Just like wine and cheese, we believe that marriage only gets better with age.
Call us hopeless romantics, but the idea of spending the rest of your life with the same person is exciting and rewarding at the same time. It’s also in a way, an honor, because maintaining a healthy and strong relationship takes a lot. And for those who are fortunate enough to find and keep their soulmates, a celebration of all kinds, is definitely in order.
One love story that we recently had the honor to capture is from Jen Figueras and her lovely family. Bringing along her three beautiful daughters, parents and brother, we met Jen and husband for her 10th wedding anniversary in Maui, Hawaii.
To commemorate this important milestone, the couple even had their wedding vow renewed in a small intimate ceremony witnessed by all the most beloved people in their life. “We really wanted it to be a family affair and have our daughters be part of it. I made their flower crowns and wore the same dress I wore 10 years ago!" Jen said in excitement.
Jen then also reminisced how 10 years ago, her San-Franciscan husband decided to leave everything behind and moved to Toronto to marry his Canadian sweetheart. He not just went on with this life-changing mission, but also dramatically drove 3 days straight from West Coast to East Coast to get it done. Talk about big gestures, we’re melting!
Over 10 years of marriage, they have built a family, had three daughters, and travelled the world together. The decision to renew their vow in the beautiful island of Hawaii was a combination of their love for their family, travel and everything in between. We personally think that this act of love just showed the level of gratitude, honor and appreciation these two have for everything they cherish in life.
As the private ceremony began, it’s like the whole island celebrated with them. They had the beach all to themselves, while the songs of the sea serenaded with crashing waves and colorful sunset moods all around.
“We were so happy that Sweet Escapes was able to capture the moment for us! We travel every year and plan to do so again next year - in Paris since our girls will be starting French school in September. We look forward to more adventures together as a family and having more keepsake memories,” Jen told us about her SweetEscape experience.
If we had learned anything about Jen and her family, the pleasure was truly all ours. Thank you for showing us the wonder of love that’s aged finer than all cheese and wine combined.
As every parent would tell you, travelling with kids can be extremely tough! There are tons of tiny details and preparations that need to be ironed-out before you even set out of your home, not to mention that a lot of times the things and places that the parents want to do and visit are not the ones favourable to the kids'. Don't worry, we're here for you! Here's a list of activities you and your kids can do together during your spring travel to Amsterdam, and rest assured, you will find these activities equally exciting!
The best way to experience the wonders of the canals of Amsterdam is by hopping on a boat and taking a boat tour. The beautiful and unique canal houses along the canals makes great setting for your family photo session. Your kids can also learn about the Netherlands' famous canals system from the guides!
A very Dutch way to get around Amsterdam is on bakfiets, a large bucket attached to the front of a bike, which your kids will definitely love! Let your kids to sit safely inside the bakfiets and cycle through Amsterdam's numerous bike-lanes to many interesting spots in and around the city, including Vondelpark, the largest park of the city with lots to offer for kids such as The Melkhuis, Kinderkookcafe (where children can cook little dishes while you enjoy a cup of coffee), and a lovely paddling pool. Check out these other great spots for cycling too!
The Netherlands produces some famous painters throughout history, and you can start to spark some creativity in your kids by taking them to some of these famous museum. The Van Gogh Museum is pleasantly light and modern, with paintings that are very colourful and accessible to children. The 17th Century Rembrandt House is also very interesting, giving us a glimpse of how Rembrandt (and other well-to-do Amsterdam inhabitants) lived in the ‘Golden Age’. Start nurturing the future artist in them!
The Nine Streets is another interesting place to visit. These nine little streets are filled with small and unique shops, ranging from fashion boutiques, to art stores, and even a toothbrush shop! One of the best places to take your kids to in the Nine Streets is Pancakes Amsterdam Negen Straatjes, a pancake shop that offers a world-wide variety of pancakes, including Dutch's famous pannekoek!
Unique to Spring, The King's Day is a festival to celebrate the birthday King Willem-Alexander, the current ruling monarch, and is held every April 27th. Cycle past the spectacle with your kids on the Bakfiets (see number 2!) and let them take it the explosion of bright orange colours throughout the city, or take part in a plethora of activities and fun games in the many carnivals and pop-up markets around Amsterdam and many other cities!
Make your Amsterdam visit with your kids memorable this Spring with SweetEscape! We connect you to 2000+ professional photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you and your children have to do is to create memories, while we take great photos of your every moment! Use the code FIRSTESCAPE on your first SweetEscape booking to get USD50 off and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!