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Nina and Graham married

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Nina and Graham got married in Stevns Klint, Denmark, near a cliff made of 60 million year old chalk cliff that might soon enter in the UN World Heritage list (!). (More about Stevns Klint and the Klintgården B&B here.)  Nina is Danish, and Graham is English. The whole event was a great mix of both.

When I went to the church to have a look a week before the wedding, I spoke with the woman in charge and she said that this would be a special ceremony because there would be two ministers. Interesting I thought. They were bringing someone from England. A week later, at the ceremony, I looked around and wondered “Where is Graham’s father?” Then I saw him–he was the minister!

After the ceremony, the guests walked along the cliff to Nina’s parents’ farmhouse (we’re talking really big, thatched roof, whitewashed, traditional Danish farmhouse that Nina’s parents have turned part of into a bed and breakfast) for the rest of the celebration. Walking through an arbor of Danish flags, the two were showered with rice, and everyone had Pimm’s and cake in the garden. The Pimm’s cocktail was made in the traditional way with purple borage flowers, which came right from their garden. The garden covered several acres with a lush maze of hedges, trees, flowers, berry bushes, and vegetable patches, with nooks, and surprises all through it. Guests had set up tents in the far reaches of the garden, and fire pots followed handmade stone walls.

The dinner alternated food and toasts, with several instances of foot stomping and glass tapping. Foot stomping means the couple has to get under the table and kiss (see under table photo), and glass tapping means they have to stand on their chairs and kiss. If the groom leaves the table, all of the men need to line up to kiss the bride, and vice versa if the bride leaves. The guests all took the “Nina and Graham Pub Quiz,” and it included a soccer shootout, a Danish/English beer blind taste test, and some Danish tongue twisters for poor Graham (I feel your pain!).

After dinner, everyone moved to the “pub”–a part of the farmhouse connected to the barn, where the dancing began…and continued to the weeeeee hours of the night. At which point, a few of the guests had a high speed run through the 6′ high rapeseed field outside the barn. Quite impressive considering how tall and strong those plants are! (I know because I was running right after them! Thankfully, they had cleared a path for me ; ))

Dress: Mariah Victori, Frederiksberg Flowers: Marlene Christensen Blomsterdekoratør, Frederiksberg Cake: family friend (Pamela Hope) Food: Anettes Mad, Store Heddinge BBQ: grillcatering.dk (super yummy barbeque!) Beer: Stevns Bryghus Tent: Teltmesteren-Stevns.dk Venue: klintgaard B&B,

Klintgården Bed and Breakfast Photos–Stevns Klint

 

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One of our couples, Nina and Graham, got married in a special place in Denmark called Stevns Klint. Nina’s parents run a B&B in a spectacular farmhouse on an even more spectacular cliff. The cliff is a UNESCO World Heritage Site candidate. What a place to have a wedding.

My family and I were invited to stay for a weekend prior to the wedding by Nina’s parents, Maggie and Erik. They are such warm and friendly people. We felt so at home, and comfortable there.

We spent a relaxing weekend exploring the Klint (cliff), which is made of chalk from the Cretaceous period. there is a hiking trail all along it that is punctuated by interesting things–a lighthouse, little benches looking out to the Baltic sea, and part of a church on the very edge (part of the church fell into the ocean in 1928). We also visited the little harbor, Rodvig, nearby. We checked out the shipyard where they built fishing boats, admired the sailboats, and watched 1000s of fish being vacuumed out of a fishing boat. Pretty cool. Then, at our 6 year old daughter’s request (begging, actually) we reluctantly all dunked our feet into fishtanks full of little fish that proceeded to swarm our feet and nibble away in a most alarming manner. I wanted to chew on my wrist. Instead I did my best to keep my mouth closed and my feet in the tank (!).

Near the old church on the Klint, there is a small house next to a lake. The house is now a shop stuffed full of items knitted by the fisherman’s wives of the area. Beautiful work.

We spent time in Maggie and Erik’s spectacular garden too. It had flowers of every kind, gooseberries, and a huge potato patch. And you could get lost in a maze of hedges taking you here and there.

I am trying to convince Maggie and Erik that they should do weddings regularly, but I think after the spectacular wedding they just hosted, they might not quite be ready for that. In the meantime, I would highly recommend it for a weekend trip!