About 7 months ago, a photographer I’d never met before posted on a photography page that she was looking for a wedding photographer of her own and they were getting married in Denmark. By the time I saw the post there were about 80 or so other responses along the lines of “Me please, I’d love to do it.” Back in the early days I’d answer these calls almost daily but then realised actually winning any of them is near on impossible. However, Alexandra picked me from 93 others, some of which are my idols so obviously getting that email I thought somebody was winding me up. Alexandra is a teacher too, like me, so it’s been lovely to get to know her as we have so much in common. The last few days I’ve spent in Copenhagen with them. It’s been a wonderful dream.
I hate photographing photographers, it’s pressure like I’ve ever felt. I feel like I’m being watched and judged and know they’re secretly thinking “I wouldn’t shoot from that angle” or “I wonder what settings she’s on to get this?” They probably aren’t, but I would be. Mainly because I’m nosey and like a sponge, always watching people and trying to learn things. Within 30 minutes of meeting Calum I’d already insulted him because he did the thing I dread…. asked to look at the back of the camera to which I swiftly blurted out an obscenity. Although he looked shocked and didn’t let me forget it, secretly I think my northern charm/ candid honesty won him over, and we got a few smiles from his self proclaimed ‘resting bitch face’. (his words, not mine) and to further prove the face issue, I was shown a few photos of their time in Australia of him holding an equally miserable koala bear so in the end, I knew if I managed to crack a smile out of him then I was doing relatively ok.
I knew from the very few images on Pinterest, Google and Instagram that Copenhagen City Hall was going to be a challenge, most photographers work I’ve seen from the ceremony misses out that part all together or if it’s included in blogs it’s in black and white, and we all know what that means - shit light. (Sorry, but it’s true)
The morning started with some typical danish breakfast that they’d acquired from one of several food halls the day before after I’d finished photographing them in Reffen for their pre wedding shoot..
Then, as I had come to realise a lovely chilled out morning where they and their 5 guests got ready together in the most amazing Air B&B overlooking the most beautiful park and blossom trees. It really was just so lovely to be included in such a calm day, totally different to what I’m used to.
Alexandra told me that she’d never wanted a white wedding dress and instead had gone for a beautiful sequin and beaded mustard coloured Jenny Packham No.1 collection design. So similar to what my own bridesmaids had on my day. I absolutely adore that 20’s style dress and the colour of this one was just beautiful with the Danish architecture.
Calums mum had made a lovely little wedding cheesecake for them complete with lego bride and groom…
The love and friendship that these two have for one another is infectious, they share the exact same sense of humour and it showed when Calum gave Alexandra a card. Not slushy, not romantic (obviously at least) but so personal and apt for their relationship it was lovely to see.
And so, after an hour or so of getting ready, it was time to get to the City Hall. Stupidly, I’d decided to come on my bike (another hare-brained idea of mine) so when the taxi arrived for the guests I swiftly hopped on my vintage penny bike and sprinted 1.6 miles through Copenhagen traffic to try and beat them there. Luckily, I literally pulled up at the exact same time as the taxi ( not gonna lie, was pretty bloody chuffed with myself) parked up the bike and then off we went.
As previously mentioned, I was a little apprehensive over what awaited in the City Hall, Google had painted a grim picture and so I went armed with flashes and triggers galore expecting the worse. Turns out I was over dramatising things as usual and the light and space inside this place was unreal. Dark yes, but it was perfectly acceptable, any lighter and it wouldn’t have been Danish.
And so we waited, in a small dark waiting room amongst a queue of other excited married couples to be. All of whom wearing a different coloured and alternative attire clearly picked specifically for the Danish backdrops. It was so lovely to see. 6 minutes in total, it was the fastest wedding ceremony I’ve witnessed, blink and it’s gone but oh, so personal and lovely. Now I completely understand why a lot of brits come here to get married.
With some time now to explore the City Hall itself for a few photos, we did. In true Alexandra and Calum style we started off lovey dovey and then just went for the plain daft…I was at least 100 metres away on the other side of the hall so I literally couldn’t direct at all, so they did what they wanted to do….
For their wedding breakfast they had chosen to walk to nearby DOP hot dog stand, apparently the best hot dog stand in Copenhagen, selling only organic and fresh ingredients. I don’t eat hot dogs, never have, although yesterday for some reason all I could think about was trying one. So I did…. Oh My Gawwwwdddd. Amazeballs. Fried onions, mustard, Tommy K, Seeded bun, Gurkhins, all topped off with a choco milk.
Literally think Calum was more excited about the hot dog than the wedding ceremony… look at that face!
After a brief feed we went off for a few more photos weaving in and around the streets of Copenhagen before I left them to the rest of their day to celebrate with their nearest and dearest.
So, from the bottom of my heart, Alexandra and Calum, thank you for choosing me, and thank you to your lovely families for including me in your day, I felt so at home. I’ve used the second half of my Easter Holiday to see a country I’ve always wanted to, ride a bike every day, eat delicious food, explore and cram so much into a week unlike no other. I truly love what I do and feel blessed every day to get opportunities like this. Most teachers will know, booking a holiday in school holidays is expensive, ridiculously so and so to get away, visit the world and do something I love at the same time really is a ‘pinch me’ moment.
Wishing you both a wonderful and happy future together. Now my sister and I are off to see the Vikings…. Farvel! xx