There are many ancient Japanese wedding traditions included in this eco-friendly inspiration at Gorse Hill wedding venue. From paper cranes to san Ku do nuptial cups, and not forgetting the chopsticks and rice bowls with props provided by, Recommended supplier The Prop Library. The beautiful Asian bride also wears a lace Kimono tied with a yellow ribbon, and a satin slip teamed with a white leather jacket designed by, Recommended supplier, Niamh Designs. It's the perfect blend of two cultures and beautifully shows you can have a luxury-styled wedding and still make sustainable choices.

Ancient Japanese wedding styling at Gorse Hill wedding venue with lace Kimono wedding dress & paper cranes

My vision for the shoot was to embrace the ancient Japanese aesthetic and the art of Kintsugi in a wedding setting. We made full use of the grounds and interior at Gorse Hill Wedding venue in Surrey for the shoot.

Sarah Hoyle


All the suppliers are eco-friendly and sustainable. The dress was made from antique lace, the flowers were sustainably sourced, and the props were all rented. The stationery is all sustainable, recyclable and carbon neutral, and our hair and makeup artist used all vegan, cruelty-free products. We also had a vegan cake which looked delicious.

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The inspiration was to use the colours and aesthetics of ancient Japanese traditions. Such as the art of Kintsugi, origami, sake drinkware and a Kimono-inspired dress. I imagined the wedding to be a partnership between a Japanese and English couple, mixing classic English wedding styling with ancient Japanese wedding traditions.

1000 paper cranes symbolise honour, good fortune, loyalty, and longevity.

We chose to go for a muted natural makeup look with a chic hair up-do to start, moving on to having a stronger makeup look with red lipstick. We also showed off a range of looser-down hairstyles using accessories and flowers to enhance the look. The dress was made from antique lace with stunning Kimono-style sleeves. It was held together by a yellow velvet ribbon for a pop of colour. Underneath was a satin slip-style dress. We used both looks in the shoot to show the versatility of the dress. The white jacket had been upcycled and embroidered with Japanese styling.

Sarah Hoyle

The tableware included chopsticks, bamboo mats and wooden rice bowls combined with classic English crockery and glassware trimmed in gold for extra luxury. Our accessory supplier hand-created all her pieces using ethical silver and sustainable methods. We also included traditional origami cranes hung from a bamboo frame to symbolise good fortune. I took advice from a Japanese supplier to ensure our shoot and vision were fully respectful and showcased the beauty of Japanese styling.

Sarah Hoyle

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Featured suppliers

Props and styling: The Prop Library | Accessories: Gabriella Casemore | Jacket: Niamh Designs | Photographer, concept and planning: Sarah Hoyle Photography | Florist: Rhoda Louisa Floral Events | Stationer: Moo Collection | Dress and Veil: Bex Brides | Venue: Gorse Hill | Model: Jenny | HMUA: Millie Make Up | Cake: Love from Lila | Origami artist: Sians Craft Corner UK, Etsy shop

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