We love hearing about wedding customs and engagement traditions from around the world.

And whether it’s a country you’ve been to, or somewhere you’ve admired from afar and dream of visiting one day, borrowing ideas from your travels is always a gorgeous place to start for unique wedding inspiration.

Which is why we were so excited when we saw this gorgeous shoot by Weddings by Scott and Dana, and Courtney & Kelley of When Pigs Fly Events.

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If, like us, you have quite a soft spot for Japanese stationery, eclectic textiles and a touch of whimsy, then you’ll love every last detail on this page.

Scroll down to see all of this special shoot, but first, we’ll pass you over to Courtney and Kelley of When Pigs Fly Events, to tell you more about the gorgeous details and meaningful traditions behind it.

From The Stylists

The inspiration for this shoot, so magically captured by Weddings by Scott and Dana, was born from the discovery of the indigo Zokin fabric, a highly collectable Japanese cloth typically used for cleaning wooden floors, which eventually served as the placemats on our table.

From the same Etsy store, we sourced the hand loomed vintage silk fabric dating back from the Showa era (50s/60s) for our napkins.

Rhapsody Rentals offered their gorgeous lanterns, pillows, and table and the idea took off from there.

We opted for a romantic while still modern and fun, color palette of traditional indigo and blue tones, lavender, lilac, and soft pink with a pop of bright yellow.

Inspired by Ikebana floral design, Layers of Lovely created a gorgeous floral arrangement hugged by striking purple roses.

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We really enjoyed researching and drawing inspiration from Japanese art and asian marriage and engagement customs. The symbolism behind the heritage and customs really brought out the specialness of the shoot.

Our giant heart is adorned with the ‘double happiness’ symbol which is the symbol for joy repeated. Our favorite symbolic message is the ‘red string of fate’ or ‘kanji.’

According to myth, the gods tie an invisible red string around the two small fingers of those who are destined to meet each other.

Our favorite decorative additions were the hand painted fortune cookies by Almond Pottery and of course the jaw dropping cake by Hey There, Cupcake.

To add to the authenticity of the shoot, we sourced beautiful vintage pieces like the bamboo tumblers, glass fish chopstick holders, tea set, and vintage Kokeshi dolls that served as lovely cake toppers.

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The Japanese Friendship Gardens at Balboa Park served as the perfect backdrop for our young couple.

The Japanese gardens are a serene place for contemplation and strikes a beautiful balance between tranquility and romance. It poured rain on the day of our shoot but that made the environment glisten even more.

Surrounded by tall bamboo and a lovely koi pond, we couldn’t think of a more lovely and symbolic place for a young man to ask his love to marry him.

It is actually a traditional way to ask a Japanese girl to marry you by asking, “Will you make my miso soup for me everyday?”…we found the question incredibly charming and it sure made our bride-to-be swoon.

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Isn’t it just so pretty – I love all of traditional symbols and fun touches. And how spectacular is the detail on that cake! I bet lots of couples with a fondness for Japan will be borrowing some of these details for their own big days.

“Will you make my miso soup for me everyday?” – That’s our new favourite way to say I love you.

Thanks so much to Weddings by Scott and Dana, Courtney & Kelley of When Pigs Fly Events, and the rest of these creative vendors, for sharing their Japanese wedding inspiration with us.

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Photographer: Weddings by Scott and Dana / Design, Planning & Paper Goods: When Pigs Fly Events / Florals: Layers of Lovely / Rentals: Rhapsody Rentals / Cake Baker: Hey There Cupcake / Custom Art Design: Amberelle Lisak / Bride's Attire: Rent the Runway / Ceramic Fortune Cookies: Almond Pottery / Catering: Whole Foods / Venue: Japanese Friendship Gardens at Balboa Park / Models: Larissa and Chris, via SD Models / Linens: FurugiStar / Hair & Make-up: Garidey Griesemer