DWH: How long have you been together, and how did you meet?

A &P: We have been together for about 18 years. We met in a dance club. By the time we were both still in university and not really looking for a serious relationship.

A: I wanted to catch Pia’s attention and started to dance awkwardly around her.

P: I thought, she was a crazy person but also she caught my interest. I just could not believe how somebody so pretty could behave so uncool, her silly dancing she stood out. Fortunately, I gave it a go and we started dating.

DWH: Tell us about the proposal.

A & P: Actually, there was no proposal. We decided while sitting at the kitchen table that after all these years it was time to take our relationship to the next level. We planned the entire wedding in 8 weeks.

DWH: You wanted to elope, but that didn’t go quite to plan, did it?

A & P: We actually wanted to do the elopement thing, just the two of us, a secret until we got back. But, during a dinner with friends, while being a little tipsy, we just spilled out that we are going to Copenhagen for our wedding. All of a sudden two friends decided spontaneously to join us. They booked flight that night!

DWH: Talk to us about your experience finding the perfect outfits.

A: The only thing I knew from the beginning was, that I didn’t want a gown. I had never dreamed of a white, romantic wedding. In the beginning, the basic idea was to hold it low key. But then, as we decided to hire Björn as our photographer, and with our two friends accompany us, I felt finally the pressure rising to find the “perfect” outfit.

Being a winter wedding didn’t make it easier to find a suitable outfit.

It took quite a lot of time and a few online purchases to find the proper clothes. Our stylist and friend Roxy was very helpful and added the perfect sparkle with choosing the white leather boots I was wearing and the combination of the red and green silk scarf (which Pia’s cousin had left behind accidentally at our place a few weeks earlier) and the belt-bag.

Finally, my mother made some changes to my blouse. She sewed an elastic ribbon on the back and the wrist of the blouse for a tight fit. After all, I have to admit, with a little help from my friends, my outfit was indeed the perfect “dress” for me.

P: I didn’t want to look like the groom on a wedding cake and a dress wasn’t an option for me either. I met with our friend and stylist, but we ended up just roaming around chatting as we realized, that we had only one hour left to find something. Thankfully, the hour was all we needed. Under pressure, we could focus and found everything for the outfit I wore.

DWH: So, you go to Copenhagen and elope! What’s your favorite memory?

P: My favorite memory is being called into the wedding room and how the civil registrar said a few words. It was just a few minutes. But I knew after this moment this was real and it’s really happening. Having friends around, dressing up, flying to Copenhagen and having a blast was all a lot of fun, but at that moment I was like; ‘woah… this is really happening. It’s getting serious. I’m getting married for real!’

A: Same for me!

DWH: What does marriage mean to you both?

P: To be honest, marriage never really meant anything to me. It was a concept far away from the reality of the life I lived so far. I thought maybe it was because I just didn’t want marriage because I couldn’t have, since legal marriage was not an option until the last few years. When the law changed, surprisingly fast in Germany, so there was no excuse anymore not to marry.

A: I never needed marriage as proof of love. But after a long time being together, I felt that the time was right for this commitment.

Photography Björn Lexius | Ceremony Venue City Hall Copenhagen | Stylist & H&MU Roxane Juhas

Ariane’s Outfit

Blouse iBlues | Jacket Jonny Boden | Skirt Coast | Boots Zara | Scarf Borrowed Silk Scarf | Belt-Bag Mulberry | Earrings Bijou Brigitte

Pia’s Outfit

Jacket Boglioli Milano |Trouser BRAX | ShirtDoppi AA | ShoesConverse | Socks Falke