Please click the photo or follow the link to view our favorite photos from Hein and Noel’s wedding at The Lodge at Elk Valley and The Cliff House.
This is one of those epic, star-crossed love stories that inspires you to shake your head and say, “How in the world did that work out?!?”
It’s so convoluted in moves and time-line, I’ve probably got it all wrong. But it’s impressive nonetheless…
Some people struggle to meet someone in their local bar. Hein (a strapping Dutch economist) and Noel (a stunning American art historian) met in The Hague. Then Hein left. Then it gets crazy. These two ended up, one in Michigan, one in Washington, then Florida… then someone went back to Europe… I can’t remember. Needless to say, these two kept love, romance, and a sense of connection going with hundreds, if not thousands of miles between them at times.
I love seeing love stories like that. I reminds me of the days of sea-explorers, or soldiers, who would keep their love alive over long distances only through letters. I’m sure Hein and Noel used phones, too, but I still think it’s romantic.
On another note, I do have to admit this was a very rewarding wedding for us. It was rather nerve-wracking to create photographic art for an art historian. Her job is to evaluate, critique, and deconstruct the artwork and the artist. Holy crap. So we finished the photos, crossed our fingers… and she loves them! It’s not an incredibly complicated formula: Get a relaxed couple who are in love, add fun, and make the light look really pretty and you get stunning photos. Yet, it is still nice to get that affirmation once in a while that we do this really well…
And an additional side-note: apparently (judging from the content of the toasts) the main connective expreience if you are close friends with Hein and Noel is thier incredible passion for cooking, eating, and sharing fine wine with friends. This might sound a little bitchy, but I don’t care. It gets to me: how in the world can two people be so into food and wine and be so friggin’ skinny?!?! Why doesn’t their joie de vivre make them fat like my joie de vivre does? Not fair. Not fair at all.
All kidding aside, thank you both for sharing your wonderful day with us. It was a pleasure and a privilege to document your love.