Daniel and Kaori had a very intimate wedding on the deck of the poolside pergola at the Angourie Rainforest Resort in Yamba. There wasn't a bridal party in attendance, but Kaori was accompanied down the aisle by 5 flower girls and 4 little boys blowing bubbles. Guests had travelled from Japan and Western Australia. Most of the Japanese guests were dressed in traditional Kimono.
Chris Preston was the celebrant for Kaori and Daniel and again she did a marvelous job. This wedding was a bit different for Chris also as she had to accommodate an interpreter for Kaori and Daniels Japanese guests.
The wedding was on a Tuesday afternoon which was a first for me, as was the Sake Ceremony Kaori and Daniel included in their ceremony. In this ceremony the bride and groom share 3 cups of rice wine sake. It is a gesture that is called san san kudo or the way of three, three, nine. Since odd numbers cannot be divided in two they are considered very lucky so three sips from 3 s hared cups of sake, make an exceptionally lucky number. The sharing of sake cups not only symbolises the union of two people but it is also the uniting of the families. The graduated size of the cups from small to large shows how love and respect and happiness in marriage grow and deepen over time.
Dark skies and intermittent rain forced us to abandon Green Point for their photos and we made the most of the beautiful grounds of the resort. We managed to get some lovely shots before heading into the reception where their guests were waiting for them.
I hope you enjoy the photos of their day.
When I arrived the flowers had just been delivered. This lovely lady was busy crafting Kaori's gorgeous hair piece:
We started run a little short on time so Kaori jumped in to help:
I love this idea, Daniel and Kaori had a polaroid camera on a table and guests were able to take photos and write messages on them before pinning them to a cork board:
The Honour Roll:
Marriage Celebrant: Christine Preston
Florals: Maclean Flower Box
Brides Hair: Nob Fujii
Decorator: Fabulous Functions
Ceremony: Poolside Pergola, Angourie Rainforest Resort
Reception: Angourie Rainforest Resort
Wedding Cake: Chie Matthews