We were fortunate enough to run into a Japanese wedding party yesterday.
The lady in white and the man in the gray hakama in the middle of the picture are of course the bride and groom. They are posing in front of the temple entrance.
I was surprised to see so many people dressed in black. In Belgium people wear bright colours to go to a wedding, black is for funerals. But in Japan it is customary, at least for the parents of the bride and groom, to dress in black.
This kind of traditional Shinto wedding ceremony is losing popularity in Japan. These days young Japanese people prefer to get married in a wedding hall or in a church (although I’m not sure that also involves the Christian ceremony, I think it’s more about the venue).
In this kind of Western-style wedding, the bride wears a completely over-the-top colourful dress, that is usually rented instead of bought.