Petra and Hanno married in Reök Palace art gallery in the city of Szeged in Hungary. The couple met in Denmark, got engaged in Helsinki and returned to Petra’s hometown to get married. They live in Finland so organising their wedding in Hungary posed some challenges, but they managed it with the help of family and friends. Their beautiful celebration was captured by the ever-amazing Gabby of  En Route Photography.

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HOW THEY MET

“Hanno and I met eight years ago in Denmark while we were both studying there. He proposed three years ago in Helsinki on a romantic night out. We really enjoyed the time being engaged, so there was absolutely no rush to organise the wedding. We got married in Szeged in  Hungary. It is my hometown and Hanno loves it too, so in a way it was always our top choice. The ceremony was held in an art gallery, in Reök Palace- a gorgeous building in the heart of the city. Some years ago we visited an exhibition there and we fell in love with the place. It has beautiful tall white walls inside with glass roof, the whole interior is full of light. We held the reception at Tiszavirág restaurant & hotel. When we first saw it, we knew, “this is us”. The house is a beautifully renovated townhouse, mixing modern and traditional style. It´s small and cozy, the food is amazing and the team is great.

PLANNING THE WEDDING

We are living in Finland, so organising a wedding abroad is of course not easy. For example, we had to make sure that everything was translated into two languages and that our wedding website was informative and helpful to guests who arrived from abroad. With the programs, we tried to mix both Finnish and Hungarian traditions. The organisation might have been challenging, but we received a lot of help from family, friends and managed it without the help of a wedding planner. Special thanks to the team of Tiszavirág.

DETAILS

There was no specific theme for the wedding day. Both Hanno and I enjoy simplicity, so we did not want any extraordinary style. We felt like neither Reök Palace, nor Tiszavirág needed any, plus they are gorgeous the way they are. The only thing we wanted to bring in to the wedding was the “spring feeling”, by using a lot of seasonal flowers and seasonal ingredients in the menu. For example we had elderflower lemonade, which is a very typical Hungarian spring refresher and our guests loved it. The invitations were also designed to be simple and springlike, with just a little bit of fresh colour.

BEST DECISIONS & ADVICE

I think there were several good decisions that made the day. Starting with the choice of venue, the music, asking an interpreter to help with the communication between families, and getting a coordinator for the day to make sure everything went as planned. Also, I must add here that one of the best choices we made was to ask Gabby to be our wedding photographer- she is amazing. Perhaps the most memorable moment was the first time my husband saw me in my wedding gown. Regarding advice we’d have for other couples- we realised after the wedding that both of us were very tired. We had thought that holidays and honeymoon could wait until summer. Thinking back on it now, we should have gone for at least a mini-break straight after the wedding.”

Photography: En Route Photography | Ceremony: Reök Palace | Reception: Tiszavirág | Stationery: Willow Visuals | Flowers: SzucsFlo (Bouquet, Boutonniere, Flower Wreaths) Reception Flowers: Tiszavirág | Hair Stylist: Eta Kormányné | Makeup: Zita Vince | Bride’s Dress: Daalarna | Groom’s Suit: Turo | Bride’s Hairpiece: Aino

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