Well worth the road trip from Naha, Shuraumi Aquarium features more than one whale shark, and breeds giant manta rays. Awesome 8).
Kana-chan, Ryu-san gokekkon 5shuunen hontouni omedetou gozaimasu!
Kana-chan, a good friend of Aki, originally saw my photography when I made a calendar a couple of years ago. She took a liking to the landscapes and then followed my work on this blog (she said although she can’t read the words, she enjoys seeing the love stories told by images).
Recently I spent some time over in Japan and just happened to be going through Naha in Okinawa where Kana & Ryu live. What started out as a “Let’s get together to take some photos”, (as they never had proper wedding photos previously) turned into “Let’s get together and then have dinner afterwards”. Which naturally progressed into a full blown wedding party. And why shouldn’t there be a massive celebration for 5 years of marriage?
In traditional dress, and nontraditional hair and make up styling, Kana and Ryu looked stunning. It was a great party with some surprise guests. Held at Top Note (a restaurant with stage/musically styled venue), a live band played, tears were shed and many drinks were drunk. They even kissed (a huge deal in public for Japanese people) – but you’ll have to see the slideshow for that photo :).
Thanks so much for having me along, look forward to catching up again in the future.
My sister accompanied me. It was a different walk to the previous 3 Heysen trail legs. The landscape wasn’t as rigid and [probably because its winter] there were less animals and pretty much no flowers present. The trail passed through rolling hills and included Parsons Beach.
The leg took 2.5 hours, which is significantly shorter than previous legs. This was partly due to it being shorter, but mainly due to my sister setting a frenetic pace as she was afraid of arriving in Waitpinga after sunset and having to drive in the dark. She did stop briefly twice; once to swig her water, and once the save a suicidal inch ant from entering the surf on Waitpinga Beach.
For the photographers reading this, the wide angle shots were taken with a 28mm MF ai lens and the bird ones with macro 100mm. Wish I had a 600mm f/4 for the birds 😀
Congratulations on your engagement Jess & Jorel.
Jess & Jorel will marry later next year, but they invited me out for an engagement shoot (pre-wedding photography session) at the Himeji Gardens on South Terrace recently. It was a fun session, thanks again!
The in-laws met us in Sydney to help take the kids to Japan. We made a weekend trip out of it. It happened to be Aki and my 5 year anniversary. We had a wonderful time – the kids were so happy to see their grandparents in the flesh.
We could have done the trip anywhere, it was so enjoyable to see the kids so happy. We checked out Bondi one day. We rode a limo for a night tour – which was a bit of mistake given Sydney’s traffic on a Friday evening, but we made it to Mrs Macquaries Chair. And we were lucky to be in town whilst the ‘Vivid Sydney’ light festival was on, which was pretty awesome (much like the Northern Lights on North Tce in Adelaide). And we spent some tie in cafe’s and markets (Paddington markets).
Jess & Scott held their wedding in Port Adelaide, having both the ceremony and reception inside Mark Lobert Gallery. The art made for some interesting photography – and Port Adelaide has plenty of lanes and old stone walls to photograph around..
Scott and Jess met on Facebook originally. I think that’s a fairly original way to meet (perhaps not for too much longer into the future).