Marco and I got married in Denmark on the 9th of January 2015. Besides the expected wedding excitement, I was also thrilled to be visiting Scandinavia at long last, even if it was only for a long weekend in the middle of winter. I had always dreamed of travelling far north, beyond the German border and into the beautiful Nordic countries.
It was a rather busy trip, with lots of admin, nerves, and a few truly amazing moments. Our wedding day was non-traditional, but perfect – we had an intimate civil ceremony at a small hotel in Nordborg (in the Sonderborg municipality), followed by champagne and lebkuchen with our loved ones, photos on the incredibly windy beach, and lunch in town.
I can’t quite express how happy I was on that day – perhaps this wedding photo captures the moment better than I could explain it in words! My husband is my best friend, the love of my life, and the best travel companion I could ever ask for. <3
Surprisingly, Denmark has recently become known for its foreigner-friendly wedding planning industry. With Danish authorities accepting paperwork in English, Danish, and German, and wedding planning companies organizing everything from venue and officiator to flowers and champagne, Denmark is an incredibly attractive wedding location for couples of mixed nationalities who wish to get married in Europe. We used A Danish Wedding, and our day was incredibly special, actually exceeding our expectations. Considering that we met in Cape Town, got engaged in Greece, and live in Germany, it seems rather fitting that we were married in Denmark!
We drove from Hamburg to Nordborg, which took around 3 hours including stops. The weather wasn’t great, and we were disappointed that there was no snow at all in Nordborg upon arriving! It was even warmer than Frankfurt, which had had several inches of snow two weeks prior. Despite the grey skies and early sunset, we were able to appreciate the expansive, hilly landscape, red-roofed buildings, and incredibly green fields that surrounded us.
We stayed at Møllehusets Bed & Breakfast, which was wonderful. The room is decorated in typical Scandinavian style, there is a big bathroom with under-tile heating, and a comfortable bed. The hostess prepared a great breakfast for us, and gave us advice on where to eat in the town. I’d highly recommend staying here – we plan on going back again in summer!
We didn’t have much time in Sonderborg, but it’s a strikingly pretty little town, and I’d love to explore it on a less cold and windy day. The wind was truly icy, and felt like it cut to the bone!
Crossing the sea bridge on the way to Copenhagen was exhilarating. We were lucky that the wind didn’t increase in strength, as the bridge is often closed due to extreme wind speeds! It was quite stormy and rainy, but we managed to see the sea below, with ships travelling under the bridge. It was quite surreal.
We finally got to Copenhagen, and decided to go exploring. It was incredibly windy and freezing cold, and we were told that a massive storm was brewing. I was used to the wind from Cape Town (gale-force winds that knock people and even stationary motorbikes over), but this wind was the coldest I have ever felt. It was painful to walk in! We were determined to get the most out of our “mini-moon”, so we carried on and took shelter in a bar, to defrost with a glass of red wine.
Then it was off to the Lego store – heaven! We had so much fun looking at the old Lego displays, new Lego, and then building our own Lego characters at a special stand full of various Lego-person parts. If you’re a Lego fan, then the store is a must-see!
The next morning, after the storm, we set out to explore Copenhagen’s gem – Nyhavn. This area features a canal flanked by shops and restaurants, and it’s so beautiful with its colourful buildings and moored ships. We had waffles and coffee for breakfast before setting off to see the Little Mermaid statue.
We were impressed by Amalienborg Palace, especially as the sun decided to come out as we walked past! The architecture is gorgeous, and you get a true feeling of grandeur from this royal residence.
After walking quite far, we finally made it to Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid). Small and quite close to shore, she does not seem like much. To me, it was quite special – she seemed sad, like in Hans Christian Andersen’s original story, when she is rejected by the prince and then throws herself into the sea, dissolving into foam. Morbid, perhaps, but poignant and beautiful nonetheless.
We only had a tiny taste of Denmark, but it was enough to have me wanting to go back in summer, as soon as possible. I hope to have at least 10 days exploring the country for one of our wedding anniversaries! If I had my way, I’d do a long trip of all the Nordic countries, experiencing them in every season. A girl can dream, right? 🙂