Intimate Destination Wedding | Real Wedding in Ise Shima, Japan
It’s not often that you’ll see only details from a wedding here on Et Toile, but the details from this gorgeous wedding designed by Alison Events were so beautifully and intentionally created that I couldn’t resist publishing it. The details of a wedding day are so important for the guests to have a wonderful time, but I also believe in celebrating the artistry that wedding designers bring with them to every individually created wedding celebration, and every wedding I see from Alison Events is so carefully put together that you can see the couple in the event design.
This wedding took place at Ananemu, a hotel in Ise Shima along the coast. It had literally just opened so it was very exciting to have done the first wedding.
The couple actually really liked the western garden look (very Californian) so of course that was right up our sleeve. We worked with the Japanese florist to create something that worked with the space but still felt less ikebana and a little more lush. It was hard to figure out what to do for the ceremony because there was only one spot that worked on property and was level for 60 people to sit. Rather than doing a huge costly build-out, we just used the existing tree as our altar and had the florist do a climbing floral feel. We added more greenery to the existing vegetation as well to make it feel more lush. Since the dining room was contemporary and very clean with light wood, we felt adding the pinks and fuschia mixed with velvet runners and napkins and custom pillows added a little more luxe feel. There were very little rentals to choose from so we had to bring quite a few items with us. We had nine suitcases!
We decided to incorporate the sake ceremony which is not done in tradtional Japanese ceremonies but after like during cocktails or dinner. We thought it would be fun to have them break the barrel then pass the sake around to all the guests to "get the party started" after the ceremony. We also added the western tradition of cans being strung on the back of the car, but instead of cans, we had bamboo hanging from the back of the golf cart. The couple had a traditional Japanese meal with several courses but then had a karaoke sing-off in lieu of first dances. The couple was Chinese so this was customary in both their culture and in Japan. We also had a bottle of their favorite Japanese whisky delivered to the guests room the end of the night.
Alison Events | websiteVenue:
Amanemu in Osaka | websiteLinens:
La Tavola Fine Linen | websitePaper Goods:
Yonder Design | websitePhotography:
Thayer Allyson Gowdy | website