Anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows how much work it can be. Anyone who has ever planned a destination wedding knows how much MORE work that can be (I speak from experience on this one!). Well, not only did Annie and Jon plan their Japan wedding all the way from Canada, but they did it all in just a few months. In fact, this was such a near impossible feat that they came close to postponing it altogether, just one month before the big day. Thankfully, with the help of some good friends, the expertise of their wedding planner Freya, and the team at Hotel Nikko Alivila, their destination wedding became a reality.
While Okinawa, Japan may have been a bit of a long trek for Annie and Jon (who live in Toronto full time), it was the perfect midpoint location for their families and guests, most of whom live in Taiwan and China. The little glass chapel at Alivila set the stage for their ceremony and was definitely one of the most stunning ceremony locations we’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. After the ceremony, we took a walk along the beach for some portraits, and explored the lush green ocean floor, kindly provided to us by the low tide.
We loved being introduced to a brand new location, so far-removed from mainland Japan, let alone our own home, and we are so grateful to Annie and Jon for having given us this opportunity. Browse through a few of our favorite images from their wedding day by clicking on the arrows, above.
Our history as two couples has very much been intertwined since we first struck up a friendship five years ago. We bonded over sushi, wine and hockey games; first as newly dating couples… and now, today, as two married couples. For this reason, the story of Chris and Vanisha’s wedding is one that is very close to our hearts.
When it was time for Chris to propose to Vanisha (and we all agreed it was time!), Daniel helped Chris pick out a ring, that we then brought with us to Mexico where we were all headed for our own wedding. And on the eve of our wedding, by the ocean where Daniel and I would exchange vows the very next day, Chris asked Vanisha to marry him. When she said yes, we had the great honor to be the first ones to congratulate them and share a very tearful hug with them.
There was something so beautiful about watching them exchange vows in the carriage house at the Charles Krug winery – a room big enough to hold hundreds of people, yet only had 8 people bearing witness to this special moment. We mused that there was just enough space to hold the invisible presence of their many friends and family who were absent.