Artjanna and Jaap, Kasteel De Hooge Vuursche
A spectacular Indo-Dutch wedding that paid tribute to both cultures.
Artjanna and Jaap’s Indo-Dutch wedding was a tribute to the cultures of both, the bride and her groom. The wedding had both, the tones of the Indian religious ceremonies and the modern day western pragmatism of a civil ceremony. The party, however, was very universal! Everyone truly had the time of their lives.
How They Met
Artjanna and Jaap first met as colleagues in a well-known bank in the Netherlands. Sharing shifts led to sharing dinners and the two eventually started dating. Eleven years of courtship culminated in the couple committing to each other for life. A romantic proposal in Bali led to Artjanna saying yes to this beautiful marriage.
The couple wanted one venue at which they could host all their wedding functions. The ‘ Kasteel De Hooge Vuursche ’, surrounded by a beautiful garden with a glorious fountain was a perfect option. The castle even had enough room to accommodate their entire guest list; the perfect way for their diverse guests to bond at a multi-cultural wedding.
The couple began their wedding celebrations with an intimate mehndi ceremony. The bride, along with all her favorite women had her hands and feet inked with henna to prepare for her big day.
In tribute to their distinct cultures, the ceremonies began with the Hindu traditions. On the sprawling castle lawns, the fountain as backdrop, a traditional Indian ceremony unfolded. The bride says, “It was not something ever seen at this venue. A chic, fusion wedding with an Indian touch. We used earthy tones and peach and turquoise details along with wood, copper and gold elements.” She adds, “The baraat reached the castle and Jaap entered with his family and friends dancing to the beats of the dhol. The Dwaar Puja was followed by the Dulha Parchan. We had live Indian classical music playing and after the ceremony, there was a vegetarian lunch.”
The Hindu wedding was followed by a civil wedding that is common now in western society. The civil ceremony saw the couple exchange vows and raise a toast to their future.
A boisterous party heralded the culmination of the festivities. The party began with the bride singing a romantic song to the groom. The couple then performed their first dance together as husband and wife which opened the dance floor for all the guests to shake a leg.
Advice for couples
The bride says, “We absolutely recommend hiring a wedding planner with experience in the industry who can help you with the right contacts, details and so on. It should be someone who understands your wishes. Hiring a wedding planner will save you a lot of stress. For us, someone experienced in multicultural and Indian weddings added extra value. We also recommend planning well in advance so that you have enough time for the preparations. Do not underestimate the amount of time it will take to plan and make reservations!”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Kasteel De Hooge Vuursche
Wedding Planner: Classy Affairs Weddings & Events
Décor: Wedding King, Gift By Nature, InStyle Weddings
Florist: Gift By Nature
Caterers: Catering Moksi
Makeup Artist: Fezila Williams
Wedding Officiant: De Trouwmevrouw, Harriët Bödicker – Van Den Bosch
Entertainment: Indian Wedding Music, La Fiesta
Cake: Studio Happy Story
Graphic Designer: Allan Edens
Videography: De Kweekvijver