Next Station...Pretty City!

So back on track, remember those mesh shells? Well, here's where my train of thought took me next. That's right, Pretty Town City!

This beautiful chapel is a few years old now, but it still takes my breath away every time it crosses my desk. Located in Kobuchizawa, Japan, the Leaf Chapel is the work of Klein Dytham Architects. I would attempt to describe this beautiful structure, but I can't outdo the architects own words:

The chapel is formed by 2 leaves - one glass, one steel - which have seemingly fluttered to the ground. The glass leaf with its delicate lace pattern motif emulates a pergola and the structure holding it up reminds one of the veins of a leaf which slowly become thinner the further they get from the central stem.

The white steel leaf, perforated with 4700 holes, each of which hold an acrylic lens, is similar to bride's veil made of delicate lace. Light filters through the lenses and projects a lace pattern onto the white fabric inside.

So beautiful, and with views of the southern Japanese Alps and of course Mt. Fuji, this would definitely be a destination wedding with a difference.

And what would a chapel be without a wedding?! The perforated steel veil opens at the end of the ceremony, just as the groom lifts the bride's veil for that very first smooch as husband and wife.

Swoon! And that leads me to my next slice of pretty! I came across the AMAZING photography of Max Wanger via Bliss. My favourites are of course the engagement photos of the beautiful Joanna (of A Cup of Jo fame) and her dashing fiance Alex, because as you may know by now, my secret wedding obsession (and all things wedding-related) is only outmatched by my not-so-secret obsession with balloons. So combine the two, and I'm in heaven!

A big thank you to Jo for sharing these amazing photos, and of course a huge congratulations to her and Alex on their engagement! I don't know about you, but I cannot wait to see what these kids have planned for their wedding!


Vanya @ Endless Inspiration said...

I love the balloon images. If you like balloons, you might like this post I did awhile ago.


K.Line said...

I LOVE that chapel. So unbelievable. Makes me want to have a wedding!

Ms Unreliable said...

Awww so cute Vanya, thanks for sharing! My favourite is of course the moon balloon :D

Me too K.Line! It's SUCH a beautiful setting, I'm not sure I could compete though! Eep!