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Manilla Turku Wedding Photographer | 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 which are included in programmes 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 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 which had Finnish flag on it.

75 storytelling wedding photos captured at Manilla venue

When coming back, Manila 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 to urban wedding photographers in the Manilla venue. The city gave us a real graphical challenge with its minimalistic and industrial style. With the help and organization of the bride and grooms 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 a 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, Manillas Works, then you have the perfect combination for a contemporary wedding to remember.

Manilla 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 Manillas Works 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 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, ManillasWorks is a top choice for a unique destination wedding in Turku, Finland.

Need someone on-hand to capture it all? Then please get in touch to see our availability on your special day! We are experienced destination wedding photographers, who specialize in capturing every one of your unforgettable moments so that you can look back and remember all of those beautiful feelings from your special day.  


Best Of 2018 Wedding Photography by Aleks & Irena Kus

To write a good story about our 2018 season, I'm pretty sure I need a few years to do that! So many things happened I don't know where to start. Because of that, I will let the best wedding photos of 2018 speak for themselves. But before I leave you enjoying the best of the collection, I would like to point out a few important parts of the year. Behind us is our thirteenth season working as wedding photographers, and without a question was the best one thus far! We switched from Canon to Nikon! All the images in our best wedding collection which you will see below were taken using Nikon D850 and D750 and we couldn't be happier about that.

Second place the best documentary wedding photographer in the world by PKIR

We can't overlook the fact that our wedding photography season 2018. Was the most successful regarding prestigious awards for wedding photography. So we are highlighting them;

131 best of 2018 photos by award-winning photographer

Below you will see 131 Best Of 2018 Slovenia Wedding Photographer Aleks & Irena Kus images and we are sure you will see how brilliant our 2018 wedding season was!

At this point, I would like to say THANK YOU for all the moments of happiness in 2018! You are the reason for all the traveling we are going to do in 2019. Amazing people and unique locations are waiting for us to tell their unique story and win a few new awards for our work!

In the end, I would like to thank my awesome wife, Irena, for my soulmate, my assistant, my everything! Thank you my darling for being a part of our adventures, and for helping me follow my path. Without you, this journey wouldn't be the same! Last but not least, a massive thank you goes to my two beautiful daughters who let us do what we LOVE to do!

Best of collections from previous years: the year 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

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Penzion Repnik Wedding Photography | Nastja & Matic

When we were asked to capture a wedding in Kamnik, Slovenia by Nastja and Matic, we were over the moon. Not only would we get to shoot a stunning wedding of a beautiful couple at the renowned Penzion Repnik. This popular Slovenian wedding venue has won recognition from all over the world. But we would also get to photograph a wedding full of moments and story in the beautiful city of Kamnik. What more could we ask for?

Set of 67 wedding photos in documentary style

Here is a small mixed set of Nastja & Matic wedding photos, which we captured during the wedding day at Penzion Repnik. We are not typical wedding photographers as we aim to capture an unposed story, leave you and your guest to enjoy the day. If you are looking to have us capture your wedding story at Penzion Repnik or any other venue or location, then please get in touch to see if we are available on your day.


Penzion Repnik - a desirable wedding venue for a divine wedding in Kamnik, Slovenia

It became clear why Penzion Repnik is one of the best wedding venues in Slovenia. Here’s a quick rundown of why a wedding at Penzion Repnik is the perfect choice for a divine wedding in Slovenia. Nestled amongst the Kamnik Alps, Kamnik in northern Slovenia is a gorgeous medieval city with wonderful architecture, great culture, lots of history and magnificent views of the surrounding Alps.

With the resplendent alpine Kamniska Bistrica River running through the center of this charming Slovenian town, Kamnik is a magnificent location for a wedding in Slovenia. Dating back to the 11th century, this charming destination boasts memorable settings in every direction. Whether it is the chocolate box-pretty cobbled streets lined with charming pastel-colored buildings, the gushing, crystal-clear waters of the Kamniska Bistrica river or the 28 peaks of the Kamnik Alps, covered in bewitching forests and lush grasslands, the magic of this place is unmistakable.

Then, of course, there is the unforgettable Kamniska Bistrica Valley, filled with refreshing springs, waterfalls, awesome gorges and mystical woodlands. Whether you choose to hike, ride, walk or horse ride, you will want to see it all. As one of Slovenia’s oldest towns, Kamnik has plenty of things to do and see. Famed for its architecture, Kamnik boasts Baroque, Moorish and gothic influenced craftsmanship on every corner. From frescoes to columns, gilding and sculptures, there is endless evidence of this city’s rich cultural heritage on display. Stroll along Sutna, Kamnik’s picturesque main street sprinkled with exquisite medieval architecture and pastel-colored buildings. Spot the eighteenth century Gothic Church of the Immaculate Conception, then ascend the steps of Mali Grad to drink in the spectacular views from the aptly-named Balcony of Kamnik.

Great surroundings for your wedding

Whilst you are up there, don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a look around the sumptuous 15th century Romanesque Chapel, with its extraordinary frescoes and stone sculptures. Down below, the Franciscan Monastery boasts 10,000 manuscripts and Slovenia’s original translation of the Bible which dates back to 1584. Next door is the Church of St. James where the Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre, designed by Joze Plechnik, will be one of the many must-sees on your list of things to do.

Drop by Kamnik’s Intermunicipal Museum housed in one of the city’s two castles, discover all there is to know about Kamnik’s long past, that dates all the way back to prehistoric history. For horticultural delights, head over to the Arboretum, a feast of 200 acres of over 3500 species of plants, including a staggering 1000 different types of roses. Inside these outstanding grounds, you will also find trails, water features, and a playground.

After all of that excitement, you may decide that you would like nothing more than to escape from it all at Terme Snovik Thermal Baths, an eco-spa with rejuvenating indoor and outdoor facilities, to leave you feeling revitalized and ready for more. Alternatively, enjoy a round of golf on the unforgettable 18-hole Arboretum Golf Course, with its phenomenal views and top quality service.

With Llubljana only twenty minutes drive away, as well as plenty of access to buses and trains, Kamnik is also conveniently located for the airport or adventures in Llubjana too. Not to mention the opportunity to ski and sled, if you visit in the right season. With all of this and more on offer, it is no surprise that Kamnik is a top pick for a wedding in Slovenia. With sought-after Penzion Repnik for your dream wedding venue, you have all of the ingredients for the wedding of your dreams.

The venue for an outdoor wedding photography

If you are planning an outdoor wedding in Slovenia, then Penzion Repnik is the one for you. With outstanding grounds and fantastic wedding facilities, it is easy to see why Penzion Repnik is Kamnik’s most desirable wedding venue. As both a wedding venue and destination hotel with rave reviews, Penzion Repnik ticks every box. Situated close to the heart of Kamnik, Penzion Repnik has been rated as one of Kamnik’s best restaurants, hotels and wedding venues, so you know that you are going to get an all-round top experience at this wedding location. Penzion beautiful grounds and the Alps beyond, provide the perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding.

There are acres of lush green grass, sprinkled with fragrant blooms and beautifully manicured trees, as well as a delightful pond and lots of other exquisite features. With the option to hold the ceremony under the splendid, ornate Bandstand or out on the lawn, there are plenty of ways to personalize your outdoor ceremony space with stylish props, to make it an occasion to remember. Adding an extra touch of magic, there is also an elegant horse and carriage for a grand entrance or exit, topped off with a ride around town. For the children, there are sweet farm animals and ponies to enjoy, as well as playground equipment to keep the little ones entertained.

Before the dinner and dancing, there is time for your guests to drink in the views, whilst they sip drinks on the terrace or stroll through the sumptuous grounds. This may be a time for the venue’s musicians to enhance proceedings with atmospheric live music. Dinner and dancing take place in Penzion Reznik's distinguished Grand Hall. This impressive, bright space has a beautiful high ceiling with exposed beams and plenty of light. Its spacious round shape provides plenty of room for up to 100 seated guests. Penzion Reznik's award-winning restaurant prides itself on serving up Slovenian greats with a contemporary twist.

Penzion Repnik a Slovenian wedding venue

Your mouth-watering menu will include locally sourced seasonal ingredients and wines. When dinner is over, Penzion has all of the facilities that you need for a fantastic celebration, from live music to fireworks, on-site parking and a huge dancefloor, there is everything you need here to kick things off with a bang.

There will be no need to rush as the time flies by because Penzion’s nine plush rooms provide plenty of space for guests that would like to spend the night. Each room is uniquely decorated in a contemporary style, that also celebrates its Slovenian heritage and the abundance of raw materials in the local area. Expect fab alpine decor, light spaces and from many, striking views of the grounds and alps that surround. With over twenty years of providing top quality weddings, the experienced team is well equipped to deliver your wedding in Slovenia, exactly as you wish. An unforgettable day, in a spectacular location.

Wedding planner: Petra Starbek - Storija | Wedding dress: Sanjska Obleka | Wedding Venue: Penzion Repnik

Need someone experienced to capture it all? If yes then please get in touch to see if we are free for your wedding. We specialize in capturing every one of your unforgettable moments so that you can look back and remember all of those wonderful feelings from your special day.