The Mad Donna’s
A “hofje” in the Jordaan,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Girls of Honour
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Heleen and Siemen got married in June at the garden adjacent to their own home in the Jordaan. They had their ceremony at their own 19th century hofje, which is the Dutch name for a courtyard. It was a beautiful day and the sun shone all day long!
Heleen got ready at her friends house with her mother and a couple of her best friends, and the atmosphere was full of excitement. The girls then walked the short distance to get to the ceremony. Siemen got ready in their home, one of the apartments inside the hofje. So the groom didn’t have to travel to get to the ceremony.
The ceremony was a beautiful ceremonial gathering performed by a good friend of the couple. Silk streamers and pretty lights made the beautiful courtyard even more gorgeous. During the ceremony Heleen and Siemen read their own vows and the groom even sang a song as part of his! It was such a beautiful moment and so personal.
They took all their guests on 2 boats on the Amsterdam canals for lunch in the afternoon, and then traveled to orchard De Olmenhorst for canapés, dinner and dancing in the evening. During canapes their friends surprised the couple with a musical flash mob, where some of the guests played musical instruments and everyone joined in singing “I’m gonna be (500 miles)”. They decorated the venue with colourful flowers and the same silk streamers as they had had during the ceremony, because they worked really well.
For their vegetarian dinner they sat everyone down at 1 long table, which was reminiscent of an Italian style dinner. The first dance involved the wedding party getting on the dancefloor to get the dancing going, and they finished off the evening with lots of dancing. With The Mad Donna’s masterfully keeping everyone on the dance floor.
The most memorable part of the day was the flash mob, because I love it when friends and family play their own music at a wedding. They started playing “I’m gonna be (500 miles)” by The Proclaimers and that was a really nice surprise, as my boyfriend and I had listened to that song on repeat (How I Met Your Mother style) only that very morning when he drove me to Amsterdam. The couple also had a special coffee cocktail during the end of the dinner – it was the first time I’ve seen that at a wedding!
Heleen wore a beautiful bohemian Rue de Seine dress from Wild at Heart Bridal and Siemen wore a stunning dark green suit from Pakkend and they looked so incredible. Heleen’s flower crown was designed by Floks and Heleen’s hair and makeup was briljant done by The Wedding Chapter. Heleen and Siemen’s wedding was everything I love about weddings and it was so laid back. Here’s their whimsical wedding!
If you’re throwing a city, orchard or destination elopement or wedding in Amsterdam, London or somewhere else in Europe, get in touch!