Our Story
Our Story

Cupid hit his mark when we met in 2014, and had our first date at Skates in Berkeley.

After Nuffus and Pelle approved, we moved in together in Dublin, California in a little one-bedroom love-nest. We soon bought our home in Livermore, where we live with the fur-babies today.

Courtney accepted Morten's surprise proposal during the 50th birthday party she held for him at Retzlaff's.

Now we look forward to celebrating our nuptials with you, at a fairy-tale castle in Denmark!

The Wedding

Saturday, August 11, 2018
4:00 PM
Attire: Black Tie Optional
Ceremony and Reception
Broholm Castle
Broholmsvej 32, 5884 Gudme, Denmark

Program for Saturday, August 11, 2018

4:00 PM Welcome Reception
Cocktails and Canapes on the patio

5:30 PM Wedding Ceremony

6:00 PM Champagne Reception

7:00 PM Dinner

10:30 PM Cake Cutting

11:00 PM Dancing

1:30 AM Midnight Snack



Other Events

Rehearsal Dinner
Friday, August 10, 2018
7:00 PM
Broholm - The Restaurant

Rehearsal dinner - three courses of local specialties, with selected wines

By invitation only, please

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We have planned fun events for the wedding weekend at lovely Broholm Castle. We hope you will join us!

RSVP after taking a look at the program options below!

Hair & Make-Up Party
Saturday, August 11, 2018
11:00 AM
Broholm - The Chinese Salon

Members of the wedding party are invited to have their hair and make-up done before the ceremony and reception.

A light lunch and refreshments will be served

By invitation only, please

Post-Rehearsal Cocktail Hour
Friday, August 10, 2018
9:00 PM
Broholm - Piano Salon

Please join us for cocktails at Broholm Castle on Friday evening

No RSVP required

Breakfast - Saturday
Saturday, August 11, 2018
9:00 AM
Broholm - The Restaurant

Broholm's delicious continental breakfast with local specialties will be served in the restaurant until 11:00 AM for those staying at Broholm

Fairy Tale Trail Run/Walk
Saturday, August 11, 2018
8:00 AM
Broholm - The Courtyard

Eden and India will host a run / walk on the 1.5 mile Fairy Tale Trail, featuring the Forest of Tranquility and the Park of Love

No RSVP required

Wedding Rehearsal
Friday, August 10, 2018
5:30 PM
Broholm - Parken
6987 Upper York Rd, New Hope, PA 18938, United States

Selected members of the wedding party are requested to join us at the site of the ceremony for a final run-through

By invitation only, please

Breakfast
Sunday, August 12, 2018
10:00 AM
Broholm - The Restaurant

Broholm's delicious complete morning buffet breakfast with local specialties will be served in the restaurant until noon for those staying at Broholm

Croquet
Saturday, August 11, 2018
12:00 PM
Broholm - Lawn by Moat

Kevin and Nikolaj will host a croquet game on the castle front lawn by the moat.

A light lunch and refreshments will be served

Max 20 guests

Svendborg Shuttle
Saturday, August 11, 2018
11:30 AM
Hotel Svendborg
Centrumpladsen, Svendborg, Denmark

If you are staying at Hotel Svendborg, we will provide a shuttle to Broholm at 11:30 AM, arriving at noon,
with a return to Svendborg at either 2:00 AM or 3:30 AM.

Groom's Party
Saturday, August 11, 2018
2:00 PM
Broholm - The Library

Come help Morten get ready in the Library!

No RSVP required

Broholm Guided Tour
Broholm - The Reception

Join a guided tour of historic Broholm Castle, at either Friday at 4:00 PM, Saturday at 10:00 AM or Sunday at noon.

A glass of wine will be served following the Friday and Saturday tours

Max 15 guests per tour

Wine Tasting
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Broholm - The Wine Cellar

Broholm's in-house vintner, Kenneth Birler, will provide a guided tasting of some special wines in Broholm's cozy wine-cellar.

A light lunch is included

Please choose either Saturday at 11:00 AM or 1:00 PM.

Max 20 guests per tasting

Wedding Party

Kevin Soerensen - Best Man

Morten's oldest son, Kevin, will be the Best Man together with his younger brother.

Kevin lives in Orinda with his wife, Christine, and works in sales at a division of Cisco.

Nikolaj Kotz - Best Man

Morten's youngest son, Nikolaj, will be the Best Man together with his older brother.

Nikolaj lives in Moraga but is frequently in Davis with his girlfriend, Sarah. Nikolaj has just started his career at Anaplan, a software company in San Francisco.

Peter Schakow - Officiant

Peter Schakow is a long-time friend who has graciously agreed to serve as our officiant. Peter and Charna, his wife, live in Albany, California. Peter is the former President of the Danish-American Chamber of Commerce, and has retired after a long career in high tech.

Mila Wessell - Flower Girl

Mila, Morten's god-daughter, will be almost 7, and lives in Martinez, California, with her parents, Jannie and Kevin Wessell.

Eden Slater - Maid of Honor

Courtney's oldest daughter, Eden, will be Maid of Honor together with her younger sister.

Eden and her boyfriend, Scott, live in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she is a coordinator for senior services.

India Slater - Maid of Honor

Courtney's youngest daughter, India, will be Maid of Honor together with her older sister.

India is finishing college in West Virginia.

Henrik Jeberg - Master of Ceremonies

Henrik Jeberg has graciously agreed to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the dinner. Henrik lives in Sonoma with his wife Michala, and his two children, Karen and Christopher.

In addition to being a dear friend, Henrik is the owner of Odin Wines, is a successful business consultant, and the president of the Danish-American Chamber of Commerce in Northern California.

If you wish to offer a toast or the like, please contact Henrik at least one month before the wedding.

Liliana Powell - Flower Girl

Lili, our niece, will be almost 2 years old, and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her parents, Pam and Justin Powell.

Broholm
History

Broholm is stately castle, built in 1641 to replace a medieval castle previously erected on the same location. It is one of the oldest manor houses in Denmark. The current owner, Anders Sehested, is the the 13th descendant of Niels Sehested who married the owner's daughter in 1730.

Broholm's 1500 acres contains significant forestry and agriculture.


Currently

Broholm's kitchen is frequently mentioned as a foodie destination, which we certainly enjoyed when we stayed there last year.

Broholm has 19 rooms, and hosts destination weddings, as well as corporate events throughout the year.

Broholm has a significant horse riding and breeding club, and hosts the annual Danish championship in dressage.

In addition, Broholm's 1500 acres contains significant forestry and agriculture.


Guest Activities

There is plenty to see and do Broholm, if you wish:

The Stone Age Collection was created by the lord of the manor in the late 19th century, and consists almost exclusively of artifacts found near Broholm.

The Fairy Tale Trail is a 1.5 mile trail around scenic Broholm castle.

Fishing, horse-back riding and other activities are also on offer - please take a look here for more information.