Engagment || Nebil and Juliana || Paleis Het Loo, Apeldoorn

Since I captured her sister’s engagement, I had the opportunity to meet this gorgeous woman and her hubby. Not long after her sister she got engaged to Nebil. What a funny man he is!
We met at the Castle Het Loo and did some walking and talking. Its my favourite thing to just connect, talk laugh [very hard] and take some shots.

I hope this will be candy to your eyes on this cloudy Tuesday.

Engagment || Anmar and Gule || Hortus Botanicus, Leiden

I loved this day. Its was so cold yet so sunny. I drove to Zoetermeer, picked up these cuties and we went to Leiden to shoot this session. Anmar is my cousin and since we were 5 we used to be best friends. Way tooo many great memories in our homeland. When he met the love of his life, they wanted me to capture it. Immediately I said yes. I mean, look at them.. such a beautiful couple! Couldn’t let any other photographer do it haha.

FYI: They are both Middle Eastern and in this amazing culture, your engagement is also a big deal hah!
I just love that it celebrates every detail of love.
After the shoot we had a huge party with family and friends.

Take a look and enjoy xoxo

Caribbean Love || Jacob and Simone || Playa Forti, Curacao

Two weeks ago I was on a mission in the Caribbean.
One was to relax to the max and the second one was to shoot art for a poetry book that is coming out soon.

Everything is beautiful on an Island. The colours, the water, the atmosphere and definitely the sunrays on my skin!

Relaxation means reading books.
Books.
Lots of them.

During my stay I was reading a poetry book Letters, To The Men I Have Loved by poet Mirtha Michelle Castro Mármol. Oh men, what an amazing woman! She truly puts feelings and visuals into words.

On the other hand I started reading The Artisan Soul by the amazing Erwin McManus.
I remember laying on the beach [good life] and starting off this book. As I was going through the pages I came across a line that caught my eyes.

”I want to stand where the echoes stop. Where the shouting of the masses falls silent to the whisper of the one”

Yes. This. Me. I want to stand where the echoes stop.

All of the amazing things that have been written about the artisan soul engraved new desires in my heart of stepping out, and taking my creative soul to a next step.
During the reading Erwin made a statement about artists and how they get to work.

we dream, we risk, we create.”

Oh. THIS! YES.
During that thought I noticed a cute couple sitting next to me.
They were reading a book I think, or drawing stuff in a book. They were doing something with a book, ha!
Then I was thinking to myself, laying on the beach with this perfect view, on an amazing Island FULL of lovely places. Why not ask them to model for me?
Why not ask them to step into my creative process to create something beautiful?

I freaked out by the thought.
Don’t get me wrong.
I am a super extravert person who loves people, chit chats, hangouts and all things hysterical.
Yep, that’s me.
Normally I don’t mind stepping up to people and talk to them [Imma church girl haha].
But the idea of asking random couple…

And then, there it was.. I knew what I was. Its was the fear of rejection.

What if they say no?
What if the idea is stupid?
What if they don’t like my work?
What if they don’t like me?
What if, what if what if..

we dream, we risk, we create.”

”Ok. To create you need to risk Hind.”
I think I waited an hour and doubted over all the what if’s.

Long story short, I walked towards them and started a convo with these lovers.
All of the thoughts I had, none of them was happening. Neither was it the truth.

Fear limits potential. It makes you comfortable.
I know it now. I hope you will.

So this is the result.
Eventhough I’m happy with this session, I am more happy with me trusting my creative soul.

”I want to stand where the echoes stop. Where courage conquers compliance and conformity..”

Portraits || Valery || Soesterduinen

Some things leave you speechless. This girl did.
She got this shoot as a birthday present. We went to Soesterduinen for the sunset and it was an hour in heaven.
After that we had pizza and laughed.

Simple as that. I adore these kinda shoots. 

xoxo HIND MARI […]

Wedding of Hendrik and Natalie || Le Chateau Du Bon Plaisir, France

I am so so excited to share this dream day with you!
So get yourself a cup of tea and enjoy.

Round 1,5 years ago I met this girl while meeting up with a friend. She hang with us, we talked and had fun. Little did I know that a couple months later she would be joining us at working for Zoete Liefde!
And the journey began.
The best way to describe these two, is just to say that they are ridiculously creative. From graphic design to fashion design; they can do it al haha! Actually the Instagram kinda ”goals-couple”.

The beautiful two got married in France. it was a very intimate wedding with less than 30 people. I love these kinda weddings. I just love it!
We drove to France on Tuesday. When we got there the family welcomed us and brought us to our room. The villa they rent was scandalously beautiful. We chilled the next 2 days and went to the beach. We barbecued and laughed so much!
The day they got married was a beautiful day. The whole wedding day was at the gardens around the house. Every friend and familie member helped with everything. Thats so lovely! They had friends who cooked us diner for 4 days, family who decorated the whole house etc.

They got ready in the house separately. Natalie wore her beautiful self made wedding dress and Hendrik had his hair up in a bun [groom-goals!]. Before they saw each eachother self for the first time, they wanted to pray. We had that moment outside.
After that we went to different place to take some photo’s. Afterward it looked like I was shooting for a magazine. ALL THE PLACES WHERE AMAZING. Couldn’t help myself.

We got back to the house and we had we ceremonie where every friend and family had a rol in the ceremonie. How beautiful! They wanted every love one in their life to give them a blessing.

So you guys, Im not sure what to share anymore..
So please go and check out this blog and I hope it inspires you!

xoxo HIND MARI […]

Henna Party: Yalcin and Yasmin

When you are a Turkish/Afghani couple you go like a goddess to your henna party.
Please enjoy these photographs I took of this beautiful couple.
How stunning is this dress? It was al covered in stones and little cute diamonds. Maybe it weighed 7 kg.
I gained muscle weight because of it, just so you know.
Have a very nice colorful day.

XOXO HIND MARI […]

Wedding: Sven & Mariska || Kasteel Duurstede, Wijk bij Duurstede

This whole wedding was so much FUN, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed capturing it.
Actually, its a very funny yet awesome story of how I met this couple. The beautiful bride used to be my boss when I worked at WE Fashion in Utrecht. She was the best I ever had. No seriously. I was that girl with the bad experiences with bosses haha. Mariska was so lovely. She is kind, funny, interested in the team, so good in words and a helper. Besides all that, she could rock every outfit she wore. And outfits only she can wear haha.
After I left WE Fashion we stayed connected and when she and Sven decided to get married, she contacted me.

I met her and Sven at a restaurant where we had some drinks. I remember how long we needed to wait just to hydrate those thoughts of ours haha. We had allot of fun talking about the day and suprisingly Sven was the most one of us talking. I loved that!
He is such a funny guy. And so so caring for his bride.
I remember the words he said: We would love to invite people we care about the most. We want to celebrate this with them and enjoy this day with them. Fun and enjoyment is my important ingredients for the day.

I couldn’t have put it any better!

Please take a look and enjoy this wedding

Happy Summer Hugs.
XOXO HIND MARI

FYI: Im on vacation right now. I will be back in 2 weeks and then will be answering all of your mail. […]

Engagement || Bas and Marleen || De Loonse en Drunense Duinen

I really don’t have a lot to say about this engagement session because its my favorite one I did so far.
I mean: THE LIGHT!
These lovely two are getting married this Saturday and I’m excited!
Hope you enjoy this shoot as much as I do.

FYI: we walked the whole time. Till dark and we got lost in the bushes. In the dark. You welcome.

xoxo HIND MARI […]

Wedding || Guus & Melisa || Rustenhoven Maartensdijk

I think you remember these lovely birds from the engagement shoot I did with them. In the case you missed it: check it out here.
This day was so relaxed. I drove to the Melisa’ mum’s house to see her for the first time. How lovely does she look? After that we went to Rustenhove. This couple wanted a chill and relaxed day, so the whole day we got to spend at the Rustenhove. Props for that!
Melisa’s sister has an amazing talent. You see that stunning cake there? Yes, she made it.
I really enjoyed this pretty couple and their warm family. I love how they love.
Guus and Melisa, thank you for letting me capture your big day. I loved it.

Grab yourself a drink and take a look.

xoxoHIND MARI […]

Albert and Jessie || ‘s-Gravendeel

If I could record this blogpost so you could hear my voice and how excited I am to share this beautiful wedding with you, I would. Let me start of by saying that sometimes you meet people and it feels like you have known them forever. That was quit the feeling when I met Albert and Jessie for the first time. We met in Utrecht at Stan and Co for the first time. As soon as I walked in remembers their smily faces. Glad I did not had to awkwardly search the place haha. We sat there for at least 2 hours talking and laughing so hard. They met at a conference where the sis of Jessie played cupido and hooked these two up. I am also thankful for her haha!

The days flew by and its was THE day. I drove 1,5 hour to be with them. As soon as I got their I received a beautiful warm welcome from their families. Everyone was too kind and smiling the whole time. Believe me you can sit and practice your smile after seeing this post.
We went out to a beautiful place to do the shoot. I am OBSESSED. Ok. Enough.
Also nice to mention is that Jessie is a teacher. She invited her class to celebrate this day also. And please, please, look at how amazing their selfmade paper hats are. You welcome.

I loved and love Albert and Jessie. They are extremely blessed with each other and to have so many lovely people around them. They felt like friends and I was so honored to be with them.

I hope you enjoy this post and please let me know what you think.

xoxo HIND MARI […]