Countryside Wedding with Henni & Ville

Ostrobothnia is the province where I was born and raised. So I was happy and excited to shoot Henni and Ville's wedding there last summer. This "Texas of Finland" is known for its flat land and endless fields and therefore perfect for countryside portraits and traditional yet informal and relaxed wedding day. The Finnish summer at its best!

Venue: Venestalo, Seinäjoki. Church: Nurmon kirkko. Bridal doggy: Urho. Catering: Johanna Salomäki. Cake: Katri Porkkus. Flowers: Hyllykallion kukka. Bride’s make-up: Cutpoint Janika, Seinäjoki. Bride’s hair: Noora Alikoski, Primavera Oulu. Bride’s shoes: Keskinen. Rings: Kultatähti. Groom’s suit & accessories: Morsiussalonki RosAmor. Bride’s shoes: Halonen. Candy buffet: haaputiikki.fi. The car: Mika Niemistö.

From Storm to Sunshine - Fanny & Matti

Fanny and Matti’s first look moment might have been the windiest ever. But it didn’t lack emotion. Their wedding was celebrated completely on Uunisaari island, Helsinki. The stormy rain forced us to stay in the transporter boat during the original portrait session. But boats have always played big role in this couples’ life as they have shared passion for sailing, so maybe this was meant to be! Later we were lucky enough to witness a complete change in weather. So we were able to capture portraits also without an umbrella. And the lovers did their first dance among sun rays. So the day just kept on getting better and better like a good story should. Simply beautiful.

You'll find list of vendors to be credited in the end of the post!

Second shooter: Emilia Savolainen. Venue & catering: Ravintola Uunisaari. Cakes: PH7. Flowers: Misis Flora, Sipoo. Bride’s hair: Soma 43, Jenny Nikka. Bride’s make-up: Madeleine Lempinen-Valve. The dress: Maggie Sottero Shayla Ivory. Bride’s necklace & ear rings: Pirami Pearls. Bride’s shoes: Minna Parikka Raquel White Patent. Bride’s engagement ring: Kohinoor. Bride’s wedding ring & groom’s ring:  Malmin Korupaja. Groom’s suit & vest: Suit Supply. Groom’s shirt: Schoffa (tailored) . Suspenders: Seremonia. Cufflinks: Schoffa Helsinki. Tie: Sauma Helsinki. Groom’s shoes: Bexley Berkley 2

The Young & Wild - Viktori & Mira

Viktori & Mira are true wild hearts, which was shown in everything during their special day. In their outfits. The portrait poses. All the vibes of the day. All playful, yet so warm. This was a party that should have never ended. Luckily we'll always have the photos.

Second shooter: Ville Huuri. Church: Vanha kirkko, Helsinki. Venue & catering: Wäiski ravintolalaiva, Merihaka, Helsinki. Portrait location: mostly Bemböle, Espoo. Table decorations: Tiger. Bride's dress: JJ's House. Groom's bowtie: Bretelle. Groom's jacket: Perkiömäki. RIngs (exluding the one with a pearl): Kultajousi

Classy and intimate with Saija & Niko

Saija & Niko celebrated their wedding as an intimate family dinner including an outdoors ceremony. They kept all aestethics Nordic style simple and minimal, yet stylish, which gladdened my soul a lot. And look at them! How beautiful can a couple be? The location where everything took place, Mustion Linna, becoming one of my new favourites, was one hour drive west from Helsinki, Finland.

Bouquet and flowers: Kukkapalvelu Iiris. Bride's make-up: by the Bride herself. Bride's hairdresser: Hyvä Olo - hoitola parturi-kampaamo Mylly, Janita Jones. Bride's nails: Sofian timantti. Bride's earrings: Glitter. Bride's rings: Malmin Korupaja. Groom's ring: Kultajousi Elegance. Groom's shoes: Halonen. Groom's suit: BIKBOK & H&M. Groom's bowtie: Dressman.

Sand Between the Toes - Minna & Marko

Wedding ceremony on the beach. Sunshine. Warm. On this lovely day in August we were extremely lucky with Minna and Marko! In Finland we never have any certainty of how the weather is gonna turn out to be even during summer weeks. So we don't take any given summer days for granted! Hanko, the southest city in Finland, showed its best. While I was shooting portraits with the super-relaxed couple, the guests were kept entertained with aperitif cocktails and photo booth with my second shooter Ville. The venue was a rental warehouse near the harbor which had been decorated super moody by friends & family.

So what I learned:

  • Everyone should have a chance to capture portraits bare feet
  • Why set a drawing table for kids when you can make their dining table serve for this purpose!
  • Having one of the most famous chefs of the nation in your family can't be a bad thing. This time it meant shared dishes of delicious mixed Asian food 
  • The guests were given a thoughtful present to take home after an all-niter: a water bottle with painkiller pills and others. Could you guess we had a doctor bride!

And as idyllic the day was, it was natural to see some fireworks action late in the evening. The show was part of totally different celebration, but why not own it when you can!

All you need is an island – Senja & Chris

We spent almost the whole wedding day on an island (Hotel Hanasaari, Espoo, Finland) with super-lovely couple Senja and Chris. From preparations, first look, portrait session to the reception, only visiting the Old Church of Helsinki (Helsingin vanha kirkko) for ceremony. On an island it's all about the sea, so we let it show on the portraits. I never get tired of marine atmosphere anyway! And later in the evening we were lucky enough to enjoy and capture a colourful sunset too. It was a Swiss-Finnish wedding with some Swedish traditions added. And there were guests present with almost 20 different nationalities, so that's something you could call international!   

Credit list of services in Finland

bride's wedding ring / morsiamen vihkisormus: Tillander, Helsinki

bride's hair / morsiamen hiukset: Studio Helsinki

bridal dress / morsiuspuku: Zazabella

groom's dress & accessories / sulhasen puku ja asusteet: Pukuvuokraamo Gasell Partners Oy

Catering, venue & table flowers / catering, juhlapaikka, kukat: Hotel Hanasaari

cakes / kakut: Kakkugalleria

band / bändi: Spruce

wedding car / hääauto: Acme Limo Service

other services & items by friends & brought from Switzerland / muut palvelut ystävien kautta ja Sveitsistä

Bridges, balloons & a party Limo in Vantaa - Jennika & Mika

When your own home is lovely, picturesque and well located, why not do all bridal preparations there? One of the most popular churches around (Pyhän Laurin kirkko, Vantaa) served for the wedding ceremony. And reception was held at Restaurant Kuninkaan Lohet (former Vantaan Viilatehdas). Has this been a hidden gem or is it gaining popularity as a wedding venue since I spent there two days this summer and I hadn't even heard about the place before. But now I love it! Surrounded by idyllic peaceful natural areas for portraits and look at that dinner buffet table! This was one of the blissful days where nothing on Earth could stop the bride and the groom from smiling, relaxing and just enjoying the flow of the day. Best! (You'll find credit list In the end of the post)

wedding dress / morsiuspuku: Pronovias / Morsiuspukuliike Josefiina

bride's veil / morsiamen huntu: Rainbow Club / Morsiuspukuliike Josefiina

bride's hair jewerly / morsiamen hiuskoru: Ninka

bride's hair / morsiamen hiukset: SimoNetta

bride's shoes / morsiamen kengät: Rainbow Club / Niinatar

bride's nails / morsiamen kynnet: Nail Lounge

bride's purse / morsiamen laukku: Pieces

bride's earrings / morsiamen korvakorut: swarovski / laatukoru

bride's wedding ring / morsiamen vihkisormus: Kultasepät Andearsen

bride's engagement ring / morsiamen kihlasormus: Tillander

garter / sukkanauha: Ninka

groom's ring / sulhasen sormus: Kohinoor

groom's dress / sulhasen puku: Tiger of Sweden

groom's vest and bow tie / sulhasen liivi ja rusetti: Suomen Pukuvuokraamo

groom's shoes / sulhasen kengät: Hugo Boss / Stockmann

groom's cuff links / sulhasen kalvosinnapit: seremonia

bucket & other flowers / kimppu & muut kukatt: Kukkapalvelu Freesi

print products / paperituotteiden suunnittelu (bingo/vieraskirjalaput): Sarandia

catering & cakes / catering & kakut: Vanha viilatehdas / Kuninkaan lohet

balloons / ilmapallot: Ilmapallomestarit

band / bändi: Grasspoppers

dj: dj Helsinki

wedding car / hääauto: Fast Motor

Staying away from technology in Nokia (and Tampere) – Jarna & Tero

How this all sounds to you: Ceremony in a medieval rock church (Messukylä Old Church / vanha kirkko) in Tampere, Finland that happens to be the oldest building in town. One of the maids of honor plays a solo performance with a French horn during the ceremony. Personalized beers named and labeled in honor of the bride and groom, limited 200 bottles brewed in Finland. Reception at venue Kerhola in Nokia town which was originally, in 1930s, designed to serve as a party place for Nokia factory workers. No, not 1930s mobile phone production but rubber factory instead! 

As neighbor towns Nokia and Tampere (200 km North from Helsinki) both have strong industrial history, this scenery was shown in today's portrait locations too. After photography planning meeting, the groom had shaved all of his beard and was almost unrecognizable to my eye :) The band played gypsy tunes and no-one could stay still anymore! And then there was this super cute Ford Anglia car from the 1960s.

This is what the wedding day of all-day-smiling and laughing good-mood couple Jarna and Tero was all about!

Sweet Sweet Sweet - Meaghan & Joonatan

Meaghan & Joonatan's love story has been intense and passionate as they share strong love for each other AND for electronic music as artists themselves. Sometimes less is more, truly. Less guests, more intimate. The wedding day program was minimized to a lovely family dinner - a really international one, where Australian side brought wine & steaks and Finnish side the location and traditions. The ceremony & reception were both held in Peroba Café, Espoo, Finland. Is there any other way to see all of this but super duper sweet!