Wendy & Tom

Location & Date | Amsterdam, 29-31 July 2016
Guests | 210 people Photographer | Julien Scussel

A New Yorker who has found his one big love in Holland.
Living together in New York, but celebrating the love they feel for one another and for all their guests in Amsterdam, during that one special four days weekend. 
A beautiful mix between Dutch and American traditions.
Most of it planned by the sweetest bride herself, with just that little help, guidance and coordination needed.

 

HOW WE MET
Tom and I met through mutual friends who know both of us really well and thought we would be the perfect match. Of course those friends played a very important role at our wedding.

"Deepening relationships and making our two worlds entangled into one."

OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY
It was totally, totally unexpected, very romantic and personal, outside on the beach, in the first snowflakes of the winter, in the moonlight. On a day with a lot of meaning, at the beach where we had spend our first weekend away. It was perfect. 

MARRIAGE TO US MEANS
To bring our lives even closer together by having our family and dear friends all together in a weekend of fun, laughter and love. Deepening relationships and making our two worlds entangled into one.

"With my down to earth Dutch mentality I didn't realize it to be so incredible meaningful."

A MEMORABLE MOMENT OF THE DAY
Our opening dance. So special to have so much unrehearsed fun on the dance floor. To look into each others eyes with the applause and smiles of everyone we love around us. Seeing my family enjoy, smile and dance amongst Tom's Family and all our best friends, was a real moment of happiness to me as well.
I remember dancing at around 3 am seeing my younger brother dancing on stage having the best time amongst people he had only met that weekend and that really got a smile on my face. Having all the people I love in one place was so meaningful.
I really hoped for it to be a wonderful experience for my family and dear friends as well as for us and I really think we succeeded.
I really didn't expect the weekend to be so incredible meaningful as it was. With my down to earth Dutch mentality I didn't realize it to be so incredible meaningful. The memories build and moments shared were incredibly valuable and definitely deepened our relationship and life together as a couple. 

"Even if you, like me, want to plan your own wedding, ALWAYS ask someone to take over coordination on the day or weekend itself."

ONE THING WE WISH WE KNEW BEFORE WE STARTED OUR WEDDING PLANS
That the table seating for two consecutive evenings of 200 guests should not be done the day before the wedding.

IF I COULD GIVE OTHER BRIDES TO BE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE
Even if you, like me, want to plan your own wedding, ALWAYS ask someone to take over coordination on the day or weekend itself. Choose to enjoy and not to coordinate and don’t care about all the details that don’t go according to plan, but plan for the unexpected. Go over all details, and once all is done and all scenarios have been discussed just turn off your phone, hand everything over and enjoy! I didn't touch my phone for four days straight. 
Most important is that all your guests want to see you are having fun and if you really are, they will as well, since they all love you and are there because of you. 

"Lotte stayed calm and had a smile on her face throughout the whole experience which was truly a wonderful pleasure to work with. I never spot any sign of stress on her."

GETTING MARRIED WITH THE HELP OF LOTTE MEANS TO US
Since I’m Dutch and my husband being American it would be mainly me organizing it all, but I also wanted to allow myself to be able to let go and really enjoy the weekend and not stress over details. 
Neither did I want to give any of my dear friends and family the 'honorable' role of coordinating our weekend, which I have been given a few times in the past. Which I love doing but I wanted to have my friends enjoy with and next to us! 
Lotte was the perfect fit. It became a stress free pleasant experience, with the shared value of creating beautiful memories. Lotte let me arrange everything and was there to help wherever help was needed or details I forgot to think about. It was customized and tailored and we enjoyed having her around.  Lotte has a great relaxed and in control energy. For my wedding I only wanted to work with people I genuinely like with a good energy. I did not want to go for the established but wanted to work with whoever felt right. And I'm so happy I did that! 
We planned this wedding in less then four months enquiring over 45 different companies that we used in our four day wedding program. Lotte always made me feel I was right on the ball and perfectly on schedule and would just text me a friendly reminder from time to time not to forget something. Lotte stayed calm and had a smile on her face throughout the whole experience which was truly a wonderful pleasure to work with. I never spot any sign of stress on her.