I had the privilege of photographing this shoot inspired by Carrie Purser‘s Japanese Heritage. She recently found these precious items after her father passed away, what a treasure to find so many beautiful heirlooms.
Carrie’s words are much better than mine:
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?
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.
This shoot is featured over on Dear Gray Magazine!
Amazing Wedding Team
Hair and Makeup by Carrie Purser
Modeling by Susan Argyle
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