Dear blog readers from all over the world. How are you doing?
I myself am back in Ethiopia after a month in my home country, Finland. I could share with you many stories about these weeks filled with joyous moments with friends and family. But let me just highlight the main event. Our wedding! Yes, you heard me. We got married with Atte. And since you have been following this journey of ours in Ethiopia from the beginning, let me share some pictures from this memorable day.
Our wedding was held at Bosgård, an organic farm in Porvoo. It is an ideal place to organize an event – actually for us it was perfect because we had so many children attending our party. The mood at the farm was so relaxed and children could easily go out and play in the garden or join the grown-ups on a guided tour to visit the bulls (who doesn’t expect a guided bull tour at a wedding?!). The farm is located not far from Helsinki and you can even plan a day trip there. In the weekends they serve brunch at their deli café and there’s a guided nature path just around the corner. Put briefly: I always enjoy a visit to Bosgård. That’s why we wanted to host our wedding there as well.
My wedding dress was sown by Outi Karikivi, the founder and owner of Willatar, a textile business focusing on producing garments from natural and/or second-hand materials. My dress was a combination of my grandmother’s old wedding dress (her wedding was in 1945), some lace curtains from an old house in Porvoo and chiffon from China. Check out Outi’s business! She is amazing.
Here’s a piece of advice: if you ever think about whether or not you should organize a party, don’t think twice. Do it! Just do it! For my family and friends who attended this special day: I am ever so grateful and happy.
All photos are by Rasmus Hartikainen. One word: love.
Psst! To not forget Ethiopia, our wedding dance was partly to Tikur Sew by the one and only Teddy Afro.