June 10, 2012

The Wedding


And so the Wedding Day came and went. I can't quite comprehend that all the preparations and work that went into organising the event have now culminated to a beautiful and very special day. It was exactly that: our day which we wanted to keep simple and modest, intimate and friendly. We wanted a small wedding where everyone would be able to enjoy each other's company and feel relaxed. 

We had hired a venue by the river running alongside of my hometown. Two old buildings from the late 1800's. The ceremony was held in the other building (in the below photos the red one), and we then moved into the main building for dinner and celebrations. All the decorations were nature-inspired: moss-covered rocks, trays made out of birch trees, birch branches and beautiful floral decorations made out of grass, hay and wild flowers. Amazingly, our wedding day happened to be the only sunny day in a week. We felt so lucky that the Mother Nature decided to treat us with clear skies. 

Most of the food was traditional for this region: salmon soup, gravlax, pike and reindeer. Finnish flat bread, rye bread, and of course salads. We had Princess Torte as a wedding cake, and in addition there was local cheese, biscuits and coffee cake made by my mum. I had made a fruit salad and some delicious coconut balls (obviously not so traditional) - I'm planning to share the recipe with you later. 
  
The-day-before photos of the venue
Inside the venue where we had the ceremony

After the toast
Simple platinum rings with classic designs. No diamonds here!

The Midnight Sun


We feel truly honoured that so many of our dear friends had travelled from faraway to share our day. We are so thankful for everyone who helped with the preparations and of course we are thankful for all the well-wishes, gifts and love shared on the day.

A friend of mine shared this beautiful poem with me. I've done my best to translate it, but I'm afraid my translation doesn't quite do it justice.

Siinä olet kaste ja minä olen maa,                                                     You are the dew and I am the earth,
joka aamua odottaa.                                                                           who awaits for the morning.
Sinä olet tuuli ja minä olen puu,                                                        You are the wind and I am the tree,
johon tuuli laskeutuu.                                                                         where the wind will descend.
Sinä olet tuli ja minä kuiva maa,                                                        You are the fire and I am the dry land,
joka elämään virkoaa.                                                                         that will revive to life.
Sinä olet meri ja ulapalla sen                                                              You are the ocean and on its offing
meren laulua kuuntelen.                                                                      I will listen to the song of the ocean.
  

Me kuulumme yhteen kuin taivas ja maa,                                          We belong together like the heaven and the earth,

ei meitä voi erottaa.                                                                            we cannot be apart.
Me kuulumme yhteen kuin myrsky ja yö,                                            We belong together like a storm and the night,
sinun aaltosi rantaani lyö.                                                                   your wave hitting my shore.
Me kohtaamme hetkessä ikuisuuden,                                                  We meet in a moment of forever,
me palamme roihuten.                                                                         when we burn blazing.
Kun muistosi hiekkaan jo haihtunut on,                                              When your memory has dissolved in sand,
elää rakkaus sammumaton.                                                                  the undying love will live on.

Sinä olet taivas ja minä pääskynen,                                                      You are the heaven and I am a
swallow,
joka luoksesi liitelen.                                                                             who soars to you.
Sinä olet tuuli ja minä olen puu,                                                           You are the wind and I am the tree,

johon tuuli laskeutuu.                                                                            where the wind will descend.
Sinä olet virta ja minä olen kuu,                                                           You are a stream and I am the moon,
joka veteen heijastuu.                                                                            that reflects on the water.
Sinä olet lähde ja partaalla sen                                                             You are a spring and on the verge of it
minä kumarrun, janoinen.                                                                      I will bow, thirsty.
Sinä olet meri ja ulapalla sen                                                                You are the ocean and on its offing

meren laulua kuuntelen.                                                                         I will listen to the song of the ocean.

Poem by Anna-Mari Kaskinen

50 comments:

  1. You look absolutely radiant!! What a beautiful bride, dress, venue, cake, weather, husband, EVERYTHING! Im glad the day was so lovely for you, congratulations. I also love the last line of the poem :)

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  2. What a great setting, love the simplicity and beauty of everything. Congratulations!

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  3. you look absolutely beautiful maria and everything looks stunning! congratulations!

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  4. I like modest and simple weddings and yours looked perfect! The place is just so beautiful and you look amazing.

    Congratulations!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. Congratulations, Maria. You and your new husband look so happy. Love the venue, too.

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  6. Congratulations! You look so happy!

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  7. WoW! tuli kylmät väreet kun katsoin kuvia :) niistä hehkui onni ja ihana Suomen kesä. Onnea!

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  8. You look gorgeous! Congrats :)

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  9. Congratulations. It looks like a beautiful wedding.

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  10. What a beautiful post! Congratulations, you look amazing and so happy! Best wishes for the future!

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  11. Congratulations! It looks perfect. You are so beautiful and I love your dress :)

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  12. Congratulations and warm wishes to you and your husband! May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy.

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  13. Congratulations, Maria! I'm so happy for you... ^_^

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  14. Huge congratultions to you and your husband. You looked stunning and I love your wedding gown! I´m getting married next summer and have started playing with some different ideas. Your beautiful wedding is definately an inspiration.

    Kram!

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  15. Congratulations! Simply stunning - looks like a dream come true :)

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  16. Congratulations! It looks like it was a lovely day--and you were a beautiful bride!

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  17. Congratulations Maria! I wish you all the best!!

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  18. You look so beautiful!!! Congratulations to the couple!!! :)

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  19. What a beautiful wedding you had! And you looked stunning, Maria! Congratulations!

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  20. Congratulations Maria and wishing you lots of days of grinning and radiant happiness!

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  21. Congratulations! You look gorgeous and so, so happy. And that poem is beautiful, thank you for sharing with us!

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  22. Congratulations to you both ! What gorgeous photos you both look so happy. Thank you for sharing this with us !

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  23. Thank you Maria for sharing your day. It all fitted together: did it not! So very natural and beautiful. May the Powers-that-are be with you and your husband all the rest of your days . . . South of the 'Bay' the last line of the poem would go:
    'Mere laulu kuulma saan . . . '

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  24. Beautiful! Congratulations! What a fantastic day. So much happiness. :)

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  25. Congratulations Maria, to you and your husband. You both look radiant and very happy! All the best for a happy future together!

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  26. Congratulations to the both of you! You are beaming and beautiful. Looks like you had an amazing day. Best wishes from Sweden.

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  27. Stunning! What a fabulous way to celebrate getting married. Congratulations to the two of you! x

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  28. Such stunning photos Maria. Thank you so much to you and your husband for sharing them. :-)

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  29. what a beautiful bride, congratulation Maria.. the venue are so lovely.

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  30. That is such a beautiful poem it almost brought tears to my eyes! Wishing you both all the happiness in the world :)

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  31. Congratulations, what an amazing day!
    The poem is delightful; thank you so much for sharing your day with us.

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  32. Nic@diningwithastud13 June 2012 12:32

    Congratulations :) you look amazing!

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  33. Nami | Just One Cookbook13 June 2012 12:33

    Congratulations Maria! You are so gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the happiest day of your life with us. The poem is so beautiful...just like you two!

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  34. Cafe Johnsonia13 June 2012 12:33

    Congratulations! What a beautiful wedding. I wish you the best with your new husband. xoxo

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  35. Oh, congratulations, lovely! What a beautiful post. What a gorgeous day! The setting looked divine, how special. Love the table setting. The food sounds amazing. & you look so radiant. Your dress!!! Perfection.
    Heidi xo

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  36. Congratulations, Maria! I wish you and your husband ass the best!
    You both look so happy :)

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  37. Oh wow your wedding looks amazing! I absolutely adore your wedding dress. I'm half-Finnish (and half-Japanese) and I wish so badly I could have a wedding like yours but unfortunately it would be too expensive to try to get family and friends there from Australia. We're thinking of eloping instead in Finland and seeing these beautiful picturesque photos of Finland makes me so excited. Thank you for sharing your day :)

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  38. Becky at VintageMixer13 June 2012 13:13

    Congratulations to both of you!! What a lovely simple and sweet wedding. That's just the way I like it as well. Best to you and your new husband!

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  39. Congratulations! May this new chapter in your life inspire more recipes! :D

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  40. Congratulations Maria! You look so radiant. What a wonderful ceremony and the poem is beautiful :)

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  41. Congratulations! it looks like such a sweet wedding!

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  42. How absolutely gorgeous - congratulations! You are absolutely glowing in your photos and I wish you a lifetime of happiness with your husband.

    We are flying from Australia to Washington DC in about 12 hours for our wedding next week... seeing your photos and how happy you are has just made me feel so relaxed and optimistic. Beautiful share.

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  43. Congratulations Maria!!! You were the most beautiful bride. Both of you look so happy. I wish you much happiness in the future.

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  44. Everything looks perfect, Maria. I am so happy for you. can't wait til you're back. I hope you're enjoying France!!

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  45. What a beautiful day, it looks absolutely perfect!

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  46. Maria, congratulations on your wedding. It looks to have been a special day with love and happiness in the air.
    The venues are beautiful, and that Northern setting breath taking!

    You look stunning in the photos and your husband is very handsome too!

    I wish you all the best on this new chapter in your life and look forward to sharing more special moments in the months to come.

    All my love

    xx Charlotta

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  47. Wow, beautiful! Looks just perfect :) Congratulations to you both!

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  48. You look absolutely breathtaking! Both because you are gorgeous and because you are so happy :) What a wonderful wedding and a million best wishes to the two of you!!

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  49. Congratulations! You look so happy and glowing.

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  50. Wonderful photos Maria! Your wedding looked amazing. I'm planning my wedding at the moment (it would be back home in France). I find it a little bit challenging to plan from overseas.

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