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Julia + Ville : Finland

One year has already passed since the beautiful wedding day celebrations of Julia + Ville in Turku, Finland. One year has already passed since the day I finally got to meet this wonderful family in the flesh, after years of social media friendship. Julia is an amazing photographer (check out A Rock and a Soft Place), so it was an incredible compliment to have them ask me to travel to Finland to document their wedding. It was also an absolute honour to be there to join in on such a special few days alongside Julia’s family that had arrived from the UK and to spend some time with Ville’s parents in their stunning home in Turku. A perfect, unforgettable few days that I will always be grateful for.

To celebrate Julia + Ville’s first anniversary I have put together a selection of my favourite images, of which there are quite a few, so make yourself comfortable. With love xx

Words from Julia:

Last year Ville and I finally got married. We had been together eight years but the first few years we were focused on how to do the right thing for each others children, and having two of our own. Although we live in Istanbul Ville’s home town in Finland was our best bet for gathering together some family to mark our love and commitment to each other. We had faced lots of challenges and wanted to have a moment of celebration and romance.

Vanessa and I were part of a group documenting the lives of our families and Ville and I really looked forward to her updates. Her work was such a pleasure to me. When we started planning our wedding I just imagined that Vanessa was going to be our photographer. The problem was that Finland and Australia are quite a distance from each other, and I wasn’t sure how to even ask whether she would consider it. In the end I just wrote ‘I can’t believe it won’t be you photographing our wedding’ and her response was exactly what I hoped for! It was fantastic to start planning not only to have her as our photographer but to finally meet her as a friend.

Two days before our wedding Vanessa arrived at Helsinki airport and I had three hours to talk to her (non-stop!) before my family’s plane arrived and she started documenting. The group attending our wedding was very small and Vanessa was such a great addition. My family are in England and I don’t get to see them very often so the pleasure of every moment with them was heightened by knowing that Vanessa was recording it for us.

Our wedding was exactly as we hoped it would be from beginning to end. It was relaxed and intimate. Before the ceremony Ville and I waited at the side of the gorgeous St Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel to collect our thoughts and Vanessa moved around us so gently that I am still astounded by what she captured. After sharing food outside Ville’s parent’s cottage we just wanted to hang out together in the beauty of the Finnish Archipelago. The children climbed trees and walked into the water in their wedding clothes. We would be hopeless at posing, and Vanessa never asked us to pose at all, but simply be together in the stunning landscape. When I look at the pictures it takes me straight back to the happiness and calm of that perfect day. We ended the day at the pub and after managing to get a shot of Vanessa and I together persuaded her to finally put her camera down!

Although I had known how outstanding Vanessa’s work is I was completely overwhelmed when I saw the pictures. They are the pictures of my dreams and full of surprises. The day went so fast and I am grateful that Vanessa has shown me things about the day that I didn’t even notice at the time. I didn’t see my daughter standing behind me watching me put on my dress, and I am so happy Vanessa showed me this and a hundred other things. The pictures are a constant source of pleasure and I am sure that will only increase over the years. Flying Vanessa from Australia to Finland was one of the best decisions we have made.

Dress was from Jenny Packham

Wedding stationery was illustrated and designed by Julia’s sister, Hellen Wainwright. Her company is Primrose Place.

Raw chocolate cake was from Raw Bonbon from London.

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One Response to “Julia + Ville : Finland”

  1. Maree says:

    Happy 1st Anniversary Julia and Ville…….amazing photos, beautiful family and wonderful memories!
    Vanessa I think this is your best work yet!
    Julia you brought tears to my eyes

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