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A great thanks to Maj-Britt for her tenacious assistance in getting the right contacts and documents. Whenever it all looked rather hopeless and dead-end, she always found a way through.
Also appreciation goes to my lawyer, Lone Brandenborg, for making it all come to a successful end and also for obtaining appointments against all odds. She was well assisted by her kind, efficient and capable colleagues, Alexandra Castenschiold Paaske and Eva Risum. Alexandra found the perfect, smooth way through the bureaucratic jungle, which otherwise appeared completely impenetrable
The happy couple in the wedding ante-room at Copenhagen City Hall, Denmark, just before the wedding.
But first let's take a look at the location for this happy event.
This is Copenhagen City Hall located in the western section of downtown Copenhagen, Denmark.
In front is the City Hall Square and to the right -outside of the photo- lies the popular Tivoli Garden.
Copenhagen's current City Hall was constructed during 1892-1905. The official inauguration took place on 12 September 1905.
In the front center is a balcony and above it is a prominent guilded statue of Copenhagen's official founder, Bishop Absalon.
The elegant main tower of City Hall houses the official time bell clock of Denmark.
The national radio station broadcasts the sound of the bells at 12 noon each day and the Danes toasts each other exactly when these bells ring in each New Year at midnight 31 December.
Enough history of the location. Here are the groom and his siblings. Left to right, Maj-Britt, Irving and Birger.
The bride with her bridal bouquet.
Passing time in the ante-room, awaiting our turn at around noon.
The appointed official addresses the couple with the all critical question.
Left to right: Benny, Birger, the justice of peace, Mia (almost hidden behind the justice of peace), Maria, the orderly, the groom and bride.
The kiss seals the marriage
The bride signs the official marriage records
The groom signs the official marriage records
First witness signs the records
Second witness signs the records
Finally, the official verifies the signatories in the official marriage records
Josefine honored us with her presence together with Maria, her mother and the groom's niece.
The newly wed and the two witnesses
Left to right: Birger, Mary, Irving and Maj-Britt
The wedding bouquet was made by the Bering Flowers shop, official supplier to the Royal Court.
Another photo of Josefine and Maria
The newly wed outside City Hall
The pigeons are enjoying the good food thrown at the newly wed couple for good luck
Birgit outside City Hall
On our way across City Hall Square to the celebration luncheon
Benny, the paparazzi
The celebration luncheon took place here at Restaurant Det Grønne Træ, on Gammeltorv, downtown Copenhagen.
Here we all are seated at the lunch table
Left to right: Benny, Mary, Irving, Merete, Birgit, Maria, Maj-Britt, Birger (leaning back) and Mia.
Josefine and Mary getting ready for the feast.
Enjoying the beautifully creative congratulation card made by Birger, yet another paparazzi.
A great wedding gift from the wider Danish family: A wall clock from Georg Jensen.
Smoked eel -a Danish delicatessen.
Warm liver paste with champignons, pickled cucumber and beet.
"lion's meal" - raw, minced beef with egg yoke, horse radish, beet, raw onion rings and capers.
Poultry salad with bacon, asparagus and watercress.
Fish filet with tomato, dill, scrambled egg, asparagus, lettuce and lemon.
Fish filet with shrimp, dill, asparagus, lettuce and lemon.
Party is over. The happy newly weds are enjoying tea and coffee.
The bride's wedding bouquet.