Wedding Date:27th September 2018
Place:Old Japanese House and Garden, Kanagawa: https://www.airbnb.jp/rooms/12629681
PlannerSerendipity Flower and Wedding, Ayako Harrison
First Photographer:Kohyoh Iwata: https://www.instagram.com/koh.yoh/
Second PhotographerRoss Harrison: https://www.instagram.com/rossharrison_tokyo/
It was such fun working with this couple, who were so excited to be in Japan. It was her first time, and his first time since he lived here as a child with his parents. He had always had it in mind to return, and what better excuse than for an intimate elopement?! They opted for a very intimate setting, no guests, just the two of them. So, we arranged for the elopement ceremony to be held in an old Japanese house (an AirBnb Rental) and landscaped garden in Kanagawa, about 30 minutes drive from Tokyo. And perhaps the best part: this place was not only theirs for the ceremony and photoshoot, but also for the night afterwards. It was beautiful, it was peaceful, and it was romantic.
Before the ceremony
Before their intimate elopement ceremony, they asked if we could arrange for a city shoot. Since it was their first time in Tokyo together, they wanted to document their trip. And of course, we were happy to oblige! We did an off-the-cuff-mini-tour, taking in Asakusa’s Sensouji Temple, and a boat ride on the Sumida River, culminating in a few shots on the beach in Tokyo Bay. This was perhaps the last day of bright sunshine until after the elopement!
Rain, rain go away…
We woke to rain on the day of the ceremony – this year the Autumn weather has been terrible. There were two devastating typhoons in September – one while they were in Kyoto – and seemingly unstoppable rain. However, about ten minutes before the ceremony was due to start, the skies started to clear, and the sun dared to poke through. We could do the ceremony outside!
It was perfect!
The garden was designed around a pond with a very simple stone bridge. We all agreed that it would be a great place to do the “first meet” photos, before the ceremony. However, we worried about the bride and her shoes on the potentially slippery bridge, which was narrow, and after the rain quite wet. But she, and he, assured us she was a pro at wearing high heels on all terrains – we went for it. The bride looked stunningly beautiful and the groom very dapper in his tux! Don’t take my world for it – let the pics speak for themselves!
Intimate Elopement and Photo Shoot
This was a non-religious ceremony, combining the best of the west with a hint of Japanese culture thrown in for extra measure. The couple read their own vows, making it even more personal. There was not a dry eye in the house! After the ceremony, the photographers got to have their fun!
A huge thanks to the bride and groom for being so fun to work with, and many congratulations to them as they embark on their new lives together. Can’t wait to see you guys again on your return to Tokyo soon. We got to have drinks again! 🙂