We did it! Because ‘We Do’ is better than ‘I do’!

We did it! Because ‘We Do’ is better than ‘I do’!

Two weeks ago -on May 15- my Wedding Planning and Management students at HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences and I -as a teacher and project supervisor- organised the WE DO! Weddings In Every Sense -event in Porvoo open to the public. Thanks to all participants, partners, guests, models and organisers! The Wedding Planning and Management course is unique in its kind. This Spring semester our project was to create a memorable event for all the senses for people who are getting married and WE DID IT! Take a taste of this awesome video made by Ansa Production.

Fashion designers, singers, weddings planners, hair-stylists, make-up artists, catering companies, amazing wedding gowns, beautfiul jewellery and 20 beautiful brides were a part of our‘ Spring Fairy Tale Wedding’-themed event. Here is me with 9 of our models-brides! Pose, ladies!

WeDoWeddings (5) Look at all the beautiful ladies on the stairs of HAAGA-HELIA’s Porvoo Campus glaming up the place!

The first two rows of wedding gowns are from MargaretS* Bridal Boutique in Hakaniemi in Helsinki. WeDoWeddings (4)Below you can check out the beautiful SNÖ of Sweden and Kalevala jewellery the models and I are wearing! Kulta-Kamari provided all jewellery for our WE DO! Weddings In Every Sense models! Kulta-Kamari  has shops in Helsinki and Kirkkonummi. Kulta-Kamari at FORUM Shopping Center is located on Mannerheimintie 20 next to the main entrance of the ground floor. Also, in Helsinki a few meters away from FORUM at Simonkatu 10 you will find Kulta-Kamari’s Atéljé. Last, the third location is at PRISMA Kirkkonummi on Munkinmäentie 29. Kulta-Kamari has a wide selection of wedding jewellery! At Kulta-Kamari, you can find your dream engagement- and wedding rings!

All hair and make-up of the models (as well as my hairdo) is done by Jazz Up hair studio in Porvoo.

All the colourful flower arrangements of the event as well as the stunning bridal bouquet the models and I are holding is from the Flower Shop Peikonpähkinä in Porvoo.

All stunning event photos are taken by photographer Kim Ekman from Vision51 stunning photos of our models and I with Kulta-Kamari’s jewellery on! I absolutely love this necklace! Also, it is available in black. I want them both!

WeDoWeddings (6) Take a look at our stunning We Do! brides..

WeDoWeddings (11) Model: Hortense Rey

Dress: Ulla Vainikka

The first two dresses are designed and made by fashion designer Ulla Vainikka. This white strapless wedding dress worn by Hortense is made out of silk chiffon it has beautiful satin stripes that catch the eye. The top of the dress is pleated horizontally and the lower part of the dress has fullness and a short train. The shoes are from Valkoinen Kreivitär. In Ulla’s opinion a timeless silhouette, good design and cut, high quality fabrics and skilful execution guarantee that pleasing clothes goes along with you for a long time. She designs individual clothes and accessories both for everyday life and celebrations.

WeDoWeddings (10) Model: Sannariina Sydänmetsä

Dress: Ulla Vainikka

The dress is made out of thai-silk. The fabric is folded and pleated asymmetrically. The folds open at the top and the dress has an opening in the front, showing her legs.

WeDoWeddings (12) Model: Linda Partti

Dress: Valkoinen Kreivitär

The dress Linda is wearing is from Sincerity collection. The dress is decorated with lace fabric and it has also beautiful long lace sleeves.  On her head Linda is wearing a tiara from Lily.

WeDoWeddings (7) Model: Amanda Kaskela

Dress: Valkoinen Kreivitär

Amanda is wearing a short dress from Party Line. This dress is perfect for bridal or other celebrations.  Amanda is wearing shoes from Lily.

WeDoWeddings (13) Model: Enni Hirvonen

Dress: Valkoinen Kreivitär

Enni is wearing a Party Line lacy wedding dress and a beautiful Bianco Evento lacy bolero covering her shoulders.

WeDoWeddings (8) Model: Anna Rantakivi

Dress: Irina Rogusina

Anna is wearing a dress designed and made by dressmaker Irina Rogusina.  Irina sews dresses at home in her own sewing atelier in Vantaa. Her dresses are personal, unique and custom-made. She plans and designs the dresses from the beginning and after sewing makes corrections if needed.

WeDoWeddings (9) Model: Clotilde Dincher

Dress: Inka-Tuuli Pyykönen

This beautiful short wedding dress Clotilde is wearing has been made by Inka-Tuuli for the I love me -fair bridal hairstyles competition. The dress has been kept simple so the beautiful redrafting of the collar would increase even more. Inka is a graduate of the Kouvola Region Vocational College with a  vocational qualification in textile and fashion design and is eager to design more wedding dresses in the future.

WeDoWeddings (14) This is the dream team that brought the event to life with their hard work and creativity! See you next year for WE DO! Weddings in Every Sense 2015!

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Check out what the Finnish- and Swedish-speaking press wrote about our WE DO! Weddings in Every Sense -event! Uusimaa Uusimaa-2 10379731_481943481951613_7716061531077315597_o

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)

Jazz Up hair studio dazzled visitors at the We do! Weddings in every sense…

Jazz Up hair studio dazzled visitors at the We do! Weddings in every sense…

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Jazz Up hair studio dazzled visitors at the We do! Weddings in every sense… with their amazing hair and makeup styling. Katja, Carita ja Jenni from Jazz up dedicated their day on May 15th at HAAGA-HELIA’s wedding fair created by the wedding planning management students. The Jazz up girls mesmerized guests with their fantastic hair and make-up talent shown on the runway models. Besides beautifying the models, they kept extremely busy providing the guests with quick hairdo styles. With a long line of guests waiting at all times it was inspirational to see their passion for styling and great customer service skills. They truly brighten up our wedding fair with their cheerful disposition and constant positive attitude. We are so grateful for everything they have contributed to the We do! Weddings in every sense… and hope to work together in the future!

Jazz up studio specializes in hair and makeup. They also do hair extensions and Indian head massage. You can find their hair studio location at Kaivokatu 29, Porvoo. We highly recommend this company for all your styling needs!!!

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Post by: Anna Rantakivi & Nicole Hiltunen

What the newspapers wrote about We Do! Weddings in Every Sense

What the newspapers wrote about We Do! Weddings in Every Sense

Our effort didn’t go unnoticed; you can find two large articles about us in Friday newspapers, one in Uusimaa and one in Borgåbladet! A big thank you to all of our exhibitors, sponsors, talented artists who has performed during our We Do! event, our visitors, our Project Supervisor Chryssa Skodra and all the students from the Wedding Planning and Management course who have worked extremely hard to make this event a success. We did it!

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Love is sweet! – Candy buffet with Brunberg Oy

Love is sweet! – Candy buffet with Brunberg Oy

Brunberg Oy is a chocolate factory based in Porvoo. They produce different kinds of sweets: caramel fudges, jelly sweets, truffles and liquorice. Their specialities are the famous kisses in different flavours. They also specialize in sugar free and lactose free milk chocolate. They have two shops in Porvoo, in Old Town and a factory shop a few kilometres from the city centre. With the help from Brunberg we are creating a fantastic candy buffet which is nowadays a popular thing to have in weddings. Come and get ideas for Your candy buffet!


Old Town shop

Address: Välikatu 4, 06100 Porvoo

Phone: +358 19 548 4235

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri 10-18

Sat 9-16

Sun 12-16


Factory shop

Address: Teollisuustie 19 B, 06150 Porvoo

Phone: +358 19 548 4224

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri 9-17

Sat 9-15


Website: http://www.brunberg.fi/en/

E-mail: postmaster@brunberg.fi


Text by: Ida Hanski

Kannonnokka & Vanha Navetta

Kannonnokka & Vanha Navetta

One of the exhibitors at our fair is Kannonnokka & Vanha Navetta. They are providing beautiful and unique venues for parties, conventions and of course for weddings!


Kannonnokka is a venue for outdoor celebrations. It is surrounded by nature, right next to Porvoo River. Vanha Navetta offers perfect venue for example country style summer weddings. What else? Oh yes, they also offer sauna, catering, amazing activities… Check by yourself from their website:


So if you want your weddings to be memorable and unique, Kannonnokka & Vanha Navetta is perfect choice for you!

Ulla Vainikka – the main fashion designer of the fair

Ulla Vainikka – the main fashion designer of the fair

May we introduce you our event’s main fashion designer: Ulla Vainikka!

Ulla Vainikka has a great experience in fashion design as she has studied in Parsons, The New School for Design in New York. You might recognise the school from TV-program Project Runway! Ulla has also studied architecture so design is very close to her heart.

In Ulla’s opinion a timeless silhouette, good design and cut, high quality fabrics and skilful execution guarantee that pleasing clothes goes along with you for a long time. She designs individual clothes and accessories both for everyday life and party.

If you got interested about her, you can visit her own office called vaatesuunnittelutoimisto ullavainikka, which is located in Mariankatu 15b, 00170 Helsinki. You can also check her website here: http://www.ullavainikka.fi/, and contact her via e-mail: office@ullavainikka.fi or call: +358 41 444 8033.

Come and see her fabulous dresses in our event!

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Text by: Miia Keinonen

MargaretS* Bridal Boutique is attending We Do- Weddings in Every Sense!

MargaretS* Bridal Boutique is attending We Do- Weddings in Every Sense!


We got a great addition to our wedding attire exhibition and fashion show as we will have Margaret’s Bridal Boutique attending to the fair! MargaretS* will also offer great discounts for the visitors!!


MargaretS* Bridal Boutique is a store specialized in bridal- and evening gowns. The boutique is located in Hakaniemi, Helsinki. They offer a great, high-class collection of gowns and accessories for brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride, flower girls and also evening gowns for different occasions. There you will find everything you need for the perfect attire on your wedding day!

MargaretS* Bridal Boutique represents many famous international wedding attire designers and they offer the most famous and authentic brands.

To the fair MargaretS* Bridal Boutique carry a collection of bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, flowergirls dresses, veils, gloves etc. Very low prices are offered up to 50%-70% discounts on the day of the fair!  Don’t miss this great offer!!

You are also going to see some of these beautiful dresses on the catwalk in our fabulous fashion show! MargaretS* is taking part in the big final show, which will be at 5.30pm!

Come and meet them at our fair on Thursday 15th!




MargaretS* Bridal Boutique

Margaret Kamanga

Näkinkuja 6, Hakaniemi

00530 Helsinki

Phone: 046 5745975

E-mail: margaret@live.fi

Homepage: http://www.margaretsbridalboutique.com



Text by: Mari Ämmälä

Pictures: MargaretS*