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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Cris and Liza: 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary

I have documented a few times silver and golden weddings, and all the time, they never fail to touch hearts. These are love stories who have passed the test of time, hence, they’re good role models and we should learn from them. Cris and Liza’s story is one of those tested-by-time love stories that has moved me.  With a guest count of about 50 people, love of all kinds–of family, of spouse, of friends, of mentors–was felt all through out the day. I am lucky to have witnessed this.

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During the reception program, Cris and Liza presented 25 people/couple that have shaped them in important ways, friends who were there by their side in good and bad times, mentors who have helped them to develop their spirituality, and of course their sons and daughters who I’m sure have been their strength and inspiration. I have observed their children’s good and joyful characters, and it says a lot about Cris and Liza. They are blessed with good people around them, and they bless the people around them in return. I too,  during one of our meetings with them, was inspired. 🙂 I am lucky to have witnessed their anniversary.

To 25 more years, or even more 🙂

Preparations/Ceremony/Reception: Makati Shangri-la

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Jorian and Eve: A Cozy Beach Wedding

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A union of two families in one virgin beach is love 🙂 As their second wedding, close relatives and friends of both Jorian and Eve celebrated with them, and it was full of smiles and love.

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See their photos in album viewing here.

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See their photos in album viewing here.

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See their photos in album format here.

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Marlon and Aura: The Universe Conspires

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It was a perfect day for Marlon and Aura; good weather, good sunlight, good location, good food and good friends and families. They were all glowing of happiness, and Marlon and Aura looked impeccable. 🙂

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June 7, 2015

Ceremony: Transfiguration Chapel of Caleruega    Preparation & Reception: Taal Vista Hotel    Video: Aisle 1401    Coordination: SMA Weddings & Beyond    HMU: Team Majica    Florist – Church/Bouquets/Boutonnieres: Loi Floral Sense by Serge Igonia     Cake: Tourist Cakeshop     Lights & Sounds: Artuz101

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Mark and Kate: Tying the Knot in Batanes

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A thousand times, I would love to shoot wedding memories here in Batanes. It’s such a lovely place to start a new chapter of one’s life here. Its simplicity enables you to see everything, and only what’s important to you. It’s an ideal place to have your wedding, or to shoot your engagement. Photos speak ‘Just you and me.’

See these two photo enthusiasts, Mark and Kate’s wedding memories here. Oh, and a post-nup shoot as well with their families and close friends. You can see also their engagement shoot here.

Videographer: Aisle 1401
HMUA: Sherbeth Anne Quion
Accessories and decors: Our Handmade Heritage, Inc.
Church: Mt. Carmel Chapel, Basco, Batanes
Preparations and Reception: Fundacion Pacita, Basco, Batanes
Gown design is bride’s own

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