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Tokyo Engagement & Pre-Wedding – Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

August 18, 2015
18 Aug 2015

“Love is the shortest distance between hearts.” ~ Anonymous

Tokyo. It became their half way meeting point. When their relationship was so very long distance. So it was the perfect place, the only place to revel & celebrate in their love story before their wedding next year. It was an absolute delight to take on the city with Fei & Lawrence. Just so beautiful as we explored Tokyo in the summer & that gorgeous summer light. From parks & promenades to moments on the train, remembering all those hellos & just as many goodbyes. And most importantly what it took to get here. And then we took on the night, with Fei absolutely stunning in that spectacular gown – starting at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. The glittering streets of Nihonbashi never looked more magical. We wish you both endless more days together as happy as this one & can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful, love-filled experience. Read more

Hong Kong Four Seasons Wedding – KC & Josh

August 11, 2015
11 Aug 2015

“You can leave Hong Kong, but it will never leave you.” ~ Nury Vittachi

It’s been a remarkable year with so many incredible stories & weddings. And so many amazing locations. We are never sure where we will end up next. We have simply loved all our destination weddings so far, none more so than our recent July adventure in Hong Kong. What a city. What a vibe. We simply adore it. So when KC & Josh connected with us to be part of documenting their celebration we absolutely couldn’t wait. Their love of photography so very perfect for us. It was a quintessential Chinese celebration with all the elegant touches, all the trimmings, the moments, the customs & just so much love. A stunning Hong Kong Four Seasons wedding. It was epic, from the traditional groom pick-up & hilarious games & tea ceremonies, to the darling bridal party, KC’s 5 stunning gowns (YES FIVE!!!), she was a vision all day. So breathtakingly beautiful…Then there was a magic first dance, endless surprises, the remarkable details (that marquee & backdrop) & a magnificent Chinese banquet. Add in Josh’s amazing videos, world class latin dancing, all the moments & more dancing and it was simply a joy the entire whirlwind day…Thank you truly for this extraordinary experience. It was a story for the ages…with a truly fabulous couple. We remain spellbound!! Read more

Andaz Toranomon Hills Wedding – Kana & You

August 6, 2015
06 Aug 2015

Summer night –
even the stars
are whispering to each other.
~ Isaa


Tokyo. We’ve said it before and we know for sure it won’t be the last time…there’s no other city quite like it. And when you have a Tokyo Wedding, there’s no place quite like the Andaz Tokyo to have it. Floating high above the city…it’s completely a dream. The city on show, in Summer… the perfect backdrop for Kana & You. It was a gorgeous celebration from their elegant ceremony on the 52nd floor Chapel, to their forest inspired reception in the Tokyo Studio. Stunning styling, those incredible shoes, a darling gown, perfect details, and then there was Kana’s custom kimono. So incredible. And You. With the beer service (via backpack!!)…just so much fun. Which all culminated with the happiest Nijikai on top of Tokyo and a breathtaking sunset finale (& Kana just a vision in her dress and those blue shoes…)…Thank you truly for such a fabulous day…we so loved being part of your story, such a special, beautiful experience. We are wishing you both a lifetime of endless love & happiness…

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37 Frames – Tokyo Summer Wedding

August 5, 2015
05 Aug 2015

“Because it’s summer and the memories are just waiting to happen.” ~ Unknown

A lovely Tokyo Wedding, in the heart of Summer to feature today. Photographed by our 37 Frames Team (this time Dee & Yoshihiro). A gorgeous day, under the bluest sky, with icons on show at one of our favorite venues, the Tokyo American Club. A joyful day from start to finish, it was a delight to share in Mari & Taichi’s story. Surrounded by family & friends, their terrace ceremony was so full of love, throw in a reception with a jazz band, delightful first dances, a roast beef “cake”, jujitsu (really) and bowling to end…it was a fabulous party and just so them. And we couldn’t have loved it anymore! Read more

Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Wedding – Eri & Akihiro

August 3, 2015
03 Aug 2015

“Every Summer has a story.” ~ Unknown

A beautifully quintessential Japanese Wedding to feature today. From one of our very favorites places, Miyajima. A fairytale island with a UNESCO Shrine. The very perfect place for Eri & Akihiro to start their Wedding Story (part 2 will be in Tokyo in September & we simply cannot wait). Miyajima was all about Japan. Something we adore so much. The traditions, the culture, the customs, the love & warmth & hospitality. And those stunning Kimonos…we are always a little spellbound that we have wandered into this world. And this fascination is never lost on us. So when Eri & Akihiro asked us to document their day on the island we simply couldn’t wait. Throw in the ferry ride, the deer, the rickshaw (note – we didn’t have our own -haha- so ran next to, behind, in front of the bride & groom’s all day!), Itsukushima Shrine, that iconic floating gate, the tourist hoards, the formality, refinery, elegance and an intimate reception with dear family & friends and it was a magic, magic day. Start to finish, with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to light up the Tori enveloped with love. Eri & Akihiro, thank you truly for such an extraordinary experience…We are thrilled there is more to come! Read more

Villa Amor Wedding – Sayulita, Mexico : Sabrina & Rick (Part 2)

July 31, 2015
31 Jul 2015

“Sentir el amor de la gente que amamos es el fuego que alimenta nuestra vida.”

“To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life.” ~ Pablo Neruda

It’s been a month of dreams, incredible destinations and so many magical moments. Hard to believe we made it to the end…almost…we never want July to end…So we finally have time to share some of our very, very favorite stories. It all started in breathtaking Mexico. On an idyllic sliver of beach, with endless sunsets and some of the most beautiful people on the planet. Sabrina & Rick, there are no words for how special you both are and how real, emotional and simply beautiful your celebration was. We all felt it. Overflowing with love, laughter, color, light, connection and maybe more than one margarita. It couldn’t be anymore us. It was a true celebration of family, people & total soul mates…and we would go anywhere to do it all again and again…(post-wedding session somewhere – anywhere fabulous is definitely on the cards…). It was spectacular… a whirlwind day, as it always is…throw in the heat, the love, the details, that dress, those shoes, the first look, the awesome bridal party, the champagne uncorking (haha), the stairs, the villa, the views, that moving ceremony, a sunset beyond words, a reception under the stars, the colors…again, tea-lights in trees, made-to-order churros, breathtaking first dances, tequila shots (& shots & shots) and remarkable dance moves…and it was some epic, once-in-a-lifetime party (that may or may not have ended in the pool)… Certainly a blueprint for what lays ahead, firmly entrenched in just so much amor. A beautifully overwhelming experience, we can never thank you both enough for.  (And many, many thanks to the stellar team at Sayulita Mexico Weddings by Karen Ruezga & the lovely Villa Amor for all your support). It was a love story for the ages…we are still Mexico dreaming… Read more

Villa Amor Wedding – Sayulita, Mexico : Sabrina & Rick (Part 1)

July 17, 2015
17 Jul 2015

“Yo tengo esa costumbre de pensar en ti, cuando hablan de amor.”

“I have this habit of thinking of you, when they talk about love.” ~ Unknown

July has been one of our most magical and busiest months ever…and it all started in Mexico. Hola! A land far, far away with the most incredible couple Sabrina & Rick, their amazing “people” and the kind of destination wedding we dream about in a Villa of Love. Really. Sayulita, a darling seaside village, was the perfect setting for their July 4th wedding. Heat and all. And so the day before we explored the streets, taking in the morning together. Time to just to be…to wander, to reflect, to take in the moments, the colors & light & to fall in love a little bit more. And of course to get completely drenched on a hidden beach waiting just for us. It was the perfect prelude for everything to come, ending the day with a fabulous rehearsal dinner under the stars, memories we will not soon forget & endlessly breathtaking sunsets. Just the most beautiful, beautiful people, who came to us from more beautiful people. We remain humbled and in awe how the world connects us. And that we get to tell these kind of stories & see how people live, love & celebrate is never, ever lost on us. So many new amigos, so much amor… Read more

San Francisco Engagement Photography – Sabrina & Rick

July 4, 2015
04 Jul 2015

“San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth.”~William Saroyan

Hola!! It’s Wedding week in beautiful Mexico and the perfect time to share the Engagement session that started the story as we get ready to celebrate Sabrina & Rick. It’s a little bit Grey’s Anatomy and a whole lot of love and passion. Utter soulmates, we all connected last year in Hawaii (LOVE YOU Yohko & Vijay)…so when their engagement was announced and they contacted us to see if we were available we were SOOOO THERE already. Truly 2 of the most beautiful people ever…We had the chance to reunite in one of our most favorite cities –  San Francisco – for their Engagement Session earlier this year. We were so up for anything. And so were they. It was an epic day, full of laughter, love, the odd nudist (we’re in San Fran after all…) & quesadillas we would fly anywhere for…The ultimate prelude for everything to come. Day to night. Full of amor…and if this is just the beginning we are totally spellbound for what is to come… Read more

37 Frames Tokyo Master Class – Wedding Photography Workshop

June 16, 2015
16 Jun 2015

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” ~ Chinese Proverb

Delighted to feature some images from our recent 37 Frames Tokyo Workshop. Such an inspiring day and we loved sharing, connecting & meeting so many talented photographers. We all collided for a marathon day of learning – tell all & share all – at the Lytro Studio in Harajuku – the most perfect location. Many, many thanks to the superb Lytro team, especially Ed & the lovely Chrissy (in town at totally the right time!!!) for all their support of this event. Please make sure to drop by, check out the live studio and play with the incredible Illum to create your own living pictures. We promise you will love it! …  We started the 37 Frames day with a hands-on seminar, demonstrating everything from our signature ring shots, hair-spray shots, detail shots as we continued through our Wedding Day Walk-Through. Fundy Software Inc provided some fabulous swag which we all so truly appreciated. Delicious lunch from the awesome crew at Kiwi Kitchen followed and then it was time for our real couple shoot, with gorgeous REAL couple Aya & Teru. We took on the backstreets of Harajuku, just so Tokyo, and ended up for our model Reception space at the sublime Bepocah – one of the very best and most delicious restaurants in Tokyo. Many, many, many thanks to everyone at Bepocah for so warmly welcoming us as we took over for a few hours. And to the lovely team at Bloom & Stripes for the darling florals. We worked, practiced, played with all kinds of light in all kinds of situations, but of course Profoto was our very ,very favorite. And again, many, many thanks to Profoto Japan for all their support. The new B2’s are stunning & the quality of light remarkable. And it was such a joy to have these tools available to the participants. The number one rule of wedding photography (on the wedding day) is “fast & convenient”. Get your shots quickly, without too much setup and make them amazing. Profoto delivered on all levels – fast, convenient, amazing quality. Cannot wait to see what they can do with our next destination wedding in Mexico in a couple of weeks. After a quick debrief and business presentation back at Lytro, with a Fundy & Illum demo, we headed back out to the street for a night shoot & our 37 Frames bag of tricks & endless ooohs & ahhhs… just so much fun. We are still laughing about the Car Park shoot. The day ended with pizza and Trace’s critique & an overwhelming love of photography and admiration for this industry.

Many, many, many thanks for everyone for joining us. We adored it all & learnt equally as much. Thank you for opening your hearts, for all your questions & focused listening (in English with no translation!!!) It was intense & exhilarating and we hope your Ah-ha moments come very, very often. We are so excited to all be part of elevating the industry, sharing and supporting each other from platforms like this. And we just cannot wait to see where this journey takes us all…

* The 37 Frames Workshop was quickly SOLD OUT. We apologize to those photographers who contacted us after the spaces had already been filled. But we are looking at a date to do another Tokyo Master Class very soon.  And we have some very special “37 Frames Presents” Workshops & Events in the planning stages for 2016 with more of the world’s most talented wedding photographers with a range of styles and techniques coming to Tokyo from all over the world – Greece, Malaysia, Hong Kong & the USA. More to come…

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Tokyo Engagement Photography – Leanne & Aron

June 10, 2015
10 Jun 2015

“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” ~ Franklin P. Jones

A beautiful, whirlwind Engagement session to feature today (in less than 20mins)… In a stunning Japanese house, tucked away in Tokyo. We adore these 2, Lia & Aron, and have loved being part of their Japanese celebrations (more on that soon) and next year their epic Bali Wedding… Perfect soulmates in every way & beautiful, talented friends as well. So excited for everything to come… Magic exists… Read more