Naomi and Sam met on 30th April 2009. “I was his date for the Gala Ball at the Domain’t Meersdael, in Moerbeke, Belgium,” says Naomi. “Exactly 13 years later, on 30th April 2022, we had our wedding there. The circle was complete for us.”

A holiday proposal

“Sam proposed on my birthday,” says Naomi. “We had just arrived in Spain after a long, two-day drive. Together with my mom we went for a swim and enjoyed a glass of Cava. Sam brought glasses and I got out of the pool. He then waved around a towel and when I turned around he was on one knee. The holiday couldn’t have started better.”

Bridal shops Antwerp

Naomi had been looking for an affordable dress since her engagement. “In September 2021 I decided the time had come and I had summoned my sister and mom to come with me,” she says. “We were the first people in WED2B’s Antwerp store that day, so we had a lot of time to look around. We chose five dresses together, which I started to try on. The second dress I tried, Aubrey a Platinum Edition design, was an instant hit. I loved the pearls and sequins. The golden seams completed the dress and gave my figure a huge boost.”

“I tried on the other dresses but nothing was as beautiful as Aubrey. After we added some accessories there were tears! This was ‘The One’ and I’m still so happy with it. Everyone thought it was fantastic. On the day I was told I looked radiant.” (For similar styles try Diaz, Freda and Theoni)

The perfect venue

“We got married at the place where we kissed for the first time, 13 years before,” says Naomi. “We didn’t really have enough guests for the venue but, after we told them our beautiful story, the owners made an exception. The location itself is right out of a movie. Very rural with a large pond and lots of greenery.”

The big day

“The night before the wedding I stayed with my father,” says Naomi. “After having my hair done I then went to my mom’s house, where the makeup artist was waiting for me. After the makeup was done, our son got dressed too and I put on my own dress, with the help of my sister and mom. Then it was already time for the first look. This was a special moment. Everyone was emotional and beaming enormously.”

Motorcycle madness

“We drove in a Ford Galaxy to the town hall for the ceremony,” says Naomi. “As I walked in with my daddy we were greeted by loud applause. Both my sister and my mom gave lovely speeches, which was emotional. After their speeches, we then said our vows. As Marvel fans I ended my speech with ‘I love you 3000’ and the whole room was crying.”

“When we came out, 10 men with Harley Davidson motorcycles were waiting for us to give us a deafening welcome as husband and wife. As big Harley fans, this was a girl’s dream come true.”

“After the ceremony we enjoyed drinks and nibbles with family and close friends,” says Naomi. “Then we went to the party location where we also took the wedding photos. Everyone could relax and have a drink then, as we moved across the grasslands from one hidden spot to another and danced together for the pictures. After our first dance, my husband sang a song while Dad and I danced. This was the most emotional moment for me."

A stylish burgundy theme

“The suite was decorated in burgundy and I also used burgundy in my bridal bouquet,” says Naomi. “Following the Marvel theme, each table had a different superhero. I had a Polaroid-style camera with a guestbook where guests could write something and stick a photo. Also, a friend of ours had made a carved S&N that people could write on, too. Later we had a DJ who played top music until the early hours.”

So many memories.....

“All the moments were very memorable,” says Naomi. “There were so many conversations, so many congratulations and everyone looking very radiant and happy. There were also moments that only Sam and I shared. Our son also did nothing but laugh all day and was happy with everything that came at him.”

My top tips

“Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!” says Naomi. “Let go of all the stress the day before the wedding. Let yourself be pampered at the hairdresser or beautician, so that you can start the big day relaxed. At that point, you can’t change anything that could possibly go wrong!”

Naomi and Sam's Dream Team

Photographer: Amber from Lovemotion

Venue: Domain’t Meersdael

Bridal shops Antwerp: WED2B

Stationery: Made for Moments

Bridal bouquet: Euroflora

Make-up: Beauty on the Road

DJ: DJ Nick

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