Same Day Edit

Wendi and Kendrick

*I’ve known Wendi since 2009, she was a bridesmaid at a cousin’s wedding. She was curious and full of wonder. Eventually, Pat Dy took her under his wing as second photographer and we’ve worked with her as colleague since. It’s surreal to have her be the one dolled up, decked out and veiled over. She looks amazing today and I’m glad we’re the ones preserving everything for posterity.

 

*from my Facebook post dated last September 7 2014.

Portland

Ivy and Alex

I met Ivy in 2009, she was the sister of Grace, who got married to Laurent in beautiful Waikiki.

She was also engaged and was getting married a year after. Things didn’t turn out as planned and the wedding didn’t push through. Fate had other plans. I remember our email exchange and how sad the vibe was.

In the years that followed, as I stalked her in social media, I saw her pick up the pieces and started to live an adventurous and beautiful life. But this time, with a somewhat familiar person always within the frame. It was Alex, the assistant photographer at her sister’s wedding. I also met him in 2009 in Hawaii.

I followed their adventures in Instagram, whether it was in Nepal, Kauai, or Big Sur. the photographs were always beautiful, I expected nothing less.  More than that, the pictures brimmed full of love and wonder, excitement over new territories discovered.

These two were sooo gonna get married.

And I got the email last year and it was going to be in Portland.   I could barely contain my excitement as I haven’t been to Portland.  The absolute center of the Hipster Universe!  (with all due respect to Brooklyn).  I kid of course.

This multi-faceted city exceeded all my expectations – the beer, the non-existent sales tax, the handlebar moustaches, the friendly people, the green neighborhoods, the astounding food.  It was the absolutely the best place for a couple such as Ivy and Alex to get married in.

Thank you guys for flying us in (Randy. Mon, Rommel),  there were nothing but good vibes for the duration of our stay.

I wish you well.  I wish you more lands to discover and places to relish.

A Wedding by the Numbers

Dody Puno and Char Galang

They call each other “Dude”.

Perhaps to express that they are as much friends as lovers. And perhaps to gloss over the age gap. Which everybody takes in good stride. Nobody gets offended, especially not Dody.

The differences are apparent, the similarities not quite.

But deep down. They were just two people who wanted to have a go at it again. One final time, for keeps.

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It is my privilege to share to you the love story and wedding of Dody and Char.

Anne and Chiro

Ang videong ito…

ay para sa mga taong umibig
at nabigo
At umibig uli
Para sa mga nasaktan
At nasaktan uli
Para sa hindi nadala
Para sa nawalan ng pag-asa
Baka meron pa.
Kahit katiting
Sa mga kinasal na
Pero hindi nag-work-out.
Sa may mga anak na.
Pero single pa rin.
Para sa naghanap pa
Para sa naghihintay
Para sa nanonood ng wedding video
Ng mga taong hindi mo naman kilala
Kasi nagbibigay ng saya
Kahit tatlong minuto lang
Kahit para kang tanga
Nakiki-iyak ka,
Hindi mo naman ka-anu-ano
Para sa mga umaasa pa sa isang happy ending.

Higit sa lahat, para kay Anne (at Chiro)
Na umibig, nasaktan at sumubok uli.

(At tinupad ang huling pangako sa kanyang Mommy.)

Not rain nor sleet

Nicco and Erica

The whole world was transfixed at Typhoon Haiyan’s destruction and aftermath last November 2013.

But there was one little quiet wedding in Tagaytay right at the tail-end of Yolanda. - Erica and Nicco’s

Watch the calm in the middle of the storm.

What I do when the SDE plays?

Michelle and Kelly

You know I spend anywhere from three to fours editing a Same Day Edit.  By the time I export the file, I know the film inside and out and each of its peaks and valleys.

So by the time we screen it on the big screen.  It’s the last thing I want to see.

Instead, I move up front and get a good vantage point of the two most important people in the room.  The two people I need approval, validation and praise(?) from.

I look at every gentle touch and caress of one hand to another, every smile that breaks, every tear that falls.

This is my validation.  This is the reason why I do what I do.

I love my job.

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At Kelly and Michelle’s wedding, a few minutes passed after they screened the Same Day Edit on the wall to wall LED screen, I saw Michelle, still tearing up.  I came close, approached her and said my congratulations, and she was still crying.  I stood away and looked at her, yep, eyes still wet.  Job well done.  *Pat on the back.

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Finally paid a visit to @craftsmithliving. We were oh so charmed with the store and managed to pick up a piece. The people were nice too and delightful to talk with. Can't wait to go back.

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Em and Mark tie the knot in Singapore. The guest list was brief, the festivities were not. The church was small, the celebration wasn't. For a short period of time, they weren't members of congress, just two people so in love, thankful to have each other.

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That Paris wedding video for Stephanie I did a few years back was truly something special. And remember that crazy time when Maggie Wilson's steamy pre-wedding video went viral? That was off the hook! Now let me share to you this video I did with Colgate Optic White and know more about how these lovely brides planned their dream wedding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8rCq98lAtQ Like the page here - https://www.facebook.com/ColgatePhilippines/app_180772195445932 And hey! tag somebody you know who'd love to get their wedding shot by myself and Pat Dy.

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This picture was taken a day before a wedding shoot in Singapore. We were exploring the city, checking out shops, looking for sidestreets to film in. Then I chanced upon this Barbershop slash Tattoo Parlor slash Center of Cool in Sg - Hounds of the Baskervilles. It's really amazing where my work takes me. Can't see myself doing anything else. (well except maybe a bit actor in a teleserye, or a harmonica player). #MYOT #WranglerPh Head on to https://www.facebook.com/WranglerPH for free swag and more stories about making your own track.

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I feel so dirty! (Because my jeans got so!) Tell us the most interesting, creative and wildest story you can think of how I got the marks on the jeans and get some free swag from Wrangler. Tell your tale, make your mark until Oct 5! Head on to Facebook.com/Wranglerph for more details!

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The bride's passion, the priest's homily, and the events of the wedding day all melded together seamlessly to weave a perfect story for the Same Day Edit. I could not have planned this any better. When I heard Father Orbos give his spiel about photography, that's when I had my a-ha moment.

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A Wedding by the Numbers. They call each other “Dude”. Perhaps to express that they are as much friends as lovers. And perhaps to gloss over the age gap. Which everybody takes in good stride. Nobody gets offended, especially not Dody. The differences are apparent, the similarities not quite. But deep down. They were just two people who wanted to have a go at it again. One final time, for keeps. https://vimeo.com/103037579