Everyone knows that weddings are one of the most special moments in a couple’s life, so why not have it in one of the most magical locations in the world? That was the idea behind the Ribbon Wedding Chapel, designed by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. A beautiful structure situated beside the Inland Sea of Japan, the double winding staircase symbolizes the union of the married couple.
Uniquely designed wedding chapels are meant to offer more than mere looks, and reinforce the ideals behind the ceremony. Just like the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa or the Grand Floridian Resort in Disney World, the gorgeous backdrops and breathtaking scenery enhance the beauty of the bride and the natural feeling of the couple spending their lives together.
This is what the Ribbon Chapel hopes to achieve. Winding staircases add a sense of whimsy to any structure, and many people prefer them in their houses for their design appeal. Places like Houzz and Stair Plan offer winding staircase design ideas and plans. And some stair installation businesses, like Sarasota Spiral Stairs, design custom stairs and work to install them for you.
Ribbon Chapel’s stairs are, of course, a little extravagant for most houses. Located on the outside of the building, there are 2 separate staircases that wind around and up the chapel like a ribbon, and meet at the top. This meeting symbolizes the union and the joining of the couple’s life paths. The balcony at the top overlooks the gorgeous scenery below, and are meant to be covered in cascading plants.
Below, in a room made of glass windows like the Windows Skyroom and Lounge, is the place where the couple goes through the wedding ceremony. Facing them, the guests have the backdrop of the gorgeous scenery surrounding the chapel. With all of the windows and open areas, there is little need for use of electrical items like lighting or fan systems. This just enhances the natural beauty of the area.
A long design process, the chapel is now built and ready to make some new couples very happy. Check it out on the designer’s site, along with their other breathtaking structural designs. You can also learn more at the website of the resort where the chapel is located, BellaVista. Who knows, you may be inspired to tie the knot in the Ribbon!
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