Modern Wedding With Japanese Traditions

Japanese Bride

This next couple is going to blow you away with their unique modern tastes mixed with the tradition of two cultures. You can get a feel for the day just by looking at the the brides two very different dresses. Curious? Perfect! Come check out even more of this modern wedding with Japanese traditions in the full gallery here. It’s filled with eye popping details captured by Elissa R Photography.

laser cut wedding invitations

unique bridesmaids

protea thistle and garden rose bouquet

On a modern wedding aesthetic

From Elissa R Photography:
From the moment I heard from Michael and Natalie, I knew that their wedding would be amazing. Michael, who attended Art Center in Pasadena, CA and now designs cars for Acura, has impeccable design taste; Natalie, a Japanese-American who grew up in the Los Angeles area, loves modern fashion and innovative designs. Their Japanese-Jewish wedding, held at Temple Israel in Long Beach, was a beautiful, contemporary mix of their two cultures.

funky heart banner aisle decor

modern eclectic wedding

Natalie walked down the aisle in traditional Japanese wedding attire. After the chorus of mazel tovs, she changed into a handmade neoprene dress and 3D-printed heels. Michael and his groomsmen all wore custom “brass” knuckles spelling out his surname, and the party continued amidst fresh, locally-sourced fare and desserts. The two had envisioned their wedding to feel fresh and modern, with geometric designs throughout. It was a sweet celebration.

traditional Japanese wedding attire

modern polygon inspired pumps

modern neoprene reception dress

Advice from the Bride

My advice to brides on their big day is to just go with the flow. Focus on the big picture. Try not to base your emotional state on whether small details were executed to your preference.

Great advice Natalie! And might we just add, staying true to yourselves as a couple is important. Everyone’s wedding is beautiful and unique to the people who throw it. So take a cue from Natalie and Michael, and quit trying to fit in and instead celebrate you differences; Like Natalie’s neoprene reception dress and geometric shaped wedding shoes! So Fabulous!

succulent and air plant  modern planters

Primary Petals centerpiece with modern hexigon accents

geometic wedding cake with bunny topper and assorted desserts

modern wedding couple

Tradition Meets Modern Wedding

Photography: Elissa R Photography
Venue: Temple Israel Long Beach
Flowers: Primary Petals
Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop
Dress shop: Tolain Bridal
Shoe designer: United Nude
Groom’s attire: Mr. Tuxedo
Dj: DJ Tessa
3D Printed Brass Knuckles: Shapeways

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: blue, gold, green
Styles: modern

12 No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

12 no carve pumpkin ideas

Pumpkins are an essential part of Halloween, they’re like the eggs of Easter. Sometimes they can get a little messy though. Not a fan of scooping out pumpkin guts and carved pumpkins that begin to wilt before Halloween even comes around? We’ve rounded up ideas for how to keep your pumpkins fresh and beautiful; no cutting, scooping, or wilting required! See our 12 no-carve pumpkin ideas here.

Categories: Tips

Using a Coordinator to Help Plan Proposal

Kristen Curette Photography

Coordinators obviously help with the wedding planning process but have you thought of calling in a pro to help with the engagement? Several coordinators offer these services too! This Groom-to-be knew what he was doing when he hired Jennifer Laura Design and Kristen Curette Photography to both surprise and capture the moment he proposed to his girlfriend.

This candid surprise proposal is one that will make you say “Awwwwwww!” So don’t miss a second of it, click here to see all of the details and hidden camera moments in our full gallery.

heirloom arm chair and surprise bouquet

hand written love letter

how to surprise your special someone

she loves her ring

Details On The Surprise Proposal

From Jennifer Laura Design: Ron wanted to plan a surprise proposal for his beautiful girlfriend Tiffany. He hired Kristen Curette Photography and myself to design and secretly shoot the whole thing. The kicker was that we had less than a week to pull it all together.

He wanted something beautiful and fun with hits of pink and green. This was such a fun project for such a sweet couple who really and truly love each other so much. The fact that Kristen was able to capture the upset look on Tiffany’s face (she said Ron had been dragging her around all over and she had NO IDEA what was going on, she was getting hot and frustrated!) to the pure joy a moment later is so priceless!

dessert table ideas

naked wedding cake

engagement outfit ideas

candid camera style surprise proposal

Photography: Kristen Curette Photography
Event designer & Flowers: Jennifer Laura Design
Cake: Dream Slice Cakes
Prop/furniture rentals: Recollection Vintage Rentals & Bourbon and Bloom
Macarons: Macaron by Patisse

Such a cute couple and such a great surprise! Want to hear the other ideas that Ron tossed around before settling on this adorable park proposal? keep reading to see more!


Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: gold, green, pink
Styles: engagement