In amazing time, Ainslie has finished processing 415 fantastic photos from the wedding. Now we’re sorting through them to see which ones will go where and how we want them printed. They’re all in the photo gallery, but if you see one that you’d like in high resolution, send me an email and I’ll try and get it to you ASAP. The photos are just one of about a thousand ways that the wedding exceeded all expectations. You can also watch the full video (warning: it’s pretty long) which was shot by Bernard and edited by yours truly. So many people came to us and asked if they could be a part of the day. Ainslie, Serge, Bernard, Simon, Eileen, Heidi, and Ellen all wanted to do something special. Then of course there was the Bridesmaid, our niece Anna and the Best Man, my brother Scott, who couldn’t have been more perfect and seemed to love every minute. The most unexpected participants were definitely Daan and Thomas, who showed up without warning at the airport just a couple of days before the big day. Daan’s response when we asked her to be a witness was pretty memorable. With a look of shocked disbelief she yelled, “NOOOOOO!!! Won’t someone else by unhappy now?!”. Needless to say, nobody was unhappy, and we all had a fantastic time.
Here’s the first batch of photos from our Engagement Party in Utrecht. If you were wondering where the photos were, so were we. It turns out that the family had been preparing a really amazing printed book made from all the photos taken on the night. We were given the book and about 230 digital images when we went over for Sinterklaas. These are just a few of my favourites.
A lot has happened since my last post — some good, some not so good. People have been asking me to update, so I’ll try to summarise the biggest news here. Sorry if this post is short, and I hope to post more regularly soon. First of all, we received the extremely sad news that my sister Kirsty lost her baby, Matilda. We felt the distance between Australia and the UK more keenly over that period than we have before, and it was upsetting not to be able to be at the service.
Some good news after that however, when I asked Lotte to marry me and she said yes! The entire story about the proposal will have to wait for now, but it was a wonderful day, and we’re planning for a big engagement party in October in Utrecht, and a wedding about a year later in Melbourne. Mum and Dad then decided they’d push their UK visit forward to May, so we were starting to feel a bit more positive about things. Then more sadness: we got the news that Lotte’s mum is ill and will need an operation in early May, so we’re currently making plans to be in Holland for her recovery. However the initial signs are good, which is a big relief. For Lotte and I, life goes on and we’re both fine and looking forward to Mum and Dad’s visit.