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Romantic Japanese-American Beach Inspiration

November 17, 2018

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Designed and styled by Seventh & Central, we were inspired to create a bridal shoot that honors both cultures and blends them together just as this real life couple has blended their families and lives together. The shoot took place on Enoshima Island in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, where Kristine Marie Photography was able to capture beautiful details along the beach as well as incorporate a local lighthouse into the shots. We incorporated American wedding trends such as the bride’s cathedral length veil, her blush gown, and velvet linens. Meanwhile Japanese culture was represented through kintsugi (金継ぎ), a historical Japanese technique of repairing broken pottery using gold where Kristine Marie Photography captured detailed ring shots. Japanese sea pottery as well as a cake table made from antique Japanese tea boxes also tied in traditional Japanese culture. Atop the vintage cake table sat a meticulously crafted cake by cake artist, Sugar & Spice Custom Cookies with each sugary petal and leaf intricately constructed. 


The bride and groom’s individual style guided us through the wardrobe and styling process. The groom purchased his three-piece suit in one of the many countries he has visited with the Navy. The bride’s gown and jewelry were her own, and her hair, by KP Hair Connection, and natural glam makeup, by Jamie Breeding MUA, melded her modest Japanese style with her more imaginative and glamorous American side. The boutonniere and bouquet were sourced with local Japanese flowers and designed by Seventh & Central in a size slightly smaller than typically seen at American weddings for Kaori to be more comfortable holding. The groom wore a traditional American men’s band and our bride wore an engagement ring featuring an aquamarine stone that complement the local Japanese sea glass and pottery.


Naturally, our invitation suite, created by Ladies Lettering Society, was bilingual, and detail shots of it include Shuugi Bukuro (祝儀袋), the traditional Japanese wedding card. The place settings accommodated guests from each side of the Pacific Ocean with both American-style flatware and Japanese chopsticks. Linens and rentals were also provided by Seventh & Central and complemented our soft, romantic, seaside vibe. Place cards, handcrafted by Ladies Lettering Society, sat beside French macarons gold-leafed with local gold sourced from Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, giving our tablescape the perfect gilded touch.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vendors: 

Planning, styling, florals: Seventh & Central,
Photography: Kristine Marie Photography,
Stationery & Calligraphy: Ladies Lettering Society,
Hair: KP Hair Connection,
Makeup: Jamie Breeding, MUA,
Cake: Sugar & Spice Custom Cookies,

 


 

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