They met 4.5 years ago and as soon as Anne looked into Kirsten’s beautiful blue eyes, she knew she had her. There was a little dancing around from Kristen (read: a ten year age gap) however they shared their first date at the beach not too long after and have been inseparable ever since.
DWH: Tell us about the proposal.
A: In December 2015 we went backpacking in Thailand. Before we left I secretly bought a ring and went to Kirsten’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. We left for Thailand with only my backpack to hide the ring in knowing that I wanted to wait for the right opportunity to propose.
Towards the end of the holiday we were on Koh Tao, a beautiful island, and were exploring the island on a scooter and ended up at the John Suwan Viewpoint. I know that was the moment. When Kirsten finally came and sat beside me I pulled out the ring and asked her to marry me.
She said, yes!
Later on that day we actually realised that is was Christmas Day!
DWH: How was the lead up to the wedding?
K: We were engaged for nearly two years.
I ruptured my achilles tendon 10 weeks before the wedding. An operation, plaster immobilisation, medication, crutches and wheelchair followed – talk about stress!
We had booked in dance classes, however, these had to take a back seat so that I could focus on a good, quick, recovery.
Finding the venue was the easiest part of wedding planning. We had our first date at Wijk aan Zee beach and decided to celebrate our wedding day there – it was the perfect choice for us.
DWH: Apart from the venue, what else inspired the beachy, relaxed vibe of the day?
A: The motto for our wedding day was ‘there are no strangers in here. Just friends you’ve never met – Roald Dahl’. We wanted a really relaxed vibe with lots of personal touches from us.
There were a lot of DIY projects, including our signage, bracelets and our wedding favours. We made our photobooth props ourselves with texts that meant something to us and because we love quotes we put some of our favourites in photo frames around the venues.
K: We loved the DIY projects! It gave us our quality time together.
DWH: It all sounds like a lot of fun, tell us about the big day!
K: A wonderful surprise for me was the fact that Anne had arranged for us to spend the night before the wedding at the beach tent from our first date and we were able to fall asleep and wake up in a tiny romantic villa.
The first moment I saw Anne walk through the garden made me so emotional. Her whole appearance, her dress, make-up, hair… she was more beautiful than ever!
A: A funny moment was when both our Dad’s nearly ruined the wedding cake! They both wanted to make speeches before we cut the cake. Their ‘short’ speeches were a little longer than anticipated and the fruit slowly started to fall off the ice cream wedding cake!
DWH: Oh, no! Do you have any advice for others planning their own wedding day?
A & K: Enjoy it! Take time visiting vendors, starting DIY projects with family and friends, take dance classes, just enjoy it all! Planning our wedding allowed us to take time out to be unplugged from everyday life for a little bit.
Also, keep in mind it’s your day! Do what you want with it.
Photography Amy Cooks Photography | Cinematographer KLCK Media & Marketing (Kevin van Rijn) | Stationery TOF Ontwerp | Ceremony Venue SunSeaBar, Wijk aan Zee | Reception Venue SunSeaBar, Wijk aan Zee | Cake IJssalon Verdonk Ice Cake | Wedding Favours DIY | Photo booth VW Photobook Netherlands | Lighting Celebration Events | Engagement rings Le Marriage Alkmaar | Bridal Boutique The Bride Side (Haarlem) | Shoes Vans Authentics | Hair Naomi Boiten | Makeup Renate Mulder-Duijn, Parfumerie Mooi Castricum | Brides Hotel Hotel Villa de Klughte | Guests Hotel Hotel Sonnevanck