I’ve known Cenk and Haruka for few years now, so when they asked me to photograph their wedding I was really excited. They decided to do it in a typical Japanese wedding style. A couple chose to get married in Meiji Kinenkan, an old marriage institution that’s been around for a hundred years.

Although it’s not always the case, but quite often, just like with their wedding, it meant that the preparation will be held behind the closed doors, and they would miss out on having those lovely getting-ready shots. Those are the favorite part for me, and usually the couples enjoy them a lot. They are quite intimate and make for the greatest shots. Also, there were quite a few restrictions during the shrine ceremony as to when and how the pictures can be taken. But as often happens in life, we play with what we have.

At the end of the day, people are what matters. Connections between people are what matters. Genuine, honest expressions of joy and happiness found in the laughter, the looks and the tears of mothers as they give their daughters away to a new life.

Although not my typical style, this wedding had more of those “typical” wedding shots, but the essence is still there. Every wedding, even the one in a typical Japanese style is a day to remember. And Cenk and Haruka will have plenty of heartfelt moments to keep with them for the rest of their lives.

Venue: Yoyogi village by Kurrku
Live music on the guitar: Miyamoto Ken

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