I was woken up early that morning simultaneously by the sun warming my face and the nearby church ringing its bells. As soon as I opened my eyes I smiled. And if you know anything about me, you should know that I never smile right after waking up. But that day? It was different.
The sun poured into the windows of my friends’ cozy apartment in Copenhagen as I ate a traditional Danish breakfast of brown bread and cheese. For the previous 2 weeks that I had been in Denmark it rained almost every day. But that day? It was different.
I took the bus to the chic little apartment that Eby and her girls were getting ready in. I walked in to hustle and bustle but through the midst of it there was this amazing sense of peace and stillness. Smiles and laughter abounded. I am used to seeing nerves running wild and bridesmaids vying for a spot in the mirror. But that morning? It was different.
She stepped into her dress – a gorgeous number by Enzoani – and immediately lit up the room. Together with her funky mint green heels and vintage change purse, she finished her wedding day look. I love it when a bride gets dressed on the morning of her wedding and has an approved look on her face. But with Eby, it was so much more than just approval of herself. It was different.
He rode up to the ceremony site on a Vespa and patiently waited for his bride at the end of the aisle. The look on his face said it all. He had waited a long time for this moment to arrive and it was finally here. She rounded the corner of the garden at øregaard museum, escorted by her proud father to the tune of “At Last” and I am pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye to be seen. The ceremony proceeded with heartfelt speeches and songs that gave everyone in attendance goosebumps and chills. Powerful, powerful songs. It was such a beautiful, beautiful testament of a love story worth waiting for. A culmination of two lives waiting, hoping, and praying for the perfect person to arrive and trusting God that He would orchestrate it all. A fairy tale. A dream come true. A modern day story of happily ever after. But why should I be surprised, because Eby and Jacques…? Well, they are so beautifully different from any other couple I have ever met.
I was so very honored to be there with my good friends on there wedding day in Copenhagen. I was absolutely blown away by the creativity and amount of attention they paid to every detail of the wedding. It was an emotional-filled day that went absolutely perfectly, and was everything that Eby and Jacques had hoped and planned for.
You two….oh, you two….thanks for inspiring everyone of us who has the privilege of knowing you. You are two of the most beautiful, creative, fun, inspirational, challenging, and lovely people I know. Love you both from the bottom of my hjerte! 😉
Eby asked each of her bridesmaids to choose a dress of their own liking in a shade of ivory, pale peach or nude. The dresses could have not complemented each other more perfectly and each dress was a representation of the lovely lady that wore it. Eby chose a stunning number called “Dakota” by Enzoani for her wedding day wear and, if you ask anyone who was in attendance, I think they’d agree with me that this dress might as well have been designed just for Eby!Well hello gorgeous citrus colored high heels!Eby surprised her bridesmaids by having a masseuse (had to google the spelling of that one…) show up to massage them all as they were getting ready! FANTASTIC idea!! Eby had the kindest, sweetest, prettiest group of girls (and Lucas!) attending to her side that day. They did their jobs effortlessly! Ebs, you look like an angel. Divine. Stunning. Flawless. Breathtaking. And ever other word synonymous with those.The theme for Eby and Jaqcues’ wedding day was “A Lovestory” and, as you will see later on, they put a ton of thought into the “love story” concept, but they began setting the theme with signs at the ceremony! And here starts some of their amazingly well thought out details. Eby is a singer/songwriter and Jacques is studying videography and film so they wanted to bring in elements of ways to tell a story throughout their entire day. here we see messages in a bottle hanging from trees, and old records. Chilled champagne upon arrival? I’d say that’s a fantastic way of greeting your guests!Eby and Jacques had their bridal party hand out blankets as guests were arriving. Due to the rules at øregaard museum, they were unable to put chairs out so their guests enjoyed the ceremony in the park picnic style, atop soft and cozy blankets.I wish there was a way for me to “like” this one image because I LOVED these little flags they made for their guests!! Pretty vintage lampshades and pretty fresh flowers. Love, love, love!This is Penille. She is my friend, and she is beautiful. And I *know* you agree! OH! And how much do I love those flower crowns that some of the bridesmaids wore??? I die! This is Christina. She is also my friend, equally as beautiful, and only speaks Danish to me. And for that reason alone, I adore her. 🙂 (PS – stay tune for Christina’s wedding that I will be blogging in the next few weeks!) More records and a guest who unknowingly matched their color palette! Holla! Someone is excited to get married!!Excitement!I adored the looks Jaqcues kept giving Eby throughout the ceremony! So genuine, pure, excited, and proud!In Denmark the bride and groom begins the ceremony by sitting opposite each other and it isn’t until they say their vows that they are allowed to sit on the same side.A very proud papa!Married!Eby and Jaqcues wedding reception had lots of homemade signs and treats. In Denmark they have a “reception” and then a dinner party. All the guests who came to the ceremony are invited to the reception, where little cakes and finger foods are served, but then only the closest friends and family members are invited to the dinner party. Those berry tarts on the right were one of the best things I have eaten all year! 100% made from scratch too!Eby and her gorgeous girls. Don’t you love their dresses??Jacques and his men….who were having a little bit too much fun. 🙂 After the reception we headed down to the center of Copenhagen to Christiansborg to take their wedding portraits.I absolutely love the architecture down at Christiansborg because it provides a stunning backdrop for portraits.Love that look!Jaqcues was looking rather dapper on his wedding day!Helloooo bombshell!This isn’t typically my style of photography but Eby and Jacques wanted a wide angle shot to hang in their living room. I kinda loved the lines of the architecture here so we decided to do that shot at Christiansborg.And here begins the details GALORE of Eby and Jacques wedding reception at CPH Square in Copenhagen. Starting with a table where guests could adorn themselves with jewelry, feathers, fur wraps, mustaches, or other fun items. CPH Square is actually a retailer space for home decor and design but on the weekends they rent the space out for events. One of the things I adored about their wedding at CPH Square was the light that was let in all over the place. THe space was very raw with floor to ceiling windows. It was gorgeous!Eby and Jacques had a typewriter set out as a guestbook for guests to write them messages and mail to their new address.Each of their tables had a different theme which reflected a way of telling a story. This table’s story theme was art so the table was called “The art of loving another” and had a lot of vintage art supplies on it. This table’s story theme was music so the table was called “The song of our hearts” and had vintage instruments, sheet music and other music memorabilia.Like I said, details GALORE!A heartfelt, sincere and touching speech made by the groom to his new bride.Another Danish tradition is when the groom leaves the room, all the guys have to get up and kiss Eby. THe same happens with Jacques when Eby leaves the room.A proud papa watching his daughter give her speech.A couple more heartfelt speeches and some gorgeous sun flair, which I know Eby *loves*.One last speech made by the father of the bride.In Denmark guests come prepared with speeches and sometimes songs. John is one of Eby’s “adopted” family members and he wrote them a song and sang it to them. I don’t think there was a dry eye as he sang to the newlyweds. After speeches and before the after party we took a few minutes of a break to get some portraits during the golden hour.Ooooh, Ebs…you are all things beautiful and lovely!During the after party Sabina Mathew and friends tore up the places with lots of songs from way back when.You know you make me wanna….SHOUT!