Today’s Real Wedding features Love vs. Design’s own, Willem and his bride Saskia. The two were wed in their home country, the Netherlands, which set a beautiful setting with it’s natural beauty.

Looking to do something unique for their wedding day, Willem rented a retro VW t2 to make their entrance to the beautiful lakeside venue, he remembers “it was so good to arrive at the venue with such a cool car.” When selecting their venue, the two felt that their biggest wish was to get married on a sunny day outside in the open air. They were immediately drawn to a beautiful historic location, Huis Nieuw Rande, Geb&Gaia (The Netherlands) that was just outside the city they live in. Also, because it rains a lot of times in The Netherlands they needed a location that they would be able to hold the wedding inside as a backup. This location can be described as idyllic, romantic, dreamy and rustic, the perfect place for their vision.

At the ceremony, Willem and Saskia also added a personal touch to their wedding ceremony by writing vows for one another, which is not a typical thing to do in their country. Willem recalls the reciting of their vows saying, “We were both so excited to say yes to each other in front of our family and friends…it surprised our guests in a super positive way with some of the guests wiping away tears. This was a really special and unforgettable moment for us.”

Following the ceremony, to create the ambiance, a music band with their own repertoire played at the beginning of the wedding party. But a really special moment was when the band started to sing a love song that Saskia wrote for Willem. Some other memorable reception moments for the couple were the personal and humoristic speech Willem’s father wrote as well as the song Saskia’s father and brother wrote for them. To the couple’s surprise, before the wedding their guests prepared a libdub (a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video.) It really set the mood for the beginning of our party as they had all of their guests dancing out of nowhere, they couldn’t believe what was happening especially seeing their 87 year old grandmother dancing! It was a memorable day we’ll never forget.

Advice they give to those currently in the wedding planning process: “Choose the things you like the most and what’s close to yourself, it’s your special day. Start planning your wedding early so you are able to relax before the wedding is there. Also have someone to coordinate the wedding. We choose our brothers to be masters of ceremonies. They were the contact point for all of our guests and lead the whole day. This made it a lot easier for us to just enjoy our day and not worry about practical things.”


Bride & Groom chose the Heart in Hand Photo Save the Date and City Life Wedding Invitation for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Venue: Huis Nieuw Rande, Geb&Gaia (Netherlands) | Photography by Sushilla Kouwen | Videography byBest Moments


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