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The Bridal Party


wanderlust . travel colourfully .  gypsylife

love . live . breathe it all in 


The Bridal Party

leanne yew

friends are the family we choose for ourselves

Whereas it took me an absolute age to decide what I wanted in a wedding dress - it was the exact opposite for the bridal party. 

I knew that I wanted them to be bright and colourful with glorious patterns rather than the typical silk chiffon pastel concoctions that are resplendent in many weddings. Considering the Tokyo Wedding I wore gold and had my Tokyo bridesmaids in neutral creams/whites - I wanted to go the exact opposite!

I especially wanted the dresses to be a design the girls could wear elsewhere, have some flexibility with and not look like they were wearing a bridesmaid dress if they were to ever wear it again.

I at first thought really bold solid iromuji kimonos would be fabulous (because they at least weren't pastel) but it still looked to me as too typical a bridesmaid design and wouldn't be as stunning.

I had a kimono in my storage that I absolutely loved - the blue green kimono (which Cindy wears) and just knew it would make a stunning dress especially against the background of Ubud.

It then became a treasure hunt to find another two kimonos that were of a similar design pattern (white base with an intense floral pattern) yet different and were complimentary to the girls complexion. I finally found two - Anna's being the more vibrant pink design with touches of green which complimented Cindy's and also complimented the more earthy pink colours of Sugar's I found. All of them had metallic touches of gold through out which tied all the material together nicely.

The girls all had the same dress design (to tie it all in together) backless with a corseted front, darling cap sleeves and of course a maxi design as it just that bit more glamorous! teehee

It was up to them to decide if they wanted sleeves up or across the shoulder, a V neck or the more sweetheart neckline.

All Photos (bar the three of me trying out my bridesmaid dresses) : 37 Frames Photography 

My bridal party also consisted of one bridesman (there were meant to be two but unfortunately my other bridesman couldn't make the wedding) who was one of my first friends in Tokyo.

For him and all of Aron's groomsmen, they had matching custom bowties & pocket squares made from the same kimonos as the girls frocks which just made for a picture perfect time!

There are friends and there is family and then there are friends that become family