Homeless Outreach Worker Gets Married In East Harlem

east harlem weddingThe bride wore white, but that was the only thing typical about Johanna Soukka’s wedding.

The setting for the 35-year-old homeless outreach worker’s Saturday nuptials was a East Harlem street tucked under train tracks.

None of her family members were in attendance. Watching Soukka say “I do” to her beau Pauli Puirava were dozens of homeless people whose lives she impacted.

For the Finland native, who has visited the site for her job with New York City Relief every Saturday for the past five years, there was no place she’d rather spend the happiest day of her life.

“East Harlem has always been a very dear location to me,”

“East Harlem has always been a very dear location to me,” Soukka said after her wedding on E. 125th St. at Park Ave.

“I told Pauli when I met him that my dream wedding would be in the streets of Harlem and he told me right away that, ‘I’m your guy.’”

“East Harlem has always been a very dear location to me,” Soukka said after her wedding on E. 125th St. at Park Ave.

 

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