Rich in Tradition Tabletop: Japanese

We asked three wedding teams to show how culture and heritage can inspire meaningful and gorgeous reception rooms

Dennis Wise

Paper cranes are a powerful symbol of wish fulfillment in Japan, so why not have them float gracefully above your big event? Married & More with Michelle’s Michelle Engvall and Izzy Girl’s Janet Maples wrapped modern, custom-made prints around votive holders to create harmony with the origami birds that Maples meticulously folded. Fiore Blossoms designer Alexa Johnson, who is also a calligrapher, drew the Japanese table number characters and arranged dahlias, football mums, ranunculus, and Japanese anemones in cheerful, architectural centerpieces. Guests will find traditional mochi desserts and tiny, symbolic, made-in-Japan ceramic animal favors at each table setting. Married & More with Michelle, 206-234-2913,

Dennis Wise
Dennis Wise
Dennis Wise

Engvall recommends Pravda Studios, Canlis Glass, Utina Wardroom, and Olympic Sculpture Park for elegantly austere celebrations. See Ceremony and Reception Guide for venue information

Printed matter Izzy Girl (206-390-0678,
Flowers Fiore Blossoms (425-870-5632,
Dessert Tokara Japanese Confectionery (206-784-0226,
Linens, dinnerware, chairs Pedersen’s Event Rentals (206-749-5400,
Dessert plates Crate & Barrel (visit for locations)
Favors Kobo at Higo (206-381-3000,