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....A Vibrant Loft Winter Wedding in Fiskars, Finland..Loft-henkiset Häät Fiskarssin Mustassa Salissa....

Planning & Design: Nord & Mae
Photography: Susanna Nordvall
Floral design, styling & stationery: Nord & Mae
Location: Musta Sali in Fiskars
Dinner catering: Kuparipaja, Fiskars
Hair & make-up: Rosa Hawela
Couple: Julia & Kev
Bride's skirt: Heidi Tuisku
Groom's suit: Turo
Bride's rings: Keski-Pomppu
Earrings: Pioni Design
Silk napkins: Seidenband
Bouquet ribbons: Froufrou Chic

As seen on Style Me Pretty Front Page.

....Jess & Jason's Intimate Elopement in Finland..Intiimit Kohde Häät Suomessa....

Design, planning, coordination & styling: Nord & Mae
First Photographer: Mark Pacura
Film development and scans by Photovision
Flowers and stationery: Nord & Mae
Catering: Chapter

....Vilhelmiina & Mark's Summer Wedding at Villa Vuosanta..Kesähäät Villa Vuosannassa....

Event styling and florals: Nord and Mae
Catering: Chapter
Makeup and Hair: Folk Helsinki
Venue: Villa Vuosanta

Justina & Lee, Chinese-Lithuanian wedding at Restaurant Tårget, Turku

At the beginning of July I had the pleasure of witnessing two families become one at an intimate wedding.

Dress: Butik Lilian
Makeup and hair: Hiushuone Valo
Florals: Kukka Fiori
Church: St. Catherine's Church, Pyhän Katariinan kirkko
Venue: Restaurant Tårget
Cake: Fontana, baker Katariina Valjala

Romany and Juho's surprise winter wedding at Evon Luonto

Romany and Juho's wedding has to be one of the most emotional weddings I've ever had the pleasure of being a part of and had the honor of capturing.
This couple are the faces behind the fine dining catering company Aan Tafel and Cakes by Aan Tafel. Past few years they have been super busy with work; successful companies, pop up restaurant, planning and opening their own restaurant, you name it.
I have no idea how they have some free time, let alone some time to sleep!
Being so busy and Romany's family living in Holland and Juho's in Finland, it's no wonder planning a wedding on top of all that where the families come together might seem like an overwhelming project.

But an opportunity came knocking when Romany's Dad was about to turn 60 and he wanted to come to Finland to celebrate it with his daughter. Romany and Juho had an idea to plan just a small surprise wedding and disguise it as a birthday party for her Dad. But once more family and friends found out about the birthday party, they wanted to come and get together and participate.
And that's just how Romany and Juho's families are: super close, loving, participating, there for each other.

Except for the few friends helping Romany and Juho with the wedding, like Michaela of Hey Look who did the styling of the wedding, me, the staff from their kitchen who helped with the dinner and the cake buffet, they managed to keep the wedding plan as a secret!

So along came the day in February, when the family and friends gathered together at Evon Luonto for a long weekend of celebration. It was planned that on Saturday, people would first gather around the bonfire for some hot chocolate, marshmallows and some family pics and then continue the party inside with a long dinner.

Once everyone else were outside, Romany and Juho stayed inside to change into their wedding attire and Romany's Dad was called in as Romany wanted to ask him in private if he could walk her down the isle. As she was about to get married to the love of her life, in just a couple of minutes.

I'm already tearing up just writing this story, as looking through the pics and remembering the moments and the reactions is just so touching.

While they were inside, the others outside all got special notes either letting them know what's about to happen and/or if they'd have a part in the wedding.

A few of the guests said later that they had a feeling something was up but they just thought Romany and Juho would announce their engagement, not that that they would get married, right there and then!

The ceremony was emotional yet relaxed and I think most of the people forgot about the -20 something degree crispy weather.
The day and night continued with amazing food, jokes, laughter, emotional speeches and just with an athmosphere filled with love.

In the evening Romany and Juho also Skyped to their siblings who couldn't make it there to tell the happy news before they'd find out about it from somewhere else. Juho's sister had just left Finland for good and was on her way to find a new life in South America, so if one could physically come through the screen to give a big hug, she would've been the one to do just that.

I am so happy for these two amazing, loving and talented humans. Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day.

And I think it's pretty safe to say that her Dad got the best birthday gift ever.

 

Styling and flowers: Hey Look
Stationary and Calligraphy: Lumi Calligraphy
Food: Toni Toivanen and Dani Hänninen
Cakes: Jessica Wahl
Hand made ceramic plates: Aan Tafel
Dress: Milamira
Rings: Best of Both
Romany's shoes: Minna Parikka
Venue: Evon Luonto

....A Day in their lives - A couple shoot in Amsterdam..Parikuvaus Amsterdamissa....

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I travelled to Amsterdam in the beginning of May to meet with Laura and Owen, -a great Finnish Canadian couple who are getting married in Finland this summer.

We spent most of the Saturday and well, the weekend discussing about their upcoming wedding, their ideas, wishes and the schedule for the day. 
Those things we also could've easily talked through when they would've come to Helsinki or through Skype, but my initial idea for going to Amsterdam was to capture their home and lives at their current situation as they had just moved there from Canada. Like any other young couple they still have their plans for their future wide open so it was great to have this opportunity to be able to capture this part of their journey together.

So we did a small at home session (I was obsessed with that swing!!) and then went walking around Amsterdam and shot at gorgeous locations. We pretty much stopped shooting when the sun was setting so kudos to the couple for sticking up with me and making it through!

Laura keeps a wedding blog called Nordic Wife so if you want to keep up with their story and read her great tips while planning for their wedding then click here.
 

P.S. When I was studying marketing and business I did my exchange in Maastricht (2,5 hour train ride away from Amsterdam). It was amazing to be back in the Netherlands after over 6 years! It's definitely one of my favorite countries.