Mait Jüriado

Tallinn, Estonia.
mjstudio.co

25
Dec 2013

2013 Sessions

Best Of 2013 – Sessions

After the best of 2013 weddings published this Monday, here’s our best of 2013 sessions! Based on what you seemed to have liked the most this year (and during the two first months the blog existed), this is basically a readers’ selection!
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Tuuli and Teet, and their session in Estonia with a cow.

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Vanessa and Pedro, and this amazing black and white session in Rio de Janeiro.

Vanessa + Pedro
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Magda and Marek, who took their clothes off to take a bath in freezing Iceland.

Magda + Marek
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Cosmina and Adi, and their after-wedding pictures high up in the Romanian mountains.

Cosmina + Adi
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Anja and Andrej, this super crazy couple that had one fun afternoon.

Anja + Andrej
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Florestine and Silvain, and their engagement session at the Champs de Mars.

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Those 5 girls, who had one fun and colorful bachelorette party.

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Monika and Kendra, and this pre-wedding styled shoot.

Monika + Kendra
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Us! Because you seemed to like our bike session in Paris a lot.

Joana + Marcio
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Stéphanie, and this trash the dress with fire photo session.

Stéphanie + Fire
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23
Dec 2013

2013 Weddings

Best Of 2013 – Weddings

2013 is nearly over! It’s been a crazy year—our first year—and I’m very happy to show you our 2013 retrospective – and a bit more. It was hard to decide how to choose amongst all the amazing works published here; this is a selection of real weddings, but I’ll also show you later this week in some other posts, our selection of couple sessions, amazing details or pieces of decoration, and some very awesome brides and grooms. Thank you all for being the best and following what’s happening here!

So here we go, we liked…

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That Swedish wedding, where the bride and groom used old wooden cars to go from the ceremony to the dinner place.

Louisa + Eskil
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That totally rad Aussie circus wedding.

Lauren + James
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That yellow themed Estonian wedding by the sea.

Teele + Mart
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That Parisian jazz musician wedding on a river boat.

Sonia + Tony
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That couple of newly weds and their dogs, with a wedding by a pond.

Aileen + Dan
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That French-Estonian wedding, with an epic arrival on a Viking boat.

Aurore + Jérôme
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That wedding in a hippodrome, with a stylish retro bride and laser robots for the party!

Lucila + Guilliano
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That wedding on the top of a mountain, with a helicopter arrival.

Tim + Doug
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That wedding in the French forest, with a pack of wolves.

Cynthia + Arnaud
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That German rock’n roll wedding, with stylish retro bride & groom and some epic scenes in their car.

Johanna + Didi
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14
Nov 2013

Cynthia + Arnaud 2

French DIY Forest Wedding – Part 2

If you haven’t been here this morning, then you’ve missed part one of this forest wedding. Don’t look any further, you need to see part one first. My sister already said a lot of things about her wedding, so maybe it’s my turn now. It was a lot of fun preparing this wedding, though I may have done a bit too much, I don’t know… you tell me!! Photography by Mait Jüriado.

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You may see tarps on some pictures, you know, those plastic sheetings… It rained. And, it was freezing. It’s actually funny: I took a few days off before the wedding to get the place ready and the whole week, there was a beautiful warm sun. We were sitting there in the late afternoon the whole week, thinking “What a beautiful light we’re gonna have at this time of the day!”.

We’re not stupid folks, I mean, wedding in the woods, end of August, France…. the chances that the weather was going be kind were small. So we booked some tents, you know, just in case. But until the previous day, the weather forecast was sun + hot, so we cancelled the reservation!

On the Saturday morning, we woke up to a grey sky, and I’m not maintaining any suspense here, it just got worse; the guests were supposed to arrive at 5pm, it started raining at 4. Fortunately, by the time it was 5, it stopped, and we still could have the ceremony outside! It wasn’t only misfortune though, as the sky was mostly threatening but barely any rain drops fell in the end.

Besides the beautiful rays of sunlight we did not have, rain didn’t waste the day. The other problem we had to face, as if risk of rain ruining everything wasn’t enough, was the cold. My mum had a brilliant idea though: my grandmother used to knee lots of sweaters for us, and my mother thought it would be a good idea to bring them all, in case the people staying late would end up feeling cold (just a lesson learned from our own wedding!). We didn’t imagine we would need them at 8pm, but still, we’re happy we had them. And the good thing is, there was a chimney that we thought it would be weird to use… Well, it wasn’t at all!

 

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There’s another particularity in these pictures: wolves. I guess you don’t see that very often at weddings! The whole wolves thing was actually decided very late. Everything started from a joke between the photographer Mait, my sister and I. When she accidentally said she wanted wolves at her wedding, I kept thinking how I was going to make an allusion to that joke when I finally had an idea.

I think it took me a few reassuring & supporting phone calls before I had the courage to expose my plan to all the guests… I had the feeling it was either super cool or super lame but I didn’t know exactly which one of the two it would be. The idea was to make the most possible guests wear a wolf mask and learn a choreography to Michael Jackson’s Thriller song. But that’s not it. They would have to hide somewhere in the forest without my sister and Arnaud noticing, and then slowly approach as the music began, to be on the dance floor precisely for the beginning of the choreography. Ahem. I was impressed by how many of them thought the idea was good!

I won’t lie to you though, it looks great on pictures and all, but nobody knew exactly what to do (even me, who was supposed to lead the group!), we couldn’t see through the mask holes, which clearly didn’t help, and didn’t make it to the dance floor the first time! But it was so much fun!!!! And it doesn’t look that bad on the pictures, doesn’t it?

 

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You can see even more pictures on the photographer’s blog here.

14
Nov 2013

Cynthia + Arnaud 1

French DIY Forest Wedding – Part 1

This is it! I’m finally showing the pictures of my sister’s forest wedding! It’s always hard to make a selection of the pictures I receive, it’s even harder when you’re emotionally connected to them. So just this once, I split the reportage into two parts; this is part one, part two will be released this very afternoon! Now, about this wedding… so many things to say! I think I got involved in the planning and design more than for my own wedding, which makes the “wedding blues” (the thing you feel when your wedding’s over and there’s no wedding related stuff to care about anymore, some of you may know!) even harder. Actually, I was pretty sure that night that I would end up going to bed at 11pm: when everything was finally going well without my help, I thought “ok, mission accomplished” and then suddenly realized how tired I was! But fortunately, coffee exists, and helped me make it through the night! Anyway, nothing of this matters, as my greatest reward was to see Cynthia & Arnaud stressless, enjoying their day just the way I wished they would. All those pictures were taken by Mait Jüriado, who kindly came to France to shoot this wedding.

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The wedding took place on August 31, at the Soultzerkopf, in the East of France. I really like to hear cute stories from the couples I feature. I love this particular anecdote, that happened a few weeks before Cynthia & Arnaud actually started dating. From the bride:

10 years ago I went to England for an internship. In my first days I had to concentrate really hard to understand everybody. So when my line manager introduced me to Arnaud, I actually thought he said something like “Alnoud” and just added it to the list of the unusual names I heard there. The following weeks, every time I ran into him I said “hello” and he replied the same. Until the day we met again at the canteen/work restaurant. He came over and astonished me by talking in a perfect french. Which I complimented him about (in french, thought it would be nice). And to which he responded a bit stunned “Well, yes, I am french!?”… World class champion, even more when you know that Arnaud was famous for his strong french accent…

 

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Name one thing you regret…

Arnaud decided to have a tailor-made suit for the occasion. During our first visit to the tailor—months before the wedding—we got all excited, choosing between hundreds of different fabrics and discussing the best cut. But then, over the weeks, it was a lot of trying on, and even a few days before we left for the wedding there were still considerable alterations to make. Most of them were taken care of and the suit looked great as it was but there were still some details needed to be fixed and we didn’t have the time for it. So the whole tailor-made experience was disappointing for us, Arnaud regrets he didn’t go for a standard suit in a trendy shop. And we would have saved some stress and money as well!

 

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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

We were so glad to see that all our closest friends and family arranged to travel to the far end of a deep forest to attend our wedding. And if getting married wasn’t something really important to us until a few months ago, we are so happy we did it. It’s just the perfect occasion to have everybody we love around us. Why have we waited so long???
And it was such a luxury not to have to worry about a thing. Everything was under control, but not our control! We really appreciated our friend Paul designing us the best invitations we could imagine and it was absolutely fantastic to have Joana deal with every detail of the organization (with Marcio not far away – yes, the same Marcio that designs super high-level websites can also draw super high-level signs). We only realized afterwards all the huge work she had done. The day of the wedding we had zero stuff to worry about and fully enjoyed each moment… Priceless! So we definitely did very little for our wedding, and well, we can totally live with that!
But if we haven’t done a thing, what could we possibly be proud of? And that’s it actually. We are so proud we had someone WILLING to do all of these crazy beautiful things for us. That’s definitely something to brag about. THANK YOU! It was pure awesomeness.

 

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To be continued… (To hold on until then, you can check the photographer Mait’s brand new website.)

05
Aug 2013

Aurore + Jérôme

A French Wedding in Estonia with the Best Bride Entrance Ever!

Mait was one of the first photographers to appear on the blog, but I never get tired of checking out his latest releases. There’s a lot of softness in his pictures and the result on a wedding like Aurore and Jérôme’s is just fantastic. This couple is French, but had their wedding in Estonia; a wedding by the sea, with guests enjoying the day on the spot, and a bride and groom who chose to enjoy themselves rather than spend time on decoration and setting. And when the time for the ceremony had come, there was an old wooden viking boat… and the bride’s uncle back! Photography by Mait Jüriado.

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The wedding took place in Tallin and Kasmu, Estonia. It was a 4 days wedding in an old soviet summer camp with 140 relatives and friends from all around the world (4 countries were represented). You may already have seen the little sneak peek of this wedding I posted on Facebook, so here’s the story about the bride arriving at the ceremony place on her uncle’s back and everybody taking off their pants!

As we both come from the seaside in France, we decided to arrive on a boat to the ceremony place. We asked our relative to raw the drakkar, viking boat… The captain told us that he could drop us 3 meters away from the beach. But it appeared that we were too heavy on the boat and we got stuck 20 meters away from the beach… My uncle was the first one to take off his pants and he tried to move the boat… WE WERE STUCK!  It took me less that a minute to ask  him to carry me on his back to the shore! Which he did! Then all the family followed in underpants! What a JOKE!

 

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Name one thing you regret…

Nothing to regret… it happened as it should happen… naturally smoothly with lots of serenity and happiness! Of course I could have taken more times to set up the decoration… lot of stuff stayed in the boxes! But we preferred to play tennis, golf or to paddle on our SUP on the D-day than to set up the decoration! but thanks to our family and friend we finally had the time to set up the half of it in less than two hours!

 

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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

To gather all our dearest family and friends for 4 days in a charming place in a lovely country! It was very nice to spent so much time with our guests!

 

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The word of the photographer.

As a photographer I am used to see so many wedding styles, dresses, decorations, etc. And sometimes, there’s too much of everything put into just one day. The more simple and home-made it is the more I love it. Aurore and Jérôme’s wedding was so far one of the simplest weddings I attended this year, but one of the nicest. Less is more in a way. For instance, Aurore’s hairstyle and makeup in the forest grove took about 15 minutes – amazing! She got ready on the beach, they all entered a boat to reach the shore—her uncle was carrying the bride on his back—and the flowers were picked from the nearby fields. The ceremony was emotionally speeches-rich and the natural light was perfect on the location – blue rainy background with sunlight. In Estonia it’s sometimes very common to have up to a few hours for couple pictures. With Aurore and Jérôme I had only 15 minutes, which can be really tricky as of course of would love to get as much times as possible, but with this kind of scenery and with this couple, 15 minutes was just perfect. Wedding days can be really really busy but their wedding was like a slow journey. Everybody had time. Like on vacation. I wish I could photograph some more two-(or more)-days weddings.

 

Aurore + Jérôme
20
Feb 2013

Mairi + Gert

Snowy Winter Wedding in Estonia with a Beautiful Winter Gown

I don’t know which part of the world you’re from, but right now in Europe, it’s pretty cold. But still, why not get married in Winter? Winter weddings can be the most beautiful, and this one is no exception. Amazing photographs of this snowy winter wedding by the very sweet Mait Juriado, from Estonia.
[If you’re ever clicking on the link above please be sure to scroll all the way down to see Tuuli and Teet’s session once again! :)]

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No story about the couple for this wedding! The bride wasn’t really comfortable talking about her wedding, and I respect that (and I am even more grateful she’d still let me show the pictures). Don’t forget to check out the designer of the incredible winter gown she wore, though!

 

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26
Nov 2012

Tuuli + Teet

Amazing Couple Session with a Cow

For all countryside lovers, animal lovers, photography lovers, and oh well, everyone else, because this is huge! Amazing couple session by Mait Jüriado, from Estonia! There are some people we’d actually like to know; Tuuli and Teet, I think we could be friends.

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Teet is a musician in a band called Jäääär, in which Tuuli appears as a guest performer from time to time. And these are their wedding pictures, taken in Viru-Jaagupi, in the North-East of Estonia. You may also rapidly notice Allu, a regular at beauty contests.

 

 

Allu was trained to walk for shows hence chosen for this shooting. You may be disappointed to not find any information about the dress and headpiece, but maybe as me, you’ll like Tuuli’s concept of a wedding dress:

As we liked the idea of our wedding being a natural part of our life and not something standalone, we thought that it would be great if we could use our clothes later on as well. My dress was combined – it was two-part, the upper part being purchased from a little wooden shop in my hometown Pärnu about 4 years ago (with no intention of wearing it at my wedding) and the skirt sewn by my mother-in-law a few weeks before our wedding party. My headband was almost improvisational, a thin silky scarf that I tied around my hair.

I think I love her dress even more now!

 

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Thanks a lot for sharing those pictures with us, and wish you all the best!

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