nineteen-seater//lhander & ping
destination wedding: el nido, palawan
photographer: nelwin uy
lhander and ping needed to get married inside a church to be allowed to exchange vows in the beach. at 3 pm, with a priest, a pair of godparents, a photographer and a videographer, they did. less than a couple of hours later, they were trading promises in one of the most remote beaches in the country.
el nido is indescribable. i was so excited that my camera has been rolling as soon as i got into the chartered plane earlier that day. in the freakish high daily temperatures this may, shooting a beach wedding alone with some 15 kgs of video equipment in two different locations twenty-minute speedboat ride apart is almost suicidal! but with an uncanny photographer in nelwin uy and an adrenaline rush like no other, it’s still not easy but it’s manageable. as i down my third and last beer at the bar that night, while the adrenaline slowly faded, i realized that i just witnessed a very beautiful and perhaps the most intimate wedding in all of my young wedding filmmaking career.
it was no walk in the park. ten minutes before the beach ceremony, i almost lost both my tripods during transit from one island to another. i was already wondering how to shoot the whole thing handheld when i was informed that the bag was found inside the boat we rode. i already left my portable led light inside my bag that has been transported in advance to miniloc where we’re staying for the night. fortunately, my buddy nelwin brought his. i also discovered that my back up batteries for my audio recorder were drained. the only working pair, though, thankfully got through the night. =) the trickiest part, perhaps, is catching the emotional family members of the couple during their vows. i got really lucky that day but i may not be next time so i’m not planning on doing this one man show any time soon.
the next day during breakfast, i spotted what turned out to be a european version survivor immunity idol! since i’m a huge fan (long live russel hantz!), i thought i’d share. hope i’m not mistaken. =)check out this bad boy!
my el nido experience was nothing short of epic! truly one of a kind. i can’t wait to get back and bring my wife along so somebody can take my pictures. =)