Posts Categorized: weddings

A Marriage More Beautiful Than The Wedding

Bea and Das

It’s not everyday I can say that the wedding’s reception was held at the backyard.  Well, Bea and Das’ was.

And amidst the towering trees, the pretty flowers from Cibo d M, the Castañas station (it was Christmas after all) and the scores of people who shared the day and danced the night away – there was this sign

bea das quote


And to hear the people speaking about them, giving them advice and recounting days gone by, you KNEW this wooden sign was prescient.

The wedding and celebration was beautiful beyond belief, this sets the bar pretty high for the marriage they aim for.   But knowing Bea and Das – it’s gonna be a piece of chocolate cake.

Iya Villania and Drew Arellano’s Wedding

It’s understandable that celebrities have walls around them to shield their private lives from the prying eyes of the public.

You also get the feeling that for the most part, they are inaccesible.  Busy with their own work and fame.

I was proven wrong.

Iya and Drew are the most humble and friendly as they get.  They don’t feel entitled .

They don’t preen.  Which makes them all the more beautiful.
They don’t demand.  Which makes acceding to their requests easier.
They make the ugliest, funniest faces.  Which make them more charming.

They treat you as friends. Which ironically, makes me a bigger fan.

And believe me, there are numerous things that impress.  Talent and looks are given.  But how they relate to people, how they love their family and friends, and how deeply they regard each other, these are the things that make you adore them even more.

And it’s the little things:
How warmly she greeted us when we arrived in the morning, in her jammies, no makeup and unaffected.

How he incessantly invited my team to partake in their lunch.

How you realize that only a small part of the guest list came from the industry, and how media was non-existent.  They weren’t putting on a show for anybody, they were celebrating the moment with those most important to them.

I’m truly glad to have filmed these moments.


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Morning is Coming/Celeste by Les Enfants


Planning:  Chinkie Uy Agregado
Photographs:  MangoRed
Styling:  Teddy Manuel
Couture: Pepsi Herrera/Edwin Tan



The Pre-Wedding Shoot

Biyahe ni Drew at Iya

Like giggly teenagers out for the summer day, basking in the sun, blasting the stereo, enjoying each other’s company.

Nary a care in the world.  As it should be for lovers.


Music: The Black Keys – Have Love Will Travel
Photographs from MangoRed –  here.

Prenup Styling > Rabbithole Creatives
Makeup > Madge Lejano
Coordination > Chinkie Uy Agregado

Same Day Edit

Joseph and Marnely

Get over the handsome good looks and the regal beauty of the couple.  I’ll give you time, it may take a few minutes.

Now I’ll also give you a reprieve to collect your jaw from the floor after seeing the gorgelicious event styling of Jo Claravall.

Don’t overlook the Veluz gown too of course.

There were just so many aspects to this wedding that stand out it was difficult to define which was my favorite. Maybe its all the tiny details that made up this one big celebration.

Enjoy their same day edit as much as we did creating it.

Don Bosco Parish
Fairmont Hotel
Planner: Ernest Pascual
Couture: Veluz
Event Styling: Jo Claravall
Make up and Hair: Madge Lejano and Steve Pagsanjan of the Makeup Studio
Photography: Pat Dy

Take 2

Sharon and Joe

Sharon was previously married.  

Joe was too.

It makes you think – why go through it all over again?

Isn’t the pain and the lost time enough to make you feel jaded forever?

I’m glad some people don’t feel that way (myself included).

You see I firmly believe that life is about second choices.  You make mistakes, you screw up, you pick yourself up again and move on.  The key is to not make the same mistakes again.  That’s being a smart human.  Plus you always have to find different ways of screwing up! (I’m kidding).

I’m happy for Ron and Joe.  They look great together.  Their kids mesh well and they know what makes each other tick (and what ticks off one another).  It was a great decision to make and I admire them for making it.

This is their second chance.


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I Have You I do by Holley Maher

Same Day Edit

Tin and Drew

The bridal suite is usually silent and tense when we enter in the morning.  You can’t blame the people really,  it’s the perfect time to get anxious and OC about what’s going to happen the entire day.

But when we entered Tin’s room – EDM was blasting, everybody was abuzz with activity, the entourage were just laughing at and with each other, the bride was chill and even mom cracked a few over the course of the makeup session.  It was a very fun and light vibe that me and Nelwin Uy’s team appreciated.

It precipitated an atmosphere of warmth and congeniality, which bred a desire to produce an output commensurate to how we were treated.  “I love this family so much I’m gonna make something kick ass for them”.

And so we did.


Music: You Belong Here by Leagues

A Wedding in Cadiz

Krystle and Vince

It was a good hour and  a half going from the church in the city to the reception venue in Cadiz.  We were actually forewarned about the travel time.  But as the full moon slowly rose and dusk turned to night,  the impatience grew.

I suppose  we were just excited with finally getting to the place to shoot.  The build up and fanfare about the place didn’t help.  By all accounts, it was a grand mansion situated in the middle of a hectares wide sugarcane field.

The excitement went to a crescendo (as well as the Jeepers Creepers jokes:  think tall murderous sugarcane fields) and lo and behold! – we were there!

And believe you me, it didn’t disappoint.

The house and its pillars were massive, the interior decor straight out of colonial times and the dining area was stately.  (Pat Pastelero and Rita Neri Events did a splendid job!).

But you know what the most amazing thing was?

Krystle and Vince were never dwarfed by the trappings of majesty and grandeur.

It was exactly their tenth anniversary of being together, and what a way to celebrate.


Music: Feather And A Leaf by Merry Ellen Kirk


Same Day Edit

Heda and Sumit

Wow. It’s the new year already – 2014!

The holidays just zipped by.  All I could remember in between shooting was frantically looking for that perfect present and gorging myself with lechon.  And receiving fruit cake!  Lots and lots of fruitcake.

What I also do remember is meeting Heda before her wedding.   She was animated, congenial and excited as hell for the wedding.  Which was cute because her Catholic wedding here was going to be her third.

They got married at the registry in New York, then had an Indian wedding in Toronto (the whole she-bang!) and then her Filipiniana one here.  (Whew!).

We talked about how it was to be an ER doctor in Brooklyn and having a Wall Street guy as a partner.

And um yeah, she’s Pinay, he’s Indian.

The differences were great and many but the most beautiful thing was at the heart of it all, their core values were the same – love for family, fidelity and passion.

(music: Vapour by Vancouver Sleep Clinic)

A FairyTale Wedding

RIchard and Maya: The Wedding

For my friends and followers outside the Philippines, I have to get this out of the way, umm,  this is not a real wedding.   Richard and Maya are the lead characters in the number one daytime television series in the Philippines – Be Careful With My Heart (BCWMH).

The cultural impact and reach of BCWMH is astounding.  It’s cut across socio-demographic status, it has heralded a non-traditional mold for a male lead, and the Filipino people have assimilated the characters as if they were real – Ser Chief and Maya have crossed the realm of the fictional.

(Remember the outcry of the British when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed off their beloved Sherlock Holmes?)

Well Richard and Maya, as part of the season climax, like in all fairytales, were going to live happily ever after by way of marriage.  And what better way to reinforce the notion of reality than having real life wedding videographers and photographers shoot the make believe event?

That’s exactly what happened.

And it was a a fantastic experience!  We got to work with MangoRed and PJ of MetroEventscape Planners and the entire ABS-CBN crew.  I have nothing but high praise for all of them, from the EP, to the Director all the way down to Marlon, the guy brought us coffee in between takes.

The chemistry between the two leads was undeniable.  It was as if they weren’t acting.

It was so kilig to have this SDE broadcast in national TV.  I hope you get kilig too when you watch it again and again.


The music I chose for this piece is from Marie Hines – My Love Will Never Fail You.  It was licensed through

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Anything Can Happen

Nina and Kerwin

Nina, Kerwin and I met a few weeks before the wedding and we really hit it off quite handsomely.  We talked about their wedding, and friends of theirs we shot and music as well.

I am a new follower of House music (yes yes I know I’m late to the party, VERY late.  And Nina was a bonafide fan.  We explored the idea but the ultimate decision rested on me of course.

Enter Leah Mertz – who I have been in contact with for the past couple of years via email. She’s a musician who covers artists she fancies and has kickass originals too. She occasionally sends me music for use in our videos and this particular one has been sitting idle in my inbox since Feb.

It was perfect for Nina and Kerwin!

What’s there to look forward to when two people madly in love take the next step?

Anything Can Happen ! (Performed and Recorded by Leah Mertz (original by Ellie Goulding)

The Misadventures of Visiting Videographer

Coming to Vancouver: Part 1


Let it be said I was not uninformed nor unwarned.

Flying in to Vancouver to shoot a wedding, I knew border patrol was really strict with people coming in to film or photograph.  Nope I wasn’t carrying heroin but you can say I was a little bit antsy.

“Are you getting paid for this shoot in Vancouver?”

“No Sir”.

“Y’know I’ve been doing this for a long time.  I’ve cracked hardened criminals and drug dealers before.  And I know your type.  Look at your bag and look at your suitcase. Those are professional bags. DO NOT LIE TO ME. I’m gonna ask you one more time, are you getting paid to shoot this wedding?”

I wasn’t sweating.  I was clammy.  And  my throat was parched.  I managed to eke out -

“Ummmmmmm, yes.”

Fk.  I’m a really bad liar.

“You realize that’s not allowed?” He then proceeds to instruct me to not use my phone under any circumstance while he goes back to where they do cavity searches, and probably runs my name through their system.

“Have you ever been detained or arrested for any felony in North America?”

“No DUIs or drug related incidents?”

I was bombarded with questions one after the other. I could’t keep up. My mind was racing, I was actually already formulating PLAN B for the wedding I was supposed to shoot.

And heavens!  How do I tell the workshop attendees it was going to be a no-go?!

“How much do you earn in a year?”

“Who’s getting married?’

“How long have you been doing this?”

Question after question after question.

He runs back to control center, takes his sweet time and then returns.  As stern as ever.

“So, tell me about yourself Jason.”

At this point in time, when all seemed hopeless, when he uttered these words, I suddenly saw a sliver of light. I needed to humanize myself. He wanted to convince himself that I was not going to be an overstaying alien (nor a wanted criminal).

I needed to help him be convinced.

So I told him about my three kids and their names.  About how they’re like and what they like… What I do in my spare time and my relationship status. Pathetic I know, but the circumstances were dire. I wasn’t above groveling.

He asked – “Are you famous in the Philippines?”

I paused, – “I’d like to be modest, but umm (really long pause), kinda…”

Right then and there, he googled my name in front of me.  J-A-S-O-N M-A-

Now if you haven’t tried already, after Jason Statham and Jason Mraz,  my name comes up (results vary depending on location  ;-).

He pulled my name up and up as well as some images.

“So you ARE famous!” (with a smirk).

I have lost absolutely all sense of time and people outside were frantically trying to get in touch with me.

The unexpected happens next.

“I’m going with my gut this time. DO NOT DO THIS AGAIN. Get a work permit next time. I have your name on my system and anytime you come in without a proper papers, we will take you aside.”

I thanked him profusely.  Even managing to address him by the name on his shirt.

“Thank you Kumar!” Before realizing how that was disrespectful because that was his last name. (The White Castle movie subliminally stuck in my head.) That’s Mister Kumar to you punk!

NEXT:  Hanging out in Vancity, the wedding and the workshop.