This was such an international wedding, the one Trixie and Maxime had at the end of May, between France and Belgium, in Beloeil Castle!
Trixie comes from Indonesia. Maxime comes from France, and has half Italian origins. They met in London, where they live and work. Then decided to get married in a little church in France, in Crespin, and to celebrate their wedding at Beloeil Castle’s Orangery, in Belgium.
They have friends and family in so many countries, and a lot of them came to this special day.
Even though, working in Brussels, international weddings are very common for me, I mainly witness European weddings, so I was particularly excited to meet such a new culture for me as the Indonesian one, in the magnificent frame of the Beloeil Caste.
I went to Maxime's parents’ place, where the bride and the groom were getting ready in two different rooms, and families and friends were waiting for them downstairs. Then Maxime left the place and headed to Crespin’s church - a very nice, little church at France’s border with Belgium. The ceremony was so beautiful to attend: the priest tried and translated the most he could in English, especially for Trixie’s family.
After that, Trixie, Maxime and I had a nice walk around the Beloeil Castle and had our couple session. Too bad Beloeil Castle isn’t available to have shootings on its inside for married couples: I was very curious to see it!
During this shooting at the Beloeil Castle, something very funny happened: Trixie and I said to each other - I really don’t remember who said it first - that we were both 4 months pregnant! So these two guys here have been really special to me!
When we finished the shooting at the Beloeil Castle, we went to the Orangerie, and I really loved documenting the toast, the aperitif and the dances. But my favorite part is when I discovered such a beautiful tradition of an Indonesian wedding: the Mangulosi ceremony, where the parents of the bride dance around the couple with a traditional scarf in their hands and then wrap them, as a sign of sacred binding.
At the end, Maxime’s parents also performed a traditional regional dance.
It was an amazing encounter between different cultures, this touching wedding at Beloeil Castle, and I couldn’t be more grateful for being there in such an important and happy moment of Trixie and Maxime’s life.
Location: Orangerie - Beloeil Castle
Bouquet, set up and decoration: Encharm'd
Hair Stylist: Laurène Dandois
Wedding catering: Le Plaisir de Recevoir
Music: D.P.L.R. Sonorisation
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