Hokokuji Temple & Bamboo Forrest

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The moment Aurea told me her story with Jerry, I immediately fall for it and got involved in their wedding project. They met each other in Stockholm, where they both were living at the time. Aurea was born in Mexico and Jerry in Ireland, nonetheless, they are the kind of people that can live in any place of the planet like good citizens of the world.

After their first encounter in Stockholm, where they shared a lot of things and had a very nice time, Jerry had to move to Tokyo for working reasons, it was not long until they realized they couldn’t live apart from each other, and so they took the decision of getting married. Jerry came back to Stockholm for a flash-wedding ceremony and returned after to Tokyo with Aurea to start a life together.

Sadly, due to unexpected circumstances, their wedding was not what they really wanted, so, once well-established in Japan, they decided to celebrate a very intimate ceremony, only the two of them would be present, accompanied by one special symbol of the country where they’d be starting over their brand new life.

Evidently, theirs is a story just like those I love to transmit in my photographs, so from the first moment they got in contact with me I put all of me to help them the best I can. From their noisy neighborhood in Shibuya (one of the busiest countries in the world) we moved to Kamakura to have this beautiful ceremony in the Temple Hokokuji among its bamboo forest.

And yes, that is how Aurea and Jerry finally took revenge from their past express-wedding and now they’ve got a precious memory through which they want to tell to the world how they have decided to share their lives with each other forever.

Thank you Aurea and Jerry for choosing me to tell your marvelous story.

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Cuando Aurea me contó su historia con Jerry, enseguida me implique en este proyecto de boda. Ellos se conocieron en Estocolmo, donde los dos vivían. Aurea nació en Mexico, Jerry en Irlanda, pero ambos son de esas personas que pueden vivir en cualquier parte del planeta, ciudadanos del mundo.

Después de conocerse y compartir mucho en Estocolmo, Jerry tuvo que mudarse por trabajo a Tokyo, pronto ambos se dieron cuenta de que no podían vivir separados y decidieron casarse. Jerry regresó a Estocolmo para una boda relámpago e iniciar una nueva vida juntos en Tokyo. Las circunstancias hicieron que esa boda no fuese lo que ambos hubieran deseado, así que una vez instalados y establecidos en Japón, querían hacer una boda intima, ellos solos, con algo que identificara el país donde comenzaban su nueva vida.

Logicamente es una historia muy especial, de las que a mí me encanta contar, así que en cuanto se pusieron en contacto conmigo quise ayudarles en todo lo posible. Desde su bullicioso barrio de Shibuya (uno de los lugares más concurridos del mundo) nos movimos hasta Kamakura para hacer esta preciosa ceremonia en el Templo Hokokuji entre su bosque de bambú. Y así Aurea y Jerry pudieron resarcirse de su boda express y tener un recuerdo con el que contar al mundo que han decidido compartir sus vidas para siempre.

Gracias Aurea y Jerry por elegirme para contar vuestra maravillosa historia.

Xavi Baeli | Tokyo Wedding Photographer