Japanese Shrine Wedding

It's with utmost pleasure that we can say we have had the opportunity to shoot a traditional Japanese Shrine Wedding. We met our friends Dee and Tracy with 37 Frames Photography at the WPPI Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada but in 2019. Immediately, I knew I was about to make lifelong friends in the industry. And I was absolutely correct.

We flew to Japan in late November knowing we were going to get to spend a full few weeks totally immersed in the culture. Words cannot even describe how incredible of an experience this was as wedding photographer (and an international tourist at heart!!). For two weeks, we enjoyed nothing but ramen and mochi. We had such a wonderful time and cannot wait to hop on a plane and be back in the country sooner rather than later. Although this happened pre-pandemic, it feels like it was just yesterday!

Japan Wedding Photographer

The day of the event I truly felt like a legitimate Japan wedding photographer. We left before the sun was up and traveled a couple hours out of the city by car. From there, we began our journey up the mountain. At the time, I was in a medical boot from breaking my foot a few weeks prior. But that totally didn't stop me from climbing up 3,000 steps (in the pouring rain) to the top of our final destination: the Ohyama Afuri Shrine. And I even had to take my boot off once we made it to the top when we were ready to enter the shrine. I had to walk on my broken foot for a few hours through the ceremony. But I assure you, it was worth getting to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience and I would certainly do it again in a heartbeat.

We miss Japan dearly and cannot wait to be back in the future!