Mie + Brandon by Monique Maarschalk

Not only has time shown we can make it through the highs and the lows, but life seems to get better the more we grow.

Mie —— I’m from Denmark but moved to California with my family, where Brandon is from. Brandon and I met as teenagers in 2007. We built a friendship and got to know each other through high school before realising that we had deeper feelings. Not only has time shown we can make it through the highs and the lows, but life seems to get better the more we grow.

Brandon —— We’d organised a trip to South Africa where I planned to propose. We were in Kruger National Park on a story book safari and I couldn’t have thought of a better place to ask Mie to be my wife. I was extremely nervous, despite being confident of her response. We set out on our game drive and were able to track lions quickly which took my mind off the nerves. When we finally arrived at the designated spot under an ancient African oak tree, I gathered up the courage to ask and she said yes!

Mie —— When we first started planning our wedding we were thinking of doing a destination wedding because my family is in Denmark and Brandon’s family is in California. After a lot of consideration we decided that we’d get married in Santa Ynez, California in March at my parents’ home and host an intimate reception in Copenhagen a month later. It meant the world to us to bring together both our families and to have Brandon’s family and our close friends travel to Europe to see where I grew up. We knew we wanted to embrace the cosiness of the venue and lean into the intimate setting and guest count.

It was spring so I was inspired by the blooming trees and floral wallpaper at the venue and wanted to incorporate some colour. Because it was just immediate family and friends, we had two long tables set with candles, dainty florals in spring hues and hand-lettered stationary.

Brandon —— We absolutely loved our five-course meal at Orangeriet. Because there are so many great traditions in Danish culture, from songs to speeches between the courses, it made for a fun evening enjoying each course with many special moments in-between.

We feel so lucky that due to the intimate nature of our wedding, it allowed us to relax and let the day unfold.

Mie —— I wore the ‘princess’ dress of my dreams. I truly didn’t imagine myself in a flowy gown, but when I tried the dress on I knew it was perfect. I felt so comfortable and myself in the dress and loved the feeling of it flowing around as we made our way through the day.

Brandon —— I wanted to wear something different from the traditional tux I wore for the Santa Ynez ceremony and because it was springtime in Copenhagen, thought a sage green suit would be perfect. It was a double breasted linen suit which I wore with tan leather shoes. I decided against a tie to keep it casual.

LOCATION & CATERING Orangeriet, @restaurantorangeriet PHOTOGRAPHER Monique Maarschalk Photography, @moniquemaarschalkphoto PLANNER Hygge Creative Co., @hygge.creativeco FLORA Floraltique, @floraltique STATIONERY Paper Cliche, @itspapercliche BAR SERVICE Sidecar Cocktails, @sidecar_noerrebro BRIDE’S GOWN BHLDN, @anthropologieweddings BRIDE’S VEIL Ofrenda Studio, @ofrendastudio GROOM’S SUIT Indochino, @indochinoweddings WEDDING BANDS Jane Pope, @janepopejewelry BRIDE’S SHOES Alias Mae, @aliasmaeusa BRIDE’S PURSE Cult Gaia, @cultgaia