Want to know something really cool?
I'm going to Finland this summer.
Want to know something even cooler?
It's to see two friends have their beautiful wedding.
See, they're already married.
Let's call it a modern day love story.
They've found a true love so real that it doesn't often happen this way anymore.
In my line of work (with the elderly), I'm constantly hearing of marriages where enlisted men met women from various parts of the country. Often they were separated by thousands of miles for months...if not years. And their love grew based on their committment to writing letters and trusting each other and believing in soul mates.
Meet Riikka and Kelly.
Their love grew the same way.
Riikka was a foreign exchange student at Kelly's high school in Pennsylvania.
They met. They became friends.
Kelly went to college in Louisana. Riikka visited as his friend and left to head back to Finland as his girlfriend.
Riikka visited Kelly in Pennsylvania over his summer break and they became engaged.
Their love endured the months they spent apart waiting for Riikka's visa to come in.
And in January 2010, Riikka boarded a plane for the U.S, soon to be Kelly's new Mrs.
They knew from very early on in their relationship that they were either going to get married, be together and make it work or break up. After all, plane tickets to and from Europe aren't cheap!
They got married at the local courthouse. Riikka even went to work on their wedding day!
Two years later, they will finally get to have the wedding of their dreams.
Noone deserves it more than these two. When I think about the things this couple has endured in their first two years of marriage, I'm reminded of the stories from my residents. One car, one person in college, living on the other person's salary. Motivated and thriving on their love for each other. And I know they have built a very strong foundation for their marriage.
Want to know something else cool?
They're getting married in this church.
It's the church in the rock in Helsinki, Finland.
I am beyond humbled that I get to attend such a momentous occasion in their lives in such an amazingly beautiful venue.
On March 31st, my sister (through whom I met Riikka & Kelly), threw Riikka a bridal shower.
There is something so moving and powerful about throwing a bridal shower for someone who truly believed they would never have their very own bridal shower. Riikka's pure and gracious gratitude showed in her genuine reaction to every aspect of the shower.
At the request of my sister, I took along some cookies to have as favors.
My sister gave me creative freedom but asked that I use a light pink, ivory and gold color scheme.
It was so wonderful to be able to play around with different designs.
Want to know the most absolute coolest of cool things?
My cookies will be the favors for Riikka and Kelly's wedding...in FINLAND!!!
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