A STARRY NIGHT SKY THEMED WEDDING IN TEXAS WITH TRADITIONAL FINNISH ARTS & CRAFTS!
Nicole and Veli Matti were keen to include personal touches that reflected both their Texan and Finnish roots. The couple included a pop up Himmeli station where guests could make their own traditional arts and crafts and took inspiration from the starry night sky, to create this beautiful wedding full of constellations, metallics, simple geometric lines & Scandinavian minimalism.
“We worked with our wedding planner Natalie to come up with a visual and aesthetic theme for our wedding” Nicole told us. “Initially we found ourselves drawn to the simple beauty of starry night skies, and we saw it as a cross between our Texan and Finnish roots. Traditional Finnish arts and crafts often have star-shaped and geometric motifs, and the classic song ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’ starts with the line, “The stars at night are big and bright / deep in the heart of Texas.”
The couple loved the look of constellations, metallics, simple geometric lines and Scandinavian minimalism. “We tied the look together with lots of little details, from beautiful bronze himmeli (a traditional Finnish craft) for the ceremony backdrop and glittering gold- and silver-sequins dresses for the bridesmaids, to our planetarium-inspired invitation suite and programs that doubled as star guides. Our cake was part of the ‘minimalist glam’ look we were going for with a stark, modern white buttercream accented with edible crystals and geodes for sparkle. I also can’t say enough good things about our floral arrangements and bouquets (and our amazing florist, Jody!). The flowers were incredible and helped make the event feel more ethereal” She continued.
“We wanted to have unexpected fun moments in our wedding, and we opted for a cocktail party-type reception. Our reception was full of musical performances by family members as well as an incredible audio-visual art piece created by family friends who are artists. My grandfather played country folk tunes and my groom’s brother and best friend performed some of our favorite pop songs, including an Iron & Wine song (“Flightless Bird American Mouth”) for our first dance.”
“We also set up a mini himmeli-making station for our guests to create their own special craft to take home with them. Instead of a traditional seating chart, we had a world map showing all of the places our guests had come from. I hoped it would make our guests feel welcome and let everyone know how grateful we were for how far they traveled to be with us on our wedding day. I know it ended up being a conversation starter between guests from the same city! The map fit in with our theme too with its beautiful glitter gold frame and starry dark background.”
“The best part of our wedding was having all the people we love together for a giant party. We ended up dancing all night and well into the next morning! It was perfect from beginning to end.”
Super Suppliers – Photography: Samuli Ikäheimo// Event Design & Planning: Natalie Dawley, Two Be Wed// Venue: The Grove// Floral: The Moss and Rose// Linens: House of Hough// Cake: Sugary and Chic Cake Boutique// DJ and Lighting: Unique Style Productions// Stationery and Signage: Artful Designs by Rachel Nieman//