Michiko and Daniel’s garden wedding at Luigans Spa & Resort was the picture of classy elegance that flawlessly combined Western and Eastern wedding traditions. The couple started the day with a Western ceremony overlooking the water, which was then followed by their first reception that featured a traditional meal, cake cutting, and bouquet toss. Then, as a nod to the bride’s Japanese heritage, the couple changed into traditional Japanese attire for a second reception that included both a Japanese meal and a sake-sharing ceremony. We absolutely love when couples blend elements of each other’s cultures into their weddings days! Anni Graham Photography did a beautiful job capturing all of the heartfelt, sentimental, and sweet moments of this multicultural wedding!
Michiko and Daniel
Luigans Spa & Resort, Fukuoka, Japan
I used to work as a server for wedding parties in Los Angels when I was a student. One of my favorite venues at the time was in Palos Verdes where the venue was set on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Because of that venue, I had always wanted an outdoor garden wedding where we were surrounded with greenery and had a view of the ocean. The venue we chose in Japan was a resort hotel that was built on an island inside a national park. Seeing the venue for the first time brought back so many memories!
We involved a lot of our friends and family throughout our wedding day. My hair and make up was done by one of my close friends who owns her own salon. Our master of ceremony was someone I grew up with. He was the first person who actually encouraged and supported me when I moved away from Japan. We tried to include almost all of our friends’ children in the wedding precession before I walked down the aisle. Involving all of our loved ones is what really created such a special atmosphere.
We had guests from Japan, Korea, Spain, Mexico, America, the UK, and France (just to name a few). My Dad commented how it was truly a global event!
Because we had a Japanese wedding, my husband suggested we make origami cranes instead of purchasing name cards. It was a great and a novel idea that our guests loved!
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Anni Graham Photography
Venue and Event Planning – Luigans Spa & Resort
Floral Design – Hibiya Kadan
Videography – Tomato Red Motion
Makeup Artist and Hair Styling – Tomoko Uryuda
Wedding Dress – Temperly London
Bride’s Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Shoes – Oliver Sweeney
Rings – Cartier
Congratulations to Michiko and Daniel, and a big thanks to Junebug member Anni Graham Photography for sharing this lovely wedding with us! To see more beautiful imagery from this photographer, check out this travel-inspired wedding in the woods of North Bend, Washington!