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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

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

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

Shinjuku-Gyoen Sakura Engagement Photography – Ami & Yasuhiro

May 25, 2015
25 May 2015

“It is at the edge of a petal that love waits.” ~ William Carlos Williams   

A sakura drenched way to start the week, as we relive spring while we head firmly into summer. Just before their beautiful April wedding we had a whirlwind 30 minutes together under the blossoms to celebrate life & love…Ami & Yasuhiro it was all a dream, with the blossoms a spectacular prelude for everything to come… Read more

Guam Engagement Photography – Mary & Ray

May 4, 2015
04 May 2015

“Hu guiaya hao” ~ I love you  – in Chamorro…

Summer dreaming… as we feature the pre-show to our recent beautiful Guam wedding. A windswept engagement session off the beaten island track – high in the southern rolling hills, down on secluded beaches & finishing in our very favorite coconut tree grove. A sprinkling of rain to start an epic few days with Mary & Ray in the Mariana Islands… we had so been waiting for this… all colliding here for the celebrations on this island they call home. It was beyond an honor to be asked to document their very special celebrations and just the perfect chance to connect before the big day… romantic & real & drenched in fun & love… all things perfectly Guam. Read more

Kyoto Pre-Wedding : Yajie & Ananth

May 3, 2015
03 May 2015

Even in Kyoto-
hearing the cuckoo’s cry-
I long for Kyoto. ~Basho

Happy Golden Week!! We are just back to Tokyo again after a whirlwind 4 months…what an amazing ride 2015 has been as we’ve had the privilege of being part of so many extraordinary stories…And here’s a beautiful Pre-Wedding…again from one of our favorites soul places…Kyoto. Spring in the air and love just about everywhere as we had an epic experience all over the city. With Yajie & Ananth. Featuring 5 dress changes, truly reflecting their story & heritage. It was such a joy planning all this. From a very, very early morning in the iconic bamboo groves of Arashiyama (= NO PEOPLE!!) to those quintessential Gion cobbled streets, shrines, temples and a very unexpected chance to photograph in an historic Ryokan…It was a dream day for all us, so much laughter & fun…with some magical rain to end. Just the kind of finale we adore. Many thanks to our lovely 37 Frames support team (associate photographer Yoshiro Hirose, fabulous Hair & Make-up by Aya & MK Taxi for literally getting us all over the ancient captial). And our wonderful couple Yajie & Ananth. We always say we are only ever as good as our clients & you were both exceptional. We are wishing you much, much happiness as your love story continues… Read more

A Tokyo Honeymoon : Lou & Jono

April 25, 2015
25 Apr 2015

“Mine is the night, with all her stars”. ~ Edward Young

From Weddings, to blossoms & back again…we’ve been so fortunate to meet some incredible people on this journey. And we just love it when we all connect online then collide in person. And it all just beautifully clicks!! And with some people you just know it will be so special before we even meet. Today we’re showcasing Jono & Lou in town from Malaysia celebrating their honeymoon. Right at the end of the year when Tokyo is a mass of lights & love. We took on the city and had a ball together in some of our favorite places – icons & quiet backstreets. With the last of Autumn’s glow and avenues of illumination to revel in…a fabulous way to spend a night in Tokyo with just such a gorgeous couple… Read more

Kyoto Engagement & Pre-Wedding : Pirjo & Vladimir

April 14, 2015
14 Apr 2015

“In springtime, love is carried on the breeze. Watch out for flying passion or kisses whizzing by your head.” – Emma Racine deFleur

What a whirlwind Spring so far, that has quite literally taken us all over this beautiful world. We finally find ourselves back in Tokyo. Taking time to breathe in the last of the blossoms before we head off again this weekend…for a very special wedding. So just the perfect time to get back to our blog and share some of our recent (and not so recent…haha….we have so many stories still to feature from 2014…) But fast forward to early Spring this March, in one of our soul places…Kyoto. Just before the blossoms and the teaming crowds. We connected with Pirjo & Vladimir. Celebrating their love from Finland to Japan and all points in between…We had a gorgeous afternoon together in pockets of sun. From some of our favorite back streets to icons. A love affair remembered amid an extraordinary backdrop (and just a few early blossoms for luck). Wishing you both much love & happiness & endless travels together… Read more

San Francisco Engagement Photography – Doris & Yi-Ren

February 25, 2015
25 Feb 2015

“My San Francisco on her seven hills is smiling, beside an opalescent sunset sea.” ~ George Caldwell, 1919

We’re back in the US again for work… and beyond excited for WPPI to start later this week. The very perfect time to share a recent Engagement Session from beautifully iconic San Francisco. One of the very best things when flying in for our destination weddings and engagements is what we always say… seeing the way people love and celebrate around the world. But it’s also the endlessly stunning backdrops that keep us inspired and constantly creatively stimulated. And San Francisco always, always delivers…endless inspiration everywhere you look. We are so thrilled to be part of telling Doris & Yi-Ren’s Wedding Story later this year. Our day together was just so very SF, taking in some of the City by the Bay’s most favorite & loved locations, a world away from their busy, busy lives & just the loveliest opportunity to have time together before their spectacular day. From cable cars, to stunning views, gorgeous golden hour and lighting up the night – the day & their love story just unfolded so effortlessly. Throw in some extraordinary hot chocolates at the end and we were beyond hooked! Read more