People across the world are obsessed with cherry blossoms and travel thousands of miles to enjoy their beauty. Some lucky couples even plan out their pre-wedding or engagement photoshoot to include these gorgeous blossoms! If you are considering a cherry blossom pre-wedding photoshoot, there’s a lot of things to plan for. You have to schedule your session for the blossom season and pick a location where the trees actually grow. In Asia, cherry blossoms are famous in Japan, South Korea - and sometimes in Taiwan and China. You might feel a little overwhelmed when planning a pre-wedding photoshoot for the cherry blossom season, but before you start stressing, check out our tips to plan the most beautiful photoshoot ever! Photo Credit: Samantha Ong Photography
1. Plan for the right cherry blossom season
Cherry blossoms only bloom for a short amount of time so it’s important to act fast. The trees thrive as the seasons changes, especially from winter to spring. Between late March and early April is the best time to enjoy the blossoms.
2. Time your session just right
If you haven’t booked a photographer yet, you’ll need to act fast because local photographers tend to get booked up during cherry blossom season. You might even need to book a few months to a year in advance! Once you’ve decided where you want to have your session it’s time to find a photographer who you love and is available during the blossom season. Chances are your photographer is a native in this area and will know the best timing for lighting.
3. How far in advance should you book?
As soon as possible! Many couples take advantage of the blossom season and photographers book up fast. As soon as you have a destination in mind it’s time to book your session.
4. Where can you see cherry blossoms in Japan?
When many people think of cherry blossoms they immediately consider Japan. You can see these blossoms in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Fukuoka.
5. Where can you see cherry blossoms in South Korea?
South Korea is also brimming with cherry blossoms! You can find them in Seoul, Jeju Island and Gyeongju. Many cherry blossoms in South Korea are nestled close to beautiful temples and are connected to yearly festivals.
6. Where can you see cherry blossoms in China?
You can see the blossoms in Shanghai, Beijing, Wuxi and Hangzhou. The blossoms that grow in China are also close to some beautiful architecture which will also add more selection to your pre-wedding photoshoot.
7. Consider the crowds
Many cities host festivals for the cherry blossom season. Work with your photographer about picking the best time to avoid hundreds if not thousands of tourists in your shots.
8. Pick the best time
The best time for any photo session is either sunrise or sunset. This is especially true when it comes to photo sessions with cherry blossoms!
9. How long does the cherry blossom pre-wedding season last?
The blossom season can last anywhere between two to three weeks. It’s important to not wait to plan your cherry blossom photoshoot.
10. Pick your shot list in advance
While you might like some spontaneous shots in your cherry blossom engagement photoshoot, you’ll want to talk to your photographer about a shot list ahead of time. Considering the short time you’ll have with the trees and fighting crowds you won’t want to waste any precious time.
11. Search for a particular tree in advance
Take some time the day before your session and look for any type of tree or landmark that you love. If you search for this ahead of time, it’s less looking you’ll have to do the day of and you’ll have more time actually taking pictures.
12. Incorporate festival events into your session
Don’t feel as if your pre-wedding photoshoot has to be limited to just the cherry blossoms. Chances are you are visiting during a particular season. Take advantage of the events around you for some excellent candid photos!
13. Bring your wedding dress
If you have your wedding day dress already, bring it to the photoshoot! Think of the stunning pink flowers in the backdrop of your beautiful white dress.
14. Consider an all-inclusive package
Are you in love with your pre-wedding photoshoot photographer? Hire them for the entire wedding process! They can incorporate the blossoms into the wedding pictures. Plus an all-inclusive package could include makeup, clothing changes and lodging.
15. You can still incorporate your theme
Even if your wedding theme isn’t based on the cherry blossoms, this pre-wedding photoshoot can allow you to get creative. Add touches of your wedding palette and theme into your cherry blossom photo session. It’s a great way to tie together your entire wedding planning process.
16. Incorporate your heritage into the session
Consider adding small trinkets of your heritage into the cherry blossom pre-wedding photo session. This can include clothing, mementos and more.
17. Plan for hair and makeup
If you are traveling for this engagement photoshoot session, you can’t forget about your hair and makeup! If it’s not included in your photographer’s package ask around for recommendations.
18. Add other locations to your session
While the cherry blossoms should obviously be the focus of your photo session consider taking pictures at other landmarks in the area.
19. Relax and don’t stress out about not seeing cherry blossoms
You might feel pressured for time and to get the right snapshot during your pre-wedding photoshoot. If you are stressed or tense it will show in pictures! Don’t worry about getting the right picture. Act natural and it will come.
20. What to wear?
Considering that the blossoms are pink, you won’t want to wear pink yourself! Consider any shade that will compliment the flowers and help you stand out. White would be a perfect color and a compliment for any bride.
21. Head to the Studio
If you are obsessed with the cherry blossoms but just missed the season, don’t feel as if you have to wait another year. A talented photographer will be able to recreate the look inside his studio with fake cherry blossoms. Many of these fake trees actually look very realistic in photos!
Photography: Samantha Ong Photography