Japanese Shinto Ceremony Idea | Steal This Idea

Unique ceremony idea

I can’t get enough of last week’s Berkshire Hills Wedding in Massachusetts. Not only is the bride gorgeous, the wedding details impeccable, and the photography amazing, but the bride has one of the coolest ceremony ideas I’ve come across.

Wedding Guest blessing on a sunflower

It’s based on a Japanese Shinto Shrine tradition, which “is associated in the popular imagination with summer festivals, good luck charms, making wishes, holding groundbreaking ceremonies.” (wikipedia)

bride and groom under a shinto ceremony inspired arbor

Brooks had her guests write wishes on pieces of paper that they then tied to an arbor they were married under. I couldn’t find where the tradition of writing their blessings on an arbor or alter, but that’s exactly what Brooks did and I love it.

Hudson River Photographer Diane Stredicke notes, “it also was great to get people involved in the ceremony, to get married under all those wishes, and being able to read the wishes the day after prolonged the glow of the weekend.”

Um, STEAL!!!


Photography by: Hudson River Photographer Diane Stredicke