“We felt overwhelmingly loved and emotional,” said the Danish model of her big day
Model Josephine Skriver, who founded the athleisure brand Joja, and singer-songwriter Alexander DeLeon met when a friend suggested she listen to one of his albums on a long international flight. Josephine loved the music. “I was tweeting back and forth with a fan about it, and, because Alexander was added every time, he saw everything and tweeted back ‘thank you for the shoutout’—and that sort of started us talking. It was all because this one fan, Linda, tweeted us.” Josephine and Alexander began to form a relationship from there, and, eventually, Alexander proposed under the northern lights on a frozen lake in Finland while they were on a trip free diving with orcas.
After navigating the rescheduling and replanning that came with the pandemic, the two set a date for April 3, 2022, and decided on Acre Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for the location. “Because the wedding was a destination wedding, it was a lot of back-and-forth over email and text,” Josephine says. “Nothing was overly tangible or even visual to us at home, but we had full trust in our planner Bonnie Chase with Bliss Events.”
When it came to her wedding-day wardrobe, Josephine wanted every aspect to have a story. Her dress was designed by Alberta Ferretti because the designer’s shows were some of the first Josephine walked in at the start of her fashion career. “The team was also incredibly open to collaboration and taking part in our journey,” Josephine says. The bride’s ring was created by Mark Shami with M Jewelers, who is a close friend of the couple’s, and Josephine also wore Danielle Guizio, who has been friends with Alexander for over 10 years.
The weekend began on Friday night with a welcome party on the beach. Miguel performed some of his biggest hits under a fireworks show. On Sunday, the ceremony took place at sunset, underneath the palm trees. One of the couple’s best friends, Sam Miller, officiated. “We felt overwhelmingly loved and emotional,” Josephine says. “Alexander couldn’t hold back his tears, besides his best efforts. It was the third time we tried to get married because of the pandemic, and the ecstatic feelings about finally being able to do it were the greatest imaginable. Standing in front of the love of your life and hearing the words ‘I do’ come back at you is the best feeling in the world.”
After the ceremony, Alexander slow-danced with his mother to NSYNC and Gloria Estefan’s “Music of My Heart” and were surprised when guests and band members Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone joined them on the dance floor. Friends and family gave speeches, and groomsmen dance-battled until late in the night. “We couldn’t be happier to spend the rest of our lives together,” Josephine says. “This is just the beginning, but we’ll remember this night and weekend for the rest of our lives.”
Originally published on Vogue US