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Thanks to the Jones’s for our latest adventure. The Burlesque show was an experience that I wouldn’t have shared with anyone else but the five people around my table. Many adventures still await the six of us! We love you guys.

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When my closest girlfriend and soul sister asked me to say something at her wedding I was instantly nervous. I am a crier. I cried when I got up that morning, I cried when she got her make-up done, I cried when I saw her in the dress, I cried (and made other people cry) in the church, I cried right through all the speeches (but hey, so did the groom! They are two very loved people, the speeches reflected this.) and I cried every time she looked at me. There are no photos of me giving my speech, I cringe when I think of the video, I sobbed. I did not speak, I sniffed and snorted and squealed. It took me days to write the speech and I toiled, and teared and borrowed and stole here and there until I got exactly what I felt written down. This was what I meant to say:

Today you create something beautiful and from here you can go anywhere. You begin your journey together serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered by old nonsense. Some blunders and absurdities will creep in but try your best to forget them as soon as you can. I am not young enough to know everything nor am I old enough to speak from wisdom, I do however know this for sure:

Always speak the truth, even if your voice shakes. Grow your roots toward each other underground so that when all the pretty blossoms fall; you will find that you are one tree and not two. Be to each other what pajamas are to the soul.

From Jaco I ask: Be mindful with my best friend’s heart; Find the anecdote to your anger hidden in her laughter; Smile when she makes you happy, and let her know you miss her when she’s not there; Recognize her glowing spirit and preserve it as best you can.

To my dearest friend: I am so proud of you. Not so long ago we were still giggling girls in math class, being scolded for our day dreams. Now I witness you making from the lumber of your life; not a tavern but a temple. Looking at you now, your beauty astounds me. You are going to bless your family with this beauty you walk in everyday.
You are an inspiration, I am honored to stand by your side.

They are such beautiful people and I feel so blessed to call them friends. Your day was breath taking and I can’t wait to post some baby pictures!


Yesterday I shared some photos of my dearest friend just before her wedding. Today’s photos show the ceremony and the reception. We took a moment before where we spent some time with Mariska and when the cameras left we shared the quietest moment of the day.

The groom and his best men shared the same moment on the other side of the premises.

I’m a real daddy’s girl so this photo is one of my favorites, just before she enters the church with her father.

The couple tears up at the aisle. *sniffles*

I look so somber in all the photos, because I’m trying not to cry out loud!

They walked out of the church to a rain of feathers as Mr and Mrs Bakkers.

The entire wedding party after the ceremony.

The reception was beautiful, and the food even better! Their caked looked so pretty!

My date looked as handsome as ever and I really regret not taking more photos of the two of us that night. (We’re the gorgeous couple on your right.)

After the formal reception, there was a debaucherous after party, but by this time the photographer had retired for the night. (Thank goodness!) We all went to breakfast a little grayer the next day, but still loud with residual excitement from the day before. It was a truly magical weekend, I felt completely removed from reality, and on the way home I found myself singing loudly along with every soppy romantic ballad. It was a complete experience, and I would like to thank both Jaco and Mariska for sharing their day and their love with me. You two are the healthiest, happiest people I know, there is nothing you could not make a shining success of, and I am sure your marriage will be no different.

Tomorrow I will be posting the speech I tried to say at the wedding…


It took me a long time to write this post, because I get so emotional just remembering… My best friend got married on the 2nd of April. “Best friend” is a bit of an understatement, “soul sister” is the correct term. We are both only children and life blessed us with each other. I longed for a sibling my entire life, many early birthdays were spent explaining to me that wishing on candles couldn’t make it so. When I transferred to a local high school from boarding school we didn’t get along at first but we soon discovered a mutual love for gossip. *giggles* We started to write each other letters and soon we were inseparable.

I was so honored when she chose me to be one of her bridesmaids, that I could be a part of her special day. Together with the other two crazy maids we planned a fabulous bachelorette and we made sure Mariska enjoyed her last single days.

The venue they chose (Avianto) was incredibly romantic, and we spent the night before and the night after at this magical place:

She gave me the choice to see her dress but I chose to keep it a surprise until that day. Which wasn’t the best idea, I started crying when I saw it, and did not stop until I got in to bed that night. The dress weighed more than 10 kg!

It took four of us to dress her.

The make up artist was incredible! As soon as I find out who she is I’m linking to her. She studied fine arts at my university and she was there for Mariska (a total stranger to her) when neither of us could be. And of course her work was amazing!

Mariska asked me to design her ring, and I tried, but I soon realized I wasn’t nearly equipped for the project. Luckily I know people who know people (thanx dad!) and I arranged a day at an excellent jeweler where she picked her own diamond and specified her own setting and design. She also had a ring made for her husband to be.

She made such a pretty bride, I kept thinking, “Wow, this looks like a Vogue shoot”.

I hate to do this but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see the rest…


As I’ve posted before my best friend’s getting married, and I’m one of her bridesmaids. As bridesmaids our duties include planning the kitchen tea and the bachelorette. We decided on a sailor theme, and called the night a nautigirl adventure, a word play on nautical. We dressed the bride up in bows and stockings (she’s the beautiful blond in the middle) and all three of the maids dressed up as well. I was very proud of my outfit, which my mom made! (I’m the brunette in the white cardigan, navy tights and red heels.) My mom is so talented! And she made me a stunningly sexy outfit! (Thanx mom!)

We hired a partybus for the evening and drank chocolate vodka from the bottle on the way to the club. I must admit, I was a little nervous considering I don’t drink at all, and even when I used to I struggled to do it well. But then again I also don’t dance….

But somehow the magic of the night put a spell on me and I got a little carried away… *blush*
We had such a fun time, and all the girls looked so pretty!
I would like to thank the other bridesmaids for their planning and all their help, especially Talia. (who made everyone feel special with all her cool ideas and her huge contributions!) The photographers were awesome too, kudos to the ladies at PixelPixies!
I would also like to thank all the other girls who joined us, you were fabulous, I’m sure Mariska will never ever forget her hen night!

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