ZSU + ANDRAS | August 2013
Villa Kieloranta Häät. Hämeenlinna Häät. Bohemian Finnish Lake Wedding.
I photographed this wedding back in 2013 (!). 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.
Three weeks after their London adventure, Zsuzsanna and András met in the Finnish forest to say exchange vows.
I spent two days together with them and their friends, taking in all the beauty of Finland: the lake filled with water lilies, the rain and the sun peaking behind the clouds, the tranquility.
Zsu remembers about the wedding day: Our friends came a day early to the wedding place. We wanted to spend some time with them so we had rented the houses for 3 nights. As there was a such a rush during the first day, we had to leave them with the task of starting with the decoration. I had bought some textile and lights to be hung in the room, and made some garlands out of pine cones and cardboard circles. By the time we got back to the house, they were done with the decoration and created this beautiful magical place inside, that looked even better than I had imagined. We had a relaxed dinner together, and spent the evening in the Jacuzzi and sauna chatting.
The next day started much less crazy, breakfast, rain, hairdresser, rain, lunch, rain. Thankfully the rain stopped about 15 minutes before the wedding, after which, as it usually happens in Finnish summer, we had a bright, sunny afternoon. We had the ceremony, took some photos and had dinner with our guest.
For the wedding, Zsu wore a stunning Vera Wang dress, flowers in her hair, and a pair of the most gorgeous cream ballerina shoes I have seen.
The decor was all forest inspired, featuring pine cones and leaves hanging from the ceiling and table name cards with forest animals: deer, hedgehogs, owls, bears, rabbits and, of course, Gandalf for Zsu’s friend who flew in from New Zealand. And I must mention their super-cute brown bunny Winston who also joined the celebration.
The evening ended with a “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” style quiz on Zsu and András’ life, and a Finnish sauna and cocktails after-party.
Zsu’s words, again: The best part of the evening for me was the quiz game that Andris had prepared. It was a “Who wants to be a millionaire?”-style quiz with questions about us, our work and interests. The whole evening went by so fast. After midnight we went down to enjoy sauna with the remaining guests and stayed there until 6:30 in the morning.
It was just simply the best night. We both are very happy with how the wedding turned out and thankful that we could have most of our friends there, who traveled shorter or longer distances to come and celebrate with us.
Villa Kieloranta Häät. Hämeenlinna Häät. Lake Wedding
So far I haven’t had a chance to thank you for the marvelous work what you have done with the wedding photos! So thanks very much, great work! We’re really satisfied! Now we are just sending it over to people so every could see how awesome they are :)
Cheers and looking forward to the album!
Location: Villa Kieloranta Häät
Hair and Make-up: Salon Violet, Hämeenlinna
Wedding dress: Vera Wang – Faye
Shoes: Badgley Mischka – Dainty
Groom’s suit: Brothers
Flowers: Kukkakauppa Pioni
Catering: Rengon Pitopalvelu
Cake: Sokerileipuri Suominen
Stationary laser cutting by: TwoHermanas
Wedding planner consultant: Sonja Wikström from Orchidea
Zsu and András write about their experience with the wedding vendors:
I think we were very lucky with our wedding organization. On a wedding fair in Helsinki (Häämessut), we met our wedding organizer consultant, Sonja Wikström, who helped us in the beginning with great advices on the wedding location and budget. We were also looking for a photographer there. Having previously visited many Finnish photographers’ websites, we were very curious as to who we would feel comfortable working with (as I particularly don’t like to be photographed at all). We didn’t want posed studio pictures, just something that feels natural. When we first met Maria, we were absolutely sure we want to hire her. I think it was not only the style of her pictures and their storytelling quality, but also her personality and the albums she made, which are great both in quality and in composition.
About half a year later, when we found our wedding place, Villa Kieloranta, the owner there suggested us to contact the catering company, Rengon Pitopalvelu, who proved to be an amazingly good choice. Rengon Pitopalvelu recommended our cake-maker, Sokerileipuri Suominen, who they have already worked with in the past, and who were known to be the ones making even non-traditional cakes. We found the florist (Kukkakauppa Pioni) on the internet, who seemed very nice on the phone, and professional in real life. When asked if she could recommend any hairdresser, she pointed us to the direction of Salon Violet, where they did my hair and make-up perfect for the wedding, even without a wedding hair trial. The marriage officiant appointed to us was also very nice and flexible, so we could have the ceremony in English with our friend translating it to Hungarian.