Wedding in the Pressroom
Some people marry in the sky, others underwater. Lourens de
Graaf chose "his" print shop in Amersfoort, Holland - but only
for the wedding photos. He and his wife, Miranda, exchanged wedding
vows quite traditionally at the registrar's office.
Mr. de Graaf, how did you get the idea to have your wedding
pictures taken in your print shop?
de Graaf: I like my work as Project Manager at Klomp
Grafische Communicatie a lot, and I'm crazy about printing presses.
I was particularly taken with the amazing sound and design of the
Speedmaster CD 74-5 LX. I therefore couldn't imagine a better
setting for my wedding pictures than the pressroom.
How did your wife react to this rather unusual idea?
de Graaf: With composure. She's known me already for five
years after all. She knows how much I'm attached to my work and
even encouraged me to have the pictures taken in the print shop.
In the wedding photo of Lourens de Graaf and his wife Miranda, the bridegroom’s favorite print machine, the Speedmaster CD 74-5 LX, could not be left out.
And your colleagues? Didn't they think the idea was crazy?
de Graaf: At first my boss and colleagues were rather
surprised, but then they were completely enthusiastic. Everyone
took pictures on our wedding day. They also had a fitting present
for us, of course: They printed a life-size picture of me and my
wife Miranda and placed it in a holder so that we could show it to
our wedding guests. They were speechless, though. They simply
couldn't believe how quickly my colleagues had finished the
When you even spend part of your wedding day in the print shop,
do we need to worry that your wife will hardly see you in the
de Graaf: No. I know my boundaries, but I hate leaving when
a job isn't finished. As a fourteen year old, I started working
evenings and weekends in a print shop. And just about four years
ago I got this position here at Klomp Grafische Communicatie. The
graphic industry is my dream field and always will be.
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