March 1st 2017 was a huge date for Finland – that’s when same sex marriage became legal. That day Raùl and Hannu got married along 8 other happy couples at a theatre in downtown Helsinki.
This is what they told us about themselves and their big day.
Photography: Satu Mali
How did you meet?
We met via Instagram in March 2016. We started chatting and fell in love after a while. Hannu visited Mexico in summer 2016 and Raul moved to Finland in October 2016.
Photography: Satu Mali
Tell us about the day! What was the theme, inspiration, the most important and most fun part for you?
Our wedding day was very special because it was the day when same sex marriages became legal in Finland.
We were invited to take part in this historical event “Finally getting married” The whole program was planned by a gay friendly theatre Kapsäkki in Helsinki and everything was sponsored by the Koneen Säätiö.
The planner and producer of the wedding event was Petri Pöyhönen.
We also had really fun time with our wedding photo shoot. Our photographer Satu Mali was very nice and she made us feel very comfortable.
Of course the most important part of the day was the actual wedding ceremony. It took place on a theatre stage. We were there together with 8 other couples.
Planning a destination wedding can be very overwhelming and many couples decide not to follow their dreams of a wedding abroad purely because of the amount of work it may take to organise. But let’s remember you can delegate most of this work and enjoy a fun elopement or wedding in our dream place. That is what wedding planners are for! Author of our advice article today is Claire – a UK based wedding planner behind Wed in Central Park, who specialises in organising weddings and elopements in New York City’s iconic park.
For the past five years I have been planning weddings for couples who want to get married in New York’s Central Park. When couples make first contact with me, they can be anywhere in the range between knowing exactly what they want, and when and how, and really only being in the very first stages of considering a destination wedding. Many couples are just looking for advice on where to start. I have planned around one hundred and eighty destination weddings or elopements to date. Here is a brief overview of how I would guide a couple who were in the early stages of considering a destination wedding. Whether you think a Central Park wedding would suit you, or you are interested in marrying in another great city of the world, or you are considering getting married on a beach, or somewhere else outdoors I hope this will be of use to get you thinking.
There are a few really big questions that need to be answered early on. Firstly, is this a destination wedding with a group of friends and family, or is this an elopement for just the two of you? Either way, you should discuss your tentative plans or ideas with your loved ones. They may have been assuming you would get married at home, or they might not want to travel, or they may not be able to travel for various reasons. Also, they might have some great ideas themselves, and they might be able to help.
Jo and marina got married on a sunny day at the Royal Wells Hotel in Tunbridge Wells.
”We just wanted a nice relaxed wedding. The VW camper was our biggest extravagance” they said. We think the ladies’ huge smiles are the best most beautiful part of this wedding at this wedding, beaming with happiness.
The day was beautifully captured by Denise Rimmer of One Love Pictures
Foliage is all the rage right now! And we love it too.
Eucalyptus brings some kind of freshness and lightness to decoration and is fantastic not only for use in a bouquet but in the venue as well. Take a look at some eucalyptus prettiness we found.
Images & floristry from:
Jessica Claire / CKB Photography / Alicia Lacey / Jake and Heather + Sarah’s Wedding Garden /
Kai Heeringa + Damsel Floral / Luna De Mare + Tangled Lotus / Jenni Elizabeth + My Cake Angel / Bai and Elle + Catherine Short / Madeline Druce + Ruth Thomson /
Darina Stoda + Wild Daisy / Wendy Laurel / Jake and Heather / Krista Mason
There’s plenty of different ideas for wedding favours for your guests out there, but we love our sweets and absolutely fell in love with these personalised cookies!