When Maj contacted me last summer, it was actually to interview me for an article she was writing. We talked about what it’s like to run your own little business and the courage it takes to do things your own way. After our initial conversation, Maj and her fiance Kristian who were planning a three-day destination wedding on ‘my’ island, Ærø, decided to book me for their wedding and that one email turned into almost 200 over the next 6 months. It quickly became obvious that I was dealing with an admirable woman. Having dealt with hardships in her family life just like I have, I am in awe of the constant energy, kindness and positivity with which she approaches life. I feel very priviledged that Maj and Kristian chose to involve me throughout their planning process, so I was able to contribute with the knowledge and experience I have gathered over the last 5 years of photographing weddings. They wanted to create a day inspired by the famous Danish Skagen paintings, casual 20s elegance, light and airy; a three-day retreat for their guests to relax and really get to know eachother. Needless to say I was more than excited when this special saturday in May finally arrived and I headed towards a sunny Ærøskøbing for a day so full of love, generosity, tears, laughter, and music. On a personal note the day started out perfectly for me as the couple gathered with all their guests in the morning on the lawn in front of the hotel to sing, among others, one of my favourite Danish songs: Gasolin’s Joanna.
Dear Maj and Kristian, my head is still spinning with all the impressions and emotions of this day and I will not deny shedding several tears throughout the evening as your friends and family professed their love for you. The look on your face, Maj, when all your guests sang along with Kristian’s song to you, still brings tears to my eyes. The fact that your three beautiful children participated in the celebration at various times over the course of the day, really emphasised the family atmosphere of the whole weekend. You created such a special day, I had to twist my own arm to limit the amount of photos in this blog post. I cannot thank you enough for letting me be part of this. I hope you feel the images do your beautiful day justice. You are an inspiration to me!
Maj handwrote and drew every piece of the invitation suite, menu and program etc herself, and I think she did a fantastic job, adding both whimsy and elegance to the design!
Kristian got ready at Ærø Badehotel where most of the event took place, with his closest friends, and they were definitely a fun crowd to work with :)
The bridal gown was a collaboration between tailor Susse Thorseng Lærche and Sjølander Embroidery and it was a piece of art. Maj trusted me enough to let me make the bouquet for her. She wanted it to be very soft and natural, so I did a combination of pale yellow and blush peonies, white roses, pink ranunculus, blush aquilegias from my own garden as well as grasses and wildflowers I picked on the side of the road right by my home. I wrapped the stem in a beautiful piece of cream coloured French silk ribbon from FrouFrouChic. Since the dress was not white, but a light warm grey, the tailor had kindly sent me a fabric sample in advance so I could make sure the colours would match nicely, and I think the two suited eachother :)
Maj got ready at one of my favourite places on earth: Pension Vestergade 44
The couple danced through the streets of town with their guests to the tunes of New Orleans music…
A few of the guests toughed it out and dared to take a swim in the still very cold water.
While the bride and groom enjoyed an afternoon of music, singing and dancing… and lots of beautiful sunshine. It simply couldn’t have been better!
I stole the couple away for 10 minutes in private before they headed inside for dinner – and so much more…
The dessert on the menu was our fabulous local ice cream made from scratch right here on Ærø by Cafe Aroma. In my opinion (and I have tasted a lot! ;) this is the best ice cream on earth!
The view over the starry bay as I headed home well past midnight