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Ilse and Peter met in January 1999. “We got to know each other at the opening of a snooker hall,” she says. Peter later proposed out of the blue one weekend, when the couple were at a hotel with friends. “He literally went down on his knees,” she says. “I was totally surprised! Our friends who were with us were in on the conspiracy, as were the hotel staff. It was a great moment.”

Wedding dresses Gent

Ilse found her dream dress in WED2B’s store in Gent, Belgium.

“I was looked after by a very friendly lady,” she says.

“I bought Sawyer, a sheath style wedding dress with a beautiful cut-out lace train. It was on the WED2B website and when I saw it I immediately fell in love with it. I didn’t want to consider any other dress!”

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A September wedding

The couple booked the Banquet Hall in the Salons Denotter in Zedelgem, for 3rd September 2021. “The venue had an elegant banqueting hall and super staff,” says Ilse. “We also had beautiful photos taken at the nearby Castle of Loppem, a stunning neo-gothic manor house.”

The big day

“On the day the weather was beautiful," says Ilse.

“Also, there were no Covid restrictions for our guests, which was a relief." 

“Our table numbers were displayed on balloons and for the table plan I also made a canvas with small chalkboards.” 

“My best moment was a dance with my father,” says Ilse.

“He’s almost 80 years old and it’s a moment that will always stay with me. Later the DJ’s set completely suited our wishes. It was all ambient music. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day, from start to finish!”

My top tips…

“I only have one tip… Just enjoy everything, right from the preparations until after your beautiful day.”

Ilse’s Dream Team

Photographer: Alison BQ

Venue: Salons Denotter

Wedding dresses Gent: WED2B

Makeup: Cleo Dickele

Hair: 't Salon in Sijpelen

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