a sweet summer wedding

It’s been a while! Both in terms of this blog, and in terms of the theme of today’s post. This summer I spent two months in Finland – a period of at times being very busy, at times lying around on a newly built pier with a book and a thermos of tea, and sometimes even floating on top of the sea in a kayak and good company.

A few months earlier, I was contacted by an old student of mine and a fellow biologist, who was getting married in June and had heard that I was going to be in the country at that time. I was happy to be invited to be their wedding photographer, and even more so after I heard about the venue: Nuuksio National Park. What a brilliant idea! The national park is not far from the capital, Helsinki, and it’s a beautiful area covered in lakes and forests (and one of my favourite places in Finland).

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Surrounded by beauty.

We met up in the morning and headed to the national park. The weather was perfect – sunny but not too hot. There was still a couple of hours before the guests would arrive, so we took our time finding the perfect spots for a few portraits.

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With a day of wonder, laughter and tears still ahead.

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After we had enjoyed the weather, forest and lake for a while, the guests started arriving, and the couple hid until the ceremony begun.

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Anticipation.

The ceremony took place on a small island, with singing, vows and sunshine.

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What followed was a unique and charming afternoon and evening. The couple, being biologists, tasked their guests with finding and naming as many species as possible – a fun game which guaranteed that no one ever got bored during those periods of less activity that always occur.

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Wedding guests in the wild.

After moving to the next venue, the party truly began.

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The wedding vehicle!

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Cutting the cake.

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Enjoying the beautiful summer day with friends and family.

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There were speeches…

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… laughter…

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… guests…

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… and a party that continued throughout the bright Finnish summer night.

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