Real weddings
Katia & Yves


Tell us about yourself

My name is Katia. I have Rwandese and Congolese roots. My husband’s name is Yves, he has Belgian and Burundese roots. And we both live in Belgium. This year is the 10th year we have known each other.
We met in our first year of college. We had some similar courses and since then became inseparable, first as friends and 2 years later the obvious happened, we started dating :D.

"We became inseparable since college"

What was your special day like?

For our civil wedding we got married in Brussels, since Yves already lived there. That’s where I wore my dress made with Vlisco fabric. For the religious wedding we choose a private domain outside of the city because we wanted something easy of access and we wanted a vast natural decor. Our civil wedding was a simple ceremony with our closest family members and friends. We picked a near hotel where we did a simple drink after the ceremony.

The religious wedding was where we decided to go big and have a cocktail followed by dinner and a party. We got lucky that day with the weather. Belgium is known for its rainy and cold days and with our wedding date being in September we considered ourselves lucky to have a day filled with sun and warm weather. Everybody had the opportunity to have a drink outside before we headed inside to have dinner.


Best moment of the day?

On our civil wedding it was the moment I signed and officially became Mrs to my Mr. And for our religious wedding it definitely was our first dance! Because we had a medley of all our favourite songs and did a special choreography for it!

And the photo shoot with our bridesmaids and groomsmen, we had so much FUN!!!

"We had so much fun!"

And what about your dress?

The Vlisco dress was beautifully made by Alexandra Cardyn and inspired by another Vlisco dress that I found on the internet. I came with the idea of the dress to Alex-
andra but wanted to change the length and have a more open top. She proposed different ideas for the top and found the exact model I wanted. She also made the bow tie and handkerchief that Yves wore for that day.

Alexandra: 'The lower part of the dress was inspired from a dramatic voluminous dress found on the internet. We wanted to add some glamour to the volume and added lagoon blue lace on the upper part. we played with the transparency of the lace and used a light blue satin underneath. This combination kind of mirrors the flowers on the pink java fabric.'


Why Vlisco?

I chose Vlisco because I grew up watching my mom buy and wear Vlisco fabrics. She has worn Vlisco all her life and to this day has more Vlisco made clothes than regular ones.

I love Vlisco for its bright, vibrant, colourful prints and living in Belgium it has been my way to show and embrace my roots. And that’s why it was dear to me to incorporate that sort of fabric in both of our weddings.

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