So, we did mock wedding photos the other day. This is because my mother in law was upset with the fact that we didn’t have any so somehow that is bad for our not yet born child. Okay, whatever.
So we go to the photo studio and they only have TWO dresses to offer me. The one in the pic and another one that looked super ugly. To be honest, I really didn’t like this one either, but it was the lesser of two evils.
I get all dressed up in it and then she starts adding accessories. First comes the veil. I personally hate veils and she’s asking me where I want it on my head and I’m like “I don’t know.” because I really didn’t want to say “not on my head” because Taka gets very like “this is how it is in Japan” when you do stuff like this and I didn’t want to deal with that. So I asked Taka what he preferred and that decided it.
Then they were trying to put clip on earrings on me. I already had my pierced earrings in, so I told them what I had was just fine (and it would look SO stupid to have those earrings with the ones I already had on). Then came that tacky necklace which was also the lesser of evils.
Then they tried gloves. At this point, I was getting really upset because these pictures are gonna be our representative “wedding” pictures and it was so impersonal and nothing that I was wearing was what I would’ve in a real wedding. And being pregnant with the pregnancy hormones wasn’t helping either. So, they take out the gloves and I have two options - fish net or satin costume gloves. I tell them that we don’t go gloves, they say this is Japan, we do gloves, and I say that I’ve only ever seen people wear them at funerals and then I start crying (and of course crying makes me feel ashamed, so I was crying more at the fact I was crying).
They thought I was laughing because of the culture gap, even though I kept asking for tissue. It took a good 3 minutes before they realized I was crying and they gave up on the gloves (to which they started talking about having me hold a bigger bouquet to hide my glove-less hands…).
So we go up to the second floor and they take the first set of pictures. Mind you, it’s just one pose, but they shot it about 15 times. Then, since Taka’s mom wanted it, we did a pose of just me. But in those pics I had no veil and they put that metal head dress on (which hurt like a bitch). The room was hot cuz the air con didn’t work right, so while this guy was taking the pics (and having trouble with the camera), I started feeling sick and almost threw up. Fun.
The pics you see are what we did after the ones we paid for. These are taken on Taka’s cell. I like our poses on these.
Oh, and the real kicker??
Dress rental (for an hour), tux rental (for an hour), and TWO poses of pictures cost us how much? 70000 yen. Convert that to USD and that’s 880 bucks. What the fuck?
I told Taka I’m gonna quit my job and open a photo shop.
So, here you go. Our “wedding pictures,” taken 9 months after we got married and I am 16 weeks preggo.