Japanese Heritage Bridal Inspiration
Wedding Photography by Jessica’s Photography
Concept and Copy by Carrie Purser
Taking her Japanese heritage and infusing the elements into this bridal inspiration, Carrie Purser narrates a story of mystery built around heirloom pieces left behind by her distant relatives. Through black and white photos, visas, and dinnerware once used by her family, Carrie pieces together what, she believes, it was like for her relatives to make the courageous journey to America from Japan. The vintage rings signify a sentiment of abounding love that holds no boundaries for two souls traveling as one.
Using the same dinnerware that once fed meals to her ancestors during a time of refuge from the outside tensions, Carrie is reminded of the appreciation she’s found in the fight for freedom her family embraced. Floral designs from Amber Reverie Floral and Event Design include native Japanese flowers surrounded in deep purples and burnt oranges, accompanied by soft toned cherry blossoms. Topped off with a traditional Japanese Kimono from Shop Gossamer and wedding dress from Chantel Lauren Design, this minimalist (yet traditional) bridal inspiration weaves the tales of a family’s story into the celebration of new unity.
From Carrie Purser
You don’t know the treasures one may find until you loose a parent and you find precious family heirlooms; this peeked my curiosity and I dove deep into researching my family history having so many unknown answers to all my questions. Why did they want to come to America in the first place, who are these people in the black and white photos, and how are they related to me? And even though the “alien card” I find is an indication of what their immigrant struggles may have been, where are they now?
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I cherish all the tokens that were once the tools that helped my ancestors survive in a community which plagued them as an enemy. I adore the the rings that are a symbol of love and fabrics that represent a culture with such style and grace, as well as the remainder of the dinnerware which brings many memories to mind of all the delicious food that was prepared for family gatherings.
Although the answers to many questions may go unanswered, the treasures left behind tell a story of who I am and what is inside of me; what makes my heart beat and what gives me passion to continue to discover. I stand humbled and also with pride knowing this is my family story and it will continue to live with every new generation.
Wedding Planning Team
Wedding Photography by Jessica’s Photography / Wedding Stylist and Floral Designs by Amber Reverie Floral and Event Design / Stationery & Calligraphy by Nikkol Christiansen of Refine Studio / Venue, Miesh Studio / Wedding Dress by Chantel Lauren Design / Pink Kimono by Shop Gossamer / Hair and Makeup by Carrie Purser / Modeling by Susan Argyle