Nomad Weddings


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About Us

We are a team of Wedding Planners, Photographers and Videographers based between Japan and New Zealand.

All our team members are English speaking Japanese citizens or residents, with passions for celebrating down-to-earth human connections, and guiding people on new adventures.

Our business in New Zealand involves Wedding adventures to incredible mountain top locations via helicopters, but we are also fond of the historic and cultural settings of our roots in Japan.

Our team members are on a rotationery schedule between Japan and New Zealand, for new adventures, change of scenery and connection to family.

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Our Team

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Creative Director

What started as a passion for creating beautiful wedding photos in 2012, has evolved into an obsession for intimate wedding celebrations.

With a larger team now, James mainly focuses on operational management.

Originally from Japan, James spent 6 years in Singapore and 22 years in New Zealand.

Available in Japan in June & September~October.


Studio Manager

Tomomi brings 12 years of tour guiding & travel agency experience in Queenstown, and resides with her family with 3 kids.

She is the glue that holds the team together, keeping things under control especially under tight pressure.

Tomomi is in Japan in May.

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Originally from England, Sam resides in Tokyo photographing Weddings and Elopements for the inbound tourism market.

Sam is passionate about showing Japan’s natural beauty, has a military background and speaks fluent Thai.

Sam is in Japan between October~June, and spends the hotter summer months travelling around Asia and Europe.


Photo + Video

Ayaka is a very experienced Wedding Photographer, having done over 500+ weddings in Japan, between Osaka and Tokyo in the mainland.

Her style is soft, natural and graceful – for couples wanting something low-key and elegant.

Ayaka is in Japan between May~June & November, and is based in New Zealand the rest of the year.

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Our Values

Updated December 2023*

Customer Satisfaction

We are constantly auditing and updating our processes for risk mitigation. Through feedback from customers, internal team members, external auditing consultants and third-party vendors, we take a holistic approach to improving products and services.

Team Satisfaction: Work/Life Balance, Creative inspiration

A happy and healthy team means we will be able to give it our best shot at every wedding. We apply the Japanese concepts of “Kaizen” and “Ikigai” into our quarterly individual Personal Development Planning, to identify win-win solutions.

Long Term Sustainability

For better or for worse, and in sickness and in health – like marriage, we are in it for the long run. Slow and steady wins the race – after the rapid growth period we experienced during COVID-19 and the Post-COVID Boom, our priority is set on sustainable continuation of Customer Satisfaction & Team Satisfaction, rather than short term gains.