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Tokyo Wedding Photographers : Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills – Celebrity Wedding

November 27, 2014
27 Nov 2014

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” ~ Mark Twain

A beautiful, extravagant, epic & quite fabulous celebrity wedding to feature today…staring lovely Junko a Japanese TV announcer, wine connoisseur & simply gorgeous person. We were delighted to be involved in this Summer celebration…which couldn’t have been more us…with the theme drenched in bubbles…yes, it was Champagne dreams all the way with Perrier-Jouët simply everywhere. We honestly never know where this Japan journey will take us. This time made all the more spectacular by the glittering venue – the new Andaz Tokyo Hotel at Toranomon Hills. Adding sparkle & glamor to the iconic Tokyo Skyline. From the 52nd floor the city floated below us, the perfect backdrop for this Love Story. With 3 incredible dresses, 3 pairs of Louboutin’s each, a red carpet, a lovely & super fun bridal party, a moving ceremony, 2 receptions, dancing and just so much more in between. We adored every minute & were so thrilled to be part of such a stellar team, magically coordinated by the Ayame & the Andaz.

Out of respect to our super cool groom & his request for privacy (such a great, great guy) we will just be featuring a hint of him. So we cannot feature all our favorites images, but you get the idea…it was some amazing show…(the parasol veil used for the flower shower direct from Yumi Katsura’s recent Paris runway…). Thank you, thank you, thank you so much to Junko for so graciously allowing us all a little peak into her remarkable day. It was truly show-stopping from start to finish…we wish you a lifetime of happiness & love, overflowing with bubbles, wishes & Sabrage!!! Read more

Guam Wedding Photographers : A Magical Rainy Day Wedding – Vany & Brian

November 25, 2014
25 Nov 2014

“May your love be like the misty rain, gentle coming in but flooding the river”.

As Tokyo cloaks itself in a gorgeous Fall, we’re back to the beach featuring a gorgeous Guam destination Wedding from early October. It had everything – dramatic skies, magical rain, dreamy scenery, incredible people and more than anything, it was simply, drenched in Love. We connected so easily with Vany & Brian right from their Engagement Session. It truly felt we had known them forever, so when we finally met in Guam & were welcomed so warmly by their families & friends, who had all made the trip from China, it really was like being at home. They honestly couldn’t have done more for us…and this is never, ever lost on us…it cements why we love what we do. We are just so truly grateful. Just this one experience was so uplifting – honestly melting away many of the frustrations we deal with daily working in Japan. Being surrounded by such beautifully positive people, with a delightful approach to life, love of photography & family was beyond joyful. So respectful & considerate to everyone & just soooooo much fun!! It all started with a breakfast together, then the traditional Chinese tea ceremony, hilarious games & a very thorough decorating of the hotel room. Happiness overflowing!! The day unfolded flawlessly, from the excitement of getting ready, Vany’s exquisite reveal in that spectacular gown – a vision, to the tram ride to the ceremony, upon a romantic hilltop setting. A sprinkling of rain was the auspicious backdrop for moments at the end before moving on to the beach for a quick cloudy sunset & intimate reception – so moving & special & so inclusive. Their perfect day. It was an extraordinary few days & words don’t truly describe how special it all was – for everyone involved…journaling this remarkable love story… Read more

Nagoya Photographers : The Nanzan House Nagoya Wedding – Yasuyo & Sadao

November 20, 2014
20 Nov 2014

“Shall we compare our hearts to a garden –
with beautiful blooms, straggling weeds,
swooping birds and sunshine, rain –
and most importantly, seeds.”
~Grey Livingston

We’re in a blissful blur of weddings & love stories right now as we hurtle towards the end of the year. The last few months have been the busiest ever for 37 Frames…which while beautifully wonderful has taken us away from our beloved blog. We finally have a little time to start sharing again…and feature some amazing celebrations. Today it’s a dream garden setting in Nagoya with a wonderful couple. We adore destination work & are always amazed at where we end up. An early morning ride on the Shinkansen is never lost on us!! The warmth & poignancy of this wedding was tremendous & truly just so joyful, even with a very tightly enforced timeline. It was a coming together of families & soul mates…glamorous & real…and naturally…starring a guest, yes, dressed as a Panda. We LOVE Japan. Sadao & Yasuyo thank you for an extraordinary day…wishing you so many more & a lifetime of happiness… Read more

Yokohama Photographers : Grand Oriental Minato Mirai Wedding – Miki & Takuma

September 9, 2014
09 Sep 2014

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get only with what you are expecting to give — which is everything.” ~ Katharine Hepburn

A beautifully romantic, emotional & terrifically fun celebration to feature today. At the Grand Oriental Minato Mirai. Starring just the sweetest people, their lovely families & friends, who honestly showered us with endless kindness, support & love all day. Unexpected & beyond appreciated. We adored every single minute. Miki & Takuma it was truly joyful to be part of your beautiful story. Perfect soulmates…You had us at the venue, then throw in the rooftop, with that iconic Yokohama view, yes, a pool, your gorgeous style, the incredible bridal party, and all the surprises… From a first look, to a kimono reveal, stunning handmade details, and of course a Chinese lion dance that utterly delighted the guests, a dreamy night shoot with a glittering city backdrop & a fabulous nijikai with 100 spectacular roses for the bride… Swoon. It was all a dream, like we knew it would be. And the perfect way to celebrate your once-in-a-lifetime Love Story… Read more

Tokyo Wedding Photographers : A love story with a Tokyo twist…

August 21, 2014
21 Aug 2014

“The only thing that matters is what they feel, and how much they feel, for each other. And if it’s half of what we felt – that’s everything.” ~ Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

A very special feature today…a union in sunbeams. High school sweethearts with a Japan connection that binds us all. We spent a gorgeous late Tokyo afternoon together taking it all in. In the moment. Back to almost the beginning. From the city’s most iconic backdrops to quiet hydrangea filled nooks, sunset to twilight, bright lights & the big city, in that stunning kimono dress (from the incredible Lia Lee at Tokyo Kaleidoscope), finishing with a final fling under the train tracks. A perfect way to remember the start of the next chapter. From Tokyo & now to Hong Kong & all points in between. We are wishing you both a life filled with much laughter, happiness & endless traffic stopping moments. Thank you for a beautiful experience!! With love, Dee & Trace Read more

37 Frames : A Tokyo Post-Bridal…in 3 beautiful acts…

June 24, 2014
24 Jun 2014

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” ~ Stephanie Perkins

A beautiful love story already in the making to feature today. A Post-Wedding experience scheduled a few years after the big date. The perfect time to fall in love all over again, wear the dress one more time and continue telling the story in the photos they dreamed of. And what better time to do it than in the heart of Spring. Rabia & Phillip, stole our hearts as they took on Tokyo in a trio of acts. With that stunning gown, under tunnels of blossoms, it was time to reconnect again and just take time to be together. Then criss-crossing across town to where they live, work & play. Their neighborhood, in their town. It was a beautifully casual & lovely afternoon aglow with gorgeous light, before the finale high above the city…The perfect ending to another day in their spectacular story… Read more

Tokyo American Club Wedding : The one with the epic finale…

June 19, 2014
19 Jun 2014

“A light heart lives long.” – William Shakespeare

We love our work. And we never love it more than when we’re able to experience pure joy, happiness & the ultimate celebration of life – when people, family, friends come together to live & love. OUT LOUD!!! This is never lost on us & we appreciate how lucky we are to pop into people’s lives even for just a short time & peak into their story. Sometimes, honestly, it can be a world of crazy but then sometimes, just very sometimes it can be the MOST fun you imagine. And you never want to leave. And that’s exactly how our featured wedding today unfolded. Full of delightful & beautifully unexpected moments. Stunning gowns, Vera Wang no less, fabulous people, a gorgeous first dance, a family duel of Kiba-sen, the biggest spoon we’ve ever seen, AND THE BEST CAKE FACE PLANT OF ALL TIME, a cast of thousands, hot ballroom dancing, Entertainment 1, 2 & 3… and one of the most epic Nijikai’s (2nd parties) ever. At one of our favorite venues the iconic Tokyo American Club – where weddings are designed for each individual couple. Yes, they’ve probably never had a swimming pool in the ballroom before… and quite possibly Reiko & Munenaga had no idea it would star … but it did… and it was all brilliant. Just so them (& naturally a little censored in parts…) And the perfect beginning for what will inevitably be one fabulously fun-filled, love-driven escapade through life…together. Read more

Tokyo Wedding Photographers : Happo-en & Yokohama Wedding – Craig & Mai

June 6, 2014
06 Jun 2014

“Two lovers in the rain have no need of an umbrella.”  ~ Japanese Proverb

Our favorite season is just so here. Wedding Season. And just the perfect time to share the finale to our beautiful experience with Craig & Mai – their magical, romantic May wedding. A celebration just as epic as the Engagement Session. It was a whirlwind from the Ritz Cartlon Tokyo to historic Happo-en, then to the Yokohama Christ Church and back again finishing at Meguro Gajoen . Yes, there is a Shinjuku wedding story in there as well. With their bridal shoot spanning time & cities, with just about every kind of weather in between. A blend of cultures, customs with family & friends from all over the world colliding in Japan. From floating high above Tokyo with Fuji-san on show (a sign for sure…), to the moving church wedding on the historic Yokohama bluff. It was an occasion that was everything it was meant to be. Emotional, fabulous fun, featuring all kinds of only-in-Japan moments. With a first dance to swoon over, gorgeous gowns, his suit (& the search for it), speeches that bought everyone to tears, “omotenashi” on overload at a reception venue that was having 20 concurrent weddings. Really. Those gorgeous gardens, a late afternoon frolic at sunset, and a spectacular downpour we embraced, which will continue to leave us breathless (& bonded for life). Concluding with an intimate Nijikai & time together to just take in the night (in waterfalls & spotlights) and celebrate this truly special couple. A dream to document.

Craig & Mai… We’re wishing you both all the love & happiness in the world & of course endless opportunities to dance in the rain. With love, Dee & Trace ~ 37 Frames Read more

Hokkaido Pre-wedding Photography : From the mountains to the sea…

May 30, 2014
30 May 2014

“Nature never goes out of style.” ~Anonymous

A Pre-Wedding experience like none other to share today. Once that spans mountains, oceans, cliffs, sunsets, idyllic nature with a dash of snow all in search for just one small thing. To live & love under the fleeting Cherry Blossoms. That’s all they wanted. The essence of Japan. And with their mid-May dates in mind the only place we might have a chance to find any was Hokkaido. And so we made a plan. From Vietnam, they flew to Hong Kong to pick up the divine wedding gown. And then we all collided at the very north of Japan for a beautiful adventure…which unfolded effortlessly with one breathtaking landscape after another. And every kind of weather in between. The hunt was on for the blossoms. Hokkaido features the yamazakura (mountain blossoms) which are beautiful for sure but we were looking for the somei yoshino…and we finally found a perfect wild grove. Hidden. Set back from the road. With no one around for miles…a world away from sharing their beauty with millions as is usual during the peak season down south. It was extraordinary.

Starring just the loveliest of couples, Jimmy & Ly. Time for them just to be…to tell their story & create an odyssey of memories none of us will ever forget. Jimmy & Ly thank you for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was all a dream & just so fabulous. You were both a joy to be with & we so appreciate you just going with us…Can you climb up there? Yes! Will you go to the top of that hill? Sure! Now run down it. Here we come! And quickly get out of the car & chase sunset. On it! They did it all & more… We are truly grateful to have such amazing clients…

Endless thanks to Trace for her spectacular driving & mad skills to find the light & chase down the sun. And thank you, thank you to our wonderful Hair & Make-up Artist Aya who created masterpieces everywhere from car parks, to cliff-tops, seaside shanty towns, among the stunning blossoms & deep in the snow… Hokkaido dreaming today… Read more

Hawaii Wedding Photography : Lanikuhonua – Yohko & Vijay

May 15, 2014
15 May 2014

“Hold me close
I am Love and I am always yours.” ~ Rumi

And the fairytale continues with Yohko & Vijay’s stunning finale…their incredible Indian Celebration. With the Japanese wedding, the day before, a magical memory we shifted cultures – now immersed in the most fragrant blooms, color, glorious Sari’s, intricate preparation & the anticipation of all to come…Starting at the fabulous Ihilani JW Marriott with the festivities right next door at the luscious Lanikuhonua. It was honestly a (photographers) dream…all the details, the emotions, the ceremony, the excitement. There was just so much heart & love. The getting ready was epic – one of our most favorite of all-time…the gems, the flowers, the transformation, all the cast…A bridal party we adored with a staircase first look that was simply beautiful & reactionary. Yohko, in her sublime Sari, an utter goddess & Vijay, in his Sherwani, her perfect handsome match.

We had just a little time before for portraits around the gorgeous grounds of Ihilani and are so grateful to the bridal party & couple for working with us in a time crunch. They were amazing and even with the weight of the Sari & accessories…it was all extraordinary.

And then we all went to see a man about a horse…as Vijay prepared for the Baraat (entrance processional) signaling the (continuing!) start of this beautiful story…dancing in the street – just the way we love life. Moving onto the Lanikuhonua grounds in readiness for the ceremony. The Mandap was dreamy in the cloudy late afternoon, backing right on to the ocean, just waiting for Yohko & the bridesmaids (& the official coconut!) to make their grand entrance.

The hindu ceremony was fascinating and peppered with so many profoundly beautiful & mesmerizing moments. A collection of rituals performed by the bride, bridegroom, parents & close relatives. From the sheer curtain separating the couple, there was the tying of the knot, the holy fire, the ring game, the ceremonial rice showering/bucketing, the seven steps and just so much more…but most importantly there was joy, laughter, understanding and the coming together of soul mates.

After all was official (now in both cultures!) everyone was ready for the delightful reception which began with an epic dancing entrance by the entire Bridal party. As the sun set this party was ON under the stars, with just a sprinkling of rain to cool us all down & make the dance floor absolutely AWESOME. Then there was that gorgeous first dance. All so beautifully real & honestly just so much fun. The poignancy of being involved in a small way & documenting such love & happiness is never lost on us. We are just so grateful for this most beautiful job and the parade of life, characters & emotions we witness passing our lens. To the amazing team who combined to create this 2-day extravaganza our endless thanks. You were all a dream for us to work with professionally & personally, especially Jenn & the Savvy team, Kris & Traci. It was wonderful to leave Hawaii with not only the most exquisite memories but new treasured friends.

Yohko & Vijay,
Words will never express what you have come to mean to us & all those around you and how transforming this experience was. To think this is just the beginning for you is truly the stuff of happy endings & dreams coming true…because if the start is anything to go by…we ALL cannot wait for what’s next…Dance on. Dance on.
With love,
Tracey & Dee Read more