Perinteiset karjalaiset häät
Patvaška is an important figure in Karelian weddings; he is the marriage spokesman and master of ceremonies and is skilled in magic. He makes the proposal of marriage on behalf of the groom, casts protective spells, and interprets supernatural elements connected to the ceremony. This film was compiled from footage captured during the marriage proposal and celebrations in Venehjärvi. Our wedding took place on September 5th, 2015 in Viena Karelia in Northwest Russia. We wanted to respect the traditions of the bride’s homeland and arrange the wedding in the old Karelian manner, yet we didn’t intend to reconstruct already-forgotten traditions. We also wanted the Karelian wedding to be reflective of our particular time of life. The procedure was not prewritten, but the Patvaška, Santeri Lesonen and others followed the oral traditions without a script.