[ Ristiina ]Lahja + Casey //Finnish-American Countryside Home Wedding

Adventtikirkko Häät, Ristiina Hääkuva. Ristiina Hääkuvaus.
Seventh Day Adventist Wedding Ceremony in Ristiina // Finnish American Wedding // Home Wedding // Finland Countryside Wedding

I met Lahja and Casey only a few weeks before their wedding when Casey flew from USA to Finland for the wedding. We sat in a cafe and talked about their wedding plans together with Lahja’s maid of honor who had just arrived from Canada. They told me the wedding was to be more like a family get-together and celebration than a formal Finnish wedding. They wanted it to be a mixture of Finnish and American traditions in the middle of Finnish nature.

Lahja and Casey are such wonderful people, I immediately knew I wanted to be part of their celebration. The ceremony took place at the Seventh Day Adventist church in Ristiina, and was followed by a lunch at Lahja’s parents’ home. Because the wedding was the same day as our 5 year anniversary, the couple also invited my husband, and we got to spend a few nights in Ristiina.

Lahja and Casey both love outdoor activities and you will see that reflected in their wedding decorations.

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Adventtikirkko Häät, Ristiina Hääkuva. Ristiina Hääkuvaus.

 Maria, the pictures are so very lovely! Thank you so much for your great work :) We really like what you did and how you were able to capture so much. We just sat down with the family and looked through the pictures (twice) and got to enjoy the wedding all over again. It was great :)
Thank you so much! Oh, and your packaging was very nice, I liked it :)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Lahja and Casey.

Church: Ristiina Adventtikirkko
Hair Stylist: Red Hair, Mikkeli
Wedding Dress: Fiancée
Veil: Fiancée
Flowers: Puistokukka, Mikkeli
Jewlery: Marks & Morgan jewelers
Bridesmaids Dresses: www.TideBuy.com
Cake: home made
Stationary: made by Lahja

  • Laura Ludusan said:


  • You really captured their day and told their story beautifully! Gorgeous work!

  • So many beautiful moments. Looks like it was a magical day!

  • Porter said:

    damn mariah those portraits at the end are STUNNINGGGG! gorgeous work!

  • small said:

    What a fun wedding! I love the last few portraits, very beautiful!

  • Adonye Jaja said:

    such a cute collection, well done Maria!

  • Naomi said:

    The black and white bridesmaid coming down the aisle and the father giving her away are two of mh favourites from a strong set.

  • beautiful work my friend, love the sunset pictures.

  • Stunning stunning work - and great use of light

  • rahul said:

    awesome work maria...!! lovely use of light for the portraits!

  • kong wai said:

    Amazing!! it is a beautiful story

  • I love all the wedding party shots. Looks like such a fun group!

  • Veronica Munteanu said:

    Love this shoot! Picturing an experience to die for... great job!

  • Tacu Nicu said:

    I love this kind of weddings, and always after rain the sun is coming!

  • Ali Paul said:

    Some great documentary work! Love the B&G portraits. Some awesome light.

  • David said:

    Great work Maria.