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This Power Couple Holds a Breathtaking Western Wedding at an Art Sanctuary in Naoshima

It was the first western wedding at the sanctuary in Naoshima, Japan.
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A shared love of art brought Caroline Ghosn and Nicholas Flanders to Naoshima, Japan, for their wedding on July 7, 2018. Since 1987 the small island has been an art haven, thanks to a Japanese billionaire, Soichiro Fukutake, who bought part of it and commissioned architect Tadao Ando to build museums to show Fukutake’s collection of works by Monet, Kusama, Pollock, and more. 

The Venue


“Naoshima has this very primal element of creativity,” says Caroline, an artist who is also CEO of Levo, a professional network for millennials.

The Couple


Flanders wore J. Hilburn, while Ghosn wore custom Alon Livné.

In the Seto Island Sea


“We felt Naoshima had the same energy as Burning Man,” which was where Nicholas, founder of Opus 12, a company that recycles carbon dioxide emissions, proposed, in 2015.

Incorporating Tradition


The weekend kicked off with a kagami biraki, a 300-year-old custom that involves breaking open a sake barrel to celebrate new beginnings.

An Art-Lovers Paradise


Fifty-five guests flew in for a three-day event at Benesse House, a hotel and museum designed by Ando. (Caroline and Nicholas, who now live in San Francisco, were the first non-Japanese couple to wed there.)

The Details


The next day, guests toured the Art House Project, a cluster of old fishing cabins that have been transformed by various artists, along with the museums of the Benesse complex.

The Ceremony


The ceremony was that afternoon, followed by a feast of sushi, sashimi, tempura, and seven kinds of dessert.

The Festivities


Then there was dancing, a tasting of Japanese whiskeys, and an acoustic concert that lasted until sunrise. “Then everybody rolled straight into brunch,” Caroline says. “Because in Japan ‘brunch’ starts at 7 a.m.”

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*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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