Gert-Jan van der Wel

Hey! My name is Gert-Jan van der Wel. I'm 41 years old, Dutch, married and have three little kids. I co-founded Floorplanner and I'm currently transitioning from running the technology dept to the sales dept. In between family and work, I like to ride my road bike whenever I can.

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Bonsai Of Love

personal - 16 Jun 2018

About a year ago I got married. Most of my family thought it was a bit late, but I considered it perfect timing. At the time of my (unexpected!) proposal my girlfriend and I had been together for 15 years and having three lovely kids. We’ve been trough some tough times, sure, but most of our time together was splendidly happy. Both our parents were still around and in pretty decent shape, so why not get married and throw a party for our family, friends and ourselves. It truly was an amazing day!

From my Floorplanner co-founders and dear friends we got a beautiful bonsai tree as a wedding present. It’s a Japanese Azalea (Rhododendron) that takes between 5 to 10 years to grow to this size. The bonsai tree was in full bloom when we got it and what made it extra special was that it would blossom every year on our wedding day. Yet, the day after our wedding all the flowers fell out… Was this a sign? Should we not have gotten married? Were the best days behind us? It was none of that! A year later on our wedding day the bonsai tree was in full bloom again. “And they lived happily ever after.” 🤞