Maria and Niels’ beautiful outdoor wedding at Meadowood in Napa Valley was orchestrated to perfection. Maria, who grew up in Marin just north of San Francisco, and Niels, who is from Denmark, began dating when they both lived in New York City. After a whirlwind engagement, they moved to Copenhagen and planned their Napa Valley wedding from afar. Friends from around the world came together to celebrate with them.
On their wedding day, Maria looked like Danish royalty, and for good reason. While looking for a wedding dress, she collaborated with Danish dressmaker Jesper Hovring, who makes gowns and dresses for Denmark’s royal princess Mary and other celebrities. Maria’s wedding dress was custom-made from scratch by Jesper Hovring.
Their wedding ceremony and reception was a blend of American and Danish traditions — including the Danish wedding traditions of kissing the bride if the groom steps away during the reception and cutting off the tips of the groom’s socks during the first dance.
Guests dined alfresco on Meadowood’s manicured grounds as the sun set and the party went late into the evening.