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Pro Wedding Photo from Harderwijk created as the bride was finding it a bit difficult to walk through the forest in high heels

Pro Wedding Photographers in Harderwijk | the bride was finding it a bit difficult to walk through the forest in high heels

After the wedding shoot, the couple had to walk back to their car, but the bride was finding it a bit difficult to walk through the forest in high heels. Fortunately, the groom was there to help her.

Mark and Vreni, a couple as cool as their winter wedding, live in the neighborhood of Harderwijk in the middle of the Netherlands.  Because of Covid-19, they only had a very small ceremony, a little toast, and a short photoshoot. Only 15 guests were present, and it wasn’t possible to have a cake or an official toast. Nevertheless, they made the most of the circumstances by holding their ceremony in a quiet place—a forest at the edge of Harderwijk called the Strokerbos—for their intimate wedding. Because of safety restrictions, the couple and their guests were not able to have a proper reception, so everyone departed after the quiet, celebratory toast.  However, next winter in November the couple plans on having a big party to make up for it. Despite the fact that they couldn’t celebrate with a big wedding, it was important to the couple to get married now because they wanted to be sure that the bride’s grandfather would be able to attend. Grandpa was very happy to be able to witness this special moment. 

Oude Stadhuis Harderwijk Town Hall Wedding Image showing the curious bride and her father, waiting out in the hallway before the ceremony

Oude Stadhuis in Harderwijk Town Hall Wedding Image | the curious bride and her father, waiting out in the hallway before the ceremony

Just before the start of the ceremony, the curious bride and her father, waiting out in the hallway, peek around the corner to see the guests.

Harderwijk Town Hall Dutch Wedding Ceremony image of The bride and groom sitting together at the front of an ornately decorated room

Harderwijk Town Hall - Dutch Wedding Ceremony Photo | The bride and groom sit together at the front of an ornately decorated room

Harderwijk, being an old Dutch town, is home to many beautiful old buildings perfect for wedding ceremonies. The bride and groom sit together at the front of an ornately decorated room filled with large paintings at the Harderwijk Town Hall as their small group of guests watch.

NL Wedding Ceremony Picture from Harderwijk Town Hall near the conclusion of the ceremony as the bride and groom share their first kiss

NL Wedding Ceremony Picture from Harderwijk Town Hall | At the conclusion of the ceremony, the bride and groom share their first kiss

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the bride and groom share their first kiss as husband and wife as their small group of guests applaud behind them.

Strokerbos, Harderwijk Wedding Photo of the bride and groom sharing a toast with their family and friends

Strokerbos, Harderwijk Wedding Photography | the bride and groom shared a toast with their family and friends

After the ceremony, the bride and groom shared a toast with their family and friends in the forest. The bride’s grandfather is overjoyed to toast the happy couple.

NL Wedding Detail Photo from Strokerbos, Harderwijk showing The bride and groom with beautifully engraved glasses

NL Wedding Detail Photo from Strokerbos, Harderwijk | The bride and groom show off the pair of beautifully engraved glasses

The bride and groom show off the pair of beautifully engraved glasses they received for their toast after the champagne was uncorked.

Strokerbos, Harderwijk NL Wedding Picture from the end of the day as the couple went for a small shoot in the forest

Strokerbos, Harderwijk NL Wedding Pictures | At the end of the day, the couple went for a small shoot in the forest

At the end of the day, the couple went for a small shoot in the forest near Harderwijk. Though it was the middle of winter and very cold, the couple does not seem bothered as they hold one another and kiss in a small clearing.

Harderwijk NL Wedding Couple portrait of The couple enjoying an intimate moment together in the middle of the picturesque forest

Harderwijk NL Wedding Couple Image | The couple enjoy this intimate time together in the middle of the picturesque forest

The couple enjoy this intimate time together in the middle of the picturesque forest, and neither one of them can stop smiling.

NL Strokerbos, Harderwijk Outdoor Wedding Photo of The bride using a knife to pop the cork off the bottle of champagne

NL - Strokerbos, Harderwijk Wedding Photographer | The bride expertly uses a knife to pop the cork off the bottle of champagne

The bride expertly uses a knife to pop the cork off the bottle of champagne. The champagne holds special significance for the couple since it is from South Africa, which is where they lived together for a long time.