Drew & Lynn’s Japanese-themed Wedding with 1000 Paper Cranes


Asian themed wedding

Welcome to another week of creative wedding inspiration! Drew and Lynn met through a shared interest in all things Japanese and on their tenth anniversary as a couple, they got married and it was only natural that their wedding would have a Japanese motif. Drew & Lynn dressed in traditional Japanese wedding kimonos, each table had a different ikebana arrangement and plum blossom-embroidered napkins, and for her senbazuro, Drew even folded 1000 cranes and hung them in a window and on an indoor tree.

We have Candace Jeffery Photography to thank for the beautiful photos. Here she is with a few more details about the day:

What a beautiful and unique wedding Drew and Lynn had! We absolutely love it when couples let their personalities shine, and that is exactly what they were able to do with their Asian themed nuptials. After getting ready together at The Simsbury Inn, we went to The Riverview for all portraits, the ceremony, and the reception. There were beautiful DIY elements, including the making of 1000 cranes. We hope that you love the photos!

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

About the couple in the lovely Drew’s own words:

My husband and I met because of our shared interest in Japanese culture/language and video games. We met online in High School and have been taking on the world together ever since. Even after 10 years (we were married on our 10th anniversary) I can’t imagine being with anyone else.

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

While the actual ceremony and reception were western style, we incorporated Japanese elements into almost everything. My husband and I, as well as my maid of honor, wore traditional Japanese wedding attire. We also included 1,000 folded paper cranes (all folded by me) into the ceremony and reception by hanging them in the window and on a large wrought-iron tree. The tables were set with bamboo placemats, gold chargers, and chopsticks as well as napkins embroidered with plum blossoms (by my mother). Each table also had a unique Ikebana (japanese floral arrangement) centerpiece. We also incorporated Japanese music into the ceremony and cocktail hour.

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Asian themed wedding

Everything was so amazing. The moment that stands out in my mind the most is seeing myself for the first time in my wedding kimono. I hadn’t tried it on before the big day so it was such a magical moment seeing it all together. I’ve never felt more beautiful.

Asian themed wedding

A few words of advice from the newlyweds:

1. Always give yourself twice as much time as you think you’ll need for planning.
2. It’s easy to let others opinions sway your choices during the planning stages. Traditional, non-traditional, or somewhere in-between: remember to take time to check in with yourself and your SO to make sure it’s truly what you want. Do what feels right for you. Remember to regularly check-in with your partner, and yourself, to make sure your day is truly special for both of you.

Asian themed wedding

Thank you Candace for sending your gorgeous images my way, and congratulations Drew and Lynn! I wish you a lifetime of wedded bliss. 🙂

Photographer: Candace Jeffery Photography
Event Venue: The Riverview, Simsbury, Conn.
Kimono Dressing: Taeko Miyamoto (she does not have a website, but OK-ed the use of her email address – kimono_ny@earthlink.net)
Wedding attire: The red Uchikake (outer-most bridal kimono) is mine purchased from a collector, the rest was rented from our dresser.
Reception Dress: Alfred Angelo, Belt: Laura Osborne Lobbylou Crafts
Reception Suit: Men’s Warehouse
Flowers/bouquet/wrought-iron tree: Dragonfly Events, Granby, Conn.
Makeup Artist: Laura Porterfield, Larissa Lake Makeup Artist, Wethersfield, Conn.
Hair: Nyssa Bishop
Make-up: Larissa Lake Makeup Artist
DJ: Jason Ebert, CT Party Pros, Milford, Conn.
Other: The Simsbury Inn

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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2 Comments

  1. 1000 paper cranes is thought to bring good luck and health in the ancient Japanese culture — I hope it brings this couple exactly that!

  2. Wow. This wedding is amazing. It makes me miss the days I was teaching English in Japan.

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