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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

Hawaii Wedding Photography : Byodo-In – Yohko & Vijay

May 7, 2014
07 May 2014

“I HO’OKAHI KAHI KE ALOHA.” ~ Be one in love.

There are stories & then there are stories. And there’s simply nothing more we love than telling them. It’s the reason we do what we do. Photography for us is fluid, in the moment and endlessly fascinating on so many levels. Which is why we are so drawn to weddings – such a celebration of love and in many ways a metaphor for life. Yohko & Vijay’s story started for us in Kyoto late last year. A collision of cultures & absolute love, with their Engagement Album receiving just one of 6 silver distinctions at WPPI this year. That we had the honor of documenting their epic multi-day celebration in Hawaii recently was magical and we simply adored every minute. Connecting through a love & appreciation of photography, we love it when this is a priority for our beautiful couples. We could try to edit – but that simply wouldn’t be us…their story was beyond emotional, beautiful and the coming together finally of soulmates. With family and friends from all over the world meeting in the middle, perfect Oahu. We’re presenting this in 2 features…today is the Japanese Wedding. Amid the stunning Byodo-in temple, nestled in cloud drenched mountains thanks to the trade winds. From the fabulously fun getting ready with bubbles, pizza, & our Avenger-inspired sub-plot, the groomsmen rehearsing the vows, the bride & bridesmaids breathtaking visions. It was a whirlwind of romance & enchantment with emotional first looks, bridal party chaos on the beach and then the incredibly moving ceremony which all started with the darling ring bearer screaming HELLO his entire epic walk across the bridge to the wedding congregation. It was all a dream. Pinch us with photos. A glorious, intimate celebration with endless laughter, tributes, love, tears and a few very poignant (quick) moments after the ceremony ended to take it all in. Just us, Yohko & Vijay and that exquisite setting…The perfect way to exhale before heading off to the first reception, floating high above Honolulu at lovely Sarento’s. With a surprise trip to the rooftop, organized by the amazing planner Jenn, for a fairytale finale with fireworks exploding over Waikiki. And with that part one was done – utter bliss…And the anticipation of the next celebration to come and still dream of…

Much love & endless thanks to the incredible wedding team at Savvy Weddings for all their support, especially Jenn & Kris. So much more to come… Read more

Tokyo Wedding Photographers : Hotel New Otani…a Spring Wedding

April 20, 2014
20 Apr 2014

“Take me to spring, let the flowers bloom & our love grow”. ~ Anonymous

A sweet & intimate wedding to share today in one of our favorite venues, the historic Hotel New Otani. A late May weekday wedding for Sanny & Ken, which started with the ceremony at the Meguro Catholic Church. Followed by an elegant reception back at the hotel & a little time together for photos in the beautiful garden, with the azaleas in full gorgeous pink bloom. Almost like it was just for them. And that stunning waterfall, miraculously in the heart of Tokyo, the perfect backdrop. Thank you so much to the lovely wedding team for all their support.

So excited for all the wedding bells this month & beyond especially a spectacular multi-day wedding this week…so much more to come. Read more

37 Frames : Cherry Blossom Pre-Wedding Tokyo + Tokyo Disneyland

April 4, 2014
04 Apr 2014

“It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”  ~ Mark Twain

Tokyo is a showcase of blossoms. Absolutely everywhere. An incredible sight that lasts ever-so briefly. So in homage to “hanami” we feature a recent darling Pre-Wedding experience. With Irene & Eric. From Taiwan. Of epic proportions. We had so been waiting for this one & had loved all the planning, spanning continents. From their dream location in dazzling Marunochi, the hunt for some early blossoms was on…and we found them…Sigh. After a peaceful morning surrounded by iconic gardens we raced across town to discover a mass of early pink blooms. Just right for dancing under and taking in the city. The perfect canvas for their story. Just the 2 of them (& their most fabulous of entourage of Bridesmaids). And if all that wasn’t enough their story ended with much fanfare & merriment at the happiest place in earth…A once-in-a-lifetime kind of day… Read more

Tokyo Wedding Photographers : Hotel New Otani Wedding

March 31, 2014
31 Mar 2014

“Blossoms are scattered by the wind and the wind cares nothing, but the blossoms of the heart no wind can touch.” ~ Yoshida Kenko

Ahhhhhh the cherry blossoms. When the whole world turns a delicate pink and life is breathless for a while…Yes, it’s Spring in Tokyo. Again. Sigh. And we have a brief moment off before a marathon of Sakura-drenched sessions over the coming month to take it all in. We are firmly ready to chase the Blossom front!! Today we share our very first 2014 blossom encounter…from a wedding late February…which featured those iconic blossoms. In one of the city’s most historic of venues, The Hotel New Otani. We celebrated Sayaka & Masashi. A gorgeous day steeped in tradition & stories from the church ceremony, to those elegant Otani gardens with our most favorite waterfall. There was a reception with a tea ceremony, overwhelming emotion & oodles of  ‘omotenashi’. Add that incredible kimono, a love letter & the chicest of hotel rooms to watch the sun set and the city float by. And the finale…a Nijikai with that cake of cakes…Our warmest wishes for all that is to come for this beautiful couple. We just loved documenting your story & connecting. And our very sincere thanks to the wonderful Otani Team for so kindly welcoming & supporting us…so much more to come! Read more

Japan Wedding Photographers : Meiji-Jingu Wedding Tokyo – Emi & Yoshinori

March 25, 2014
25 Mar 2014

“Love is the poetry of the senses.”  ~ Honoré de Balzac

The perfectly quintessential Japanese wedding to feature today. Simply iconic in every single way. In the heart of Tokyo at historic & auspicious Meiji Jingu. Under late winter sky, enveloped by a hint of misty rain. Even with all the ludicrous restrictions placed on external photographers (no getting ready coverage, no ceremony, no family portraits & limited access to the couple…) it was a delight to document Emi & Yoshinori from start to finish. Entertaining the guards & teeming crowds was a bonus. Stunning & serene, with moments so emotionally profound. We so deeply felt the warmth & hospitality of both families, so utterly overjoyed as they become one. From the introductions, to the processional, the relaxed & elegant reception at exclusive Torinsou followed. The arrival in the London Taxi twice was unforgettable (with that number plate 11-22 – pronounced ii-ii fu-fu = lovely couple!!) It was all about the sublime details, seen & unseen. The intricate, artful “kaiseki”, the ceremonial sake barrel opening & subsequent serving of guests and just time to enjoy, celebrate these soul-mates. Then there were Emi’s priceless kimonos, those flowers in her hair & Yoshinori’s reaction to her all day…  she is just so beautiful”…we couldn’t agree more. And finally (following a day of delicate negotiations) a little time in the garden together in photos. A dream wedding. With the night still to come and an utterly chic & contemporary 2nd reception with dear friends at our favorite venue the Tokyo American Club. Such a “kanpeki” (perfect) blend of traditional & modern Japan. Rules & all. Hopelessly love-filled, beautifully dance-inspired, and always, only their story.

Many thanks to stellar team at TAC for all their continued support! And very special thanks for the wonderful assistance by Yoshihiro Hirose who covered the end of the reception while we went directly to Haneda (in our wedding clothes) to catch the red eye to Vegas for the WPPI 37 Frames Master Class!! So  wonderful. Honto ni honto ni ARIGATO!!! Read more