Manilla Turku Wedding a story about Paulina & David

One of the most significant roles in the history of Finland belongs to its oldest town Turku, which has been there through all the historical events and turning points that have marked the life of the city and the country itself. Even in our story, the city of Turku had a valuable role since it offered a cue for the narrative of another breakthrough, this time a Manilla Turku wedding photographer story.

Charming Finnish bride Paulina and her compassionate David from Germany wanted to affirm the love they have for each other in the city. They wanted a venue that tells a tale of them belonging to one another and of mutuality, but must at the same time include freedom, connection, and friendship bond.

The day we arrived in the city was a cold and windy August day, but the scenery was harmonious. The next day brought a change of dynamics, a new working rhythm, but most of all it brought warmth and affection to all of us who were there to create a one of a kind wedding event.

Give the meaning to the wedding photography

For the making of portraits, we chose a famous archipelago Turku, or more precisely the Ruissalo peninsula, where there are vast regions of oak woods that are included in programs for preservation and protection of nature. In the affection of these robust old oak trees, symbols of stability, persistence, and durability, Pauline and Davids hug represents the primal ritual of the words »I do.«

Archipelagos see at the bottom is splitting the hug, broadening it and connecting it to hope, to something new and do something unexpected. First spontaneous moments that only an eye of an experienced photographer acknowledges help with finding a meaning to making an unforgettable wedding story. That is how we managed to capture a moving moment of the couple with a boat that had a Finnish flag on it.

75 storytelling wedding photos captured at Manilla Turku venue

When coming back, Manilla Turku wedding venue took over a part as a center of events for our newlyweds. We, too, left behind the mystics of the forest and transformed ourselves into urban wedding photographers in the Manilla Turku wedding venue. The city gave us a real graphical challenge with its minimalistic and industrial style. With the help and organization of the bride and groom’s family and friends, the center of scenery came to life with details, which wanted to tell the experience of the young couple uniquely.

The guests made a relaxed, happy scenery and we managed to capture wedding memories that tell a real story and express genuine affection between the guests. We managed to take photos of intimate moments of the young couple and experience some unforgettable moments of wedding photography.

Turku, with that extra something special for a wedding

The wedding venue, Manilla in Finland, is a beautiful example of why contemporary wedding venues and destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. This was an international, modern wedding, so the stunning, vibrant city of Turku was a perfect choice. Using The Manila Factory at Manillas Works, Turku for the wedding venue, added that extra something special.

Here’s why The Manila Factory at Manillas Works, Turku is a top choice for a destination wedding to remember in Finland.

Situated along the banks of the River Aura, Turku is a beautiful, energetic, medieval city with bags of culture, character, and charm. Finland’s oldest city has been a sought after destination for over 800 years. This beautiful town with the river running through its center dates back to the 13th century, so you are guaranteed to have stunning views and plenty to see and do. Selected as the European Capital of Culture in 2011, it is no surprise that this is the wedding location of choice for so many who want a memorable wedding in Finland.

This thumping, modern city is the perfect mix of old and new, enabling it to ooze, so well, with contemporary style. From the beautiful ship and restaurants along the river to the charming cobbled streets, captivating museums, gorgeous parks, theme parks and cathedral, Turku is a picturesque hub of activity that has something for everyone.

The West Bank is the center of it all, with Turku Castle, the Forum MarinumMaritime Centre, Turku Art Museum, the Main Library, Pharmacy Museum, and Market Hall all located here. On the opposite side of the river, the East Bank also has lots to offer. Home to the Aboa Vetus and Art Nova, Sibelius Museum, the Old Town Centre, the Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum and the Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku’s eastern flank should not be overlooked.

So, top must-sees in Turku? Take a ferry, car, bike or waterbus to tour some of Turku’s famous archipelago. A collection of 20,000 glorious islands and skerries, all easily accessible from the shores of Turku.

These impressive natural wildernesses are dotted with tiny villages, dazzling sea life, magnificent views, sporting experiences, golf courses, adventure trails, and divine spas. With its distinctive design and tall spire, Turku Cathedral in Turku’s Old Great Square is a historical landmark. Built-in 1300, Turku Cathedral is Finland’s most famous historical building and treasured possession.

A perfect location for a destination wedding photography

Featuring stunning architecture, frescoes, three organs and a striking Victorian altarpiece by the Swedish artist Fredrik Westin, Turku Cathedral is an excellent place. The burial place for many, many prominent national figures, this much-loved structure on the banks of the river, is also home to the Cathedral Museum. The museum is well worth a visit and details the history of the building and local area, over the last 700 years. Built around 1280, Turku Castle is a fascinating structure, filled with lots of things to keep everyone entertained.

Despite being over 700 years old, it is one of Finland’s oldest working buildings. This top attraction boasts a children’s tour, re-enactments, endless rooms, beautiful exhibits and a variety of events, all detailing Turku’s rich historical and cultural past. Combining contemporary art and archaeology, The Aboa Vetus and Ars Nova is one of Turku’s star attractions. Go below the city to learn about its unique history, then return to higher ground to view the best of its more recent artistic delights.

For more artistic wonders, head to the Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum to discover life in the 18th century. Experience old Turku in all its glory, from its homes to its wide range of traders, walk the streets as they were, and see skilled craftsmen in action, working as they did all those years ago. For something comprehensive, the Turku Art Museum houses the country’s most prestigious collection of over 7000 pieces of dating from the past to today.

This magnificent building, designed by Professor Gustaf Nystrom, is a work of art itself, with a gorgeous cafe that boasts fabulous views across the city. For family fun, there are plenty of options.

Discover Finland’s fascinating nautical history at the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Home to Finland’s national maritime museum, this is an astonishing array of boats, exhibits, and experiences that will delight even the youngest members of the group. With Flowpark Ecological Adventure Park, Moomin World, and the Kurjenrahka National Park to enjoy too, there is plenty to keep everyone entertained.

And that is only the beginning! With so much to do and see in this desirable location, it is no wonder Turku ticks all the boxes for a top, contemporary destination wedding in Finland. When you top it off with a wedding at The Manila Factory, Manilla Turku, then you have the perfect combination for a contemporary wedding to remember.

Manilla Turku contemporary wedding venue

If you are looking for that extra something special for your modern wedding, Manilla Turku is a wedding venue that is at the top of everyone’s list. Sitting on the east bank of the river, it soon becomes clear why Manilla Turku is also known as The Manila Cultural Factory. The Manila Factory is a unique multi-venue site, boasting event spaces, galleries, meeting rooms and more. Situated by the river, within easy reach of all the best that Turku has to offer, this beautiful site is a lovely choice for a destination wedding in Finland. Built-in the 1860s, The Manila Factory was a wine factory, then later, Finland’s first rope factory.

Since its renovation in 2001, Manilla Truku has become one of Finland’s top locations for music, art, and theatrical events, as well as contemporary weddings. This gorgeous venue’s most modern wedding space, The Old Vineyard, is spread across two floors – perfect for a dramatic entrance as you descend the stairs. High ceilings, an abundance of bright, light space and neutral decor, means that this is a flexible venue, that you can use however you like for dinner, dancing, and the ceremony.

Weddings at this brilliant Manilla Turku wedding venue

Space has an on-trend contemporary feel, with exposed brickwork, feature lighting, a glass loft, partly glazed floor, and splendid views. The atmosphere here too is as modern as you would expect. Relaxed yet professional, attention to detail yet accommodating, the perfect blend that you need to create the personalized, modern wedding of your dreams.

Arrive the day before, with family and friends in tow, to get the venue exactly as you want. Use the splendid riverside surroundings and nearby archipelago for stunning photos. Bring in your catering and drinks, plus the entertainment of your choice, then turn up on the day to enjoy all of your meticulous plans! With all of the facilities that you need, in a superb, sought-after location, Manilla Turku is a top choice for a unique destination wedding in Turku, Finland.

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