Cheryl’s Family Bonding

Cheryl’s sister and husband were “balikbayans”, and there’s no better way to bond than go out of town for a short break where they can dine together, play, and have a little sight-seeing. So together with her own family, Bryan and Bryce the baby boy, and with her mother, her sister and her husband, they went for a day trip to Tagaytay to do all these! We started off at Breakfast at Antonio’s, then to Sky Ranch and to Cliffhouse. It was, yet again, a shoot-as-it-happens kind of family portraits. I love it! We all loved it! No pressure, just enjoy, do whatever you like (though I make suggestions of course), and be as you are kind of shoot! The kind gig where I didn’t feel like it’s work, like I was just a friend who happened to be there too, so they invited me. Hehe.

We left Manila very early in the morning to have breakfast at, of course, Breakfast at Antonio’s. Bryce played in the lawn and we did a quick family shoot as we waited for the food to be served. Then we headed to Sky Ranch for some rides! Bryce enjoyed the airplane ride with his dad, and as Bryan got dizzy, it was touching to see Bryce’s concerned look as he put his hand on his dad’s forehead 🙂 Cheryl and her sisters played some kind of shoot-the-bottle, and Bryce caught some crocs and rubber duckies in the mini pond. The family also rode the blue train that went around the vicinity. To cool off the hot weather, we spent the entire afternoon at Cliffhouse for “merienda” and another family photo shoot.

The day was priceless as they shared stories and laughter. A great moment before heading back to the crazy city. 🙂

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Paul, Pia and Pipay’s Family Vacation

I love seeing my couples’ families grow! And as an example, I took photos of Paul and Pia’s beautiful garden wedding at San Pablo, Laguna. Now, with their source of joy, Pipay, we headed to their parent’s vacation house at the middle of vast greens! Armed with just their smiles, the shoot was like a weekend of quality time–relaxing and playing with Pipay amidst natural setting– just perfect for a short getaway from work. I love that it was so simple, no setups, no styling (just our natural good tastes 😛 ).

Paul and Pia being bikers, a ride on a bike had to be a part of our shoot, and Pipay enjoyed it!

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Mia at One Week

Meet Mia, the little blessing of Sckye and Macky. With Mia mostly asleep, posing her carefully was perfect and our shoot was so serene. Shot using just natural lighting from the window, the effect was mild and soft-looking. 🙂

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Joshua and Bethel: Since Then

Joshua and Bethel have known each other since they were very little. Their parents were friends as they attended the same church. Bethel’s elder sister, Eunice (a former bride of mine too), and Joshua were very close friends and little did they know, that he was being prepared by God on how to be a proper boyfriend through Eunice. They started really talking only later on in their lives, and everything grew on.

Joshua and Bethel are both happy people who love to smile and make jokes.  A wedding which started at 7:30 in the morning, they were already giddy at 4 am, most notably when the morning sun appeared in Bethel’s face! Somehow, the very early morning affair fit their happy disposition. The ceremony hall was filled with tears and laughter. We understood how a joker Joshua is through the testimonials delivered by their families and friends. It then became very touching as Joshua and Bethel said their vows and their exchange of messages to their parents. I also loved that the couple were the ones who welcomed the guests during their breakfast reception. It was simple and most appropriate for their intimate wedding as their way to show their gratitude.

Ceremony and Reception: Makati Sports   HMUA: Tintin Arcenal

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The Leocadios in Bali: Day 2!

Day two of the family vacation of Kareen, Lui and Claudia in Bali, Indonesia was full of activities. We went to three places, Tanah Lot Temple, Bali Swing, and in Ubud.

Our day started with a two hour drive from Seminyak where we stayed, to Tanah Lot Temple located further south of Bali. Not a very good time to visit the temple in the morning as it was packed with tourists! But nevertheless, the family enjoyed the view of the temple built on the rock formation on the sea. We weren’t allowed to have a closer look of the temple because the waves at that time was powerful, although seeing it from afar was already enough to amaze us. Kids be kids, and Claudia got entertained with shopping! The area was filled with trinkets and animal toys for sale, and Claudia bought a butterfly-like toy and a wooden duck on a bamboo flute that when blown, it made a duck sound. Lui, Kareen and Claudia also enjoyed the stroll along the gardens going to the other rock formations.

 

 

 

 

 

The highlight was the Bali Swing and mind you, this wasn’t an ordinary one you see in parks! This was the kind of swing that would let you go on meters high up in the air, with the forest meters down from your toes! A swing for adults, you can say, and Kareen and Lui (Claudia was not allowed at her age yet) had their share of screams and laughs as they rode it! Claudia stayed with me as I shoot, and she laughed hard seeing her parents. A priceless one! There were also areas for photo ops such as man-made nests where people can sit on. It was totally a place for families.

 

 

 

 

Our third stop was around Ubud to visit a few temples on the way. We didn’t have much time as we needed to allot travel time to go back to Seminyak. There are numerous temples along the way and picking good ones and stopping for a quick photo shoot wasn’t hard. It was a good way to end the trip, just relaxing and quietly exploring the temples. 🙂

 

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Cookie and Mary: All the Happy People

Cookie and Mary’s wedding was one of my not-so-usual type of shoot–there were no scenes of bride wearing the shoes, no veil throwing, suit throwing nor wearing of watch–no standard scenarios in a wedding shoot. It was focused on capturing what is naturally happening, and the couple being very cool and happy people, they enjoyed their stress-free wedding day.

Cookie and Mary are both visual artists by profession, which is obvious in their overall style preferences of their wedding details and wedding documentation. Since Mary was my schoolmate back in college, it was nice to see old faces as well after many years. Their families and friends share their happy disposition, and smiles and laughter were captured at every point of our cameras.

I hope you’ll enjoy this all black and white wedding blog entry (including the onsite photo slideshow, a first for me and loved it!), as I think it suits Mary and Cookie. They danced with joy during the day and so as everyone else!

Venue: Chapel on the Hill     Reception and Preps: Pintoresco     Video: Let’s Make It Real

 

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Family Fun in BALI, Day 1!

Family vacations usually involve celebrating special occasions–birthdays, anniversaries, passing the board exams, reunions–a good excuse to take a leave from work, relax and enjoy the company, build stronger ties and of course, do as much sight-seeing the time permits. For Lui, Kareen and Claudia’s vacation in Bali, Indonesia, it was to celebrate Lui and Kareen’s wedding anniversary.

For two days, they went to the Bali Zoo, Tanah Lot, Bali Swing, and temple sight-seeing. Most of their activities were dedicated for Claudia, which she enjoyed very much, even though she had a slight fever! Day one was a half day tour at the zoo. It was a first for Claudia, and she was very happy seeing the animals that her laughs echoed! There were a few animals which she got afraid of, but it was easily replaced by excitement and curiosity as she was smiling and pointing at them, even with crocs and snakes!

On the way to the pool, an elephant surprised them. It was beautiful!

Claudia loves maps! She was still looking at it even a day after the zoo trip and reciting the animals she saw.

Their day ended with a quick stop at one of the temples around Ubud, Bali. There were temples in almost every corner, and they chose this one as the relief sculptures were very detailed and awesome. Too bad it was already closed when they arrived, but the exteriors was already a good photo op!

This probably summarizes Claudia’s reactions as she saw various animals! Love them!

NEXT ON THE BLOG: Day 2 (Tanah Lot, Bali Swing and a few more temples!)

 

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Miki at 17

I’ve said it many times how much I’m a fan of intimate celebrations. It is always full of love and true happiness from the guests to be present in the celebration, and Miki’s 17th birthday was a perfect example. She invited her classmates and church friends for a simple birthday dinner. Of course, there were good food, a few games, a sharing about the most memorable experience with Miki, music playing, a cute dog, and a nice candle-blowing surprise from her parents, all accompanied with laughter!(We were reminiscent of our own energetic college days as well!)  With the warmth of the celebration, everyone was nonchalant of the hard rain outside!

As what Miki said, she felt blessed by her friends and family and how she loves them. Well, all I can say is, they’re blessed to have Miki too! 🙂

Celebration: June 8, 2018

 

 

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Allen and Mela’s Dive of a Lifetime

Allen and Mela are both scuba divers and adventurers who are both cool and relaxed people. Their relationship started when Allen was about to go back abroad for work, so to keep up with the distance, they made sure to meet somewhere in the world, and of course, travel together. A love that started in the Philippines, they continue to create new memories across the world. The saying “Home is wherever I’m with you” truly fits these two.

 

 

Preps  Oakwood Ortigas       Church St. John Paul II Parish       Reception  Glass Garden

Coordinator  Thoffy Consulta       Video  The Spark Series       Gown  Carina Canlas       HMUA  Kris Bacani

 

 

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Mark and Nella’s Staycation

The rain became a blessing as Mark and Nella and their kids, Lucas and Matthew, had their portraits inside their house. It was spontaneous, fun and very relaxed as the kids played, watched TV, ate and whatnot during breaks. Lucas was so fond of the balloons that he wanted it close to him all the time, and was giddy every time he let them go! Funny part too was Matthew’s smash-the-cake scene, for he really did smash it hard, turning the cake over and letting it roll! We recapped the setup at their bedroom as it was Matthew’s sleeping time, and Kuya Lucas helping to put her baby brother to sleep was a heart-melting scene! Well, we can all agree nothing feels like home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ken, Joanna and Ewoo’s Hiking at a Colorful Forest

Joanna and Ken are good friends from NYC. With both having crazy schedules, hiking, or nature-tripping is their mind-detoxification. I found out that New York holds a lot of well-maintained state parks which one can spend quality outdoor activities, and man, they are huge! Such a park is located in Minnewaska a few hours away from the city by car. With just our maps, we navigated the park, with its nice lake at the middle, on our own for the whole day. We got lost for a while, but which we ended up at this breathtaking overlooking view of the whole forest! It was the fall season too, and the lush forest provided us with patches of yellow, orange, red and violet trees which was amazing. Ewoo, their cute and messy looking ‘son’, enjoyed the walk as well, although most of the time he was carried because he got tired. He’s a very picky dog, not very friendly to new people, but we became friends at the middle of the hike! This shoot was a 100% shoot-as-it-happens, no pressure at all kind, just like what Ken and Joanna wanted. 🙂

Location: Minnewaska State Park, New York, USA

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Chris, Ceejay and Carl’s Family Day

 

It is always a pleasure to document your friends’ new and growing families. Here is Ceejay, my high school classmate, with Chris and Carl just relaxing and playing in a public garden. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Jikkie and Jen: God’s Answer

Jikkie and Jen met at their church group, both of them serving in the music ministry. But how it all started was quite hilarious and unique–through a toothpaste. Yes, Jen was selling high end toothpastes and Jikkie frequently bought to her, so much that she jokingly asked Jikkie if he uses them to take a bath. This frequent meeting to get toothpaste has made Jen suspicious, thus, decided not to sell toothpastes to Jikkie anymore. So he confessed the truth. During a small interview for the video during their wedding, Jen thought it was nothing, but Jikkie from the beginning, remained persistent. He was Jen’s answered prayer, and so they lived happily ever after 🙂

I love Jikkie and Jen’s wedding.  They were surrounded with families and friends that love them and care for them. It was full of endearment and laughter, and there were moments where it became very touching. In most times, each wedding I cover has something memorable, whether simple or grand. In their wedding, it would be the time when Jen’s bridesmaids and secondary sponsors encircled her and prayed for her marriage. It was an honor to see such support.

Another memorable one, and a funny one too, was when Jikkie said the lines “I do,” with utmost conviction, that got everyone laughing!

Like each stage of their wedding had something memorable, Jikkie’s singing performance for Jen being the most entertaining during their reception.

Jikkie and Jen, I hope you’ll continue to be blessed with love from the people around you and of course with your love from each other!  Enjoy married life!

Venue: Portico de Busto, Bulacan
Church: Sto. Niño Parish Bustos, Bulacan
Coordinator: c/o Portico de Busto
HMUA: Toni Rodriguez
Gown: Kris Ian Dacera for Beyond White
Jikkie’s Suit: Jo Lanuza
Video: Mozaic Creatives
L/S: 7th Trumpet
Invitations: c/o Portico de Busto

Illustrations/paintings by yours truly 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daniel, Angeli and Leah: Happy in God’s Grace

 

Daniel and Angeli were my couple a few years back. They now have Leah, their joy in their lives, a miracle baby, who after so many prayers,  held on strong to Angeli.  A gift from God, Leah is a smiling baby, loves to clap, and is starting to appreciate the Bible stories with the help of Dan and Angeli.

Venue: Jardin de Miramar, Antipolo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Julius and Jelyn: Of Love and Purity

Julius and Jelyn were my colleagues before at Imagine Nation Photography. Julius is a videographer while Jelyn is a video editor.

These two met before a bible study meeting; Jelyn was about to go inside the building when a stray dog suddenly appeared and as Julius was also there hanging around, Jelyn held on to his hand out of fear of the dog. Julius, startled, said, “Who the heck are you?”

As both are in the videography team, they worked closely together for many weddings, for many hours, and I guess this was how things developed. Their relationship wasn’t perfect, there were many trials, but there was understanding and we, as their friends, could see they both wanted, and I’m sure to this very day, to work out their differences. And this is how their relationship grew abundantly.

There are many things we can learn from their relationship. One of which, as Jelyn specifically pointed out, is the virtue of purity, of waiting for marriage, of self-control. They chose to stay pure until marriage for this relationship, and having a man who chooses this, according to Jelyn, is kinda sexy.

My favorite part of their wedding was when they uttered their funny and touching personal vows to each other. It was nice to see Jelyn wrote hers on her journal, a good way to remind her perhaps of their promises.

Their wedding supplier friends, videographers, photographers, HMUAs, former bosses, all helped out in making their event possible. With their close relatives and friends gathered together, Julius and Jelyn’s wedding was heartwarming, honest, full of stories, laughter and tears. Our day ended smiling, and we were all happy for these two.

Wedding Coordination:  Canaan Celebrations       Wedding Stylist: For Keeps Events Specialist        Videographers: Dux Dacudao, Anthony de Guzman, Rjay Bagay, Rojen Sullera, Angelo Leanda, Henry Samson, Myca Guinchoma, Jho Francisco, Flip Peñas       Photographers: Jonathan Keh, Arlene Briones-Hidalgo, Betty Uy, Kim Lim, EJ Lagrimas, She De Ocampo Aguiba, Liz Rañola       Gown and Suit Designer: Boy Kastner Santos        MUA: Rae Venturanza Salazar       Hair: Nhot Munsod Bituin       Wedding Invitations: Betty Uy and Liz Ranola

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JC, a Proud Filipino Boy

Happy Independence Day, Philippines!

JC, the one year old cute boy of my good Batanes friends, Ian and Jasmin, was born on April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan. Seldom do I encounter a photo shoot or an event with a Filipino theme, so when JC’s parents told me he’ll dress up as a Katipunero, I was excited! We held the shoot at Imus, Cavite, afterwards, JC’s dedication and birthday celebration was held. And noteworthy was Ian’s prayer for JC to be a good citizen of this country. The shoot was different, fun and of course, cute!

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Adrian and Gia: Love is All Around

Adrian and Gia are two jolly people who got united last year witnessed by their jolly and lovely families and friends. Their wedding was one of the most colorful I’ve covered and as a photographer/observer, I felt the genuine happiness in the eyes of their guests.  An unforgettable moment was when Gia’s father and brother, whom she is very close to, came blindfolded to see her wearing her wedding gown already. Her brother especially got very emotional, and everyone followed.  Guests were entertained as well during the well-thought speeches of their families and friends, and the upbeat dance mob performed by Gia’s relatives. Their morning wedding was a good way to start the day for everyone as love shone at its brightest. 🙂

Preparations: Sampaguita Gardens     Church: Sanctuario de San Jose     Reception: Sampaguita Gardens     Wedding Coordinator:  Therry Arriza of Bridal Fantasy    HMUA: Nybie Ng     Gown: Mel Orlina     Caterer and Events Stylist: Hizon’s Catering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Matt and Val: Oo, May Forever

Matt and Val Met at work. They were a good match instantly.

One of my cool couples I had the privilege to cover, their wedding was an intimate one, a sort of a family and friends gathering, and all were genuinely happy for their union.

Hotel: Astoria     Ceremony: Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Antipolo     Reception: Cafe 14Four     HMUA: Meg Reyes     Gown: RoyAnne Camillia Couture     Videographer – Robert Saguiguit Photography     Styling: Edmar Abila      Invitation: Aya Rosales-Espiritu