Tarryn & Bastien’s destination wedding saw me travel out to Belgium. I headed over on the Eurostar to Brussels and took a short train journey to Bruges and then drove over to Damme which is about 15 minutes in the car.
Their wedding was set at Bastien’s family home in a beautiful part of Damme, Belgium, the setting for the day did not disappoint. They had created all of the details and pretty much built everything from scratch themselves for the wedding ceremony and reception. The wedding had been dressed beautifully and no attention to detail had been missed. Tarryn and Bastien had previously cycled together across the US a few years prior to getting married, so some of the wedding details included tokens/mementos of this. Bastien was also into his rowing so there was a large rowing boat filled with ice and drinks for their guests, it was a lovely touch.
I arrived early in the morning to capture their establishing shots, the ceremony was in the beautiful gardens of their family home, surrounded by fields with horses, it was very picturesque. Their reception setting (which was just over the lane opposite) had a lovely festival style/vibe to it, with hanging zigzagged festoon lighting for the evening. As mentioned a beautiful rowing boat filled with drinks and lots of different lawn games for wedding guests to get involved in, one of the games ‘Hammerschlagen‘ was a game where you had to hit a nail into the tree trunk the fastest, it was the first time I’d witness this game being played.The wedding breakfast area was really well dressed, with hanging florals and straight tables. Tarryn and Bastien even had their own comic style glasses on the tables with cartoon / comic style images of them on there.
After capturing all of these details in the morning I then headed over to film Tarryn getting ready at the local barn setting, all of the family were there and you can feel the great vibes in the air. Some of the family were busy making baguettes for the guests and Tarryn was completing some final stationary details. Between Tarryn and the bridal party getting ready I headed over to film Bastien with the final parts of his groom preparations, the drive between bridal and groom preps was about 3 minutes, so it was easily enough to jump between. After capturing all of their wedding preparations I drove over to the ceremony location to get ready for the ceremony, guests were already arriving and spirits were high. The sun was beaming down on us, I think it was between 30/35 degrees, a really hot, but lovely day.
With the ceremony completed, guests lined up to congratulation the bride and groom, and then the celebrations being in the reception area. Everyone was having such a fantastic time playing lawn games, drinking and enjoying a selection of fresh foods. During the reception we nipped off with Taryn & Bastien to capture some portraits with photographer and myself. We headed our via car to some local corn fields, with a beautiful country lane with some gorgeous patches of stunning light. After this guests were seated and Tarryn & Bastien made there enterance, the roof was really lifted for the couple, everyone then enjoyed a hog roast. Some moving speeches followed, and it was then time to nip out for some more wedding portraits, we headed over during golden hour to the Damme Canals and boy did it not disappoint, beautifully planted parallel trees as far as you could see, it was such a lovely moment as the bride and groom enjoyed sometime alone whilst the sun went down.
We then headed back to the reception where Tarryn & Bastien enjoyed their first dance with confetti cannons, after this the party really kicked off… I thoroughly enjoyed capturing their destination wedding videography. See their wedding videography highlights below.