When Narumi and Bessho began planning their wedding they each came with their own unique sources for inspiration, including the jungle of South Africa and the romance of Romeo and Juliet, but both wholeheartedly agreed on choosing the the lively and creative photography of Juliana Wiklund. In the end, the couple brilliantly merged their individual passions to create a day that was truly memorable.
Junebug: What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Narumi and Bessho: I came up with the words memorable” and surprising. But because I do not know many English adjectives, I asked our videographer Chris (another great professional we hired!) what he thought. He said he also thought the wedding was unique, fun, original, eclectic, dramatic, elegant, joyful and hilarious.
Junebug: What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day?
Narumi and Bessho: Our wedding was very eclectic. Our first inspiration for our wedding was Africa. Africa was significant to us as we had decided to get married when we were traveling to South Africa for a safari after 12 years of dating. We arranged the flowers with the theme of the jungle, and put name tags in the shape of a butterfly on top of the champagne glass. And also my best friends played U2 Welcome to the Jungle on cello during our ceremony.
The next inspiration came from Bessho. He said he wanted to incorporate skulls and swords. He said that they would represent the fight and that on the wedding day, both families would be making a peace-treaty so the two families could be united. Now although we were never at war as we all really love each other, it was a fun and dramatic demonstration drawing inspiration from the rock and roll version of Romeo & Juliet. So at our wedding ceremony, Bessho and my father and I came in carrying a golden skull and swords. And my nephews with angel feathers delivered a bouquet to Bessho. After the candle lighting ceremony was finished, Bessho knelt down and handed me the bouquet. I was surprised when Bessho explained this idea to me but it was actually very romantic.
Also, our photographer Juliana suggested that we take pictures by the huge Aquarium we had in our building hall and just like in the movie Romeo & Juliet, we see each other for the first time as bride and groom through the glass.
Junebug: Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding?
Narumi: I loved the moments of the toasts and the cake cutting after the ceremony. All of our friends were there with big smiles as they called out our names and blessed us. I was so glad to have their support and blessings.
Junebug: What specifically drew you to Juliana Wiklund and her imagery?
Narumi: Bessho wasn’t satisfied with all the photographers that I had found in the beginning but when I showed him Juliana’s photos, he absolutely loved them! The colors of Juliana’s photos are very soft, yet she has a very strong and passionate personality. She is very kind, has alot of energy, and is lively like the sun. We loved her and were so happy to have her be our photographer.
Bessho: Her work has a unique look that is very different from most photographers in Japan. Her photos also demonstrate a respect her other cultures which I appreciated. I talked with her and got to know her and her background and knew she was the right choice. We were very lucky to meet her and have her photograph our wedding.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Juliana Wiklund
Ceremony and Reception Venue: ICONIC
Videographer/Film Maker: Chris Moore – Watch Bessho and Narumi’s video
Wedding Dress: Yumi Katsura
Bridal accessories: Pearl: My mother gave me 15 years ago. Gold: Georg Jensen
Groom and groomsmen apparel: Tuxedo – Estnation
Hair and Make up: Hidetoshi Osanai
Thank you Narumi and Bessho!