SANNE + KRISTIAN | SVENDBORG, DENMARK
An intimate Danish seaside wedding
An intimate Danish seaside wedding
Making a genuine connection with people is everything, and leads me to this story. How I met Sanne + Kristian seems like a stroke of luck, but I truly believe it’s more than that. Sanne owns a beautiful flower boutique in Svendborg. Through her business, she knows the loveliest woman named Josefine who is the most amazing wedding dress designer in all of Scandinavia. Sanne hired Josefine to create a beautiful hand-crafted wedding dress, kept secret, of course, from Kristian (the groom).
When Sanne mentioned that she was looking for a non-traditional wedding photographer who wouldn’t pose her too much, Josefine instantly thought of me and gave her my card. We totally clicked, and I knew Sanne was on my level when she went in for a hug instead of a handshake. Instant friends.
Sanne + Kristian are two of the most kind-hearted, genuinely sweet and caring people I know, and so I thought I’d share a bit of their story here.
In Kristian’s words: “Sanne and I had never really talked about marriage and were very much on the same page regarding this. Neither of us grew up with big dreams of big white weddings or anything like that. As we grew more committed to one another, the thought of marriage reappeared and did not seem so silly after all.”
Kristian initially planned out a magical balloon ride over a field in the Netherlands to propose to Sanne. He quickly realized that he wanted his proposal to be more subtle, so he cancelled the trip. He felt inspired one night while they were hosting some family over for dinner; “The day went on into night and as I was sitting there I thought about us and the things we love in life. The simplicity in things are often the most beautiful. So with a little bit of Danish Schnaps in my blood I decided now is the time. I looked at Sanne and could not think of a better place and time to tell her I love her, and that I want to live the rest of my days with her. I told her to follow me upstairs because I had to show her something. We walked into our guest room where I had hidden the ring. I went down on my knee and I asked her to marry me. As I am writing this the answer is not a big secret -A BIG YES!”
As Sanne describes, “Kristian’s dad was diagnosed with cancer, so we decided to set a world-record in planning and have the wedding three months later. A lot of people said we were crazy as people ‘normally’ spend a year planning their wedding. However, we agreed it had to be done the same year, as we could not predict how the cancer would evolve. Neither of us could imagine a wedding without Kristian’s dad.
We also knew that we did not want a traditional church wedding. We looked at a lot of different venues but we just couldn’t find the place that felt right, until we went to look at Kogtved Søfartsskole. It is an old school for sea farers. The building is located at Svendborgsund which is the sea that divides the small islands of Svendborg. The place was perfect as all our guests could spend the night there. Also, Kristian’s family has always been sailors or offshore workers, so the place seemed even more appropriate.
Kristian and I were determined from the start that we wanted to personalize the wedding as much as possible. We wanted the guests to be able to see ‘us’ in everything on our big day. This place let us do exactly that. The day could not have been any more perfect!” It was a beautiful and intimate Danish seaside wedding, so I invite you to cozy up and enjoy the photos of their wedding day!