Natalie & Michael | a Japanese-Jewish Wedding

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A bride in full Japanese wedding regalia; a Jewish groom with brass knuckles spelling out his name. A celebration complete with glass-stomping, the hora, and a chorus of mazel tovs. 3D-printed shoes, a reception dress made out of SCUBA material, and succulents everywhere. This was one of the most unique weddings I’d ever seen, and it helped that Michael and Natalie are both design-centric and crafty people — their wedding was bursting with geocentric http://hesca.net/ambien/ creativity, from the custom theme they’d envisioned down to the geometric flower vases.

It was such a pleasure to photograph this wedding! Here are some of my favorite photos from Natalie and Michael’s day :)

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Credits: Temple Israel Long Beach; Tolain Bridal (kimono); United Nude (3D shoes); Taste of Pace; Sweet & Saucy Shop; Primary Petals; Hollienea (harpist). DJ Tessa

Comments

  1. What?!?! This wedding is amazing!!!

  2. Coolest couple ever! I love how they incorporated both cultures. Amazing wedding!

  3. Wow, this looks like this was a ton of fun! Great shots!

  4. It’s awesome seeing different traditions come together, and in the end it’s all above the love! Beautiful photos, Elissa!

  5. Such a cool, stylish, fun wedding! You captured it beautifully!

  6. Liz Kogan

    I am officially obsessed with this wedding. OMG!

  7. Wow, not something you see everyday…you’re very lucky to have been able to shoot this wedding! Excellent job in capturing all of the unique elements…I’m sure the couple will be thrilled!

  8. Haha, I love those emotions during the toasts!!

  9. Stewart Kishishita

    You’ve done a fabulous job of capturing memories of the wedding & reception. It was a truly an incredible event. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Oh wow. These two unique traditions coming together on this special day? How amazing, congrats to Natalie & Michael, this is amazing!

  11. Incredible, I’ve never seen a wedding like it.

  12. Rae Gold

    Dear Michael and Natalie,
    Now I am really sorry we were not able to come. It looks like it was absolutely stunning. Michael loved your ring. Natalie you looked gorgeous. So happy for you two.
    Much Love,
    Rae

  13. Super cute first look! The reception looks like a blast.

  14. Woohoo! This wedding was so beautifully shot Elissa! Their first dance shot is so priceless.

  15. This is avantgarde man!! LOVE THIS!

  16. Well, that looks awesome. The couple is clearly fun and wacky and loving, the blend of traditions is so interesting to see play out visually, and the party looks like it rocked. Great coverage of a clearly amazing day.

  17. Great photography! The dancing photos are incredible!!!

  18. What a unique wedding and some really great photos. nice job!

  19. Amazing wedding, I think it’s one of the most unique ones I’ve seen!

  20. Amazing and beautiful! Like always!!!

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