Our Danish Love Story | Engagement Photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia

February 11, 2019 20 Comments

Matt and I are getting married! You’ve probably seen me talk about it on social media because I’m a little excited, and I thought I would share our love story after we took our engagement photos. We did our engagement photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia with Kristen of Petal and Glass Photography and I love how they turned out! 🙂

Engagement Photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia + Our Danish Love Story

Engagement photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia

Matt and I live in Philadelphia now (I’ll explain how we ended up here), so we wanted to do our photos in some iconic Philly places. Kristen suggested by Independence Hall and the historic Second Bank of the United States, which are some beautiful spots in Philly. And thankfully they weren’t as crowded as other spots in Old City!

It was 30 degrees when we took these photos, and Kristen was a trooper. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Philadelphia or New Jersey, I can’t recommend her enough 🙂 You can check out her blog to see more photos from our engagement photoshoot!

Engagement photoshoot by Independence Hall

Engagement photoshoot by Independence Hall

Light blue sapphire engagement ring

Engagement photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia

Light blue sapphire and rose gold engagement ring

Matt did an amazing job picking out my ring! It’s a light blue sapphire with a rose gold band with decorative leaves 🙂

Engagement photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia

Engagement photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia

Our Danish love story

So how Matt and I met is a little unique! We met studying abroad in Copenhagen 🙂 I was 19 years old and befriended a guy in my orientation group who turned out to be in my Nordic Mythology class (and who will be a groomsman in our wedding!). After our class, he introduced me to Matt and invited me to watch a handball match with them later that night.

We watch Denmark beat Croatia in a dive bar surrounded by drunk Danes, so it was pretty romantic 😉 Matt and I did go back to the bar when we visited Copenhagen this past summer and it looked exactly the same! Sadly, when I went back a few months later, it had closed, but at least we were able to have one last drink before it closed.

So we befriended one of the drunk Danes named Martin, and we had a great time chatting and drinking Carlsbergs and Somersbys with him and his friends (to this day, Somersby is my favorite cider, and I was so excited when they started selling them in the US a few months ago!). The day after the handball match, Matt as me out on an official date, without drunk Danes! 

Engagement photos by the Second Bank in Philadelphia

Engagement photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia

Engagement photos by the Second Bank in Philadelphia

Engagement photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia

Two days after the handball match, Matt and I went on our first official date at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, the art museum in Copenhagen. We joked around about some of the statues and admired the architecture, and we were there so long that we got kicked out at closing! Then we walked around Copenhagen holding hands as it snowed, so that date was a little more romantic than the handball match 🙂

Engagement photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia

Light blue sapphire ring with rose gold

Engagement photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia

Engagement photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia

Light blue sapphire ring with rose gold band

So after four months of dating in Copenhagen, we had to return to the US, Matt went home to New Jersey and I went home to North Carolina. Being broke college students, we weren’t able to visit each other very often, and we did long distance for two and a half years. Matt is a year older than me, so he started med school in Philadelphia while I had one more year of college in North Carolina. After I graduated, I found a job in Philadelphia and moved to be close to him!

I’ve been in Philadelphia for three and a half years and now I run my own SEO consulting business and go to grad school, and Matt graduated from med school and is doing his first year of residency. And in that time, I adopted my Siberian Husky, Annika, and my move to Philadelphia is the whole reason why I started this blog!

Engagement photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia

Philadelphia engagement photoshoot

Engagement photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia

Engagement photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia

The proposal

So this past summer, I went back to Denmark to study abroad again to take a class on Viking history. I was gone for a month, and when I returned to Philly, Matt and I were going to go out to dinner to celebrate at Noord, our favorite Scandinavian restaurant in Philly.

Before we left for dinner, he gave me a photo album that he had put together while I was gone. It was filled with letters I had sent him while we were doing long distance in college and photos from our travels and throughout our relationship, and on the last page, he wrote asking me to marry him and he got down on one knee 🙂

Light blue sapphire ring with rose gold band

Winter engagement photoshoot

So six years after we hung out in a dive bar in Denmark, we’re getting married!! We’re getting married in Center City Philadelphia in the summer, and I’m narrowing down where we’re going on our honeymoon! Stay tuned for that next adventure, and definitely work with Kristen for your own engagement photoshoot in Old City Philadelphia 🙂

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20 Comments

  1. Reply

    Heidi Roland

    February 20, 2019

    Love your love story and love your photos!

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      Julia

      February 20, 2019

      Thank you! 🙂

  2. Reply

    Josy A

    February 16, 2019

    Squeeeee!!

    Congratulations! I LOVE how smiley and happy you look in all of these photos! You are right, they did a fantastic job. <3

    I love a good love story! We were similar with a long distance nightmare for a while…life is so much better when you live close to the people you love! I hope you guys settle in well to Philly! I think you are going to be super happy there!

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      Julia

      February 17, 2019

      Thank you so much! 🙂 I know, long distance isn’t easy! I hope you don’t have to do it again!

  3. Reply

    Emily

    February 16, 2019

    Beautiful photos! I love the idea of doing an engagement shoot—I might see if I can talk my partner into doing one somewhere on our travels. Congratulations on your engagement! Have fun planning your honeymoon!

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      Julia

      February 17, 2019

      Thank you! 🙂 That would be a great idea! I’m going to try to see if someone can take photos of us on our honeymoon!

  4. Reply

    Sabrina

    February 16, 2019

    Such a sweet love story. Good luck with all the wedding and planning and have fun picking your honeymoon destination!

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 16, 2019

      Thank you! 🙂

  5. Reply

    Suzy

    February 16, 2019

    Congratulations!! Such wonderful photos with a stunning city for backdrop. Wishing you both every health and happiness in your future together xx

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 16, 2019

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  6. Reply

    Cyndi

    February 11, 2019

    Photos are very nice and congratulations to you, Matt and Annika.

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      Julia

      February 16, 2019

      Thank you! 🙂

  7. Reply

    Patricia McKenzie

    February 11, 2019

    I LOVE your pictures!!! Beautiful!!

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 16, 2019

      Thank you! 🙂

  8. Reply

    Carole Thomas

    February 11, 2019

    Congratulations to you and Matt, Julia, and beat wishes to the both of you. You will always be dear to us in Lumberton, NC.

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      Julia

      February 11, 2019

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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    Mary McGinley

    February 11, 2019

    Ahhh the photos came out beautifully!! You don’t even look too cold! 😉

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 11, 2019

      Thanks! I know, you can’t even tell that we were shivering!

  10. Reply

    Amy M Dent

    February 11, 2019

    I love this blog! What a happy story two have. <3 Cannot wait to see you coming down the aisle. Matt is truly romantic.

    • Reply

      Julia

      February 11, 2019

      Thanks! 🙂

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