Category Archives: Wedding

Amiko & Toru

                    

Returning to my country is always a happy trip for me. I had an extra bonus this time as I received an email from Amiko who asked me to photograph her wedding in Tokyo. I had no hesitation saying ‘yes’

Amiko is a New Yorker. Toru on the other hand, was born and grew up in Japan. Two people who happened to work for the same company and met each other. Despite their long distance relationship, they embraced the chance to get to know each other and decided to stay together. It’s a beautiful story and I want them to continue this story for a long time. They are a genuinely happy, caring and fun loving couple. I have known Amiko since my NYC time and she is someone that I feel lucky to have as a friend.

The wedding ceremony was held at Lever son Verre (http://leversonverre-tokyo.com/), a beautiful restaurant, where all the families and relatives gathered. Afterwards, the reception was held at Bears Table (http://bearstable.jp/tokyo/). So many friends gathered for Amiko and Toru. The place was literally packed with many friends of them. I have to say that it was great fun to see an unique performance of Japanese calligraphy by Toru’s university friends. They did an amazing job.

Amiko and Toru, Congratulations again. I hope you both the most amazing life together.

Thank you for letting me photograph your special day xx

 

Sunha & Matt – Day 1

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I flew to Busan in South Korea to photograph Sunha & Matt’s wedding. I met them in Melbourne Australia a couple years ago. They are one of my favourite couples and I feel very honored to be their wedding photographer and also be there as a friend.

We went to Gimhae Hanok Experience Hall and Tomb of King Suro on the first day. They wore beautiful traditional Korean wedding dress, Hanbok. We walked around traditional Korean buildings. It was such an amazing experience!

Evelyn & Willy

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Evelyn and I have been friends for over the 10 years. We used to be flatmate, whilst living in Shorditch London. I was extremely happy to be at her wedding as well as photographing her special day. Although we don’t get to see each other often, she is always there for me. She became one of the important friends in my life.

The wedding took place in the small Spanish beach town called Murcia. The weather was just beautiful. Coming from London, this perfect weather was almost another world. A lot of their family members and friends came over from Columbia. I wish I could speak Spanish to communicate with them. They were gunuinely lovely people to spend time with.

Evelyn and Willy, thank you so much for letting me photograph your wedding.  It was such a special day to remember.

xxx

Katie & Sheng

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Katie and Sheng approached me just after I arrived in New York. It was at a Swedish cafe in Greenpoint where I met them the first time. They were such a friendly and relaxed couple. I immediately liked them.  Sheng has a Chinese background, and so the wedding was a mix of Western and Chinese style. The Chinese tea ceremony was very new for me. Katie wore a beautiful, red Chinese dress, which I loved. For the location shoot we went to Grand Central Terminal and The Campbell Apartment. As you may know, The Campbell Apartment was sadly recently closed. It was very fortunate that we got to photograph at this beautiful, old and classic bar.

As I have left New York, this wedding was my last in NYC. It was a special one for me in many ways. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity, Katie and Sheng. I hope you two will be happy together for a long time.

(Second photographer: Steve Drew)

Rie & Yo

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Rie & Yo, two lovely people came to New York when it’s a perfect cherry blossom season. We travelled from central park to high line. They were surrounded by both of their families and their cute baby. I had a great time photographing them. Thank you for letting me photograph you.

Congratulations on your marriage! I hope you have a long and loving life together.

佐藤さんカップルが来た時期は、まさにニューヨークで桜が真っ盛りの時だった。セントラルパークからハイラインと、彼らの家族と可愛い子供さんと一緒に楽しい撮影をさせてもらった。セントラルパークでは、りえさんとお父さんとのツーショットに犬が飛び入り参加というハプニングもあった。

佐藤さん、ご結婚おめでとうございます。末長くお幸せに!

 

Chizuko & Akihiro

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Chizuko and Akihiro travelled over from Japan to do this engagement shoot in NYC, her favourite city. April in New York was still chilly, but we went to quite a bit of spots; Grand Central Terminal, Central Park, DUMBO Brooklyn. It was good fun.

Chizuko & Akihiro, thank you for having me on your special day in New York!

Chizukoさん、Akihiroさんは日本からニューヨークにこの撮影のために来た。4月はまだ肌寒いニューヨークだったが、Grand Central Terminal、Central Park、ブルッックリンの DUMBOと周り、Chizukoさんが好きなニューヨークで楽しい撮影ができた。

ニューヨークの貴重な時間での撮影、ありがとうございます。お幸せに!

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I can’t describe how happy I was at this wedding.

Congratulations, my dearest friend Madoka and Paul.

xxxxx

Yoshie & Simon

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Yoshie & Simon met each other a few years ago. Simon’s grandfather worked for a car company that had business with Japan. Growing up with this influence made Simon want to learn Japanese.  He was introduced to Yoshie, who would become his teacher, by their common friend. (I happen to know this common friend. The world is small!) Things clicked between them very easily and they decided to marry.

After having a wedding in Japan they wanted to do it all over again for the people who couldn’t make it the first time. Because of the loveable uncertainty of weather in Melbourne, they had to change their venue at the last minute, but everything went perfectly. Simon told me in the end ‘Today was just perfect. Yoshie looked beautiful. Everything was perfect..’ He seemed very content and was filled with happiness and of course, relieved!

It was so great to be a part of your wedding. Congratulations to both!

 

二人の出会いは数年前、日本語を習いたいというSimonが、共通の友達を通してYoshieさんを紹介されたとこから始まる。(偶然にもその共通の友達は、私の元同僚でもあった。世界はなんて狭いのと驚かされる。)もともとSimonのお爺さんが日本に関わる仕事をしてたということもあり、そんな色んなことがSimonとYoshieさんを結んだのかもしれない。

日本で既に結婚式を挙げた二人。今回のオーストラリアでの式は、日本に来られなかった祖父母やこちらの友達の為と聞いていた。メルボルンの予測できない天気のため、ギリギリで式場を変えないといけないハプニングもあったが、そんなことを思わせないとても素敵な式だった。最後にSimonが「今日は本当にいい日だった。よしえはとってもきれいだったし、全て上手くいって本当によかった」としみじみ言ってた幸せそうな顔が、私にはとても印象的だった。

御結婚おめでとうございます。末長くお幸せに!

 

Helen & Jonathan

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Helen & Jonathan

The first time I saw them, I instantly felt that they were a relaxed and heart-warming couple. And it was true. There was lots of laughters and so much heart at their wedding. Also, their friend, DJ Kwenda, played great music and everyone, including the waitresses loved it!

The wedding was held in a lovely tree-lined street in East Malvern, The Gables. A beautiful old mansion with a pretty garden. Living in Melbourne, you always have to worry about the weather but it was just perfect, like their wedding.

Congratulations, Helen and Jonathan! It was great meeting you x