Julia and Antti's Open Air Chapel Winter Wedding in Finland
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Julia and Antti’s Open Air Chapel Winter Wedding in Finland

A Fun Wedding in the Snow in Pieksämäki

An Australian bride and a Finnish groom decided to have an open air chapel Winter Wedding in Finland at the end of January. It was cold, especially for the bridesmaids in their strapless dresses. But it was not as cold as the minus 35 degrees they had the week before we all arrived at the wedding location. So we were lucky to get minus 5 – 0 degrees. Very lucky!   The day before the wedding it had snowed and the sun was out and there were clear blue skies. It was truly magical! I have included some photos of this day below so you can see what I mean by magical! Julia, contacted me almost 2 years ago for their amazing wedding and from her very first email I was excited beyond words!  She told me that from after looking at my photos and my blog that “I just feel like you really love Finland and the main ‘theme’ we want to shine through is that we love Finland too!”

 

The day of the wedding we experienced a beautiful sunrise and the sun shone on and off throughout the day. The trees had lost their snow because it had rained overnight but it was still as beautiful as ever. Finland really knows how to do winter! I believe the best part of the day (besides the fun at the party) was the first time Julia and Antti saw each other – their true emotions came out – happiness, tears of joy and true devotion to each other. It was a beautiful moment and I feel very privileged to have been there to experience it. I hope you can feel the moment in the photos I captured of them by the lake.

 

There are many logistics to think of when having a snow wedding outside – someone has to clear snow off the seating logs in the open air chapel, you need good shoes for getting through the snow, you need to wear thermals under your dress/suit and you need to transport the less able guests around and make sure the roads are cleared of snow! It is all worth it, of course, to have such a beautiful celebration in a winter wonderland.  The day was also celebrated indoors with delicious reindeer and salmon and traditional berry sponge cake. There were fun games played and the bouquet and garter toss was done on an indoor basketball court!

 

The next day was spent playing games outdoors and on a scavenger hunt. The day was finished off with cooking sausages by the fire, having a sauna and an icy swim. It was a great weekend and Julia and Antti did well to bring all their Finnish and Australian friends and family together in one place! A Winter Wedding in Finland was the perfect choice!

 

Winter Wedding in Finland – All the Details

 

 

Dress: Maggie Sottero / Hair Artist: Tiina Pekkala (Groom’s sister) / Make-up Artist: Eeva Pekkala (Groom’s sister-in-law) / Venue: Partaharjun toimintakeskus / Suits: Dressmann / Bridal shoes: Nokian Hai / Bridesmaids dresses: Light in the Box / Invitations: Designed by the Bride / Cake: Partaharjun toimintakeskus / Snowflake necklace: Inarin Hopea / Flowers: Väisäsen Kukkakauppa ja Hautaustoimisto

 

 

A building in a snowy forest set against a blue sky Small wooden boats next to a snow covered frozen lake A snow covered tree A wooden sign with snow on it A small river running through a snowy forest Sun shining through snowy trees, and a view of a house in a snowy forest through a window A yellow glowing sunset shines through clouds over a snow covered frozen lake A yellow glowing sunset shines through clouds over a snow covered frozen lake A white lacy wedding dress hanging from a tree in a snowy field, grey socks covered in red love hearts hanging out of white boots in the snow Cuff links on a pine cone in the snow and a table setting at a wedding reception A wedding invitation that has been placed on the branch of a pine tree with a snowy background A table setting at a wedding reception with a name tag pegged to a glass Table settings on a long table at a wedding reception with sunlight streaming through a window behind Detailed decorations and a wedding reception Tealight candles floating in water in jars A bride in a white gown with scarf and mittens stands in the snow holding a floral bouquet A bride in a white gown with scarf and mittens stands in the snow holding a floral bouquet A bride in a white gown with scarf and mittens stands in the snow holding a floral bouquet as sunlight streams through the trees behind her Groom stands looking away with a smile as his bride walks towards him from behind through the snow A bride and groom get their first look of each other on their wedding day in front of a snow covered frozen lake A bride and groom smile as they see each other for the first time on their wedding day A bride and groom share a kiss in front of a snow covered frozen lake A groom brushes a hair away from his bride's face as they smile at each other while standing in the snow A bride wipes a tear from her eye as her and her groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day A bride and groom share a smile and an embrace in the snow before their wedding A bride and groom share an eskimo kiss as they stand in front of a snow covered frozen lake  A bride and groom stand on a bridge over a small river in a snowy forest A bride and groom stand either side of a floral bouquet on a small wooden bridge A closeup of a bride's snowflake pendant and scarf A smiling bridal party standing together in the snow A closeup of a bride's hair, hairpiece and earrings, A groom smiling wearing an overcoat and scarf, and the bride smiling while holding her bouquet An outdoor candle holder attached to a log wall and a lantern on a snowy ledge A man rings a bell at an outdoor chapel in the snow Wedding guests sit on snowy logs in an outdoor chapel as the wedding party approach A woman pulling a young boy through snowy forest in a plastic toboggan Wedding guests look in as a groom stands in an outdoor chapel awaiting his bride's arrival A flower girl and bridesmaids walk down the aisle of a snowy outdoor chapel A bride being walked down the aisle of a snowy outdoor chapel by her father A groom looks on with a smile as his bride approaches down the aisle A lantern on a snowy ledge in the foreground with a bride and groom in the background A groom reading his vows to his bride with a celebrant in the background Wedding guests look on as a bride and groom are married in a snowy open air chapel A bride and groom hold hands at their wedding ceremony in a snowy open air chapel A bride's grandmother smiles while watching a bride put a ring on her groom's finger A wedding celebrant smiles as the bride and groom share a kiss at their wedding ceremony Wedding guests and wedding party look on as the bride and groom are announced as husband and wife A groom his hugged and congratulated by wedding guests after the ceremony A bride and groom stand together in a snowy open air chapel A bride and groom share a kiss while standing in a snowy open air chapel Two snowmen in a forest, one with Finnish decoration and one with an Australian flag (representing the bride and groom) A sneaky view into a reception room through the entrance A shot from above of wedding guests smiling and waving while standing in the snow A groom his held in the air by 5 smiling wedding guests A closeup of a snow ball in a man's hand A bride and groom are congratulated by guests A bride and groom have their photo taken with their photographer Smiling wedding guests raise their glasses Food on a plate and cards and gifts on a table at a wedding reception A bride and groom's rings on a table in front of some flowers A bride smiles at her groom as he speaks into a microphone Bunting that says "love" in English and Finnish against a brick wall Wedding guests smile and clap as two young women play a song Wedding guests play a game at a reception Wedding guests look on as a bride and groom play a game Wedding guests look on as a bride and groom play a game A bride and groom hold hands at their bridal table A smiling bride and groom cut their wedding cake A man slices himself a piece of wedding cake A young boy smiles and points at the bride as the groom watches A young girl speaks into a microphone and the bride wipes a tear from her eye Wedding guests play a game as others clap their hands A blindfolded bride and groom play a game as their guests look on A bride and groom share a kiss at their wedding reception as their guests clap their hands Wedding guests stand with the bride and groom as the bride holds a sign that says "I've drank wine with the bride" A bride and groom embrace on the dance floor as wedding guests watch on A bride tosses her bouquet as the single female guests wait to catch it, then the woman who caught it poses smiling with the bride A groom removes his bride's garter A groom tosses his bride's garter as the single male's wait to catch it A building in the snow at night A bride and groom embrace in front of a lit tree at night A groom dances as his bride and wedding guests watch on Wedding guests dancing at a reception