Photos of a Traditional Shinto Wedding – Hokkaido Shrine – Sapporo
Sunday May 6th Jinly & Kazuya were married in a traditional Shinto temple surrounded by 2000 flowering cherry trees at the Hokkaido Shrine in Sapporo Japan.
This was the most logistically complicated wedding I’ve done yet and it all went off without a problem due to the AMAZING planning skills of Jinly the bride. She personally coordinated all the travel, transfer, hotel and meals for 120 guests including me and my 2nd shooter.
DAY ONE: 20 person dinner for friends at a traditional Japanese restaurant complete with tatami mats and cushions. Lockers for your shoes & separate sandals for the bathroom. An amazing assortment of Japanese seafood (Hokkaido is known for their abundant seafood) and a private room so filled with smoke that I had to take a few breaks outside to catch my breath.
DAY TWO: Hop into the B&G’s rental car. Pick up friend’s rental kimono. Drop off place cards at restaurant. Cut in front of at least 100 cars to park at the Hokkaido Shrine. Spend the next 1.5 hours in hair & make-up. Photograph wedding & the shrine’s photographers doing the family group photos then take a car to the restaurant for the reception.
I’m not getting to wordy… photos will tell the story much better (sorry – no photoshop):
(smashing the Sake barrel open instead of a cake cutting!)