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.