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Kyoto Engagement & Pre-Wedding : Two Cultures – One Heart

April 22, 2014
22 Apr 2014

“The world is its own magic.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki

Aloha!!! We are currently in Hawaii for a gorgeous multi-day wedding we have all been dreaming of for more than a year. Yohko & Vijay…we just adore you. And we love that your story with us started in Japan and has crisscrossed continents, oceans & cultures. That your magical celebration is almost here is beyond exciting. We are just so delighted to document your epic (Stereo!!) love & share in this with your family & treasured friends here in Hawaii. So it’s just the time to feature the Engagement session from late last year – a tale of cities, love & dovetailing traditions.

We were thrilled to receive one of just 6 Silver Distinctions & above from WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) for Yohko & Vijay’s Engagement album in the prestigious 16×20 Print,  Album & Filmmaking Competition earlier this year… from thousands of entries from around the world. The WPPI International Awards of Excellence are the most prestigious of all awards in our wedding & portrait industry. So to say that we are beyond honoured is a complete understatement. The winners gallery is HERE if you’d like to take a look. Yohko & Vijay, we can never thank you enough for just being a dream to collaborate with. Your story wrote itself…

We collided in Kyoto for an extraordinary experience showcasing Yohko’s Japanese heritage & Vijay’s Indian one. A complete departure from their US home…The prelude for a life together. On an early winters day. First in Kimono. In the quaint cobbled streets of Gion Shirakawa, willows & an age-old shrine the canvas. Then a transformation to Sari. A celebration of him. With her. Complete soul mates. And then their full moon appeared (sigh…they celebrate a “moonaversary” every month…). We waited & waited & waited. And finally under a cloudy December sky it materialized for the sweetest, briefest time. Ephemeral. The ever-present anchor to their story. Their history already in the making. But we weren’t quite finished…we took on the night some more and then connected a few days later in Tokyo for the finale. More Sari in the city, bright lights & a dazzling Ginza (with some snow from us!!!) the perfect stage. We simply cannot wait for what’s next…

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6 replies
  1. Kerry says:

    Wow. Just wow.

    Reply
  2. John Thorp says:

    That rocks. Can see why you won the accolades. Congratulations.

    Reply
  3. Emma S says:

    What a stunning couple and such a beautiful story. I fee like I know them. LOVE this.

    Reply
  4. ai says:

    These are some of the coolest photos i’ve ever ever ever seen!!!! Awesome couple.

    Reply

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