Arriving by helicopter from Kyoto, Amina and Philip started their elopement adventure the evening before the big day. Located in the Kii region, they flew over the incredible rainforests, small farms, and profound landscapes before landing at a small clearing near their Rice Terrace Villas. Nara is the landlocked area of Kii where Sasayuri-Ann stands, is historically renowned as a pilgrimage site.
All there to welcome them to Sasayuri-Ann, and hosted by the incredible Matsubayashi Family, we explored the impeccable gardens and enjoyed sunset as preparations began for a Japanese private dinner worthy of a Michelin-star. There were take-your-breath away moments at every turn.
The villa, beside rice fields and nearby temples, and with incredible views of the National Park in the foreground, is such a poetic journey. When planning this elopement we wanted to make sure to include the most enchanting traditions of Japan, as well as making sure Amina & Philip’s own vision was created as well. Being half American and half Japanese meant the entwining of both cultures was so incredibly important.
And if there’s one absolute manifesto that 37 Frames adheres to without question, is that every elopement or wedding planned, is a journey. The journey of the couple. They journey of the place they’ve chosen to marry in. Putting them on the path for their life together.
Amina and Philip first came to us after their destination wedding in Italy had to change due to covid. They wanted something private, luxury, and somewhere that had never been done before. It was important that they have the freedom to celebrate their own way, with their own customs, all while incorporating the beauty of Japan. Their home right now.
The planning team was straight onto it and after an exhaustive search, a dear friend who owns Tokyo Personalized, a luxury travel company finally said, “I think I have just the place for you”. And she was right.
After many, many emails and some trips to Nara to meet in person, we felt like it was all going to be the perfect location for this romantic couple. Epic. Spiritual. And full of beauty everywhere the eye wandered.
Everyone asks for secret or private locations to elope in Japan. And we felt like we’d found the perfect place for them. Sasayuri-Ann lived up to expectations. And went beyond. It had been there waiting for them.
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