In my time as a photographer, I’ve been part of many beautiful moments, but Kris and Ilya’s day was something truly close to my heart. This amazing couple from the US, who’ve made a cozy life together in the Netherlands, chose the charming city of Copenhagen for their elopement, and I was honored to capture their journey.

We kicked things off at Superkilen Park in Nørrebro, a spot that’s all about celebrating diversity, making it the perfect backdrop for our pre-wedding shoot. Dressed in their casual best, Kris and Ilya fit right in with the park’s vibrant vibe, and we spent a lovely afternoon snapping away.

The big day started at the Skt Petri hotel, a chic spot in Copenhagen’s heart. Walking into their room, I found them cuddled up in bed, a sight that brought an instant smile to my face. We eased into the day, capturing those quiet, cozy moments of them getting ready.

Then it was off to the grand Copenhagen town hall for the ceremony. With a bit of time to spare, we explored the building’s lesser-known corners, finding inspiration for photos that felt like they were straight out of a Wes Anderson film.

The ceremony itself was brief but incredibly moving. It’s clear that Copenhagen’s officials take immense pride in celebrating LGBTQ+ love. Kris and Ilya did their best to hold back tears, but the love between them was undeniable.

We wrapped up the day wandering around Copenhagen, capturing their newlywed bliss in the city’s picturesque streets. As they headed off to their celebration dinner, I couldn’t help but feel a deep sense of joy and fulfillment for having been part of such an intimate celebration.

The adventure didn’t end there, though – the next stop was Iceland, but that’s a story for another time. This day in Copenhagen with Kris and Ilya will always hold a special place in my heart, a beautiful reminder of the power of love to cross borders and bring people together.

A historic building in Copenhagen with a rainbow flag and a BUSTER Film Festival banner.
Two men relax, basking in the dappled sunlight filtered through the trees above, in Superkilen Park, Copenhagen.
A gay couple walks hand in hand, casting long shadows on the curved white lines of Superkilen Park, a testament to their shared journey in the vibrant heart of Copenhagen.

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