I’ve been photographing destination weddings since 2014. I’ve travelled to Denmark, New Zealand, Bali, Jakarta and Europe but this year I was extremely privileged to be taken all the way back to Denmark and this time to Copenhagen to photograph Klaus & Malene’s wedding at the Tidsvildeleje Strandhotel. There is high level of trust involved not only when someone books a person to photograph their wedding, but even more so when that person is coming from the other side of the world. We haven’t met each other in real life and I fully realise that my clients are putting all their trust in the fact that this person they have booked (and don’t know) is going to rock up on their wedding day and hopefully take some amazing photos. It’s a complete privilege and honour!
Klaus and Malene’s day started in Malene’s beautiful apartment in the heart of Copenhagen. I was immediately welcomed with open arms and offered coffee and croissants the minute I walked in the door. It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for anything that comes out of a danish bakery ;) After getting ready, we then met Klaus at the industrial area of Refshaleøen just outside Copenhagen, for their first look. Their day continued with ceremony at Hørsholm Church and then a little drive to the very north coast of Zealand for a seaside reception at the beach hotel. It was a day of beautiful sunshine, amazing danish hospitality (I think I was offered food and drinks every half an hour approximately) and a gorgeous summer evening. The sun didn’t set till 10pm and we snuck down the beach for some last light moments before hitting the dance floor for Klaus and Malene’s first dance.
A few things you will notice in danish weddings and traditions that I absolutely LOVE : the guests prepare little songs or speeches for the couple and these are read out to everyone throughout the evening; if the bride leaves the groom’s side during reception every other female in the room are allowed to come up and kiss the groom – this was so hilarious and fun to watch; the groom is traditionally picked up by his close friends as soon as the first dance finishes. They pull off his shoes and cut the end of his socks – (and old tradition which essentially means the groom won’t be appealing to other women now that he has holes in his socks :) Oh the last thing you will ALWAYS experience at a Danish wedding – the danes know how to party! It’s pretty rare that the party will finish before daylight the next morning. And this was true about Klaus & Malene’s wedding too.
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