Almost a year ago, Elger and I were in the still very much summer-y North Carolina for my sister's wedding, and it looks as if attending/photographing a close family member's wedding in the first weeks in September has become an annual tradition.
Elger's father and my future father-in-law, Hans, had a short but sweet wedding ceremony at the city hall on the island of Terschelling, which has been a special destination for the family for generations. Hans first remembers visiting the idyllic island when he was four years old with his parents, and there are photos of Elger building an igloo on the beach with his dad from around the same age. Elger's brother studied and lives on the island, and it was the location of one of mine and Elger's first dates back in 2005. So, for all of us, it is a place full of meaning, happiness and a sense of being home away from home - the sort of place that so deeply relaxes you that you sleep sounder and dream deeper than on any given day. Elger and I were the only guests and both served as witnesses for the ceremony, and then, along with Billy - the family's inquisitive and energetic springer spaniel - we took a long, barefoot walk on the beach on one of the last summery, sunny days on the island.
Congratulations, Hans and Carla!