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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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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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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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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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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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

 

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Zack and Jett: Got You Where I Want You

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Zack met Jett six years ago in Georgia, USA, at a house party with friends. What started to be a dare turned out to be a happy ending. 🙂

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Their intimate beach wedding was full of expressions of love and happiness for these two. One of the highlights of the wedding was when Zack sang his feelings out in a sort of impromptu way, the song “Got You Where I Want To”(which he sang again together with Jett at the reception with correct lyrics this time), as Jett walked the long wooden planks of the lake all the way to the shore!  It rained for a while, but the clouds made way for the sun during their ‘I do’s.’

Venue: Tugawe Beach Resort, Caramoan, Bicol

Wedding Coordinator: Vanj Savilla

Videographer: Joel Salindog Videos

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Alfred and Janelle: Music and Words

Janelle wrote a letter to a boy whom she’s never met, a love letter.

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Then she met Alfred, and the letter was perfect.

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Janelle was a writer and a former colleague of mine in a publishing company. She now heads the award-winning tourism website The Pink Tarha in Riyadh. We shot their engagement around La Union for the whole day, from a sunrise grassland to sunset beach. It was like work slash vacation as we visited from one place to another. 🙂

Wedding Videographer: Hendrix Sanchez of Fridge Multimedia      Wedding Coordinator: Jennifer Pineda Capiral of Infinite Moments Events Management      Wedding Florist and Stylist: Art Cortez of AC Events & Productions Prenup and Wedding Makeup Artist: Niño Bautista of Niño Bautista Makeup Artistry      Church: Sts. Peter And Paul Parish, Bauang, La Union      Guests Resort and Reception: San Luis Del Mar Resort, Bauang, La Union      Preparation Resort: Kaykayo Resort      Infinity Dresses: ZALBY      Cord, Candles, and Bible: Beadybeadz Personalized Wedding Cords      Invitation Design and Printing: Ink Scribbler      Cake: Xavier Boado Cakes & Pastries

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Tristan and Ria: Merry to Marry

liz_5251Tristan and Ria were guests in one of my wedding shoots in 2014. It was really nice to capture them again, this time as the bride and groom. They’ve been a couple for many years now, and it was but time to tie the knot. They’re a very casual, happy couple, with a very unique not-as-planned wedding proposal in the US, which was hilarious! Naturally, the wedding was how they are as a couple, and it was beautiful in all ways, not to mention the blooper which happened before Ria walked down the aisle!  We’re all happy these young-at-hearts finally said ‘I do!’

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Venue: Casa San Pablo     Styling: Casa San Pablo     Wedding Coordination: Sweet Comfort Events

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Khalil and Tanya: Decided on Forever

Khalil and Tanya have been a couple for many years, and three months ago, they have finally decided to make it forever. With their funny nature, their wedding day was full of smiles, quirks (my first time to encounter a groom do boxing to beat the stress!), and of course love among families.

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LIZ_8013LIZ_7519LIZ_9097Preps:  Citadines Salcedo Makati       Coordinator: Chalebrations     HMUA: Seph Madrid      Videographer: Spark Series       Styling: Ileana Lanes and Alan Ong

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