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For me, this wedding is not only about the gorgeous images of Hannah and Shimpei but the a gentle nod towards the groom’s Japanese heritage. A wedding is all about the coming together of two families and quite often two cultures, it is always so lovely to see that acknowledged. Throw in some gorgeous colourful florals, 1000 paper cranes and a very happy looking family, and you have a perfect wedding.

Photography by Sophie Duckworth 

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Shimpei also really wanted a photobooth for the wedding, which I was slightly unsure about, but it ended up being the best decision we made. The photos are brilliant and really funny. We even got my grandparents in with some funny hats on! We rented through PoshPhotobooth (http://www.poshphotobooths.com/)

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