Wedding in Acuatico, Batangas – Roy Bana-ag Cruz and Erika Luyon Cruz Venue: Acuatico Beach Resort Batangas It started raining just when the couple and their entourage were about to make their entrance into the beachfront reception set-up. It was raining hard. Nobody cared. It […]
Wedding in Batanes – Siegfred Conde and Raina Gamboa Preparations: Fundacion Pacita Ceremony: Tukon Church Reception: Basco Lighthouse Batanes has always been one of the ultimate wedding destinations in the country and quickly becoming a popular venue to tie the knot. It goes without saying […]
Lhander Tan and Joanna Paula Norberte-Tan
A quick google search for an Amanpulo wedding reveals that marriage celebration in this beautiful island is such a rarity. So much so that the staff on this exotic island informed us that they only had 2 weddings held there for the whole of 2015! It was one of the few places in my destination wedding bucketlist.
The email was aptly titled Amanpulo Wedding from our groom Lhander who got married in El Nido (one of the most watched wedding films in our website to this day) five years ago! He and his wife Ping, along with their beautiful baby girl Gale, are taking a trip to the private island before leaving the country and wanted to have their vows renewed along the way. They needed someone to document everything.
The experience totally exceeded my expectations and mostly because of our wonderful couple. To Lhander and Joanna, my wife and I are truly grateful for the overwhelming kindness these two has shown us. We can’t be thankful enough for everything and we wish and pray that you find success and everything that your hearts desire in this new chapter of your lives.
A good friend of mine says that every corner of the Philippines deserves a beautiful wedding video. Indeed it does and a beautiful wedding film in this one corner of the country so rarely touched is long overdue. =)
Celebrating one’s 50th wedding anniversary is a privilege. Outlasting the test of time, not to mention the millions of things that make marriage complicated, is no easy feat. Witnessing Ike and Fely’s wonderful wedding celebration made me realize that there is nothing I want more […]
Erwin Oclarit and Felise Jiao Ceremony: Santuario de San Antonio Reception: Manila Polo Club Photography: Nicolai Melicor HMU: Jasmine Mendioloa Coordination: Just Like Ours by Queen David The first thing I noticed when I stepped into the bridal suite last Thursday was our bride Felise’ […]
Tagaytay Highlands Wedding – Pong Perez and Aira Allarde-Perez
Ceremony: Madre de Dios, Tagaytay Midlands
Reception: Tagaytay Midlands Veranda
Much too often I am asked, even by colleagues may I add, how is it that a visual storyteller can keep oneself inspired and create these wonderful collection of images even if he has done it a hundred times before. (Okay, perhaps not asked as poetic as that but you know what I mean.) This question conveniently comes back whenever I work on some one too familiar place, say like the Highlands. See, Tagaytay Highlands wedding has been a norm since one Claudine Barretto got married here a few years (or a lifetime for some) ago. And we’ve had our share of Tagaytay highlands wedding being in the business for more than seven years. I’ve been here a hundred times before literally and I know the place like the back of my hand. =) The simple answer to this long debated question is, of course, each one is different and special in it’s own way. Just after a thunderous standing ovation before I accept my “Ms. Universe Title” for nailing the perfect answer, keep in my that this is a serious dilemma an artist faces every so often. It is just a matter of perspective really.
A Tagaytay Highlands wedding is by default, well at least in my opinion, already special as it is. You got one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the whole country and
nothing little really can go wrong. Pong and Aira got married a few weeks back at this all too familiar place. And I being a believer of the mantra shooting the different subjects the same way as the last time is like reusing your underwear without washing, am motivated to make this day as special as how my beautiful young couple perceived it to be. I don’t want to create something that they’ve seen before, I want to create something just for them…a new masterpiece per se.
If you’ve been watching wedding videos for the last three days you’ll reach this place where it is no longer easy to look beyond the pictures. Trust me, there will come a point when it’ll seem that everything looks and feels the same even by watching only the first few seconds of the film. This is the kind of sh*t filmmakers try to avoid – become boring. Nobody wants to watch the same thing over and over unless it is a Liam Neeson flick so for reference and in case you missed it before, here’s a link of the video we did the last time we had a Tagaytay Highlands wedding: https://vimeo.com/116662396.
…and here’s Pong and Aira’s visual treat of an SDE! ;)
Hacienda Isabela – Saeed Al Mehairi and Agette Asan Ceremony: Hacienda Isabela, Tagaytay Reception: Hacienda Isabela Photo: Nice Print Photography Coordinator: My Big Event by Thea Ocana As the strongest typhoon of the year quickly make its way to the Philippine area of responsibility, I […]
Acuatico Beach Wedding – John Tan and Vinna Mallari Ceremony: Acuatico Beach Wedding, Laiya Batangas Reception: Acuatico Beach Resort, Laiya Batangas Photo: Jayson and Jo Anne It is always fascinating to witness two people from different parts of the world with different beliefs and traditions […]
The beautiful Batanes wedding of Jason Reyes Jose and Argentina Rivera
Ceremony: Rakuh, Mahatao Batanes aka Marlboro Country
Reception: Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge
Photo: Nicolai Melicor with Toto Villaruel
It has been a while since that scene-stealing Batanes wedding of Argentina and Jason and yet the words escapes my thoughts about how I feel. Surreal, perhaps, may just very well be the most appropriate but somehow still it won’t suffice to describe how our whole Batanes wedding experience really was. We’ve been to the most exotic places on earth filming the most magnificent wedding films and among the best that we have witnessed is the one we filmed right here at home!
We stayed with most of the weddings guests in a villa 20 minutes away from Fundacion Pacita. The reception program was short and at about 8 PM most of the guests are back to their rooms. Us being required to book the earliest flight out the next day, we decided to have some beer at the pizza place where the couple had their welcome dinner. Unfortunately, they were closed for the weekend so we headed and settled on ordering our drinks from our villa’s canteen. Internet connection let alone cellular signal was almost non-existent but for me personally, it was why i long to back to Batanes even more. I can’t remember the last time I had that great conversation with that many people in one table. We were laughing so hard talking about the same Batanes wedding we were all witness to ending each other’s train of thought with the silliest and most unlikely punchlines like we’ve known each other for years.
Jason & Argentina’s Batanes wedding is beautiful not only because of the jaw-dropping scenery but also because of the couple’s story about how the whole thing came to be. We are very blessed to be a part of it and even more happy because Argen was referred to us by none other than her sister whose wedding in Boracay we covered a few years ago. =)
As of the writing, we are commissioned to return there for another wedding for next year and I can’t wait to be back. I have a lot more shots in my mind to take and make and just the thought of it makes me giddy! Enjoy our first Batanes wedding SDE!
Miko Merchan & Tracy Chia Wedding Film Ceremony: Santuario de San Antonion Reception: Manila Polo Club Photo: Toto Villaruel HMU: Cherry Pacheco Busy is good. As March comes to an end, I am officially on couch mode. Well, almost. Considering back office backlog that includes […]