Real Wedding – Heidi and Luke (Dennenhof – Genk, Belgium)

(This “Real Wedding” was submitted by Adorn Wedding Invitations, located in London. Hope you enjoy it, and find inspiration for your wedding).

The Details

How did you and your partner meet?
I came travelling in Australia for 6 months, staying in hostels. I started my Australian adventure in Perth.

Luke was working in the mines in Western Australian on a FIFO basis and on his time off he stayed in hostels around Perth.

2 days after I arrived in Perth, Luke showed up in the same hostel as where I was staying.

The rest is history.

How did he propose?
Our favourite weekend getaway was Gilgare Retreat in Margaret River.

A few weeks before we would be moving to Melbourne, he treated me to a few nights away here.

We went on a beautiful nature walk which we would do every time we were there.

On a little bridge, he stopped me and proposed.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?

Being patient with each other.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:

My wedding gown was actually a Christmas gift from Luke 3 years before we got married.

Around Christmas time 2014 we were doing our Christmas shopping. I tried on my wedding dress, but decided not to buy it because it was pricey and I wouldn’t have many occasions wearing it.

We went on buying another dress, but Luke went back and bought me the Carla Zampatti dress as a Christmas present.

At the time of his proposal I hadn’t had a chance to wear the dress yet, so I decided that this dress would become my wedding dress.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Indi style wedding.

What was your favorite moment from the day?

We included our daughter Stella’s baptism in the wedding ceremony. My favourite moment was seeing her in de cape that my grandmother made for my mum when she was baptised.

Any DIY décor elements?

    • Instead of a traditional guest book, we enlarged a photo of our family (Luke, our daughter and me) on canvas and had people write a little message on this. The idea being that a traditional guestbook would rarely be looked at again, but the canvas photo is hanging in our living room and we can enjoy it every day.
    • Little thank you presents for the guest. I bought little jam jars and filled them with corn for people to make pop-corn of. I attached a note to the jar saying “Thank you for popping by.”
    • The seating chart for the evening dinner.

    • Bird cage for envelopes (we included a wishing well with our invitation).
    • At the entry of the evening venue, I put a frame with 2 half hearts. Each half of the heart was a map of the town where Luke and I grew up in.

    • Flower arrangements and wedding bouquet were made by an aunt of mine.

    • Table numbers: I used large jam jars filled with lollies. On the jam jar, I put the table numbers.

  • I also wrote the entire Ceremony myself and made the booklet. Seeing the wedding was attended by both my family (Flemish) and my husband’s family (English) I included the both languages in the booklet. (Hats off to the priest who fluently switched between Flemish and English sections).

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Honestly, nothing!

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Delegate everything on the wedding day itself; ask bridesmaids, groomsmen or parents to look after a certain part of the day. Try to divide the day up between different people to keep it manageable for them.

Invest in a good photographer, it is the only memento of your wedding.

Ask advice to time the different parts of the day. Get a clear idea of how long the make-up/hair, ceremony, photos, etc will take so you can make a flowing day planning.

Sitting down during the ceremony (you’ll be on your feet (bride in heels!!) most of the day)

Anything else you’d like to add?
I have to add the amazing surprise we had when arriving at our photo location/wedding night location.

I booked to have our wedding night in a castle (Ter dolen, Helchteren, Belgium) where I used to work during my University days (The castle has a bed & breakfast, brewery and pub attached to it.

I booked it early 2015 because our original wedding date was 24 September 2016. Due to medical reason, we had to postpone our wedding to 2017, so I notified the B&B owner.

Arriving at the castle in the afternoon of 08/04/2017, the owner told me they actually stopped running the B&B from the castle and she moved into the castle with her family. But because we made reservations so long ago and because she still knew me from working there, she was staying elsewhere for the night and Luke and I had the entire caste to ourselves (including the family dog).

Heidi and Luke’s Vendor Team
Dress: Carla Zampatti
Makeup & Hair: Café Beauté (Hasselt, Belgium)
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Accessories: Miracles by Annelien Coorevits
Jewellery: Love On Jewellery
Grooms Suit: Peter Jackson
Invitations: Adorn Invitations
Photographer: Dieter Decuypere – Speaking through Silence
On the day stationery: BWedding Invitations
Food: Dennenhof (Genk, Belgium)
Flowers: Provided by family member
Ceremony Venue: Chapel Ten Eikenen (Zonhoven Belgium)
Reception Venue: Dennenhof (Genk, Belgium)
Car: Dreamday Cars (Koersel, Belgium)
DJ: Kurt’s DJ team (Hoeselt, Belgium)
Wedding rings: B & S Lyncris Jewellers

Thank you Alyssa/Adorn Wedding Invitations for sharing this lovely wedding with us!

Hearts, Joy, Love!

Real Wedding by Weddings From The Heart Katie and Nick

real wedding - katie & nick - childers photography

A little bit of rain couldn’t put a damper on this wedding day.

Katie and Nick were married at Holy Angel’s Catholic Church in Dayton.

real wedding - katie & nick - childers photography

Following their ceremony, (and to stay out of the rain), the bride and groom took a few photos at the Dayton Art Institute.

real wedding - katie & nick - childers photography

real wedding - katie & nick - childers photography

Afterwards, guests enjoyed a reception with dinner and dancing at the Dayton Racquet Club.

real wedding - katie & nick - childers photography

Eclectic and fun – ingredients for a fun, memorable wedding

real wedding - katie & nick - childers photography

real wedding - katie & nick - childers photography

real wedding - katie & nick - childers photography

The joy on their faces says it all.

Our fabulous vendor team:
Ceremony – Holy Angels, Dayton
Reception – Dayton Racquet Club
Rentals – Prime Time Party Rental
Hair & Make-Up – Eye Do Make-Up & Hair
Florist – Floral V Designs
Photographer – Steve Hutchison with Childers Photography
Party Bus – Beat’s Feet
Cocktail Hour Entertainment – Rose Trio
Ice Sculpture – Ice Sculptures by Ramon
DJ – Tom Potts with Absolute DJs
Baker – Frosted
Wedding Gown – European Bridal

Hearts, Joy, Love!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Photo credit (all photos): Childers Photography

Weddings From The Heart is a wedding planning, coordinating, and design company based in Dayton, Ohio, also serving southwest Ohio and surrounding areas.

Elegant – Stylish – Fun – Creative – Magical
Whatever your wedding vision, we can bring it to life! Contact me today contact me at, at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647 so we can chat!

Real Wedding by Weddings From The Heart Cortnie & Zach video sneak peek by Justin Morter

Real Wedding – Cortnie & Zach

Cortnie and Zach's Rustic Barn Wedding

outdoor wedding ceremony Canopy Creek Farm Dayton, Ohio

Cortnie & Zach’s gorgeous wedding was held at the beautiful Canopy Creek Farm in Miamisburg, Ohio. Following their ceremony in the woods, their rustic wedding reception in their country chic barn.

This fun sneak peek video by Justin Morter highlights their September wedding. I loved the romantic details that Cortnie came up with for their vintage/woodsy theme.


Hearts, Joy, Love!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

If you’re looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans contact me at or at 937-235-2586.

video credit: Justin Morter
photo credit: Zac Fisher

Real Wedding by Weddings From The Heart Candice and Chris

Real Wedding – Candice & Chris

Bride and Bridesmaids bouquets by Sherwood Florist

The New Mr. & Mrs.

above photos by openField photography

We recently had the pleasure of having one of our weddings that was inspired by the couples’ love for vintage and travel featured on

Candice and Chris are both JAGs in the Air Force who share a love of travel. (They met in Italy!) and they decided to pay homage to their careers as attorneys by hosting their reception at the historic Old Dayton Courthouse after getting married at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Decor details included iconic European and travel elements such as postcards, luggage/travel stickers, suitcases, hotel keys, and an appetizer table depictive of a Parisian market. The centerpieces featured their collections of cobalt blue wine bottles, vintage tea cups/saucers, and old books with French, German, British, and American titles.

Vintage-Travel Themed Wedding Centerpiece

photo credit: openField photography

During the reception, Heidi with Paint Your Event captured the event on canvas, creating an incredible and unique keepsake that now hangs in their home.

Original Reception Painting by Paint Your Event

You can view the entire Classic Bride blog post here.

Our Vendor Team:
Ceremony Site – Holy Trinity Church
Reception Site – Old Dayton Courthouse
Photographer – Lauren Chapman and Robbie Gantt openField photography
Florist – Jessie Sherwood Florist
Hair & Make-up – Ryen from Eye Do Hair
Caterer – Elite Catering
Painter – Heidi Schwartz Paint Your Event
Cake – Karen Ankrom Tiers of Sugar

Hearts, Joy, Love!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Real Wedding by Weddings From The Heart Christy and Ryan

Real Wedding – Christy and Ryan

bride & groom at Troy Hayner Cultural Center

Happy Anniversary to Christy and Ryan who recently celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary!

bride & her father at wedding ceremony

Spring was definitely in the air! After exchanging wedding vows at Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church, they celebrated with dinner and dancing at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center.

Dozens of vases of beautiful yellow and white daffodils lining the tables, stairway, and windowsills.

daffodils on steps

daffodils on reception tables

Family members provided the delicious wedding cake and other yummy desserts including pies, cookies, and baklava.

wedding cake

Here’s one of my photos (proof that I’ll NEVER be a photographer!) of the dessert display.

wedding desserts display

bouquet toss

Our Vendor Team:
Ceremony Site – Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Reception – Troy-Hayner Cultural Center
Hair & Make-up – Broadway Salon
DJ – Marc Adams In Reality DJ
Caterer – Grecian Delight
Photographer – Alexa Fogle Alexa Marie Photography
Transportation – Odyssey Premiere Limo

Hearts, Joy, Love!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Need help with your wedding? Contact me today at or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!