Mesture, a classy, polite, and beautiful Turkish woman, and Shane, a young and courteous Belgian gentleman with a wonderful red beard, decided to hold their wedding ceremony at the city hall of Wommelgem, a municipality in the Belgian province of Antwerp.
The couple decided to take their pre-wedding photos in Istanbul, and the reception was held in Hotel Radisson Blu in Hasselt. The small wedding made for an intimate and intense day, elevated by the beer of Brussels and chocolate from Brugge, imprinting the beautiful flavors of Belgium in the mind throughout the day.
Although the city hall is within walking distance, the bride and groom decided to travel by car anyway because of all the high, rolling hills. The groom holds the bride’s bouquet for her and gives her a hand as she exits their vehicle.
On the morning of the ceremony, Shane went to a barber shop in Antwerp decorated by a large deer head on the wall and the word “MEN” written in large, red print on the window. Shane can be seen through the window sitting back in the barber’s chair as the skilled barber flourishes the towel above him.
The bride prepared for the wedding at the couple’s house in Wommelgem, decorated completely in white. The bride smiles as she puts on her earrings in the natural sunlight of the room.
Guests applaud as the bride and groom share their first kiss at their ceremony in Wommelgem City Hall. While most guests cheer and take pictures, the bride’s father, feeling emotional, looks down at his hands.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds exit the city hall down stone and wrought iron stairs as guests welcome them by blowing bubbles.
Through the reflection in the car window we can see the bride and groom sharing a kiss just before they leave for the reception.
Mesture, sitting inside the car now with the door open, looks out after the groom, who we can see standing next to his father in the reflection of the car window.
The reception, held at Hotel Radisson Blu in Hasselt, is the perfect place for guests to dance in celebration. The groom kicks things off by dancing to a traditional Turkish song.
Mesture, who has now changed into a sparkling gray dress for the reception, kneels down to watch a young boy playing with balloons.