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I posted this over on our wedding site: One Fine Day Studios, but wanted to share on my personal site as well.

When I was invited to photograph a destination wedding in Finland I was beyond excited!  It has been a dream for a while to do what I love and to be able to do it abroad.  Little did I know that I would check this box on my bucket list sooner than expected!

Sydney, a Denver real estate #Girlboss in her own right (worth following on Instagram if only for her travel adventures) and her fiancé Antti are world travelers with a shared dream to live abroad a few months out of every year.  After months of planning and researching, they decided to give it a try and make their wedding a part of that exciting adventure!

They left a couple of weeks before their July nuptials and started the trip with a lengthy Icelandair #MyStopover adventure that – again – is worth peeking at her instagram for :) After kissing glaciers and cuddling in various hot springs nestled in Iceland’s gorgeous countryside, they headed to Antti’s hometown of Mikkeli, Finland.   It was here that they finalized wedding details and spent time with Finnish friends and family in anticipation of the wedding week and the arrival of their guests from abroad.  Friends and family traveled in from all over Europe and the states to celebrate the union of these two.

True outdoor lovers, they planned a pre-wedding camping adventure on a favorite hidden island of their’s on Finland’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Saimaa.  They invited their many guests to join them for a long weekend filled with fishing, sauna, campfires, hikes, and wonderful community all while surrounded by the natural beauty that is Finland.

The following week, the couple had their wedding at Anttolanhovi a beautiful resort resting on the shores of Lake Saimaa.  The food served was all locally sourced and the natural beauty encompassing the day was absolutely breathtaking.  The day started off rainy, but the skies cleared as if to celebrate Syd & Antti’s special day – which was perfect because it allowed us time for photos to be taken and for guests to enjoy a lakeside walk during the reception.   Sheltered by the tallest of pines, these two let me capture some of my favorite photos from the day.  My absolute favorite of which is the one of both of them standing tall beside each other in the Finnish forest.  They both are so independent and together they make the other stronger.  Syd walked down the aisle in her mother’s wedding dress – which had been modified a bit to suit her modern style and Antti wore traditional Finnish formalwear made by his mother :)

Of course their adventure in Europe didn’t end there as they continued on a lengthy honeymoon in Sweden, but I’ll leave that to Syd’s instagram to finish the story :)

Sydney and Antti are some of the most genuine people I have had the opportunity to know and I am beyond blessed to call them family!  Kiitos & congratulations to you both!

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The bride, with the blessing of her mother, took her mother’s lace wedding dress and made some modifications to it to give it her own modern twist!

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

The groom wore his traditional Finnish formalwear, handmade by his mother!

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

The above is probably my favorite photo.  These two are so independent and strong standing side by side. Now growing together.

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

A special moment – the mother of the bride clasping a necklace of pearls around her daughter’s neck.

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

The bride and groom fell in love with the ‘Anttolanhovi’ sign resting on the dock outside the resort on Lake Saimaa.

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

The wedding day forecast was predicting rain on the wedding day and so the day before, the bridesmaids searched all over Mikkeli for a red umbrella to use in the photos.  I LOVE this.

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

The groom was very concerned that we get photos on the dock with Lake Saimaa and the Finnish forest as the backdrop and I think we did good!!

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

Destination Wedding Minnesota Photographer Bride

 

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