Not even sure where to start with this wedding because it was truly an unforgettable experience. Michiko + Daniel live in Dubai and brought a handful to friends over to Fukuoka, Japan (where Michiko used to live) to celebrate their wedding with their closest family + friends. We met them a few days earlier to hang out, get to know each other, take a few photos in this incredible tucked away Japanese garden in the middle of the city, and of course eat ramen. I knew right away that they were some of the most kind hearted people and I felt so honored to be the one to capture their special day.
The night before their wedding everyone went out to a pop up food stall to hang out, drink sake, and eat some of the craziest food like snail, whale, sea urchin, cow tongue, octopus, to just name a few. It was quite the experience and we felt so included + welcomed as part of the family. It was a complete cultural immersion to say the least and Rich and I fell so in love with this country and all of it's people.
On the wedding day, Michiko is from Japan and Daniel is from the UK so there was a bit of infusion from both cultures in their day. They said their vows out on the lawn next to the ocean with a view of the city in the distance, and then changed into traditional Japanese kimono's for the first reception. Their families came together to break open a barrel of sake from the bride's hometown and served it to every guest in appreciation of their friendship and love. Then they headed indoors for a second reception with more incredible food + danced to gangnam style like no other wedding party I've seen.