- Posted on Tuesday, 20 October 2015
How could anyone forget Darren and Jenny’s unique pre-wedding shoot with a casket and if you think it’s a set that’s hard to top, think again as they’re back with a destination photo shoot that will make your hearts stop. Inspired by assassination blockbuster “Mr and Mrs Smith”, the quirky newlyweds’ chemistry in these images by Multifolds Photography is palpable and makes for a sexy action romp among some of Japan’s most panoramic spots.
Why did you choose Japan for your destination engagement shoot? What were some of the locations you visited?
“We decided on Japan as it was where Darren proposed to me.
We visited numerous locations in an old Japanese village Narai-juku, Nagano Prefecture, including the wooden bridge at Kisho Ohashi. We also went to the wheat fields of Ashikaga, the Ashikaga Flower Park, and the fields of moss pink (Shibazakura) and Lake Kawaguchi near Mount Fuji. Lastly, we made it to the capital’s Shibuya Crossing, Shinjuku area and the Sensoji temple in Asakusa, Tokyo.” ~ Jenny
We spy a fun storyline amongst your images. Please tell us more about the inspiration behind your shoot!
“Our main idea was derived from the film Mr & Mrs Smith. Our overarching theme was ‘Till Death Do Us Part’, so we thought of playing a game of tag between 2 assassins. We were supposed to both be assassins who coincidentally have each other as our assigned targets. We then go on a journey to seduce and assassinate each other, before both of us choose to abort the mission. What better way to end the story than with an elopement around beautiful Japan?” ~ Jenny
Which were your favourite spots?
“Our favourite spot was definitely Narai-juku. Our photographer Melvin of Multifold Photography highly recommended the location to us, as it was also one of the places he had always wanted to check off his bucket list. When we saw the actual location, we were totally mesmerised. The place exudes old Japanese rustic charm and people still live in the old houses and inns along the historic Nakasendo road.” ~ Darren and Jenny
Do you have any interesting moments or stories to share from the day of shooting?
“Our most memorable moments were at Narai-juku. We did a lot of fight scenes there with our swords and guns. There were a lot of locals who gathered around us and approached us for photos, thinking that we were actual movie stars.
The drives we took traveling from one location to another were particularly exhilarating. We rented a car and travelled to almost 10 different locations in 4 days. It was tiring to wake up at 4.30am and sleep at almost 1am every day but the final photos were definitely worth it.
Darren bravely drove us to the different locations, and each drive was about 3 hours long. Hats off to him for letting us rest while he drove the car.” ~ Jenny
Do you have any tips and advice for couples planning destination pre-wedding shoots?
“Besides the usual lovey-dovey pictures, it’s definitely a great idea to inject your own personalities into the photo shoot. Think of a theme you want to have for the shoot and play around with it. Darren and I had a lot of fun buying props in Japan and thinking of all the scenarios we could do to complement our theme.
Secondly, if you are planning on traveling to multiple locations, renting a car can really provide more convenience and also work out to be much cheaper than public transport. In Japan, driving around was extremely easy as the navigation & transport system were very tourist-friendly. We couldn't imagine lugging our gowns and props onto the trains and then dragging them from location to location.
I bet the crew was very happy with our choice too.” ~ Jenny
Thank you for sharing your destination pre-wedding shoot with us, Darren and Jenny, and warmest congratulations on your recent nuptials!