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Melanie ~ Wedding Photographer

Estates. Cities. Classic Images. 🌿 Wedding & Portrait Photographer based near Amsterdam. 2018: Switzerland, Italy, Paris, London

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Yay! It's Femke & Joop's wedding today and I'm so excited to capture it. @renatefotografie is tagging along as my assistent and since I obviously don't have a photo to share yet, I dove into my archives and found this old, old image for you. β € β € I took it in 2013 when I had just started my business the year before and you know what, I still really love it. Some photos just stand the test of time for me (and some REALLY don't, but that's a story for another time, haha!). β € β € Happy Friday everyone!β € β € //β € β € #happyphotographer #model #editorialphotographer #editorialphotography #fashionphotography #portrait #portraitphotographer #gorgeouslight #entrefemmeur #discoverportrait #amsterdam #damsquare #amsterdamphotographer #portrait_perfection #plusmodel #curvemodel #plussizemodel #bwportrait #artofportrait β € at Haarlem, Netherlands

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It's a busy wedding week with two weddings back to back this weekend! So before I get into all of the craziness I wanted to share this image of Annika & Sam with you. β € β € They took me out into the countryside for their outdoor wedding. And I really love this image. It just can't get more Dutch with the flat fields and that tiny little village in the background. #yougottaloveyourheritageβ € β € //β € β € #happyphotographer​ ​ #fineartweddingphotographer​ #amsterdamweddingphotographer #europeanweddingphotographer​ ​ #destinationweddingphotographer​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings​ ​ #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed​ #girlsofhonour ​ #fineartbride #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy​ ​ #magnoliarouge​ #greenweddingshoes​​​ ​ #bruiloftinspiratie ​ #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #soloverly​​ ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​⠀ at Hoeve Sparrendam

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I loooooove New York. The States, actually. I think Upstate New York may be my favorite place in the whole wide world. It just sucks me right into Gilmore Girls mode. Stars Hollow anyone? β € β € I feel so lucky we're planning another trip! We want to drive around New England next year, from Boston to Upstate New York and back. SO EXCITED. Just planning this thing is amazing. β € β € Does anyone have any tips on what we shouldn't miss out on in New England? β € β € // β € β € #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2019 #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #paris #france #newyorkphotographer #newyorkweddingphotographer #dumbo #newyorkcity #weddinginspo #wanderlust #happyphotographer #liveauthentic #beautifuldestinations #fineartweddingphotographer #fineartweddingphotography #fineartweddinginspiration #soloverly β € #destinationwedding #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #fineartbride ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​⠀ β € at DUMBO, Brooklyn

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Detaaaails. This bride and groom actually bought and took their own prosecco glasses because they were so pretty. And then they took them with them straight after the ceremony so they could toast to their new marriage in private. Such a great idea! β € β € //β € β € #happyphotographer​ ​ #fineartweddingphotographer​ #amsterdamweddingphotographer #europeanweddingphotographer​ ​ #destinationweddingphotographer​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings​ ​ #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed​ #girlsofhonour ​ #fineartbride #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy​ ​ #magnoliarouge​ #greenweddingshoes​​​ ​ #bruiloftinspiratie #toasttothebrideandgroom #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #soloverly​​ ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​⠀ at Haarlem, Netherlands

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Nothing but love. Last week a large part of the Dutch wedding photography community came together for our yearly BBQ (I love it!), but this year we also came together in support of one of our own who sadly lost his son in a car accident a couple of months ago. β € β € And to thank us all for that support he arranged six brides and six horses for us to photograph at sunset. And it was SO special. Nothing but love. For the fact that (in need) there is no competition. And we are all human. β € β € Community over competition, y'all. x β € β € // β € β € #happyphotographer​ ​ #fineartweddingphotographer​ #amsterdamweddingphotographer #europeanweddingphotographer​ ​ #destinationweddingphotographer​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bridesonhorses #sunsetwedding #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings​ ​ #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #beachwedding #girlsofhonour ​ #fineartbride #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy​ ​ #magnoliarouge​ #greenweddingshoes​​​ ​ #brideonhorse #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2019​ ​ #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #trouwenophetstrand ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​⠀ at Noordwijk aan Zee

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I have to say: I'm guilty. I'm one of those photographers that never shares the groom! I think it's just because I'm always so in love with the bride's dress and all of the pretty details and I'm female and I just get carried away, haha. β € β € β € So, today I wanted to share with you this happy groom: Sam, who married his Annika in the Dutch countryside and was so happy and a tad emotional all throughout the day. I love it when people just share their feelings like that. It honestly makes me so happy too while I'm shooting. I feel like when we're open about what we feel, we're real. And I love that. β € β € β € //β € β € β € #happyphotographer​ ​ #fineartweddingphotographer​ #amsterdamweddingphotographer #europeanweddingphotographer​ ​ #destinationweddingphotographer​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings​ ​ #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed​ #girlsofhonour ​ #fineartbride #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy​ ​ #magnoliarouge​ #greenweddingshoes​​​ ​ #bruiloftinspiratie #groom #showthegroom ​ #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #soloverly​​ ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​⠀ at Hoeve Sparrendam

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I've always said 'no newborns for me!', but since I've had Hugo I'm warming up to the idea of capturing lasting memories for people who've just had a lovely little baby. And ever since I've warmed up to the idea, clients have somehow been asking about it! β € β € So next week I'm off to my very first newborn sesh in ages and y'all, I didn't think I'd ever say it, but I'm SO excited! β € β € P.S. This is my new favorite image. Annika & Sam's wedding was just to die for! β € β € //β € β € #happyphotographer​ ​ #fineartweddingphotographer​ #amsterdamweddingphotographer #europeanweddingphotographer​ ​ #destinationweddingphotographer​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings​ ​ #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed​ #girlsofhonour ​ #fineartbride #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy​ ​ #magnoliarouge​ #greenweddingshoes​​​ ​ #bruiloftinspiratie #veil #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #soloverly​​ ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​⠀ at Hoeve Sparrendam

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Are you a wedding vendor in need of images for your social media accounts or website? I've actually created a solution for you! If you want to know more > PM me πŸ’πŸΌβ€β™€οΈβ € β € // β € β € #happyphotographer​ ​ #fineartweddingphotographer​ #amsterdamweddingphotographer #europeanweddingphotographer​ ​ #destinationweddingphotographer​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings​ ​ #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed​ #girlsofhonour ​ #fineartbride #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy​ ​ #magnoliarouge​ #greenweddingshoes​​​ ​ #bruiloftinspiratie #orangerieelswout #elswout ​ #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #soloverly​​ ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​⠀ at Orangerie Elswout

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Today I'm meeting up with the videographer for our wedding to discuss our wishes and I can't waitttt. I'm so happy someone will be there to film. Being able to hear all of our favorite people's voices years from now is such a wonderful thought. β € β € Then later today off to Noordwijk for the annual wedding photographer's meetup. A large group of Dutch wedding photographers come together for a BBQ each year and I can't wait to see everyone there! β € β € No slow Monday here!β € β € What are your plans for today?β € β € // β € β € #happyphotographer​ ​ #fineartweddingphotographer​ #amsterdamweddingphotographer #europeanweddingphotographer​ ​ #destinationweddingphotographer​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings​ ​ #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed​ #girlsofhonour ​ #fineartbride #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy​ ​ #magnoliarouge​ #greenweddingshoes​​​ ​ #bruiloftinspiratie #orangerieelswout #elswout ​ #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #soloverly​​ ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​⠀ at Orangerie Elswout

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IT'S MY BIRTHDAAAAY! β € β € I can't wait to go into Amsterdam today for cake at one of my favorite spots: Patisserie Pompadour. But first, a portrait session along the canals. Yes, I'm working on my birthday. πŸ˜β € β € What are your favorite spots in the city? β € β € //β € β € #happyphotographer​ ​ #fineartweddingphotographer​ #amsterdamweddingphotographer #europeanweddingphotographer​ ​ #destinationweddingphotographer​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings​ ​ #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed​ #girlsofhonour ​ #fineartbride #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy​ ​ #magnoliarouge​ #greenweddingshoes​​​ ​ #bruiloftinspiratie #itsmybirthday #patisseriepompadour #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #soloverly​​ ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​ β € at Patisserie Pompadour, Amsterdam

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Since all of our ceremony guests have now received their wedding invitations it is time to share them with the world! β € β € When designing these, we had a look at the rest of our wedding and mostly: our wedding location. It's old and classy and very gray-themed, so gray become one of the main colors for our big day. Gold is another one and so are nude and sage. β € β € The envelopes were calligraphed by @linmcqueenkalligrafie and she did such a great job! <3 β € β € //β € β € #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2019 #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #soloverly​​ ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​ #luxurywedding #happyphotographer​ ​ #fineartweddingphotographer​ #amsterdamweddingphotographer #destinationweddingphotographer​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings​ ​ #theprettyblog #bajanwed​ #girlsofhonour ​ #fineartbride #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy​ ​ #magnoliarouge​ #greenweddingshoes​​​ ​ #weddinginspo β € at Haarlem, Netherlands

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Today is delivery day! I get to take these images & a gift package to this lovely couple and I'm so excited to hear all about how they've experienced their day. And then after that I’m meeting another couple for their gift package! β € β € It's always such great fun to hear the bride and groom speak about their wedding, it's like experiencing the day all over again!β € β € If you could go back to your wedding day, what specific part would you like to relive?β € β € //β € β € #happyphotographer​ ​ #fineartweddingphotographer​ #amsterdamweddingphotographer #europeanweddingphotographer​ ​ #destinationweddingphotographer​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings​ ​ #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed​ #girlsofhonour ​ #fineartbride #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy​ ​ #magnoliarouge​ #greenweddingshoes​​​ ​ #bruiloftinspiratie #bruiloft2018​ ​ #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #soloverly​​ ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​ #tpwbruiloft #fotograafhaarlemβ € at Orangerie Elswout

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Okay, so my weekend? FAB! The Librije was so much more than we had ever hoped for. From the nice, almost spa like welcome and my tea in a wine glass to little stools for your hand bag, real (!) butterflies flying around the restaurant and amazing food and service. Just wow. It really is a must for everyone who likes to be wowed. We had a wonderful time! β € β € What was your weekend like? β € β € (I didn’t take any photos because I was too busy being amazed but I’ll share one of Dennis’s plates in my stories!) β € β € //β € β € #happyphotographer​ ​ #fineartweddingphotographer​ #amsterdamweddingphotographer #europeanweddingphotographer​ ​ #destinationweddingphotographer​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings​ ​ #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed​ #girlsofhonour ​ #fineartbride #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy​ ​ #magnoliarouge​ #greenweddingshoes​​​ ​ #bruiloftinspiratie #bruiloft2018​ ​ #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #soloverly​​ ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​ #tpwbruiloft #fotograafhaarlemβ € at De Librije

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I'm secretly really looking forward to the weekend. I'm taking Dennis to the Librije in Zwolle for his birthday tomorrow and I’m just expecting it to be so good. β € β € Have you ever been? β € β € //β € β € #happyphotographer​ ​ #fineartweddingphotographer​ #amsterdamweddingphotographer #europeanweddingphotographer​ ​ #destinationweddingphotographer​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings​ ​ #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed​ #girlsofhonour ​ #fineartbride #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy​ ​ #magnoliarouge​ #greenweddingshoes​​​ ​ #bruiloftinspiratie #ikgatrouwen #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #soloverly​​ ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​ #librije β € at De Librije

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Would you just look at my baby boy?! Isn't he just the cutest? He's almost 9 months old now and I honestly feel like I'm falling in love with him more and more each day. I think motherhood is something that grows. It was there the day he was born, but I had no idea it was going to grow into what I feel today. β € β € This tiny face changed my entire life. I mean, I know I have a habit of focusing on futile things (instagram likes, clients I didn't get, not being in the right circles - any of this sound familiar?) but man, do children know how to put things into perspective. πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ŒπŸ»So many things just don’t matter! I feel like this is an 'aha moment' for me.β € β € //β € β € #happyphotographer #familyshoot #familiefotografie #gezinsfotografie #familyphotographer #lifeandlensigfeature #thelifestylecollective #amsterdamphotographer #clicknmoms #wanderlust #happyphotographer #liveauthentic #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​ #momentdesign #familysession #letthembelittle #letthekids #humansofjoy #darlingmovement #texelmomentje #texelβ € β € at Vuurtoren Texel

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Ohhh, I had my first wedding nightmare! I dreamt everything during the 'getting ready' part of our day went wrong. From missing a cab from our wedding location to our house in the morning, foreign objects falling from the sky on route (lol!) to hair and make-up taking wayyy too much time and Dennis arriving while I'm nowhere near ready. Also, getting dressed in a horrible closet space that we don't even have in our house (I was seriously worried for the photographer - what was to come of the photos?!). β € β € Crazy stuff. β € β € Now I need to tell myself none of that will actually happen, haha. Did anything actually go wrong on your wedding? β € β € //β € β € #happyphotographer​ ​ #fineartweddingphotographer​ #amsterdamweddingphotographer #europeanweddingphotographer​ ​ #destinationweddingphotographer​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings​ ​ #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed​ #girlsofhonour ​ #fineartbride #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy​ ​ #magnoliarouge​ #greenweddingshoes​​​ ​ #bruiloftinspiratie #bruiloft2018​ ​ #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #soloverly​​ ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #tpwbruiloft #fotograafhaarlem​ #orangerieelswout #elswoutβ € at Orangerie Elswout

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I've always had a soft spot for black & white. It just takes me right back to the many pages of old fashion images in all of my favorite photobooks. I've always loved sitting with them and flipping through them for hours on end. And I love bringing a little bit of that magic into my photos now. Whether it’s black and white cityscapes or editorial portraits: I love them!β € β € Double tap if you agree πŸ’•β € β € //β € β € #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2019 #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #paris #france #parisphotographer #parisweddingphotographer #louvre #louvrepyramid #parisblackandwhite #weddinginspo #wanderlust #happyphotographer #liveauthentic #beautifuldestinations #fineartweddingphotographer #fineartweddingphotography #fineartweddinginspiration #soloverly β € #destinationwedding #europeanweddingphotographer​​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #fineartbride ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​ at MusΓ©e du Louvre

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This first look in an orchard was by far the most beautiiiiful first look I've ever seen. β € β € Sam walked the lanes of Landgoed Elswout on her way to her fiancΓ©. He was waiting for her in the orchard and as she tapped him on the shoulder and he turned around, they exchanged their first glances underneath an apple tree. PERFECT! <3 β € β € What was your first look like? Or, for all my brides, what are you planning for your first look?β € β € P.S. This gorgeous wedding is on the blog now!β € β € //β € β € #happyphotographer​ ​ #fineartweddingphotographer​ #amsterdamweddingphotographer #europeanweddingphotographer​ ​ #destinationweddingphotographer​​ ​ #fineartwedding​ ​ #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie​ #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings​ ​ #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed​ #girlsofhonour ​ #fineartbride #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy​ ​ #magnoliarouge​ #greenweddingshoes​​​ ​ #bruiloftinspiratie #bruiloft2018​ ​ #thebridestory​ #shesaidyes #soloverly​​ ​ #loveintentionally​ ​ #chasinglight #pursuepretty​ #tpwbruiloft #fotograafhaarlemβ € at Orangerie Elswout

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