Frederikke and Thomas’s Elegant Danish Garden Wedding – Outdoor Wedding Photography Surrey
When couples enquire for my wedding photography I am always excited. However, when I was contacted by Frederikke it was possible that I was even more giddy than normal. She was planning the most gorgeous wedding in their family church with a garden reception at her parents home. The added bonus was that she was a fellow Scandinavian. Frederikke wanted her wedding to be “a nice mix of Danish and English traditions” which was a wonderful combination. Her booking for me was perfection in a wedding enquiry.
Frederikke got ready in her family home on the morning of her wedding. It was the most glorious sunny day when I met Thomas and their at the church. When Frederikke arrived she was the most beautiful bride, stepping out of the car with her mother and father in her stunning Miss Bush Bridal dress. Frederikke recalled “walking down the aisle was so overwhelming and surreal – and went so quickly! I think my dad and I pretty much raced as we were so excited!”
After getting married in their families church (which was walking distance from family home) their guests enjoyed a beautiful garden reception. Frederikke recounted to me after her big day that her wedding “was the perfect elegant yet relaxed garden wedding – and it was so personal because it was in my childhood home”. There is something magical about weddings being held in places that feel so individual. The family dog Berta even made an appearance during the drinks reception and stole the show with her own flower crown.
The garden looked fabulous with wonderful flowers and greenery. The gorgeous marquee overlooking the party was decorated beautifully with flower arrangements by Rosie Orr. After the drinks reception guests retired for the afternoon to return a couple of hours later for the black tie wedding breakfast.
Although this was a Surrey wedding, you cannot take the Dane out of Denmark! Danish wedding traditions involve LOTS of speeches. They can go on for hours in fact and are not just specific to the father of the bride and the groom. I was lucky enough to catch the first few speeches (all in Danish) before I returned home. The Danes love a party and it was 12pm before the bride and groom shared the Danish traditional Waltz first dance.
So much of Thomas and Frederikke’s wedding was very personal, so to help convey they parts of their wedding that were most special to them I asked them a few questions about their experience.
Is there any advice you would give to other couples?
Savour every minute! It passes so quickly and I just wish I could do it again. Try to let go of all the stress and organising and just be in the moment.
Do you have a moment during the day when you were most surprised?
Several! My brothers speeches, but also my best friends spending the whole day creating the most gorgeous wedding book for me – with snapshots, messages, programs all collected in one place. I really did not expect that.
Is there anything from your day that you are particularly proud of?
I think the general mood was just what I had hoped for – formal, yet relaxed, and plenty of time for people to get to know each other and mingle seamlessly. I was really happy about that. It didn’t feel stiff, or rushed. It was lovely. And also the whole setting was just what I wanted. My parents had worked so hard to get the garden looking beautiful – and it did. And all the flowers, food, marque and band were just spot on. Couldn’t have asked for better.
How would you describe your style choices for your day?
I tried on lots of ‘traditional’ wedding dressing – with the lace etc. But in the end I wanted something more contemporary. So the dress I choose was minimal, yet feminine – with a big bow on the front that made it stand out. And the back out open, which also made it feel more modern. I also LOVED my veil. It was very thin silk tull, with little Swarovski crystals in it, that caught the light – so pretty!
Frederikke and Thomas were lovely enough to say some kind words about my Surrey wedding photography services
Honestly, it was the most natural thing ever having Jesse there. She managed to capture so many gorgeous intimate shots of the day and our guests – without even being noticed! She blended in and followed our photo plan with no trouble at all, and was so easy going and flexible – even when we were a little all over the place!
She stayed for a few extra hours, even when it hadn’t been the plan from the start. Lastly, the photos of my husband and I turned out so well. None of us are very good at being photographed, especially my husband – but it was so relaxed and we hardly noticed we were in a photo shoot. Can highly recommend Jesse to any couples getting married. You’d be in the best hands.
Outdoor Wedding Photography Surrey – Frederikke and Thomas’s Gorgeous Garden Wedding
Catering: Kalm Kitchen Ltd
Dress: Miss Bush – luxury bridal boutique and Jesus Piero
Veil: Miss Bush – luxury bridal boutique
MUA: Suzanne Dezek
Flowers: Flowers by Rosie Orr
Ceremony: Church of St Lawrence, Chobham
Entertainment: Karizma Wedding & Party Band
Cake: Stable Cottage Cakes
Marquee: Inside Out Marquees
Thank you for reading about Frederikke and Thomas’s wedding and looking through their outdoor Surrey wedding photography. If you are planning a Surrey wedding then why not check out Ellen and Tom’s Outdoor Surrey Wedding.