Are you thinking of taking that flight and getting married in Amsterdam? You won’t regret it! N & A shared their wedding vows in the city centre and made sure they visited some of the greatest locations. In this blogpost we’ll be sharing more details than we usually do as we can imagine this might help you get some inspiration!
Photographing the getting ready
It all started in the Pulitzer hotel where the bride and groom both did their ‘getting ready’. If you have ever been inside the Pulitzer Hotel, you know it can be a maze of hallways, elevators, stairs and rooms. Which makes sense! After all, the hotel is a collection of old canal houses that are in a way stitched together.
The best thing about the getting ready is shooting the interaction between the bride/groom and the family and friends that are helping out with tying that bow tie or buttoning the dress. Whether everyone is completely chilled out or giddy from nerves: it’s a great way to start the visual story as you can see below.
Bonus tip: how much of the getting ready needs to be covered?
And in case you are planning your wedding and wondering how much of the preparations need to be covered… We always recommend taking that last hour of the preparations where it’s pretty much about the finishing touch of the make up as well as putting on the dress/suit. Bonus: all the people from the wedding party that are already present are usually all dressed up at that point.
Wedding Ceremony at the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk
We’ll be back at the Pulitzer in a bit, but first it’s about time we run to the ceremony. We’ve shot quite some religious ceremonies on beautiful spots, but few locations beat the interior of the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk. You might not be into tradition or religion, but Catholics do know how to impress the senses using imagery, music and incense.
There were some limitations as is often the case during religious ceremonies, but fortunately we were still able to capture the scene from a full range of perspectives.
Canal Ride during the photoshoot
Most of clients don’t like posing. Let me rephrase that: most of clients HATE posing! For that reason it seems to be a bad idea to go out to shoot some photos of the bride and groom. The good news is: it’s possible to have those natural and spontaneous pictures without too much awkwardness. Sure we’ll think of places for you to stand and hold each other, but it’s never going to those unnatural poses that make you cringe whenever you’re going through the old wedding album of your great aunt.
While we were shooting the images with the bride and groom; the wedding guests got on a boat to the next location: the Westerliefde. The Westerliefde is not too far away, but the canal boat made a nice detour to give the guests the opportunity to see the city.
Party at the Westerliefde
The Pulitzer and the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk are both very upright and chic locations, which is why it was a great move to visit the Westerliefde for the dinner and party. The Westerliefde has that gritty and (yet) warm feel which you’ll hopefully be able to see in the images below.
So if you are thinking of getting married in Amsterdam, be sure to contact us! We’d love to tell you all about our photography and we might also have some tips for finding a local wedding planner. Feel free to check us out on facebook and instagram.