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San Francisco City Hall Wedding : Doris & Yi-Ren

April 27, 2015
27 Apr 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

San Francisco dreaming today…as we come to you from Australia, another very special wedding just finished. Today we feature Doris & Yi-Ren. From their epic Engagement Session back in January we were allllll just waiting for their magical March day in iconic City Hall. And it couldn’t have been any more spectacular. Under an incredible blue sky the City by the Bay was utterly dazzling…A California kind of day. Doris in her Vera Wang gown was a vision. Yi-Ren the perfect groom. The Bridal party just so beautifully fun. And the city our playground, all aboard the trolley car. With the ultimate finale at City Hall. The historic building just the place to join family & friends in a beautifully elegant, chic & memorable affair. A marriage drenched in emotion & affection. Doris & Yi-Ren thank you truly for such an extraordinary experience. We just loved sharing in your love – such a delight for us in one of our all-time favorite cities. If what comes next for you both is anything like the start it will be a an astonishing story… Read more

Race & Religious : New Orleans Destination Wedding – Anna & Daniel

April 15, 2015
15 Apr 2015

“Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?” – Louis Armstrong

It was always going to be an epic celebration. Way, way before we all collided in New Orleans for the gorgeous March Wedding of Anna & Daniel. Their love story spans countries, continents & oceans & most likely more than a few bars (they met in Geronimo’s…once upon a time!). And the lead up was at least 2 weeks of revelry from LA to Vegas all culminating in the Big Easy. We had sooooo been waiting for this one… such a delight to reconnect after photographing their Engagement session in Tokyo a few years back. When Anna reached out to see if we would be available to document their beautiful day, in of all places New Orleans, it didn’t take a second to know we would SO BE THERE! And when they sent through the info packet we ask all our couples to complete and the Groom responded that the goal was to “burn the city down”, well, that was that. And we were IN. And N’awlins welcomed us all with open arms and unexpected open skies on the wedding day. It poured with rain all day, but no one minded at all. It made the extraordinary Race & Religious venue even more magical – truly a photographers dream, brought to life by the fabulous planning of Brooke Casey Weddings (just incredible to work with). The day took on a life of it’s own inside this delicious antebellum vision…just as the R&R website says… it’s truly a masterpiece of nostalgia, a love song to New Orleans, a whimsical European fairytale, a spectacle of design, and foremost, a family home steeped in history (& we’re quite sure a few ghosts…). Then add Anna & Daniel, the gorgeous Bridal Party, that gown, the shoes, the details, the art, their fabulous family & friends, a beautiful ceremony, a cajun feast, Pimms O’Clock, an awesome first dance and it was ONE incredible party from start to finish. The sun even made a magical 5 minute appearance just in time for sunset over the Crescent City. There was a quick power nap at one point…for someone… to gear up for the finale. And what a way to finish with a jazz wedding second line through the historic & iconic French Quarter ending up on Frenchman’s Street to party the night away. Police escort & all. And the AMAZING talent & music of the infectious Kinfolk. We danced, laughed, celebrated life & love with every step… Our very own Mardi Gras. Anna & Daniel, thank you truly for a few legendary days in New Orleans. The city will never be the same…wishing you a life of happiness with a sprinkling of Bourbon Street… Read more

Tokyo American Club Wedding – Asa & Daisuke

April 14, 2015
14 Apr 2015

“Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!” ~Constanze

One of our last 2014 weddings to feature today – backtracking a bit from these Spring days…Just before Christmas when Tokyo is ablaze with the last fall colors & endless twinkling lights. Of course at one of our most favorite venues…the Tokyo American Club. The beautiful celebration of Asa & Daisuke – just so elegant & chic…with 2 fabulous first dances, gorgeous designer gowns, a sunset ceremony, the coolest jazz band & a fabulously fun bridal party…and just so much more. The father-daughter dance melted everyone’s hearts, and then Asa & Daisuke took to the floor & it was magical…Another extraordinary story we just adored being part of…we hope the music never ends & that you dance endlessly throughout life…

Flowers : Bloom & Stripes
Hair & Make-up : Lichu

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Aoyama Geihinkan Wedding – Tomoyo & Will

March 22, 2015
22 Mar 2015

Marry that girl
Marry her anyway
Marry that girl… ~ Rude, by Magic!

A beautiful early Spring Tokyo wedding to feature today. In the heart of the city, starring soul mates Tomoyo & Will. Just the kind of celebration we adore…fabulous people, a perfect mix of cultures, stunning gowns, a sprinkle of rain, a most epic Nijikai, a Sanjikai (3rd party) and all the unexpectedness we have come to expect from Japan. A beautiful start to our March weddings.

Japan is always challenging when it comes to venue restrictions. In this case while we were allowed some access the venue insisted on their photographers also covering the wedding. But we do have to thank the venue enormously, even for the limited access. It’s a huge compromise on their part but in the long run, it’s the couple’s day. It’s the start of their family history. It’s the photography left at the end of the day. And thankfully, Japan is starting to open it’s doors little by little. We can work with anything, even if it means our time is cut in half, our creativity & vision is somewhat compromised and we have to deal with being told where/when to shoot regardless of where the best light/conditions/composition might be. But that is Japan, our chosen path for now, and it has truly made us more creative, more flexible and more willing to push for our beautiful couples. To educate venues on the importance of photography (not just producing a set of snapshots), caring about what it means to the extraordinary families who have flown in from all over the world and to hand-craft a personal story for each & every couple and to never give up on our commitment to this. We love that our clients get this, understand & support us every step of the way, no matter the obstacles.

Tomoyo & Will, thank you truly for including us as part of your lovely, lovely celebrations. And thank you for loving photography. It was all just the most spectacular beginning of a life meant together & we wall cannot wait to see what’s next!! #wimoyo  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

Ritz Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation Wedding – Lauren & Justin

February 15, 2015
15 Feb 2015

“My heart is, and always will be, yours.” – Sense and Sensibility

A beautifully romantic story to share this Valentine’s weekend.  Just so filled with love on so many levels. It was an absolute joy to be part of Lauren & Justin’s incredible celebration in Georgia recently at the spectacular Ritz Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation. A southern wedding more than a world away from our kimono’s and shrines. With the amount of destination weddings for us this year (from Sydney to Mexico, New Orleans, San Francisco, Guam, back to Japan, Australia & Italy…) having the opportunity to experience so many different cultures, the way people celebrate & love, is just so very special & invaluable. So it was an extraordinary honor to be involved as part of Bob & Dawn Davis’s Real Wedding Workshop. The most perfect mentors & friends you could ask for. We owe them just so much… We were delighted to be invited as Nikon assistants and second shooters to Bob, and were truly inspired as always by Bob & Dawn, the gorgeous couple, their fabulous family & friends and all the awesome and talented participants (treasured friends old & new). It was a Southern Wedding with all the trimmings, a spectacular bridal party (the blondtourage), endless emotion, breathtaking details & moments & truly the warmest of hospitality. An epic 3 days of love… Bob & Dawn – thank you always so much… and Lauren & Justin, it was beyond a dream to share in your magical love story…we are wishing you a lifetime of memories as perfect as the start… Read more

Sydney Harbour Wedding – Marley & Daniel

February 9, 2015
09 Feb 2015

“Tonight the moon kisses the stars.” ~ Rumi

Home…is kind of wherever we are right now. And were finally back to Tokyo after a whirlwind start to the year. Big deep breath because it’s all only just started and we couldn’t be happier. So much to share & so glad to be home for a little while before heading off again in a couple of weeks. For now we get back to the familiar & there’s something equally comforting & refreshing & makes us love/appreciate Japan all over again.

And more than that we get back to our beloved blog just a little more regularly…We’re still not done with posting from 2014 but we just have to fast forward and relive a very special celebration from our other home… our very first wedding of 2015. On none other than iconic Sydney Harbour. It was all a dream and truly just such a joy to document Marley & Daniel’s beautiful, epic day. So full of love & emotion, we were so warmly embraced by everyone involved from start to finish. The day unfolded perfectly – with all the little touches, customs & details that made it just so them. An incredible backdrop to a love story that started when they met in a speed reading course (seriously…how perfect a meeting is that??!!). Even the rain that started moments before the ceremony was it’s own kind of perfect. Intimate & real it was a most fabulous celebration, that ended with dancing, dancing, dancing up a storm on the harbor and of course a quick night shoot at the end because you just know we had to light up that rain (and didn’t want the day to end…). Oh, please can we just do it all again?! It couldn’t have been a more magical way to start the year with some of our most favorite people ever…Marley & Daniel, you are so very loved & we all cannot wait to see what happens next in your remarkable story… Read more

Traditional Japanese Wedding – Hie Shrine & Tokyo Kaikan

December 23, 2014
23 Dec 2014

“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.” ~ Rumi

A quintessential Japanese wedding to feature today as we countdown to the end of this extraordinary year. One of our very favorite kinds of celebrations…a beautiful mix of traditional & modern Japan. At a much loved shrine, Hie Jinja. In the heart of Tokyo, on a perfect Fall day. With Junko & Taro …  And it was just so lovely from start to finish. Amid the excitement of the families, to Junko’s reveal in the veiled Shiromoku, the poignancy of the procession (ahhhh….the moments…) & some beautiful portrait time around the historical grounds (even with alllllll the rules…) – it is never lost on us just how lucky we are to have the opportunity to document & record these kinds of stories…from outside looking in and inside looking out. We remain a little spellbound on days like these. And then it was onto the traditional reception at an equally historic venue, Tokyo Kaikan overlooking the Imperial Palace grounds – that iconic rooftop visible from the top floor…as the celebrations went from day to night with happiness overflowing…We’re wishing you both endless more days like this… Read more

A Yokohama Wedding Affair…

December 17, 2014
17 Dec 2014

“It’s truly a beautiful thing.” ~ Vera Wang

A Show-stopping Love Story to feature today. In one of our most favorite cities – iconic Yokohama. By the bay. Tinged with nostalgia & romance. And you just know if your bride’s an exquisite wedding planner that this is going to be truly something special…and it was beyond seamless. Put together in true Ritz Carlton style…we were treated to an all-star team of stylists, make-up artistry and alllll the details. Pure couture. Then add Wakiko & Kazuhiro and it was sublime. Oh, and did we mention the vintage Rolls Royce that ferried us around town all day? And that Vera Wang gown ( #veramoment ). And the Louboutins…Pinch us. It was all a dream. From the quintessential Yokohama highlights to secluded staircases, historic venues in the heart of town, a bank vault & divine light. A beautiful wedding story unfolded… the sunset finale at that one & only skyline. None of us have stop smiling yet…it was truly an extraordinary day from start to finish – we all utterly, hopelessly felt it. And embraced it!! We wish you both endless more days like these, especially on your gorgeous wedding day & beyond…Much, much love…Dee & Trace xx Read more

I LOVE Tokyo – Tina & Steve

December 16, 2014
16 Dec 2014

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.” ~ Lao Tzu

A beautifully fun & fabulous way to start the week starring Tina & Steve. A November romp through Tokyo where there gorgeous story started once upon a time…before their epic wedding this past weekend in Taiwan (CONGRATULATIONS!!!!).We couldn’t have been more excited to connect & plan. So when the day finally arrived it was bliss from start to sparkly finish as we took on the city together. Embracing the modern, the old & all that is this incredible town. Retracing where they first met at Aoyama Gakuin, their favorite Tokyo hangouts, visiting icons & just celebrating this most darling couple – so meant to be, so in love & total, hopeless soulmates. We were completely overwhelmed by their delightful hearts & spirit (& LOVED all the family support!!!). And when that Red Dress came out in the middle of Ginza, we were all spellbound & it was traffic stopping for sure. Big sigh….But more that it was real & heartfelt & absolutely playful – just so THEM. A perfect I Love Tokyo experience… Read more