We have an exciting announcement to make: this week we launched our Destination Wedding Photography packages. Although we are based in the charming small town of Metuchen, NJ, and shoot all throughout the NYC metro area, Kyo also photographs weddings in Asia, Central America, and Europe.
We realized that for our destination wedding clients, having a simple and straightforward package would make their planning even more stress-free. And that’s always our goal!
We now offer two simple and straightforward destination wedding photography packages: one for destination weddings within the continental United States; and the other for destination weddings overseas or in Hawaii or Alaska.
Both packages include a full day of wedding photography coverage by Kyo, an additional day of rehearsal dinner coverage or day-after portraits — and most importantly, all travel, meals, and lodging fees included.
Yup, you pay a flat rate and there are no additional fees. You get phenomenal photography and the reassurance of working with an experienced team. We’re familiar with the logistics of planning an overseas photo shoot and will handle all the details without a hiccup.
We were thrilled with A Practical Wedding’s recent post about us and the launch of these new packages. As they said,
“Weddings that unite not only two different people, but two different cultures are maaaybe extra stressful. And weddings with an extra layer of cultural complexity need vendors who are going to make the planning process and the day easier….Which is exactly what we love about New Jersey–based Kyo Morishima Photography.”
A Few of Our Favorite Destination Weddings
One thing that our destination weddings tend to have in common is that the bride and groom picked their destination wedding spot because it had deep personal meaning for them.
St. Moritz Destination Wedding Photos
Samantha and Adam got married in a tiny Romanesque church in the Swiss Alps and held their reception at the Hotel Waldhaus am See overlooking Lake St. Moritz in Switzerland.
Adam’s mother is from Switzerland and he proposed to her when they were visiting his relatives and went on a hike together in the Alps. Sam told us, “When I saw the little church in Switzerland where we eventually had our ceremony, I couldn’t stop thinking about how sweet and quaint it was. It just seemed like the right place for us to get married.”
The day after the ceremony, Kyo followed them for another hike in the Alps, this time for a portrait session in the wildflower meadows (with lots of Swiss dairy cows watching).
Kyoto Destination Wedding Photos
Yuu and Phil got married at Heian Shrine in Kyoto and held their reception at the Garden Oriental (now called The Sodoh Higashiyama Kyoto.) Yuu told us,
I grew up going to the Heian Shrine, and as a kid, I saw many wedding scenes there. It has a beautiful garden with a pond and a very traditional Japanese bridge, with the ancient architecture of the shrine in the background. The contrast between the lush green of the garden and the lacquered red of the shrine is very spiritual for Japanese people. It was always my dream place to get married.
“The Garden Oriental was originally the villa of a famous Japanese painter. So it’s built in the style of an old Japanese home. But inside, it’s a fabulous Italian restaurant. It’s very ‘East meets West.’ I wanted my American husband’s family to have a traditional Japanese experience but not too traditional — I wanted it to feel modern and comfortable for them, too.
Costa Rica Destination Wedding Photos
Heather and Paco got married on a mountaintop in central Costa Rica.
Heather grew up in the U.S. but her mom is Costa Rican and she always wanted to go back to Costa Rica to live for a while when she grew up. Little did she know that she’d move there after college, meet her husband, and never come back!
Her husband, Paco, grew up outside La Selva Biological Station, a rainforest research institution in northeast Costa Rica. As a child, he played with and helped the scientists there, and by the time he was a young man he was already an expert in tropical birds.
Heather and Paco decided to get married at the Savegre Natural Reserve in San Gerardo de Dota, a tiny, rustic resort in the Talamanca cloud forest. Their ceremony location was on a mountaintop accessible only by foot, so some of the older guests had to ride on horseback there. They put their rings in a hummingbird’s nest because of the importance of birds in their lives — they now run Costa Rican eco-tour company Cotinga Tours, specializing in birding.
Interested in Talking to Us?
If you’re looking for absolutely gorgeous, emotion-filled, candid photographs that capture the feel of a very special place…. A totally stress-free planning process…. A true partner in creating your unforgettable celebration….
Just reach out to us. We would love to hear from you.