A week after my wife gave birth, I found myself confined into an eight hour plane ride headed to Bali for a wedding. I have no problem with that whatsoever, Bali has always been special and a beautiful wedding destination and as a matter of fact, I’ve been looking forward to this wedding the whole time. Until, well, my wife gave birth to this most beautiful creature that all I can think of the very second I left their room at St. Luke’s was how badly I missed the little dude. And man, I have never felt so much pain in my entire life walking away from that hospital door. Each step was a dagger to the heart thinking there I was on my way to someone else’s most exciting life changing event sacrificing mine. That’s when I realized that these girly feelings, of heartaches and heartbreaks, make up the best poetic lines Shakespeare, Hemingway and Poe had to offer. It was all part of the job really, and the moment I downed that large bottle of Bintang was the moment I snapped out of it and went all business.
Hans and Lufei’s weddings, as I’ve mentioned before is one I’ve been looking forward to. I knew what to expect with Bali weddings but when Hans brought us to where they’re holding the ceremony, I swear my darn eyes turned to stars! A freakin’ floating stage in a pool on a cliff overlooking the beach?! Unbelievable. And I’m telling you, somebody must have had one pretty messed up clot-catcher to come up with something that darn beautiful. It did rain a little but it was perfect nonetheless. The couple had the nicest family (Hans sister Yvette by the way was one of our brides way back) and lots of song-loving friends and I felt blessed to be a part of it.
Hans Chua & Lufei Lim: Wedding Highlights | International Wedding: Semara Luxury Villa Resort, Bali Indonesia | Cinematography: Phoeben Teocson, Romel Zafe, Kim Bandarlipe | Story & Editing: Phoeben Teocson, Donny Angeles
Wow! Still the words escape me when I look back to last weekend’s very successful Fast Forward 2013, the first and only videography collective in the Philippines. It was my very first time to speak in front of a crowd and to be honest, I never imagined doing such thing. Sharing the stage with film/commercial directors Marie Jamora and Jason Tan, cinemtographers Dix Buhay and Barry Braverman, colorist Marilen Magsaysay, and my fellow wedding videographer Treehouse Story was indeed a highlight for my not so old videography career. I requested to go in and talk first thinking the participants will be late and I’ll be speaking to just few early birds but the room was freakin’ packed like it was Noah’s Ark even before I step up onto the stage. Perhaps it was a good thing the spotlight blinded my view from four feet away and beyond or I would’ve freaked out even worse!
In my personal point of view, Fast Forward is not only a video seminar for aspiring filmmakers and video enthusiasts, it is where one’s passion for videography gets pushed into the next and perhaps the most crucial level. It is where hobby becomes career and it answers the question “where do I go from here?” The exact same question I asked myself a few years back and man I would’ve killed to have Fast Forward back then. To be honest, I’m not very confident with my public speaking skills but the vision of the organizers who happen to be my good friends Jayson and Joanne Arquiza is just so freakin’ awesome that I felt compelled to share my wonderful experience as a wedding videographer.
The taste of roasted malt slowly but surely rolls into every inch of my taste buds. Another day is almost over, or for some has just begun. A month has passed since my wife gave birth to our first born, yes I am a father now of a healthy baby boy, and I haven’t been able to get myself into my regular routine. My days start with unscheduled irregular wake up call, depending on the baby boss’ diaper changing demands and ends with an exhausting black swan-esque ballet moves that may take five minutes to an hour again depending on the baby boss’ sleeping schedule…but I have never been happier.
I’ve never done this before, posting six wedding SDEs at once, and truth be told, there’s another three destination/international weddings lined up and ready to be blogged. My original plan was to post each one at a time but then my schedule’s gone mad and before the crazier December comes, I made an executive decision to post multiple videos in one post. Don’t get me wrong, each of these SDEs are special in their own way. I’ll just have to make the moving pictures instead of words tell you the story. Get yourself some popcorn! =)
Oh how we love weekday weddings! The feeling is like waking up on Christmas morning and a set of custom made X-men Lego minifigures from http://www.eclipsebricks.com/ waiting for you under the Christmas tree. (Well, I actually don’t know how that feels yet but I imagine that’d be awesome and since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought maybe this is something my unborn baby boy will appreciate in case my wife decides to get “him” these.)
Truly it was a wonderful experience being part of the wedding of Jeck and his bride Queency. It was unusually entertaining how some best kept secrets were revealed during the couples big day. In a surprise number, Jeck showcased his dance moves for the first time in front of his wife to prove to her that he was once a dance floor bad boy. And how can I forget the look on Queency’s face when her brother showed photographs of her Beauty Pageant days. Megan Young got nothing on her I can tell you that! =) Quite a love story they have too, reminds me a little bit of that old Filipino pop song “Hahabol-habol”. Oh and for the record, Jeck says nobody got busted. =)
Jeck Bisnar & Queency Cadag – Same Day Edit | Ceremony: St. Jerome, Morong Rizal | Reception: Paseo Rizal, Morong Rizal | Photo: Dino Lara
When Chris received a wedding gift from her bride Weng, he got a little bit surprised. It was his first time here in the Philippines. Greeted by the seasonal Habagat and the world famous Manila traffic during his first week, he finds himself inside a room sweating just five minutes after taking a shower in our humid subtropical climate he never once experienced nor perhaps imagined possible, getting ready for his wedding day. But then this box that has a signature wallet with P500 inside (for good luck) and a note from his bride is delivered to him and he had no idea that this was tradition (it wasn’t) so he felt pressured to give something back (not necessary.) Not enough time to get her anything, he did what any groom caught in that kind of predicament would do. =)
I love it when couples give us crazy music selections. Watch out for a surprise ending. =)
Christopher Jackson Hartman & Rowena Mina | Destination Wedding: Calaruega, Tagaytay | Reception: Antonio’s Tagaytay | Photo: Jaja Samaniego | HMU: Jesy Alto
Charles and Eileen approached us a few months before their wedding day with an idea. They wanted to make a tribute video for their family and friends using photographs but they didn’t want the usual photo slideshow. And like any other couple, they wanted to make an extraordinary AVP, something out of the box. Of course, who would want another boring growing up photo slideshow right? So we drafted the story board, tweaked a few major/minor things during the actual shoot and recorded the impromptu VO. Man, I wish it was as easy as it sounds.
We open the month of August with a special treat: two PTV videos to start the month! Check out what we came up with for their photo slideshow and of course their wedding SDE. Enjoy!=)
Ceremony: Santuario de San Antonio | Reception: Century Park Hotel | Photo: Oly Ruiz
As I wait for another glass of an unknown candy-colored drink from perhaps the busiest open bar I’ve seen in a long time, I watch as the groom gives another tequila shot to another random guy trying to say goodbye. On the other side of the floor is the bride doing the exact same thing. Most of the young and the beautiful are still there, lining up right in front of me, dancing to the beat of the loud party music, cheering with their hands in the air as their fancy fruit flavored alcohol mix spill on their cocktail dresses, having a whole lot of fun. The program has ended for over an hour and yet there I was waiting in line for another round thinking, with all these women and booze, this is how the ancient Romans intended weddings to be! =)
Ace and Rissa’s wedding is highlighted with free-flowing beer/tequila, a seven-minute couple’s dance and gorgeous people!
And when the groomsmen took their tops off, I knew this one’s gonna be a riot.
Ace Ilagan & Rissa Palileo – Same Day Edit | Ceremony: Sacred Heart Parish, Makati | Reception: 1Esplanade | Photo: Toto Villaruel
Ten years is an awfully long time but if you’re waiting for a promise and a dream to come true, it ain’t that bad. Well, I have no statistical knowledge in knowing how it really feels like when the promise day arrives but based from our beautiful bride Iggy as she fought back the tears while thanking Jon in front of the altar for making her dream come true, it may kinda be like those things you feel when happily ever after happens. Those bursting into rainbow or the giddy heavenly feelings kind of stuff.
Making true to his promise tells a lot about what kind of a man Jon is and I admire him for that. During their first wedding, they did not have a single photograph, camera phones were rare during those times. This time, not only did they get at least 5000 digital shots from the official photographer in addition to the numerous phones and tablets from their family and friends, they also get to preserve this event with a wedding film. Talk about getting married in style.
Fall in love with this real life fairy tale and maybe this wedding film will get you to grab your wife and ask her to marry you again. =)
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Jon & Iggy Padilla – Same Day Edit | Destination Wedding: San Antonio de Padua, Silang Cavite | Reception: Splendido Taal, Tagaytay | Photo: Puy Talde of Really Awesome Weddings | HMU: Pong Niu | Flowers: Vatel Manila