A Wintry Engagement Shoot in Shirakawa-Go, Japan

by Michelle Phang [[ 1496714400000 | amDateFormat:'ll | HH:mm' ]] in Pre-Weddings 


When you think of pre-wedding albums set in Japan, images of blooming sakura flowers in the springtime and couples clad in kimono might come to mind. However, Corry and Jeff proved that it's possible to pull off a warm and casual engagement shoot even in the dead of winter.

"The atmosphere of Japan in winter is majestic. The mixture of shale-gray clouds and pasty streaks in the skies above left us with a sense of calmness," said photographer, Indra of Iluminen. He met up with videographer, Joe of Leura Film before finally meeting Corry and Jeff in the artsy city of Kanazawa.

The real adventure began as the couple, along with Indra and Joe, took a stroll along the Miyagama River and Higashi Chaya-gai. Coated in thick winter jackets, the freezing weather didn't seem to bother them at all. Both Corry and Jeff comfortably got lost in the moment while savoring the presence of one another.

Continuing the journey, they embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip to Shirakawa-go, a charming traditional village nestled among the mountains. "We couldn't believe our eyes as we saw the enchanting snow-covered village on the horizon, surrounded by picturesque white mountains," reminisced Indra.

Despite the below-freezing temperature and the hassle of walking around in knee-deep snow, the team documented every raw moment perfectly. Somehow, the cold weather and glistening snow managed to highlight the warmth shared between Corry and Jeff. "The crunch of our boots against the snowy road formed a relaxing sound, which made us love this place even more," said Indra, "And what better way to end this journey than by stuffing our hands in our pockets and taking a deep breath of fresh air?"


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