My Wedding: Josefine Ørskov
I met Josefine during my ultra short internship with Aftenshowet, in the very last month of my Talent Team programme. It was love at first sight. As you may sense from the photos, she has the best energy, the biggest laugh and the warmest personality.
12 October 2013 was when the two beautiful people tied the knot, and I had the pleasure of being quite close to Josefine when she was looking at dresses and going over details with her, and this intimacy continued. And as a couple, the two of them are some of our biggest favourites.
So, there you go – take it away, Josefine; give us some love to start off the week!
Age: 32 years
Occupation: Editor at Aftenshowet on DR1
Your and your husband’s first names: Josefine and Søren
For how long have you guys been together?
When did you get engaged?
Søren proposed in a completely old school way – down on one knee with a giant diamond (he was working as a lawyer with Plesner at the time) by the Seine in Paris. I almost had to suppress a laugh – such a film cliché. But I obviously didn’t hesitate – Søren and I are meant to be together for ever. I have known that ever since our first (real) kiss in August 2007. We got engaged in September 2012.
When did you get married?
Where and at what time was the wedding?
Wedding budget? And number of guests?
It probably came to DKK 200,000. It was before kids – and we decided to spend our entire savings. Because we could😊. 150 people attended the ceremony and reception. After that, we were 77 people at the party.
What was your very first step towards wedding planning?
The first thing we did was booking the church – my family church, Holmens Kirke, where my siblings were christened and confirmed and where I was confirmed. Later, our two daughters were christened there as well. To me in particular, Holmens Kirke was an important location.
Where did you go for inspiration?
Searching on Pinterest for ‘Fall weddings.’ I hadn’t attended a single wedding when I was planning ours. We were the first in our group of friends to get married so I had to go elsewhere than where I usually go for inspiration (my friends). So, all of my experience was sourced from various more or less gaudy American wedding-game-shows (which is why I ended up having four bridesmaids – just because that’s what they do in America). It’s true to say that our wedding was ‘more is more’ in a very flashy but also genuine and totally young way. 95% of the guests were under 30 (we were 27 and 30 ourselves), and everyone was prepared to party till they dropped. We wanted a wild and wet and mad youth party. I think we even referred to it as ‘weddingMESSYparty.’
Sum up the ambiance/your style for the day in three words:
Rustic, autumn shades, solemn and romantic – and crazy drinking and fornication. More is more. A very young wedding in very solemn settings – only the best of the best.
What were the crucial points for you?
Most importantly, we wanted for people to be able to go all in without worrying about the next day, which is why we wanted to find a venue in the countryside where people could stay over – and where no one would suddenly book a taxi at 3am.
Which party venue did you go for?
How equal was the division of tasks between you?
What didn’t go as planned?
I had been dreaming of glorious autumn sunshine – and it ended up being a pretty messy affair weather-wise, but luckily our venue was very well-suited for just that. One of the reasons why we didn’t go with a summer wedding was that I couldn’t be bothered worrying about the whimsical Danish summer weather for an entire year leading up to the wedding – so we had to go all in on something else. And autumn weddings are wonderful regardless of whether it’s sunny, cloudy, rainy or windy. I actually think that people ought to reconsider those summer weddings – mostly because it’s a shame to neglect the beauty of the other seasons😊.Well, and then our music system broke down at 5am – which meant that the after party took refuge in one of the guest rooms of the castle, where someone took a seat in one of the old dilapidated windows, which fell out. The guest stayed put – only the window (and frame) went. It caused a small bill – but today it’s just a fun story and almost not worth mentioning as something that went wrong.
The day itself:
Where did you sleep the night before and with whom?
I stayed at a hotel with my three bridesmaids; my two best friends and my sister. I slept pretty poorly, which I guess you’re supposed to, and was mostly just lying there contemplating whether the giant spot that was growing on my chin was planning to disappear before the light of day. It didn’t, by the way. But my makeup was done by a world class stylist from the TV industry, who went berserk with the airbrush so the spot was invisible for 24 hours.
What was the weather like? And did it make a difference?
To which tune did you walk down the aisle?
What did you do immediately after the ceremony?
Your best moment?
Walking down the aisle on my dad’s arm, with my sister and best friends right behind us, and my amazing family and friends on all sides and my husband-to-be on the horizon. That was without a doubt the wildest feeling. And then my dad’s speech. Daddy’s girl. And my own, hehe.
Which other moments do you remember the clearest from the day?
What was the best piece of advice in the process?
What would you do differently?
More wedding cake (we ran out) and more photos and video (we should have booked a separate videographer – I’d have loved to watch those videos today).
Wise words of the bride?
What did you wear?
I designed my dress myself and bought the material. It was made by a newly graduated tailor. Cost DKK 14,000. Sewn in two layers – a dance-friendly under-layer and pearl-embroidered laces on top. High neck, long sleeves, slim, with a long train. The most beautiful dress in the world, if you ask me. 8 cm golden glitter heels from Gianvito Rossi in the church. A closed Prada pump in nude for the dinner. And then my wedding band and my engagement ring. Knickers from Agent Provocateur and nothing else😉
What did he wear?
In the church, he wore a woollen three-piece suit, white shirt and pale pink tie. With camel-coloured shoes. At night, tailored smoking from Savile Row, smoking shirt from Stenström and patent-leather shoes from Acne Studios.
Done by the world’s best Nina Larsen – and the hairstyle was still strong at 5am the following morning!
Your ‘something new, old, borrowed and blue’?
New shoes, borrowed earrings (from my friend), old knickers (hahaha) with a blue bow in front.
They are identical – made according to my great-grandparents’, very simple, in 18 carat. Made by a goldsmith in Gothersgade, Vagn Drachmann.
Bridal bouquet and boutonnière?
Bjarne Blomst – an old family friend – was in charge of flowers. It was lavish. Right after his head and ours.
DJ/band that you recommend?
We had friends and family make dj-sets of an hour each – so we ended up with a mixed musical expression. It was super fun – and gave more people a share in the party.
World class Sofie Amalie Klougart – the girlfriend of a friend’s little brother, why she gave us an extra special price.
I gave him a silk morning gown and got a small 100-year-old pocketbook with 15 tips to staying together. Søren read it out to me on our honeymoon. We had agreed to not spend any money on those gifts – we’d rather spend it on the party and the journey.
Honeymoon destination and time?