Perth couple Lanie and Rasmus wanted an intimate destination that celebrated the groom’s roots and was in a place they both cherished. Copenhagen was the colourful setting for the pair, who celebrated their new lives together surrounded by the people they love most.
Wedding date: July 9th 2016
Wedding location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Number of guests: 30
Bridal Party: One best man, one bridesmaid, and one bridesman
Ceremony time: 4 - 4:30pm
Reception time: 6pm - 2am
Tell us about how you met and about the proposal…
We are both public servants and met at work. In regards to the proposal, Rasmus gave me a Viking ring from the Danish National Museum for Christmas 2015 - it wasn't until 7 hours later I discovered that it was engraved with the words "Lad os giftes" - thanks to Google Translate I discovered those words mean "Let's Get Married" when translated into English.
Where was the location of your wedding ceremony and reception?
The wedding was held in Copenhagen, on the edge of the canals in Christianshavn. Our reception was at Restaurant Kanalan in Christianshavn.
Why did you choose this location?
Rasmus is originally Danish (although we live in Australia) and we wanted to be close to his family as it was a long distance for them to travel. Plus, we love Copenhagen. Our reception venue, Restaurant Kanalen is in Christianshavn - where Rasmus studied - and happened to be opposite the Danish Naval reception rooms where his Grandparents had their wedding reception.
What was the vibe or theme of your wedding?
A small family time with lots of "hygge" (said hoo-gah) the Danish concept of cosiness which the Danes live by.
What were some special moments you’ll always remember from your wedding day?
The fact that the sun didn't set until 11pm and the brilliantly beautiful colours of the buildings of Christianshavn. Also, the flowers! I ran late to the ceremony – I got half way there and had to ask the driver to return to our apartment - I had left my "something old" - a lace handkerchief tatted by Rasmus Great Grandmother for his Grandmother - behind!
Where did the majority of your guests stay?
Most guests stayed in the centre of Copenhagen in Airbnb properties. We hired a beautiful apartment through Airbnb for ourselves and some family who had travelled from Australia and used it as a base for the week either side of the wedding, having guests over for dinner and drinks.
Did you have an itinerary or planned activities for guests on either side of the wedding?
A few days before our wedding, six of us ate at Noma Restaurant which was brilliant. Our guests loved Denmark, in the lead up to the wedding a number of them took the train up the coast to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Two days before the wedding, we had a feast at our apartment for our extended family and friends to meet. Guests were aged 2 to 81 and feasted on Italian food. The day after our wedding we had a small brunch at the Nimb Hotel and on the day after that we had a day at Tivoli, the most beautiful amusement park in the world where our photographer's husband and Lanie's aunt slayed the Demon roller coaster and became part of wedding legend! :)
Was it hard to plan your destination wedding?
Fixing a date so that the equivalent of a Registrar could attend our ceremony took a while, waiting for a confirmation, but in general all of the people we organised things with were a true delight to work with and would highly recommend each of them - it was really relaxed and laid back.
What advice would you give a couple planning a destination wedding in this location?
Remember in Summer it is light until about 11pm and then light again after 2am - This makes for lots of fun - but in Winter the opposite is true no not a lot of daylight. Also Danish Summer is usually quite mild (read more like Autumn in Australia). Also - Danish weddings usually go most of the night so don't be alarmed if the venue asks what you would like for Nattemad (a meal at around 2am before the party really cranks up).
What did you like most about your destination wedding?
The fact that it was intimate. We had three generations of family and were able to bring together our close families and friends in one intimate gathering. Also, the surprise of the Danish wedding traditions which Rasmus' family and friends brought to the event - a true surprise!
Photography: Fennel & Fox Photography
Ceremony: Canalside in Christianshavn, Copenhagen
Reception: Restaurant Kanalen
Wedding Rings: Georg Jensen
Bride’s gown: Aurelio Costarella
Bride’s shoes: Georgie’s Bridal Shoes
Hair stylist and makeup artist: Marie-Louise Bonde
Bridesmaid dresses: Zimmerman
Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss
Flower girl dresses: Bardot Junior
Celebrant: Flemming Sloth Nielsen
Transport: Exclusive Van & Limousine Service
Catering: Restaurant Kanalen
Decorations and florist: Martin Reinicke
Stationery: Starfish Lane