I have a humungous crush on EVERYTHING about this wedding. Seriously…I love the vibe; everyone just looks so relaxed and happy and impeccably stylish. I love the agricultural style venue, brimming with mix and match furniture, trestle tables and foliage. I love Siina’s statement gown. I love Glenn’s braces and the fact he’s not wearing a jacket for most of the day…
The wedding party? SO cool. The food? It looks delicious. And the photography from Damien Milan is just perfect, a totally natural capture of the day as it unfolded.
As far as I’m concerned this wedding ticks every box and it’s a pleasure to share it with you all this morning. And if you fall for the photography as much as we have, Damien and Anastasia love to travel and are often based in Europe for certain periods of the year, so do contact them 🙂 Oh AND they describe themselves as ‘a couple of photographers, storytellers, partners in life and fearless gypsies.’ Yep – it made us love them a little bit more.
How We Met
We met over 10 years ago in 2004 when Siina was backpacking in Australia. We became friends, but saw each other only for a few week before Glenn left overseas himself, to travel the world and ended up living and working in London. Our paths crossed a few times over the next few years, but never in a million years did we think we would end up getting married. In 2007 Siina traveled back to Australia to do an exchange semester in Sydney. Around the same time Glenn decided it was time for him to return to Australia, as one of his closest friends was getting married. So it happened we found ourselves living in the same city (at least for the next 7 months). We couldn’t help it but started spending a lot of time together, finally facing the fact that we were in love.
We were in Italy in a small coastal town called Levanto, near Cinque Terre. We went kayaking and found a private rocky beach where we sunbathed and swam, just us two, no other soul in sight. Then Glenn pulled out a ring from his surf shorts pocket and asked me if I would marry him. It was the most perfect moment. Glenn told me later he had a moment of horror when he thought he had lost the ring in the ocean, as he pulled out the little string he had attached it to and the ring wasn’t there, but luckily found it on the bottom of the pocket. Lucky, since we had been swimming and diving while the ring had been loose in his surf shorts pocket!
Being originally from Finland, it doesn’t often happen that we have all our families and closest friends together in one place. So having that for this one day was one of the most important and amazing things about this wedding for us. Also, on a different note, one of the loveliest moments was at midnight after we took the bus back to town with all the guests, we had to walk through the empty town to get to our accommodation. Just Glenn and I. I took my heels off and felt the cool asphalt under my feet, it was nice peaceful moment after such a emotion filled, amazing but hectic day. Time stopped for a moment and we just enjoyed our time as newly weds, still in our wedding gear and love in our hearts.
Siina: Glenn has the warmest and kindest nature, and you only have to look him in the eyes to see that. Also his dimples makes me fall in love with him every time he smiles 🙂
Glenn: Siina is simply the most beautiful woman I have ever met, inside and out. She also has a great sense of humour, even though some of her Finnish jokes get lost in translation 😉
￼Don’t get too caught up with plans you may have made, allow space for creativity and spontaneity. plans never work out just so, so if you are flexible you may find out that things tend to work themselves out.
Mix & matched plates and wine glasses were collected from around the town from variety of second hand stores. Table runners made from old curtains, wood slices on tables were found from the venue. For wedding favours Siina’s parents brought Finnish sweets over which we wrapped in baking paper and secured with natural string.