Taking elements of traditional Japanese culture and mixing them with this fun contemporary couple led us to a day full of magic and distinct style. Two Thousand origami cranes were hand folded to ensure a life time of happiness along with an amazing design element. Cranes were sprinkled down the aisle before the bride took her first steps towards her groom and used in ceiling treatment over the dance floor. The send off was complete with a Lions Dance and Sparklers while Mike & Sophia rode off in the Georgia Tech Rambling Wreck.
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Folding the Cranes
Sophia and Mike added an amazing DIY Wedding Element to their wedding by gathering a team of people, all the guests and of course good old dad to help fold the cranes. Each guest received two sheets of origami paper with their invitation, and was asked to take part in the wedding day by contributing two folded paper cranes to send back with the RSVP. Of course this was also a sneak peek into the origami crane design element that was revealed at the wedding along with this wonderful Japanese tradition.
Here is the special note from the Bride to her guests …
As we celebrate our love together and the “wings” that it gives us as we journey upon our lives together, we know that the evening will also emphasize how important each and every one of you are to us. We would not be the Sophia and Mike that you know today without you as our beloved family and friends, shaping us through the years to who we are. We want to thank you for your years of love and support. Please join us in celebrating our cultures, backgrounds and the joining of our lives together as we fold TWO thousand paper cranes for this special day.
History of the Paper Crane
Thousand origami cranes (千羽鶴 Senbazuru) is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes (鶴 tsuru) held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Some stories believe you are granted eternal good luck, instead of just one wish, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family during important life events such as weddings. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise) and is said to live for a thousand years: That is why 1000 cranes are made, one for each year.
Vendor Credits for this Incredible Wedding:
Wedding Planner: Sarah Day of SAS Weddings,
Bride's Attire:Sweet Elegance Bridal, Cake: Legendary Events, Catering: Legendary Events,
Ceremony Music: House of Music Entertainment, Ceremony location: Millennium Gate Museum,
DJ/Music services:House of Music Entertainment, Decor: Legendary Events, Event Drapery,
Lighting: Active Production & Design, Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited, Floral: Legendary Events,
Limousine Services:Georgia Tech Trolley, Rambling Wreck,
Special Fond Farewell: Lion Dance-Chien Hong School of Kung Fu, Reception Site:Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery, Photographer: Nancy Jo McDaniel Photography