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Wommelgem City Hall, Antwerp, Belgium Elopement Photo Story Award

City Hall wedding image from Antwerp, Belgium of the bride stepping out of the car

Wommelgem City Hall, Antwerp, Belgium Elopement Photographer | The small wedding made for an intimate and intense day

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.

Antwerp, Belgium wedding image of the groom at a barber shop

Elopement photo from Antwerp, Belgium | the groom went to a barber shop in Antwerp

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.

Antwerp elopement image of the bride as she smiles putting on her wedding earrings

Elopement image from Wommelgem, Belgium | The bride prepared for the wedding at the couple’s house

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.

Wommelgem City Hall Belgium wedding image of the bride and groom kissing during the ceremony

Wommelgem City Hall Ceremony Photo, Wommelgem, Belgium | Guests applaud as the bride and groom share their first kiss

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.

Antwerp, Belgium wedding photo from after the ceremony of the bride and groom exiting under bubbles

Antwerp, Belgium Elopement Photographer | After the ceremony, the newlyweds exit the city hall

After the ceremony, the newlyweds exit the city hall down stone and wrought iron stairs as guests welcome them by blowing bubbles.

Wommelgem, Belgium elopement photo of the bride and groom kissing

Antwerp Elopement Photo | Through the reflection in the car window we can see the bride and groom sharing a kiss

Through the reflection in the car window we can see the bride and groom sharing a kiss just before they leave for the reception.

Belgium wedding image of the bride sitting inside the car with a reflection of the groom

Belgium Elopement Picture of the bride | sitting inside the car now with the door open, looks out after the groom

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.

Belgium event venue image of the groom dancing to a traditional Turkish song

Antwerp Elopement Image from Hotel Radisson Blu, Belgium | guests dance in celebration

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.

Antwerp elopement venue image of the bride with a boy and balloons

Hotel Radisson Blu, Belgium - Elopement Venue Image | the bride changed into a sparkling gray dress for the reception

Mesture, who has now changed into a sparkling gray dress for the reception, kneels down to watch a young boy playing with balloons.