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Dining in Copenhagen from Eat Boutique & White Loft Studio

Having legitimately sustained myself on chicken fingers and buttered noodles until the age of twelve, nobody in their right mind would have ever guessed I’d grow a serious appreciation for food. Quail’s eggs, bone marrow, whipped mint mousse… these days I’d gladly savour it all. Dining at the world famous Noma has long been high atop my bucket list, but until I make my way to Denmark, I’ll have to live vicariously through Maggie & HeidiPS – there’s so much more culinary art in the overflowing gallery. And if you missed their trip to Paris, it’s 100% bliss.

From Maggie Battista of Eat Boutique… Sometimes, you just have to leave Paris. Because really, the gorgeousness of all those ancient bridges across the Seine, the grey towering buildings and l’heure bleue (the period of twilight just before sunrise or sunset when the sky shows off amazing light) will drive you a bit batty. You’ll become a little Parisian, thinking there’s no place else on the planet as beautiful as the city of light and everyone else must be stupid to not take up residence here. While many Parisians believe that to be true, leaving Paris keeps you wild and marveled to its delights.

So, on one month-long visit to the city, I squeezed in an escape. During some punch drunk, unbelievably early morning calls to Denmark, I managed to secure a lunch reservation at the best restaurant in the world. Noma, in Copenhagen, had been on my must eat list for years and each time it won its annually “best restaurant” designation, I whined a little while adding up the fees for a visit.

But when it’s time, it’s time. And with Heidi of White Loft Studio as my culinary travel partner, I spent 36 hours in Scandinavia, five of them at Noma.

Chef Rene Redzepi’s charge is simple: cook with what you have right now; use what the earth and the weather are offering at that very moment. It was March, a time when two seasons were clashing, and the very first bulb flowers were practically exploding from green plots around the city.

Noma’s menu featured some of my very favorite flavors like verbena, dill, juniper, pine, currants, radishes, and fish fresh from the sea that pounds on Noma’s dock. My most loved dishes delivered a varying palette of surprising tastes. For example, a dish that included dried scallops and beechnuts was oddly fresh and salty. The squid with unripe sloe berry, white currant and Douglas fir woke me up as if I’d eaten nothing tasty all winter long. And the plate of pickled vegetable slivers – Nordic-centric vegetables like beets and carrots alongside just picked flowers and herbs – and bone marrow coins was the perfect balance of the transition from winter to spring. I found it clever, filling and most certainly the best use of pickled-anything ever.

With each bite, Paris vanished into grayness, seeming thousands of miles away, and Noma’s dining room became the most beautiful place on the planet, metaphorically, and quite literally.

A mix of old and new, the restaurant’s thick brick walls surround modern Danish furniture. The dishes are handmade by a local potter, simple and elegant, especially when played against the whitewashed beams that run across the building’s ceilings. The flowers were rustic, like a mash-up of twigs and early herbs found nearby, but each stick felt precisely placed and welcoming. It may come as no surprise, but the cocktail cart made me smile as I imagined all the bits we’d taste throughout the meal.

After a stream of courses, little desserts appeared, including half-sweet half-savory chocolate bites that were wrapped and concealed in vintage tins sourced from local antique shops. And the soft, rich caramel, made with animal fat in lieu of butter, was served in a hollowed-out bone, wrapped in butcher’s craft paper and tangled red butcher twine. It may not be how I would have made caramel, but the message was clear: the “best” ingredients no longer need to be sourced from far away. Food should have a sense of time and place. Genius is in using whatever you have on hand, no matter the season.

Just a day later, I returned to Paris and ordered a late night meal at my local café. A little French red wine with some fresh local cheese and just-baked baguette, my dinner was before me in mere moments. Whether Copenhagen or Paris, Europe has this way of focusing on the present, making supremely amazing meals from whatever is on hand a la minute. I was reminded to appreciate both meals as a way we should eat. I ordered another glass of red and started planning my next meal; I’ve got many more miles to go before I eat.

Where We Stayed: First Hotel TwentySeven
It was definitely trendy, awarded such by TripAdvisor users in 2012. But it was also clean, simple and modern. The bar was a nice spot to rest our weary feet at the end of the day. However, beware of the cost, a single cocktail equaled $25 USD – and we didn’t have more than one.

How We Got There: Air France
We flew from Paris, France to Copenhagen, Denmark in under two hours. The ticket was less than $50 USD; the fees through Expedia were more than the cost of the flight! I wonder if the fees would have been less if I had purchased at the last minute, from within France.

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Maggie Battista started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Discovering the best small batch foods by boutique food makers, Eat Boutique has been featured in The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Gilt Taste, Daily Candy and now Style Me Pretty. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in monthly tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she gathers cookbook authors, food and drink makers, and food fans.

Heidi Murphy of White Loft Studio, wedding + lifestyle photographer, and aspiring foodie. Though her heart belongs to Martha’s Vineyard, she lives north of Boston with her husband and their three dogs in a charming seaside town. She has an affinity for simple flavors + simple pleasures, farmer’s markets, organic everything, s’mores, corn from the grill, and all served up with a glass of champagne. Heidi’s work, on film, has been featured stateside and abroad; and her musings + imagery can be found on her blog – White Loft Style.

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Denmark Wedding by Bryllupsglimt

Happy Wedding Wednesday, SMPers!  Are you are ready for a day filled to the brim with gorgeous?!? We sure hope so, because we have quite the lineup in store for you today – from charming barn affairs to classic fêtes to dreamy whimsical soirees, there’s a little something for everyone.  So, prepare yourselves for an ENTIRE day of fabulous – and don’t forget to check out those galleries where even more lovely awaits!

An uber-stunning Denmark affair by Bryllupsglimt is kicking off our pretty parade… and, oh, what an amazing way to start the day.  Set against a breathtaking castle backdrop and featuring a bundle of dazzling details and one seriously dashing bride and groom, this, my friends, is what we call a fairytale dream.come.true.  All planned by the fashionista bride with special tributes to cities these two sweethearts hold near and dear, trust us, you’re in for a sweet, sweet time in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… Since I work in the fashion industry, as a manager of a PR Agency and a fashion blogger on Style Intuition, we knew we wanted our wedding to be very timeless chic and understated so we wouldn’t look back many years from now and wonder what we were thinking back then. We choose to draw inspiration from the three cities that have had a great influence on our lives: Miami, where my now-husband invited me to when we were only friends four years ago and we started dating; New York, our favorite city in the world where we lived for two years; and finally Paris, which is a favorite vacation spot of ours for its romance and beauty.

Miami was incorporated in the color scheme as the shade of pastel mint green you see on the art deco buildings along Ocean Drive. It inspired the wedding cake, as well as the outdoor reception,and the wedding pictures taken on the beach. The light flowy wedding dress was also inspired by outdoor weddings on South Beach. From New York, we drew inspiration from the many weddings with an elegant, classic atmosphere featured on blogs like Style Me Pretty, and therefore we chose Sophienberg Castle as our venue, which could provide us with the right elegant feel for our ceremony and dinner. The cake table with the cupcakes was yet another New York element, while the homemade invitations also were inspired by classic New York printers. When you see pictures from Paris they’re often in black and white, so we choose black and white as the primary colors with the mint green being the only accent color. We always have Ladurée macarons when we visit Paris and my mom was so great and made more than 100 French macaroons in mint green for the cake table. The flowers were also inspired by the bouquets of flowers find along the Seine in Paris with peonies, roses and baby’s breath (which is actually called “brides veil” in Danish). All of the inspiration was mixed with the modern simplicity Scandinavian style is best known for. As a bonus, all the chocolate favors were wrapped in paper with pictures from these three cities and Sophienberg Castle, as a little trip down memory lane.

It was amazing walking down the aisle and looking into the eyes of my fiancé knowing we were about to say our I do’s and become husband and wife! We had my father in-law give a speech before the ceremony and sing a modern psalm before we did the traditional ceremony. After the ceremony our guests congratulated us with bubbles, and we invited everyone to the reception, where we had champagne and the cake table with our three-tier wedding cake, cupcakes and macaroons and even homemade lemonade with our own labels on the bottles. We left for our wedding pictures after the cake cutting while our guests enjoyed the outdoor reception with cake, champagne, lounge music and some played a few rounds of croquet. The talented fashion photographer Flemming Leitorp who normally does fashion photography took our wedding pictures while my best friend and one of Denmark’s top hair & makeup artists Monika Grensteen made sure not a hair was out of place in the pictures. After the dinner and various speeches and entertainment, it was time for the Danish traditional Bridal Waltz, which must be danced before midnight. We just made it with ten minutes to spare. It was an amazing moment flowing across the dance floor as newlyweds while all your beloved ones gather around you and move closer until you cannot dance anymore and have to kiss each other. Then the DJ started playing and everyone danced the night away as a happy ending to the best day in our lives.

Wedding Photography: Flemming Leitorp of Bryllupsglimt / Wedding Venue: Sophienberg Castle in Rungsted, Denmark / Florist: Orangeriet / Wedding Dress: Pronovias “Mali”  / Bride’s Veil: Pronovias / Bride’s Shoes: Azzedine Alaïa / Bride’s Earrings: Chanel / Hair + Makeup: Monika Grensteen of Unique Look / Groom’s Suit: J.Lindeberg / Groom’s Tie: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Prada / Mother of the Bride’s Dress: Burberry / Wedding Cake: KageKompagniet / Wedding Invitations: DIY

Copenhagen Wedding by Corbin Gurkin Photography

Giddy doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling I have when I get my hands on a Corbin Gurkin wedding. If you take one look at this this wedding or this wedding or this photo shoot, you’ll understand my obsession COMPLETELY. I am ob-SESSED with every click of her camera, so when this Copenhagen wedding landed in my lap – it was destiny. For if there is one thing I love as much as the stylish nuptials of two people in love, it’s when they do so in a place as fabulous as Copenhagen. And when you top it all off with a way to cute pooch, obsessed doesn’t even cover it. Click here for more!

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From the Bride… Christian and I had been together for 3.5 years when he proposed to me in Venice last June. We both knew that we wanted our wedding to be inspired by Italy, and Venice in particular — the food, the wine, the atmosphere. The first major decision we made was the photography. I had seen Corbin’s work on several blogs before and I knew I wanted her to photograph our wedding no matter what — we felt a strong connection with her work. Finding the right stationery designer was a bit more difficult, I wanted it to be both sophisticated and whimsical, yet not childish. Not an easy task!  Finally I discovered Holly Hatam of Teardrop Weddings and she designed an invitation suite based on our Venetian engagement. The dress was easy — I saw the Lela Rose dress, and it fit perfectly to the theme with its quirky floral embroidery.

I gave our florist a moodboard and a rather loose description. I wanted the flower arrangements to look like an upscale version of having been to the Rialto Market in Venice and picked up some seasonal fruit, veggies and flowers and just placed it all beautifully on a stand. I made little jam favors as escort cards and had custom made hard candies as well for favors. I used Etsy a great deal to find little things that would help make the day complete, like the custom cookies and the cake stand.

From Corbin GurkinI was absolutely delighted to get Marie’s inquiry for her wedding in Copenhagen – she never would have guessed this when stumbling upon my website, but I already had a lifelong connection with Denmark having grown up with a Danish au-pair. I have always been completely enamored with the culture there. I had been to visit Copenhagen, but never for a wedding, and was absolutely thrilled when Marie and Christian brought me over for their fall nuptials. What I found to be so wonderful was that Marie and Christian had spent a lot of time looking at wedding blogs for inspiration and I just loved how they incorporated Italy (where they were engaged) into the decor in a subtle way – wine tones, fruitful arrangements… Marie and Christian were married in the Citadel church – a fantastic area of Copenhagen not far from the famed Little Mermaid statue, and with its windmill and vibrant red palette, this location was a photographers dream! The reception followed at a nearby restaurant that faced the water and the evening was full of the most sincere toasts (lots of them as is the Danish custom!). Their puppy Mimi also made an appearance! The love that day was just so palpable!

Photography: Corbin Gurkin Photography / Florist: Malene Christensen / Wedding Dress: Lela Rose / Shrug: Ivy and Aster / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hairpiece + Veil: Sarah Gabriel / Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren Black Label / Groom’s Shoes: Prada / Reception Venue: M/S Amerika / Cookies: SweetAmbs / Cake Stand: High Tea for Alice / Cake Topper: Lollipop Workshop / Cake: Nikolaos Strangas / Hard Candy Favors: FusionSweets / Bridesmaid Dresses: Acne + Vivienne Westwood Anglomania / Best Man’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Invitations: Teardrop Weddings

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