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ELLEN + AXEL | June 2015
Houtskär Bröllop | Houtskari Häät | Parainen | Pargas Bröllop | Houtskarin Kirkko Häät | Houtskär Kyrka Bröllop.
I photographed this wedding back in 2015 (!). While I like to hold on to my old work to be able to see how I grow over the years, I encourage your to check out my more recent work, here.
“Our story is weird” said Axel. “Well, it is the best one I know“.
Axel and Ellen’s story revolves around the sea. They first met on an island at a confirmation camp. A summer later, after a spontaneous barbeque by the beach, Axel gathered his courage to tell her how much he thinks of her. Then last spring, on a different island outside Helsinki, he proposed. So now their wedding could not have been in a better place than out on Houtskär island in the Finnish Archipelago, close to Ellen’s family summer cottage.
We sat and we ate pizza and they told me about how they met. I couldn’t help but think back on the days when Rufus and I first met: so young, and shy, and much in love.
I asked them, as I do with all my couples, what they like about each other. And then, instead of answering back to me, they smiled and blushed and turned towards each other and I experienced this beautiful conversation:
Axel “I like your looks. You’re the most beautiful woman I know. And your honesty, your genuine character. And your big heart for people. And you love God, I like that.”
Ellen “You are so different, almost from a whole other world. And you are spontaneous.”
Axel “I’m a weirdo”
Ellen “Yes, and I love it.” “There’s a purity in you that is not from this world. And the joy of being with such a romantic man!.. I love the way you are a man and treat me as a woman, your vulnerability, your stability. The way you love me.“
Ceremony at Houtskär kyrka (Houtskarin kirkko).
Houtskär bröllop. Houtskari häät. Parainen. Pargas bröllop. Houtskarin kirkko häät. Houtskär kyrka bröllop.
Finland Archipelago Wedding of a Swedish Finnish/ Spanish couple, our friends Axel and Ellen.
Wow, wow and wow!
Thank you! The images are beautiful and there was a big variance that we really enjoyed. All the comments we have heard have been positive and amazed.
A year ago we could never had imagine that we would have you as our wedding photographer. You yourself was above all our expectations. It was lovely to sit in your sofa telling you our story and we were truly impressed by the way you organized especially the family portraits and the question blanket we filled in beforehand. Many of our family members have commented it afterwards in an positive way. Your professionalism was so inspiring and mad us feel loved and special. Your artistic flexibility was lovely to experience – how you saw the beautiful beach at Kittuis and wanted to work even the next day with us!
Ellen and Axel