Updated: Jan 11

I wanted to talk about my own wedding, not just firstly or as an example, but more reason is to share this with you, so it might show you the lovely side of a tiny wedding. Well, to be honest calling my own wedding a tiny wedding, it was more a day about just the two of us and the love we have for one another.

Why did we do it this way? I am from Finland and my husband is French, and we live in England.

Us planning our wedding, the first thing we agreed on was to do it here and as simply as possible. Neither of us wanted a big ceremony (also, different religions) and it would have been a challenge to get our families and friends from our countries to join the wedding. And as I already said, we really wanted it to be about our love for one another, rather than having lots of quite challenging things to consider when putting it together. We as a couple are a bit funny anyway - meaning we like doing things in unusual order - we did our little honeymoon to Italy before we got married. Our wedding itself was in a registry office, and we only had our very good friend couple as our witnesses, and one of them kindly took photos of the day as well.

After the ceremony we had 2 friends who surprised us by showing up with bubbly and big hugs, that was so lovely. We had a meal together with our witnesses in a great restaurant/hotel in London and beautiful wedding suite night. When we planned our wedding, we agreed with our families that we will celebrate in each country after the wedding, as our wedding was in November we were in Finland at Christmas and had a small family party there then. And later in the spring in Paris. All this meant that our wedding had zero stress or pressure - our families were super understanding and happy for us. This way of getting married suited us perfectly. And this year is our 10th anniversary!

With the current times I fully understand if more couples start going for a tiny (wee, micro, small, low key etc...) wedding or decide to elope and do it somewhere outdoors, or in a special place specifically for them.

I would even encourage more couples to do it this way. Naturally it is fabulous not just to have your closest people there to celebrate your day, but also to splash out once in a lifetime big party. But how things can be in life and never know, even how well planned and thought of, can happen in future - maybe it is sometimes best to be "selfish" and do your private way, not minding the others. The love is between you two and it is your decision. Of course the traditional way is great, romantic and a big celebration and will have lots of memories for rest of your life. However, doing it in a smaller way will also have amazing moments in it. And you can celebrate together with your family and friends on later date, however way you think suits the best.

I really think couples should, hopefully, start thinking this way as a fantastic option for getting married - and not be disappointed if they couldn't do a big wedding instead. There is often big pressure and expectations within the families when it comes to wedding, the simple reply to that is, it is you two who are getting married, not them this time. Celebrate your love, it is not small or eloped even if that is the way of your wedding!

I would be very happy and understanding joining you there, and capture your wedding moments and take beautiful portraits of you lovelies.

wedding ring and bridal decoration
Tiny wedding or an elopement?

Do I mean by this headline my "ideal client"? Well nah, maybe I should put it this way. To whom my photography style would most likely appeal to, but also lovely humans I love working with.

I am a lover of light! That should be pretty given being a photographer, always chasing that perfect light. But, I also think my love of light stems from my Nordicness. My roots are deep in the Finnish countryside, where the four seasons, all with different light affect our every day lives. Either there is a lack of natural light in the winter months or there is abundance of it in the summer months. The key word here is natural light. My photography style is all about that natural light. So coming back to that ideal client theme, I will not write about age, gender demographic, income or job titles here. That would be just too tedious. Nah! And you would get bored reading about it. I will stick to 4 types of taste ( a bit like 4 seasons, yes?)

The Classic, someone who loves their wedding in a rather luxurious venue and setting. Manor house, beautiful boutique hotel, even a castle. Everything is thoughtfully tied together, from the venue, to your elegant dress, suit, flowers, cakes etc. You like following the latest wedding trends.

The Attitude, a bit of rock n' roll couples. You have a strong identity & do it your way! Rough and ready venue, edgy, even industrial. Like wearing something that is braver fashion and colourful, but very beautiful choice. In all can get a bit messy in "an artsy" way , but love a great party!

The Natural, these are the ones who love an outdoor wedding, woodlands, gardens, even marquees/tipis. I would call you the Nordic appreciators. Rather minimalist and practical in everything with the wedding. You don't mind if you have to put your wellies on under your dress! You might even love a snowy winter wedding.

The Relaxed, you have planned your wedding very well, but have been very easy going about the whole process. The wedding itself is fun, relatively small scale with great personal touches - like in a barn, gastro pub etc. Thoughtful, sophisticated and mature feel.

I hope you can identify with these, even a little bit. If you are planning your wedding, I would love to hear from you. It is always so much better to chat face to face and get a real feel of what you'd like from your photography on the day. I am here for you, let's do this together!