One would have to look hard to find a more romantic location for a Danish seaside wedding than the Helenekilde Badehotel. Located in the charming town of Tisvildeleje, the hotel is perched on a cliff overlooking the North Sea. It was the location chosen by Norwegians Monica and Helge for their destination wedding in June.
The Helenekilde Badehotel is full of charming cottage style from the striped sofa to the seagrass growing in pots on the deck, the hotel looks like something out of a movie and you feel right at home the minute you step through the door.
Monica and Helge rented the hotel out to friends and family who traveled from Norway and beyond to see the couple wed. What could be more fun than a hotel full of the people who mean the most to you when celebrating special day?
Monica wanted the every aspect of the day photographed so I happily arrived early to capture the fun and the details of getting ready, down to breakfast and fingernail painting and the fixing of bowties.
We did some portraits before the ceremony just as a soft rain began to fall. It made everything misty, but luckily not sopping wet. The ceremony took place on the terrace overlooking the sea, with photos and lots of drinks following. Next came dinner and as tradition goes, many, many speeches.
I am an American who has learned Danish, but honestly I really can’t understand Norwegian. Norwegians almost sing when they speak, and it sounds completely different from Danish, even though most of the written words are the same. If the speeches came with subtitles, then I could have followed along. Even though I could only understand a few words here and there, the warmth and love between the couple and their family shone through. When I say there was not a dry eye in the house, I really mean it. Every single person had a packet of Kleenex, and they used every last one. There was laughing and crying and toasting. I know it sounds completely corny when I say it but love is a universal language. It was really a pleasure to be a part of.