These Cosplayers Got Married, But Ditched The Costumes For Their Wedding To Be Themselves

"We wanted to be married as ourselves and not be fictional characters when we agreed to spend the rest of our lives together."

Courtesy of Sørine Karlsson and Carina Gradholt and CSPLYEU
Courtesy of Sørine Karlsson and Carina Gradholt and CSPLYEU


Cosplayers Sørine Karlsson and Carina Gradholt are used to dressing up in fantastical outfits when they transform into their characters. However, for their wedding in their hometown, Copenhagen, Denmark, the couple decided to simply be Sørine and Carina instead of their alter egos, Surine and Rinaca.

Cosplay is a big part of the couple's lives.

"Ever since back when we were just friends, we cosplayed together," Karlsson told A Plus. "It's amazingly fun to transform completely to a different person, and especially to see each other once everything is finished."

Courtesy of Sørine Karlsson and Carina Gradholt and Den Grønn Fotograph
Courtesy of Sørine Karlsson and Carina Gradholt and Den Grønn Fotograph

She added, "Through cosplay, we meet a lot of really special people, and especially other cosplay couples (and sisters) that are now some of our best friends. You cannot make a living off of cosplay in Europe, but we have gotten so many extraordinary experiences together that it makes it all worth the hard work behind each costume!"

As much as the couple loves cosplay, they decided to ditch their costumes for their wedding, and to just be themselves.

Courtesy of Sørine Karlsson and Carina Gradholt and Captain Imaginary Photography
Courtesy of Sørine Karlsson and Carina Gradholt and Captain Imaginary Photography

When asked why they decided not to include cosplay in the wedding, Karlsson explained, "We firmly believe that cosplay has a time and a place: conventions and photo shoots. When taken out of that context, it completely loses its magic!" 

"We wanted to be married as ourselves and not be fictional characters when we agreed to spend the rest of our lives together."

When asked what it was like selecting wedding dresses as opposed to cosplay looks, Karlsson commented, "When we are in cosplay, we are portraying certain characters, and we will try to mimic characteristics and expressions for photos and performances. Being in wedding dresses was completely different. This time around, it was Carina and Sørine rather than characters. We felt really beautiful. The dresses made by Shinji Costumes and Tailoring fit our personalities and tastes perfectly."

Courtesy of Sørine Karlsson and Carina Gradholt and Grace Almera Photography
Courtesy of Sørine Karlsson and Carina Gradholt and Grace Almera Photography

Karlsson and Gradholt did go to get 3D printed for their wedding gowns together, but Karlsson said that after that, they took great care not to see each other in their gowns before the ceremony. 

When Karlsson saw Gradholt for the first time, it was a big moment. "When I saw her walk down the aisle on her dad's arm, my heart skipped a beat," she wrote, "We had decided I would wait for her, because as she says 'then you won't have a chance to run away!; I'm happy I was the one to wait for her, as I could enjoy her entire walk down the aisle, looking completely stunning." 



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