Salvatore and me met each other on 31st of January 2008. That was the day when magic happened. I was on my way to London to visit a dear friend of mine. I was not feeling great at the time. Fashion academy was not what I had expected and I had breaking myself loose from un unhealthy relationship just some months before. So my “English gentlemen” friend Mark offered me a ticket to come and see an exhibition of his. He is an installation artist and makes the most interesting work, so I said yes. I put myself on the train to Brussels zuid to catch the Eurostar, destination London. As always, when I’m travelling, I’d prefer being on time, like my mom, which means a couple of hours in advance. Sitting there waiting made me thirsty so I decided to purchase a bottle of water from the vending machine. Now, it was just a coincidence that their was not any still water left in the machine that day, since I, back in those days, did not like sparkling water. But I was really thirsty so better sparkling than nothing I thought. I put my coins in and the bottle came rolling down towards me. I picked it up and realized that it was time to approach the train. I was walking down and I had the feeling I was the first one approaching my coach. I got on and as a surprise I saw someone already sitting there. How was that even possible? I stumbled down the isle and got a quick eye contact with the young man sitting there, and it felt like my heart stopped just for a second. Such a handsome guy I thought. I quickly passed him and recollected my thoughts. I took another look at my ticket to see which seat number I had, and as a chock I slowly realized that my seat number was next to his. I stumbled back and kindly, but stiff, asked the young man to move his bag so I could get seated. After being able to breath normally again, I needed my water to clear my dried throat. I took the bottle out of my bag and opened it without paying attention to the sparkling water inside of it. And just, as a nightmare, the water flue on to him like a water spreader and we got both all wet. I looked at him and immediately apologized for what just happened. He looked up with a smile and said: That’s what happens when you shake the bottle first. And I replied with a worried tone: I didn’t, I’m sure and I am so sorry.
From that moment the ice was broken and we started to talk and did not stop until he gave me a kiss on my cheek just before leaving, making sure we had each others email address first and a promise we would stay in touch. And in touched we stayed.
Dit is maar het begin van hun relatie maar het toont meteen al de magie van dit lieve gezinnetje dat we mochten fotograferen. Ik zou een boek kunnen schrijven over hoe fijn deze dag en dit gezelschap was maar ik denk dat de beelden het vanzelf zullen vertellen. Dit gezin is het liefste gezin en het was mooi om héél hun familie van alle kanten en uithoeken van de wereld te zien overvliegen voor een intiem huwelijk. Een dag en gezelschap dat ik nog lang zal herinneren & koesteren...
Their awesome vendors
|Kostuum & das||Paul Smith|
|Schoenen Salvatore||Officine creative|
|Schoenen Elina||Chie Mihara|
|Hair & Make-up||Cafe Beauty|
|Concept & Styling||Bruid & Bruidgom|
|Wedding toast||L'Antica Quercia|
|Taarten||Bruid "Kardemumma CakeFactory"|
|Muziek Ceremonie||Ellis Grace Wilson|
|Ceremonie||Ine van Stories by Mabel|
|Fotografie||Melissa Milis (& Mario)|
a little love from this sweet couple
Sweetest Melissa & Mario,
Words are not enough to express how happy and grateful we are for having met you and how much your presence has meant to us. With your special touch you were able to make every single moment speak loud and bring magic to our wedding.
With you around we have felt at ease in showing our deepest emotions, which are now captured in each and every picture you have taken.
We wish you and your beautiful family all the best.
Let's keep in touch!!
Lots of love, Elina & Salvatore