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Bianca Gonzalez and JC Intal’s Wedding

Have I told you I celebrated my birthday exactly on the day of JC and Bianca’s wedding?

I’ve actually worked on my birthday the past several years and it wasn’t really any biggie. I suppose the difference was this was going to be out of town. And I wasn’t about to decline Bianca Gonzalez’ wedding was I?

From the very first meeting several months ago in Podium, she just wanted a “chill” wedding. “Super chill” if you may.

Now that word gets bandied out around a lot for weddings. Only to be ironically negated by an obsessive compulsive bride, a well meaning but controlling planner or even a inherently not-so-chill massive venue.

But hers, she insisted, was going to be “chill.”

She asked us to keep the date private (no media fanfare).
She was going to wear off the rack (to keep the peace among her numerous designer friends).
She was going to do her own makeup (she knew exactly what she wanted).
And it was going to be a small private affair (celebrating it with the closest few).

Simple. Chill.

In fact, when I flew in the morning of the wedding to El Nido, JC was out for a swim, the guests were hanging around the pool, and Bianca was just enjoying a few drinks with her friends.

Believe me and this is so comical in hindsight, I was the one starting to panic.

Shoot, she’s starting too late.
Darn. we might miss the sunset.
OMG, it’s going to be too dark by the end of the ceremony.

So yes, we ran out of light.
It rained during the reception (wet, humid and sandy).
And it just became really tough for us to shoot.

But the couple did not have one care. Did not have one complaint. Did not show one frown.

They were chill.

And the panic and concern of capturing the most perfect wedding video ever dissipated.

If they were chill, I sure as hell should be as well.

Go with flow. Roll with the punches. It’s gonna be alright.

It was pitch dark after the boat ride from the ceremony to the island where the reception was going to be held.

The rain fell just after the beach dinner and everybody rushed to the roofed pavilion. I was furiously moving our lights to a safer place and constantly monitoring the audio for a good recording whilst keeping everything from getting sopping wet from the rain.

Then out of nowhere, they whipped out a cake with a candle for me to blow out while they sang. It was my birthday!

Selfless and chill. That’s who they were. (Did I mention they also had Mr. Laurenti Dyogi and his wife renew vows during the ceremony because it was their anniversary too?).

It was a awesome experience and a great way to celebrate the big 4-0. I would not have it any other way!

A Guide to the Perfect Engagement Diamond

I had the greatest honor of producing a short film for Harry Winston Philippines.

Bachelors rejoice!  It’s a quick and simple refresher for the 5cs of diamonds.  Be reminded, it’s not just the size that matters (as most things in life), but more importantly, the quality.

Do me a favor and share this to somebody about to pop the question.

 

 

 

 

Mae and Jarred: Top Prenup Poses by Jason Magbanua

Only Filipinos would understand.

We call pre wedding shoots “pre-nups”.   And ALL the wedding videographers in the country have their own bag of tricks come shoot time.

All in the hope and effort to make sure the couple look more in love affectionate than they really are  (I kid!).

So this video was bound to happen.

We had a fun time with Mae and Jarred with this one.  And oh, they’re getting married pretty soon!

Kamana Sanctuary, Bataan

Rhea and Eric

Rhea and Eric’s wedding introduced us to a lovely beach venue just past Subic. The drive was quite a while but well worth it. Kamana Sanctuary’s villas, which jutted onto the break had a spectacular view of the Zambales Mountains. It was breathtaking.

After a while in the industry, moments like these become few and far between. It’s nice to have your jaw drop once in a while.

The perfectly blue sky turning fiery red come sunset was a perfect backdrop to the wedding. With the sun kissing the horizon in time with Rhea and Eric.

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.)

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A well crafted proposal, more than the wedding, speaks volumes of the kind of partner in life a man will be. It speaks of his sincerity, his swift and irrevocable decision making, his firm resolve, his unwavering commitment and unfaltering love. And yes, also of his generosity.

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Need help choosing the ring for the big proposal? Not every guy knows where to start when it comes to picking the best diamond - it may not always be in our radar. This film shows off what makes up the best engagement diamond, you guessed it - the 5 Cs. Key takeaway - it's not just about the Carat Size, but more than that, it's about the quality of the diamond. And my girlfriend says, the ring you kneel down with is a good reflection of who you are. I'd trust her, she's right an inordinate amount of time.

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Only Filipinos would understand. We call pre wedding shoots "pre-nups". And ALL the wedding videographers and photographers in the country have their own bag of tricks come shoot time. All in the hope and effort to make sure the couple look more affectionate than they really are (I kid!). So this video was bound to happen. We had a fun time with Mae and Jarred with this one. And oh, they're getting married pretty soon!

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Rhea and Eric’s wedding introduced us to a lovely beach venue just past Subic. The drive was quite a while but well worth it. Kamana Sanctuary’s villas, which jutted onto the break had a spectacular view of the Zambales Mountains. It was breathtaking. After a while in the industry, moments like these become few and far between. It’s nice to have your jaw drop once in a while. The perfectly blue sky turning fiery red come sunset was a perfect backdrop to the wedding. With the sun kissing the horizon in time with Rhea and Eric.