (which we didn't really use because we sat down at the campfire all night!), searched for lights, pompoms, decoration and or course, the perfect venue, team, dress, suit and accessoires. Everything about our wedding was planned and designed by us and realized by us, our dreamteam, friends and family. They all helped to create a magical wedding weekend and for that, we are so grateful and feel so loved!

Amazing Danique, Bart, Jamy, Femke&Eddy, you were the best vendors we could have wished for. And more than that! Thank you for everything you did, we couldn't have done it without you! <3bohemian 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 | Inspire Stylingbohemian 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 | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling Doesn't our firevan looks cute? My friend Margriet made this cool illustration before our guests arrived. She was quite the busy bee, helping me with getting ready, working on the final details for the tablesetting (aka cutting twigs from a tree), doing my sister's hair and make-up, and the make-up for our friend Anne. And who knows what more! Everybody worked their butts off that morning, we had to promise we would never do this again! bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling bohemian 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 | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling Sweet Femke from Hééérlijk made my bridal bouquet. She actually thought I was taking care of that, while I was thinking she would do it. I texted her from the car Friday night, on our way home and found out there weren't enough flowers for my bouquet. So we stopped at a flowery field and starting collecting daisies and other wild flowers in the middle of the night. And Stefan bought some extra flowers at the market on Saturday morning. No stress at all, because I trusted Femke, she knew exactly what I liked and made an amazing bouquet!! Freestyle :)bohemian 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 | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling I enjoyed the preperations for our wedding, I loved illustrating again, searching for all that vintage tableware&props, but it was quite a stressful time too. And I couldn't have done it all without the support of the love of my life. Thank you for putting up with me, helping me, giving feedback on my designs, being patient at thriftstores and comforting me when I thought I would NEVER find a wedding dress! :)

I did find that dress though, a beautiful Pronovias dress with embroidered leaves. It feels vintage and has love for nature written all over it! It wasn't love at first sight, because the kranky sales lady commented: "Oh, this colour does nothing for you" and walked away instantly to search for a new dress to try on. But after she left I listened to myself and I slowly starting loving this dress. And I couldn't think of a more perfect dress for me and for our day. So I bought it :) Most expensive and best thing I ever bought! Oh and I requested for a different sales lady for the first&final fitting, she was super nice and friendly :) bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling As mentioned in a earlier blogpost, we were supposed to write our vows the week before the wedding. But we didn't have the time then, so Stefan wrote his sweet vows the night before. I tried too write them, but I was too stressed out, I felt ill/feverish and lost my voice because of that, I just couldn't focus on writing something cohesive. Not having any vows made me panic even more, so I didn't sleep at all that night. I woke up Stefan somewhere early in the morning, he was the sweetest, trying to calm me down and comforting me. I still couldn't sleep, but I felt more relaxed.

Saturday morning I still sounded like a squeeking mouse, but I felt better when our good friends Maarten&Lizette picked me up at the hairdresser. They just said 'wow' when they saw me with my hair and make-up done. After we arrived at our venue, I locked myself in my friends room and wrote my vows without stopping even once. And finally I felt like everything would be just right. After all, what's a better way to find peace than sitting silently a beautiful forest, while your best friends are realizing your dream day? :) bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling bohemian 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 | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling Look at my gorgeous man! He picked his suit with his parents&best friend Maarten and they choose a great one! I ordered the cuff links without knowing what Stefan would wear, but I made sure they matched my outfit. But yay, they looked great with his suit too! I had Margriet deliver my little present to Stefan, because we weren't supposed to see each other untill the first look. We could hear each other though, he was only a few doors away. Ohhhh, the nerves!!    bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling bohemian 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 | Inspire Stylingbohemian 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 | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Stylingbohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling Isn't the dress to die for? At least, that's what I think. I love how it's flowy, transparant, detailed, subtle and well, just beautiful! I had a few tiny alterations done and they turned out great (like cutting off the butterfly sleeves and lowering the neckline of the slip dress).

My mother in law and friends Margriet and Anne were by my side when I was getting ready, all crying happy tears. I felt so special and emotional, also because I still didn't know what my future husband looked like and what he would think of my dress and how I looked.. bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling Sorry guys, this is it for now.. Next post: the first look!! :) <3

Missed my first post about our wedding? Check it out here! Wedding in the Woods - the making of

Our day was captured perfectly by Danique van Kesteren (88forever) and her love/second shooter/my old classmate Bart van Dalen!

Vendors: Photography: 88forever | Design, styling&planning: Inspire Styling/Weddings | Flowers: Femke Ditmars | Tableware: Inspire Styling/Weddings | Wooden signs: Handmade&painted by Stefan Tijsen | Suit: Masterhand via Jac Hensen | Cuff links: Vintage via Etsy | Dress: Pronovias via Valkengoed | Sandals: Accessorize | Hairpiece: Avigail Adam | Necklace: Layered and Long | Bracelet: Praxis Jewelry | Firevan: Couples own | Illustration firevan: Margriet Hospers | Venue:  Only available for rent under certain conditions. More info: weddings [at] inspirestyling.com

green overload at woonbeurs 2014

I visited the Woonbeurs last week and one thing was pretty obvious: plants definitely are back in our homes! The entire fair looked like a greenhouse! And yes, there was some black&white, pastel and a few tiny leftovers of the neon trend. But overall, it was green, green and more green! Needless to say.. I loved it!woonbeurs 2014 - plants | Inspire Styling journal I posted some pictures that same day with the popular #urbanjunglebloggers hashtag on Instagram. It's great to see that nature is everywhere now, I do hope people will see it as more than just a hype and don't forget about their plants and environment as soon the trend is over. But I can see some changes happening and I think a big group of lovely human beings will care for our beautiful world. Including myself, of course :)

Here's what I saw and liked at Woonbeurs 2014.. *iPhone pictures only* woonbeurs 2014 - plants | Inspire Styling journal Like I said.. lots of plants everywhere. These pretty guys and much, much more! The plant 'garland' was quite popular, I saw these at multiple stands. In this collage two of them: bottom right and upper left :) woonbeurs 2014 - Six and Sons stand | Inspire Styling journalwoonbeurs 2014 - Six and Sons stand | Inspire Styling journal This stand belongs to the always fabulous Sixs&Sons, they sell vintage items and new products. If their name doesn't ring a bell, you should check out their collection! I love just about everything they have :) woonbeurs 2014 - Combitex stand | Inspire Styling journalwoonbeurs 2014 - Combitex stand | Inspire Styling journalwoonbeurs 2014 - copper sunburst mirror | Inspire Styling journal A sunburst mirror is still on my wishlist and this one was looking pretty cool! You can see a part of the More Than Classic/Eigen Huis&Interier home reflected in the centre. They had a tropical/sunroom vibe going on, but in a very polished way. Hence the shiny mirror.. :) woonbeurs 2014 | Inspire Styling journalwoonbeurs 2014 - VTWonen | Inspire Styling journalwoonbeurs 2014 - Karwei stand, styling by StyleCookie | Inspire Styling journalwoonbeurs 2014 - Karwei stand, styling by StyleCookie  | Inspire Styling journal The StyleCookie ladies did a great job styling the Karwei stand! Everybody loved it, it was one of the most inspiring stands on the fair. They combined a lot of plants, vintage items, creative solutions and DIY ideas for a complete re-brand of a DIY store. Well done!woonbeurs 2014 - beetles dress - Inspire Styling journal This dress made of beetle shields made me think twice. I love it, I even designed a tropical paradise collection once, based on these shields. But I wonder where they got these beetles, since there were a LOT of shields. I will try to think positive and assume they were collected in a good way.. *still thinking twice though*woonbeurs 2014 - Puur Anders at Ariadne at home | Inspire Styling journal My dear collegae Miranda from Puur Anders was working at the Ariadne home, to inspire visitors and promote her new collection. Remember the gorgeous 'hidden memories' shoot we did? Miranda was working on some new items with these pictures on it! So cool to see the process and to see our photos come to live in her work. woonbeurs 2014 - Puur Anders at Ariadne at home | Inspire Styling journalwoonbeurs 2014 - Plint stand | Inspire Styling journal I had a great time at the Woonbeurs, especially because I saw a lot of my Instagram/Twitter friends. It's kind of like a game, to match the profile pictures with real life persons, but it's so cool to meet social media friends. And I had so much fun with Jurianne, Geertje, Imke (always present!) and her sister. I even ended up at a cocktail hour/reception/farewell party at the 101woonideeen home (so so sad they won't be there next year!!).

Woonbeurs 2014: Great networking, drinking, laughing, sharing stories and getting inspired! :)

♥ Anne

photography workshop

You probably know how much I love taking pictures. Lots and lots of pictures, of forest walks, pretty flowers, berries, leaves and my friends&family. I think my photos look good, but I never really understood terms like ISO, shutter speed and aperture. So when I found out Hanke Arkenbout was hosting a photography workshop I signed up immediately, hoping she could explain all that technical stuff. (that, and she's a pretty cool person so good times in 'class' guaranteed!) photography workshop | Inspire Styling journal We started our inspiring and fun August day in Hankes cute home in Rotterdam (also the backdrop of our styled Lazy Sunday shoot!), she welcomed us with homemade snacks&tea and gave us a speed course into the basics of photography. Using normal words, so we could actually understand all the terms and tricks. Then it was time to put us to the test..

Hanke lives in a great neighboorhood so we walked around like a group of tourists taking pictures of pretty much everything. Our teacher was there to guide us and give us tips when we found ourselves overexposing every photo. Not all photos worked out quite the way I planned, but practice makes perfect and I am very happy with this bunch! :)photography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journal Before we headed outside Hanke adviced us to look at the things we're drawn too. You can learn a lot from the things you photograph most and find your own photography style that way. It could be buildings and architecture or the complete opposite.. roses and everything sweet and light. I think my favorite things are pretty obvious: berries, leaves, more berries.. and more leaves ;) photography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journal photography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journal (stole this pose from our love shoot with Danique ;) ) photography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journal In case you are wondering what we were doing under that tree.. it started raining! Oh how we love Dutch summertime! :)photography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journal photography workshop | Inspire Styling journal I learned more that afternoon than YouTube could have told me and had a great time with all those great girls.  Thank you Hanke for a great eye (and lens-)opening workshop! I have practiced a lot lately and will keep trying new things with my camera! You are never done learning right? :)

Hanke is hosting another photography workshop in October, make sure you sign in on time! (men are welcome too!)

♥ Anne

tiny adventures: a little sunset shoot

The one with the camera is the one that's almost never in the pictures. That's why Stefan took the camera and shot a lot of photos of me. We went out around sunset to play with flares in the fields surrounding our honeymoon cabin. Some of these pics are mine, obviously the ones with me in it are Stefans. He has a lot of creative talent, that most people don't know about. Now they do, because they turned out really cool! I'm proud of my love :)sunset shoot - Inspire Styling journal sunset shoot - Inspire Styling journalsunset shoot - Inspire Styling journalsunset shoot - Inspire Styling journalsunset shoot - Inspire Styling journalsunset in a cornflower field - Inspire Styling journalsunset in a cornflower field - Inspire Styling journalsunset in a cornflower field - Inspire Styling journalsunset in a cornflower field - Inspire Styling journalsunset in a cornflower field - Inspire Styling journalsunset in a cornflower field - Inspire Styling journalsunset in a cornflower field - Inspire Styling journal I think this cornflower field is a dreamsetting for a fairy tale like photoshoot, ideas keep popping into my head for this place. Flowy dresses, girls with flower crowns, a midsummer night's dream vibe, I can't wait to do something like this!

Contact me if you're interested in such a shoot! ♥ Anne

tiny adventures: deer, foxes and cornflowers

We booked an idylllic log cabin in the woods for our 'honeymoon'. The real trip will go to Costa Rica, probably later this year. But to get away from it all and relax for a while we escaped to the most quiet place in the Netherlands: Midwolda, in Groningen. Our little home for the week was surrounded with ferns, trees, birds and butterflies.log cabin in the woods | Inspire Styling journalferns flare | Inspire Styling journalforest | Inspire Styling journal We had a great week, walked around in the woods, explored the flowery fields around it, photographed a lot of insects and plants, killed some mosquitos, drank a lot of wine, had dinners at the kitchen-bar, counted the birds in the garden, swam at a big lake, drove around in our firevan, almost got stuck in a cornfield, annoyed some sheep at the edge of the Waddenzee, danced in the living room and just enjoyed being newlywed!swamp field | Inspire Styling journalwandering | Inspire Styling journalnettle | Inspire Styling journalsticky plant | Inspire Styling journal I shot a lot of forest&plant pictures, as usual.  At times we switched roles, so Stefan could take photos and I would wait for him while he tried to document a cricket. At the edge of the woods was this magical, flowery field.. the closest thing to heaven as far as I'm concerned. It was filled with blue cornflowers and some lost poppy's, daisies and other wild flowers (scroll down for photos). We spotted some deer in that same field and even saw foxes around there! deer | Inspire Styling journal As you can see I don't have a big zoom lens on my camera.. Can you spot her? She just stood there and stared at us for a minute or so before she ran away. So beautiful! fox | Inspire Styling journal I was so excited when we spotted this gorgeous fox too! We saw two of them and this curious one even came really close! At that point, Stefan was holding the camera so I don't have a close-up pic, but I was over the moon!  I felt so happy I could cry! I know, I'm a big Disney emo-girl.. ;)striped feather | Inspire Styling journalclover | Inspire Styling journalbutterflies | Inspire Styling journalflowers | Inspire Styling journalgrasshopper | Inspire Styling journalclover leafs | Inspire Styling journal We explored the forest surrounding our cabin and walked for hours by the edge of the woods, a.k.a. flower&insect paradise. Did you spot the butterflies and the big grasshopper? This was at one end of the woods, the cornflower field at the other side. Told you, complete paradise! :) cornflower field | Inspire Styling journalflower meadow | Inspire Styling journalcornflower field | Inspire Styling journalcornflower field shoot | Inspire Styling journal Stefan snapped this picture with his phone, I didn't want to leave this field but it was burning hot so I'm glad we did ;) But this is definitely a place we will visit again! If  you like nature, need a relaxing or romantic getaway and don't mind smelling like bug spray.. This cabin in Midwolda is for you!

Enjoy your summer! ♥ Anne

wedding in the woods - the making of :)

YES!!! I'm back! I married my best friend on the 28th of June and we slowly came down from our little heaven on a cloud and returned to reality. It was such a beautiful day, the sun even came out while the forecast was all about rain, hail, storm and thunder. My mother-in-law said: "I think you guys had some spare Angels". I want to believe that what you give is what you get and we have been pretty nice to Mother Nature.. :) We have to wait a few weeks for the photos from Danique&second shooter Bart (OAK&FIR) and the film from our videographer Jamy (Life from the Inside), but we did get little previews from our amazing team. Like this stunning picture from Danique! :)

Want to see more? Check out #AnneStefan2014 on Instagram! (There's a instapreview film too!!)

Our day was everything we hoped and more! You can plan everything you know, you can make the prettiest decorations, search for the most perfect tableware and order the best food in the world.. but you can't plan how your guests will be, if they will have a good time and will be able to relax. But it turns out we had the best guests ever! We ended our day by eating fries at the campfire in the middle of the night, wishing the day would never end (at least, that's what I did). Everyone was relaxed, happy and enjoyed our day.

And now it's back to work, e-mails, blogposts and to do lists. But before I return to normal life completely, I want to share some 'behind the scenes' pictures of our wedding. We worked on it for a year and we had a lot of help from our friends in the last month, so I think it's only right to share some of the work that went into our big day! :) ♥

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You guys are the best! We promise we will never do it again ;)

wedding in the woods - making of - inspire styling-5wedding in the woods - making of - inspire styling-8wedding in the woods - making of - inspire styling-11Of course Stefan and I were very optimistic about going home on time the day before, to get some good night's sleep.. but we stayed with our friends and helped setting everything up untill 23h. Oops. And because of the tension, a fever and to do lists running around in my head I didn't sleep at all that night! I felt like I could spend that entire Saturday morning crying, just because I was so tired and emotional. I lost my voice too, because of a flu the week before, so I felt like a total wreck on the morning of our BIG DAY! No pressure..

When our best man picked me up at my hairdresser and he and his girlfriend just said 'wow', smiled at me and gave me a big hug, I started to feel a lot better. And it was kind of nice to drive to our location together, playing music and talking about all kind of things. Once there, I locked myself in my best friends room to write my vows and avoid walking into Stefan before our first look! I was so nervous to see my man, I still get butterflies in my stomach when I think of that moment.. Ha, well I'm giving away way too much.. so a big fat TO BE CONTINUED on this one!

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♥ Anne

loveshoot Amersfoort: awkward love

I've been thinking about the wonderful day we had yesterday in our beautiful Amersfoort with Danique (88forever) for our engagement shoot.

It surpised me how nervous I was at the beginning, but sweet Danique made me relax and Stefan made me laugh by just being the man I love. We are really happy we did this shoot, even though we haven't seen a photo yet! Okay, maybe two, on the screen of her camera.. And this pretty pic above she posted on Instagram yesterday. It's a great try-out for the "BIG DAY" :)

Stefan said to me yesterday: "It is just so special to have beautiful pictures of us." And I agree! Usually I'm the one taking pictures, so the only time we're in a frame together is when we take a selfie. Well, yesterday was a little different.. but we were still us, the kinda awkward&giggly but great couple that we are! ♥

Although I'm super ahead of everything, this is my advice to all of you: Do this! Have a lovely, fun day with the one(s) you love, a photographer you like and end up with photos you treasure the rest of your life! :)

Love, Anne ♥

** My soundtrack for this post: The new EP of Postcards from Mars  ** (and yes, that just happens to be Danique's fiance and my old classmate :) )

something old, something new...

proposal in the sand - Inspire Styling journalA little Google-translate for the non-Dutch readers: 'Trouwen?' means 'Marry?'... :) Of course I said YES to my amazing Stefan. The sneaky guy surprised me with his proposal during our weekend at a beach-house. The weekend itself already was a surprise for our 7 year anniversary. He asked me on June 29th (our 7 year and 1 day anniversary), six months after he bought a vintage ring (something old!)

He searched untill he found the perfect ring, the perfect ring box and waited for the perfect moment to ask me. What a man.. :) ♥ engaged - Inspire Styling journaltoast at sunset - Inspire Styling journalbeach sunset - Inspire Styling journalengagement ring - Inspire Styling journalevening bliss - Inspire Styling journalengagement weekend - Inspire Styling journal Isn't the ring amazing? He knows me so well... and the antique ringbox from Edinburgh is a great find too! Can I use the word 'perfect' again? ;)

I am happier then ever with my boyfriend (no wait... fiancé!) and big love of my life Stefan! Over the moon happy that is!! And no, I will not say "I can't wait to marry him!", because I CAN wait and we will enjoy every second our engagement.. it's a once in a lifetime thing!

How's that for an update? :)

Love, Anne ♥

let's be adventurers (about this journal)

Anne van Midden - Cahuita, Costa Rica honeymoonWELCOME

Hi there! You might have read my 'about' page or scrolled around my work. And now you found my little personal corner, my online journal. I hope you like what you see&read here, I hope to inspire you by sharing stories about me, my life, my styling work and interests. You will find some behind the scenes pictures, work in progress and updates about the projects I am working on.

For all the lovely brides&grooms out here: I hope to help you out with my regular (Dutch) wedding inspiration posts. Posts about themes, practical tips and the best ideas for your wedding. You can also find inspiration in my portfolio, where you can look at the weddings I have styled and of course, my own wedding in the woods.

Most of all I hope you are willing to travel with us. Because a lot of stories will be about me and my love, about what we do and the places we go. Right now, those places are not the places you will find on the average 'wanderlust' Pinterest board. It's the places close to us, the park in our neighboorhood, a forest on a 30 minute bikeride from here, the beach on Stefan's birth island or a village we drove by with our firevan.

Sure, we want to travel the world, see the Northen Light, count birds in a rainforest (check!! Our Costa Rica honeymoon made this happen!), roadtrip in America, climb mountains, gaze at stars in an African desert and discover new countries. But we can't do everything now, so we just make plans, dream and explore our own country first.

You can join in on our adventures by following my journal and check the category 'adventures'. I love capturing all the beauty we come across with my camera and sketchbook. Expect a lot of plants, berries, forests and photos of my man. Stefan loves running around, exploring less-travelled paths and shooting videos with his gopro. And sometimes he grabs the camera to snap pictures of me picking berries, spotting birds and playing in the shoreline. These are our adventures and no matter how small they may seem, they are grand to us.

I hope to see you around! ♥ Anne

-- Loving you is the greatest adventure --