Amalie the Bride:
I hadn’t spent a lot of time considering what type of wedding dress I wanted growing up, so I was very much starting from scratch! After a couple of visits to dress shops, I started to get a good understanding of what I was after – I wanted something classic, clean & simple, but also something with a bit of drama. I ended up getting a custom dress from Caroline Castigliano
in Knightsbridge, with a beaded belt from Andrea Hawkes
– best of both worlds as I couldn’t decide between the two! My shoes were from Jimmy Choo
The groom’s (and fathers of the bride and groom) morning dress was made by Henry Herbert Tailors
– Charlie was truly fantastic.
We knew that we wanted to get married in Denmark as that’s where I’m from (although I’ve lived in the UK since I was 5). My husband is from London and was really keen on the idea of a big Danish wedding where our predominantly British guests could embrace the Danish wedding traditions (these including lots of speeches/toasts/songs at dinner (we had 17!), a sock cutting ceremony for the groom at the end of the first dance and a kissing ceremony when one of the bride or groom leave the room.
We found the venue, Jomfruens Egede
, thorough a Danish wedding planner’s Instagram profile – it was perfect for what we wanted. It is a beautifully Scandinavian country house with a church on-site. We had the venue from Friday – Sunday so we really felt like the place was ours, and our guests were able to immerse themselves in the weekend. The interior of the venue was grand yet simplistic with beautiful Danish design features. The surrounding country side was spectacular and covered in wheat fields (this turned out to be great for photos!). On the Sunday Olly surprised me with a helicopter pick-up to take us to the airport for our honeymoon – this was a real showstopper as it landed in front of the venue by the wheat fields.
Colour Scheme / Décor
This is the area that we found most difficult to prioritise & give much attention to – it can be quite daunting to make the right decisions to allow everything to flow together. In the end we opted for neutral tones, with a touch of light green/blue to match the interior of the venue. We focused on a couple of big impact touches rather than spending lots of money on small pieces – we covered the ceiling in the barn with big fairy lights, and rented some white chairs to lift the heavy room.
Our flowers were done by a small local florist connected to the venue. The church also provided some flowers and lit candles down the aisle.
The Wedding Party Fashion
I chose bridesmaids dresses from Rewritten
. I wanted a contemporary style that wasn’t fussy and complemented my dress and the general Scandinavian theme. It was very windy on the day which meant that wrap dresses weren’t ideal in hindsight, but they looked great.
We chose to have a Danish ceremony (albeit conducted in English) in the small picturesque church on-site. In Denmark you have your father and the groom’s father at the front with you during the ceremony which was fun – though a lot of tears from the boys! We had originally wanted to get married outside, but decided it was too risky with the weather. I’m very pleased we made that decision as it rained all morning! We couldn’t fit everyone in the church, so set up a live video stream of the wedding in the main building (this was a significant last minute cost we had not anticipated, but we were thrilled everybody got to see the service).
We had a fantastic DJ/saxophone combo for the evening – they played from midnight (when the dinner finished) to 4am so the party went on to the very early hours! Having everyone (of all generations!) on the dancefloor going wild was very special & a big highlight of the wedding.
We chose a very Danish menu. We had classic Danish open sandwiches as canapes. For the main menu we had a starter of cod and scallop ceviche with wasabi crème, followed by roast veal with dauphinoise and Danish seasonal veggies. For dessert we had both a cheese course of Danish cheeses and then a trio of seasonal desserts.
We couldn’t find a good quality photographer in Denmark, so flew out photographers John and Soph Barwood from the UK. I found John Barwood Photography
on Instagram, and it was one of the best decisions we made! The photos are truly special, and perfectly capture our day in a very natural way. We and our families have had great enjoyment from them since. Spending money on good quality photographers is 100% worth it as you continue to get enjoyment out of them, whereas flowers & other decorative items are more forgettable.
We opted not to have a videographer as we didn’t feel it justified the expense. Although it would be nice to have a video memory, the photos capture the day perfectly.