Because two Danish cosplayers spent so much time dressed as other people, their loved ones knew their wedding day would be a fantastic spectacle. However, nothing could have prepared them for what the couple would wear on their big day. And the result was simply magical.
Soerine Karlsson and Carina Gradholt Peterson both come from Copenhagen, Denmark. However, they rarely go by their own names. In fact, many people will know them for their various alter egos. That’s because the two girls have become famous on the cosplay scene.
Karlsson and Gradholt Peterson first met at high school. However, they weren’t really friends at the time. In fact, when Karlsson left to attend another school, Gradholt Peterson didn’t really think much of it. But that was before a chance meeting brought them back together.
Sometime later, the two girls bumped into each other while they were both out shopping for comics. They began talking about their mutual interest and decided to stay in touch. And since then, they have been pretty much inseparable.
In 2005 Karlsson took her love of comic books to the next level and began to experiment with cosplay. The scene involves dressing up as characters from popular culture, particularly from Japanese manga. Naturally, it was right up Karlsson’s street.
And after a few years, Gradholt Peterson decided to join in with the fun as well. “We both attended the Japanese pop culture conventions we have in Denmark and got into cosplay from there,” she explained to The Huffington Post in February 2017.
Together the pair would dress up as the characters they loved. Their sources of inspiration included Harry Potter, Disney films and Japanese anime. “Some of our favorite cosplays are Neon Genesis Evangelion and Drakengard 3,” Gradholt Peterson revealed to The Huffington Post. She added, “Recently, we cosplayed Super Mario’s Peach and Daisy.”
DC comic characters were another inspiration for the couple. Often Karlsson would dress up as Power Girl, while Gradholt Peterson cosplayed as Supergirl. What’s more, a cosplay fan group on Facebook posted one of these pictures online. And soon more than 4,000 people had liked it.
Therefore, by 2014 it was safe to say that the couple were big fans of cosplay. Indeed, they even decided to take a dream holiday together in the country where it’s most popular – Japan. And while there, they visited the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as taking the opportunity to go to Disneyland.
It was there, right outside the Enchanted Castle, that Gradholt Peterson bent down on one knee and proposed to Karlsson. And she said yes, of course. Next, the loved-up couple got to work on planning a wedding that would be nothing short of fantastic.
Eventually, Karlsson and Gradholt Peterson scheduled their big day for July 2, 2016. They planned to tie the knot at the Church of Our Lady in the Danish capital Copenhagen. Afterwards, they would go to take pictures in the city’s beautiful botanical gardens.
But, unsurprisingly, it was the couple’s costumes that guests were most looking forward to seeing. Many no doubt expected each bride to walk down the aisle in some fantastical ensemble. However, on the big day there were no bright colors or form-fitting fabrics anywhere in sight.
However, that doesn’t mean to say their outfits were any less magical. Both Karlsson and Gradholt Peterson opted for classic wedding gowns in subtle tones. Karlsson completed her look with a classic veil, while Gradholt Peters wore her blonde hair in a timeless up-do.
“Although cosplay is a very fun hobby, we only wear cosplays for conventions and photo shoots,” Gradholt Peterson explained to The Huffington Post. “When we said ‘yes’ to each other, we wanted to do it as ourselves and not a character.”
In celebration of their big day, Gradholt Peterson shared some wedding photos on her cosplay Facebook page. And it wasn’t long before the stunning photographs went viral. On social media, the images attracted interest from around the world.
Both brides received floods of compliments from strangers and friends alike. “Beautiful pictures of a beautiful day,” wrote one social media user. “Love is like nothing else on earth. It has the power to elevate the soul to new heights and strengthen our hearts. It is meant to be shared, admired, and embraced.”
“I’m so happy they went viral so that more people can enjoy these amazing photos,” another commented. “I’ve loved every single one of the pictures from your wedding, both because you both look absolutely stunning but also because you look so happy together.”
Following their big day, Gradholt Peterson and Karlsson – or the Gradholt Karlssons as they will now be known – naturally went on honeymoon to Japan. Speaking of their trip, Carina said, “It was an amazing adventure and has brought me so many happy memories, which I’ll treasure forever.”
“Coming home has once again made me realize that I’m now married to the love of my life, Soerine,” she added. “I honestly couldn’t be happier. She makes me smile every day and I feel like I can accomplish anything with her by my side. I’m truly blessed to have an amazing wife like her.”
So, in the end, the couple’s stripped-back wedding photos summed up their heartwarming relationship. When they’re together, they don’t need a disguise, because with one another they can truly be themselves. And now their fairytale is only just beginning.