Sam and Caroline: The Real Wedding Of An Interracial Couple

Sam and Caroline wedding a mirror with couples date of marriage printed on it

Are you an interracial couple getting married. Be inspired by Sam and Caroline who hosted their wedding celebrations at De Hazelhof luxury farm in Holland. This mixed raced couple enriched their ceremony by fusing diverse elements of their cultural backgrounds.

Together with the above, blending their ethical beliefs with new and old marriage traditions made it a very special wedding day.

And what is really exciting it was a destination wedding. Sam and Caroline travelled from their hometown in Switzerland to host their celebrations in Holland.

What’s more, their unique day was unforgettable. So, feel free to steal ideas for planning your nuptials. But, are you ready to start? Read and see what Sam and Caroline arranged for their big dream day in the Netherlands.

Sam and Caroline wedding

Sam and Caroline white man holding a camera and half-caste woman with sunglasses smiling

Caroline & Sam “Truly, madly, deeply in love”

Now known as the fun-loving Mr. and Mrs. Müller, here you see Sam and Caroline beaming in immense joy and happiness before their special marriage service.  But, who are they? And what are their common interests?

Sam is Swiss-Dutch, and Caroline is Brazilian. The inseparable love birds are extremely creative, enjoy photography and walking their dog Mogli. Find out more about their laughter filled wedding day full of love. Read on

Happy couple: Sam and Caroline

Venue: Landgoed De Hazelhof – Rijsbergen, The Netherlands

Date: 28th July 2018

Languages: Dutch and English

The Proposal

On the 5th November 2017, magic happened. Sam and Caroline took their love to a new height at the Solothurn Mountain in Switzerland. Sam swept Caroline off her feet and proposed with a special ring of sentimental value. It was his mother’s ring. And, of course, Caroline said “YES.” So, they sealed the deal.

The Venue

Sam and Caroline breathtaking estate venue Landgoed De Hazelhof – Rijsbergen grounds nestled on the border of Holland/Belgium is paradise in the Netherlands. And the tended gardens filled with beguiling blooms sits on acres of immaculately kept land.

Sam and Caroline wedding a mirror with couples date of marriage printed on it

Luxury estate

This residential farm-estate owned by Ton and Huub, has luscious cultivated plants, flowers and vibrant trees. They even have a chicken pen for their cocks and hens. Inspired by an English landscape, the setting was ideal for a beautiful bride and handsome groom. Sam’s mother discovered the secluded wedding spot. It was the perfect picture location for the happy couple.

Sam and Caroline wedding consultation I

I received the following message from Sam: “My name is Samuel Müller. I’m from Switzerland. My wife Caroline and I have already obtained our marriage license in Solothurn. We want to celebrate our love and have a bigger (non-religious) wedding ceremony in Holland.

Sam and Caroline wedding consultation II

Why, the Netherlands? “Well, my mother’s family is Dutch. And we would like you as our ceremonial speaker.” So, email correspondences and several Skype calls followed. It was convenient for all of us to work this way to prepare for such a wonderful event.

Sam and Caroline wedding a mirror with couples date of marriage printed on it

The wedding planning – part I

Writing the marriage service script was exciting and fun. We revised five drafts in the space of two months. Sam and Caroline filled out a wedding interview questionnaire. And we finalised everything via Skype, telephone and emails.

The wedding planning – part II

In addition, Sam and Caroline had so much in common, like rambling through the Swiss countryside and travelling together. Their input allowed us to create a very special and personal speech. Caroline’s mum could not speak English, so we included a declaration of love, a few spiritual readings and a prayer in Brazilian.

wedding aisle full of white rose petals with brown wooden chairs on both sides

The marriage ceremony

In fact, the sun beamed down and the scent of fresh wedding flowers added an elegant touch to the outdoor venue. Another wow factor was the chicken pen. And the sight of the cocks and hens happily prancing around the rose petal filled aisle, enhanced the romantic ambiance.

Dutch & English inspired wedding

Waiting at the gate entrance of the English designed venue were the bridal party. As the lovely tranquil sound of the violinist and harp played, the groom and his entourage gradually proceeded towards the altar. Next to arrive was the bride looking absolutely stunning. However, the flower girls forgot to walk up the aisle ahead of the blushing bride.

wedding cerfticate, ceremonial hammer and pen with flowers in vase on a round table

The symbolism of love

Although Sam and Caroline desired a modern wedding ceremony, they wanted to add the traditional values of love and marriage. Therefore, they chose to seal their vows by exchanging rings. And the all-important ring bearer Mogli, their dog, was accompanied by a bridesmaid to present them with their symbol of unity.

Civil marriage confirmed

The excitement continued with an extra special element of surprise. I dropped a figurative hammer during the signing of the symbolic marriage certificate to confirm their official union. And while seated under the shade of the trees, the wedding guests witnessed Sam and Caroline declare their love. This brought the pending final act to fruition.

wedding aisle full of white rose petals with brown wooden chairs on both sidesSam and Caroline wedding vows

Sam and Caroline skipped personal vows. However, wanted to include contractual marriage wording. “Do you take……. to be your lawful wedded……”.  Moreover, they enjoyed the first kiss. Family and friends applauded and cheered. Finally, Sam and Caroline stood embraced and the chickens were cuddling up too. It was a beautiful wedding with a beautiful couple. One of the best experiences I ever had.

 

wedding table in the middle of a garden shadowed by blossom trees image: De Hazelhof

Sam and Caroline Wedding Celebrations – Songs

Guests welcome song: Make you feel my love- Adele

Processional: Canon in D

Brides song: All of me – John Legend

Marriage certificate signing song: Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley

Recessional: The Best Day of my Life – American Authors

The wedding outfits

Bride’s attire:  Traditional white dress and veil. Hair was loose and adorned with a white flower.

Groom’s attire: Traditional warm grey wedding suit.

The Wedding Suppliers and Vendors

Venue – Ton & Huub | www.dehazelhof.nl

Caterers – Anne Floor Bakkenist | www.heerlijk-hecht.nl

Wedding photographer – Clover Jean | cloverjean.com

Musicians: – Lucia Wisse |

pink flowers in a vase in front of a wedding altar and mic Sam and Caroline wedding feedback

Dear Clover,

Your website caught our interest and admiration. And we knew you could conduct our ceremonial speech in English. Thank you.

We wish you a great day and hopefully see you soon.

Best regards

Husband and wife, Mr & Mrs. Sam Caroline Müller

 

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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a specialist celebrant | marriage officiant | wedding ceremonies MC with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hotspots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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