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Iceland Pre-wedding & Engagement Story – Siew & Dex

May 7, 2017
07 May 2017

“All is full of love”… ~ Bjork

An epic, once-in-a-lifetime journey to share today. One that stretches from Japan to Malaysia to the icy fairytale realm that is Iceland. An every kind of weather & season Story. With a truly beautiful couple, inside & out. We first met among the flower fields of Hokkaido in the height of summer (will share that chapter soon!!). Endless rows of lavender & blooms were our playground. There’s nowhere quite like Hokkaido for majestic beauty. It was a dream day that none of us wanted to let go of for sure… so the idea was pitched to continue the story & plan a Pre-Wedding Adventure… somewhere, anywhere in the world. Siew & Dex  narrowed  it down to 3 locations… Iceland eventually won (was there really any other choice…). And it was every adjective, superlative, and more. A truly stunning country, the most perfect of backdrops simply everywhere, around each & every corner. Made all the more special traipsing through moss, waterfalls, glaciers, lakes and a search for the elusive, magical Northern Lights. And we experienced it all, in all kinds of weather (4 seasons, 1 minute). And our incredible team fought through every challenge,  embraced every opportunity and soaked in life & light & love. It was beautifully real & romantic & we all pushed to the limit…but it was so worth it. We could go on and on and on…it was truly that breathtaking & life-changing. And for sure it will not be our last visit (we’re heading back again later this year)… We are Iceland dreaming until then…For now we’ll let the photos tell the story, perhaps in a more eloquent, way than we ever could…Siew & Dex, wishing you a lifetime of love & happiness, that permeates any kind of cold!! With LOVE always…

 

PS: Only 13 albums from around the world were awarded in the Engagement Category at the prestigious 2017 WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) Print, Album & Filmaking Competition in Last Vegas this year from thousands of entries across all genres … and we were super honored to receive 2 of those Engagement Album awards. One of them for Siew & Dex’s beautiful Icelandic Engagement story. You can see the album at the end of this blog post.  Thank you WPPI … and THANK YOU Siew & Dex.  Always telling life’s most beautiful stories… Read more

Timeless Park Hyatt Tokyo Wedding

April 17, 2017
17 Apr 2017

“Love loves to love love.” ~ James Joyce

A beautifully classic wedding story to share today, at one of the city’s finest, most iconic hotels, the one and only Park Hyatt Tokyo. A truly stunning venue floating high above the skyline, 50+ floors up in love & lost in incredible art around every corner (with a finale in the incredible Tokyo Suite). We celebrate this lovely couple & their wonderful family and friends, so thankful to have shared this time, made even more special with the spectacular service of the PHT Team. Such a joy from start to finish…and we’re not quite done yet, with another celebration for later this year… With love… Read more

Japan Destination Wedding – Jinya

January 12, 2017
12 Jan 2017

…“There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit – love.” ~ Morihei Ueshiba

Starting this new year with a very special wedding story from late last year. Our very favorite kind – when people from all over the world collide in a very foreign place, to live, love & celebrate. In this November wedding it was for Liz & Nick in the beautiful surrounds of Jinya, a quintessential Ryokan not far from Hakone. The very perfect venue for a destination wedding. So Japanese, with an elegant balance of exceptional service, wonderful staff, understanding of western/eastern traditions and endless surprises for guests. From that dramatic designer gown, to the mochi making, from the glorious Japanese garden & architecture, to a nijiki complete with (of course) a portable Karaoke machine. It was truly a dream wedding, filled with so much love & the coming together of soulmates. Made even more spectacular with time for photos, at sunset, with a one & only Mt Fuji finale…from Japan, with love… Read more

Royal Pita Maha Bali Destination Wedding, Ubud

August 7, 2016
07 Aug 2016

“Wild horses couldn’t drag me away…” ~ The Rolling Stones

A truly beautiful & epic Bali destination wedding today. A very special celebration we had all been waiting for, especially after the Pre-wedding experience. The wedding story was steeped in culture, gorgeous design, much, much LOVE and one amazing party. The stage couldn’t have been more striking, amid the stunning grounds of the Royal Pita Maha Hotel. Dramatic cliffs & breathtaking jungle views, collided with a perfect tranquil riverside setting in the heart of Bali – Ubud. Lia & Aron, we would have gone anywhere for this, but that you chose Bali ended up being utterly, totally extra-ordinary. It was a perfect storm of planning & vision. Handmade by the bride herself; her gorgeous wedding dress, the darling bridesmaid dresses, the groom, groomsmen, bridesman bowties & pocket squares were all lovingly handcrafted from vintage Japanese kimonos sourced specifically for the special day (you can see much, much more & even order a gown HERE from her bespoke label Tokyo Kaleidoscope.) It was a dream, infused with Japan, a common denominator for them, us and many guests. Then throw in the setting, the bridal party, bridesmaids (with the most fabulous bridesman EVER!!), groomsmen, the vows, the walk down, the walk up, the parade, the kecak performance, the firewalkers and then that most-amazing reception venue – The Temple…it was one gasp after another. And one most fabulous reception (with a killer soundtrack), the very best people, a dance floor that is still on fire, a moving lantern release and a send-off literally no-one wanted to leave… It was all this & more, best told in images enveloped in love…

Many thanks to the stellar team at Botanica Weddings who were an absolute dream to work with!!

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Stunning Summer Silverado Resort Wedding, Napa

July 27, 2016
27 Jul 2016

“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.” ~ Jack Kerouac, On the Road

California dreaming as we feature a stunning summer destination wedding. Our very favorite kind & our biggest joy. We never quite know where we will end up next & were beyond thrilled that our canvas for this celebration would be the one and only iconic Napa Valley. Filled with vineyards & spectacular scenery, simply beautiful people & that stunning, stunning late June light. The kind where sunset lingers & dancing under a twilight blue sky is essential. It couldn’t be any more us. Truly. This story was beautiful & love-filled from the very, very start.

We spanned the state with this gorgeous couple, with an LA engagement and the northern Cali finale. Soul mates for sure. We adored every minute & moment. This was one wedding under the stars, where family & friends (both two & four-legged) collided in an intimate and moving, show-stopping & fabulously fun affair. Starring an exquisite bridal party, that breathtaking bride, a couture custom gown & suit, with a little bridal boudoir, darling florals, those 2 cakes, Abbey the some-what reluctant ring-bearer, a first-dance to swoon over, Sprinkles Cupcakes (LOVE!!!) & dancing, dancing, dancing. Add in a stellar team, passionately curated by the lovely Nicol at LLB and we will be California dreaming endlessly…

To our wonderful couple…your wedding was a vision – start to finish. And we so loved being part of your beautiful story & adventure & getting to know you both, so very accomplished & so inspiring. Thank you for being so amazing, well, to just be with. We are so happy for you both and cannot wait for what comes next… Much love always… Read more

Karuizawa Destination Wedding, Nagano

July 3, 2016
03 Jul 2016

“And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.” ~ The Chaos Of Stars

A very special wedding to share today. We knew this would be truly something. One we had all been dreaming of, waiting for since their wondrous Tokyo Engagement Session last year. A sprinkling of rain showered us then, and it followed as the wedding day started. Lanie & Howel chose Karuizawa as their stunning destination wedding location. Set amid a canvas of dazzling green & lush forrests, it was the very perfect setting for this love story, with family & friends flying in from all over the world to celebrate. Add a dream team of vendors and it truly was the very happiest of days. Stunning gowns, gorgeous people, a fabulous church and a beautiful reception venue creekside. Karuizawa was our playground and it all unfolded with much emotion & so much love. From the anticipation of getting ready, to the moving ceremony, beautiful styling & details, a lovely bridal party, a truly amazing video reveal from the awesomely talented team at Mayo 7, the very best bouquet toss game, all that sake, first dances galore and a dance party everyone is probably still recovering from. It was all that a destination wedding should be…the coming together of your people, all in the name of love. And we so loved that documenting it all & the photography was such a priority. So very perfect for us. Lanie & Howel, thank you truly for everything, for being so wonderful, open & honestly simply wonderful to work with. A dream for us. Much, much love & happiness to you both always… Read more

A Tokyo Wedding Story…

May 4, 2016
04 May 2016

“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.” – Lilly Pulitzer

Japan in any season is sublime…but there’s something about the seasons within the seasons that is just so spectacular. And one of our favorites… is the season of green…when nature explodes in the freshest of colors, one of our very favorite palettes. So it was the most beautiful backdrop for this lovely post-wedding story. In a quintessential Japanese garden, with bridges, teahouses, sweet nooks & cranny’s, some last blooms and all that green…A very special Tokyo morning together with a deluge of rain at the end, a wonderful team, a darling couple and stunning kimonos, so overwhelming beautiful. The very best way to start a honeymoon and a lifetime of love, happiness & stories… Read more

Kyoto Pre-Wedding & Engagement Photographers : A Sakura Love Story

April 17, 2016
17 Apr 2016

“Every spring is the only spring — a perpetual astonishment.” ~ Ellis Peters

Kyoto. Spring. Blossoms. Sakura. Breathtaking. A sublime canvas for a Pre-Wedding Story. And it truly was a remarkable day, so long in the planning with the loveliest, most darling couple. We are truly so lucky to connect with such a beautiful people… It was a spectacular start with a sprinkling of rain. Kyoto sparkled in the early, early morning. And from then we were all awash all day, with blossoms simply everywhere we went. It doesn’t get more Spring than this, more iconic, more Japan, more drenched in blossoms and love and simply joy. It was endless smiles and happiness all day from our fabulous team. And even with the tremendous crowds (which believe us were there in droves…) Claire & Kenneth were in their own world. A day just for them, from gowns, to kimono, to twilight in the backstreets, in the floating world with blossoms that Kyoto reveals for just the shortest, sweetest time… Read more

Kyoto Wedding Photographers : A Kyoto Spring Wedding

April 15, 2016
15 Apr 2016

“Even in Kyoto…I long for Kyoto”. ~ Basho

Kyoto…a breathtakingly beautiful city, drenched in history, a soul place for sure and at this time of year ablaze with blossoms, blossoms, blossoms. So it was truly the perfect backdrop for this stunning destination wedding which first started with an Engagement Story. A wedding where family, friends & loved ones from all over the world came together to celebrate. Amazingly enough no one from Kyoto. Which made it even more special. A hidden venue, tucked away in the heart of the city, in the shadow of pagodas, shrines and early blooms. It was stunning from start to finish, the gown, the florals, that bridal party…with just the loveliest couple, a dream to be part of their story. So much love, so much heart, so much soul, so very Kyoto. Read more

A Kyoto Pre-Wedding & Engagement Story

March 20, 2016
20 Mar 2016

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.”
– E.E. Cummings

An epic, Japanesque Pre-Wedding to start 2016… in again, one of our very favorite places… Kyoto is always calling. This time in winter. And for sure it was freezing… but love & laughter kept us all more than warm. From the ever peaceful zen bamboo forest to the quintessential backstreets. It’s the perfect place to roam, get lost and found & fall in love even more. A story that writes itself, made even more special with just the most beautiful couple. With those stunning gowns, an iconic garden, streams of light, early blossoms and all the moments in between, it had everything a wedding story prelude needs…

Photographed by Tracey & Dee. Second-shooter, Yoshihiro Hirose.  Hair & Make-up by Misako Deegan. Read more