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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

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

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!

Lakefront Midsummer - Pia & Joni

Lehmonkärki area in Asikkala, next to national park Päijänne. Lakefront outdoors ceremony, sunny summer weather, everything happening in the same lovely area and many guests staying overnight helped to fill the day of Pia & Joni with relaxed no-rush-at-all atmosphere. Good vibes only!