It was our first time to cover a couple's wedding that had Metallica's Nothing Else Matters instrumental as the bridal march song.
Instead of robes, the bride and the entourage were in black t-shirts featuring heavy metal bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, ACDC, Nirvana, etc with matching jeans and boots.
The ambient song of Velvet Revolver and other similar heavy metal songs during the reception filled the halls of @Balay Dako.
The table assignments also went by the name of the said bands, instead of table numbers.
Their cake was black, laced with some flowers.
Their monogram also took inspiration from their Metallica's logo. It was very apparent from the prenup shoot down to their souvenir.
The intimate yet heartfelt wedding celebration of Yeyi and Ian showed their personality and love for music.
Enjoy this preview to that rocking day, Ian and Yeyi! #YEYIAN1D0
"No one ever saw me like you do.
All the things that I could add up to.
I never knew just what a smile was worth.
But your eyes say everything without a single word.
'Cause there's somethin' in the way you look at me.
It's as if my heart knows you're the missing piece.
You made me believe that there's nothing in this world I can't be.
I never know what you see.
But there's somethin' in the way you look at me...."
These were the meaningful and fitting words behind Christian Bautista's bridal song, as Therese was walking down the aisle towards her missing piece and forever, Joey. What the officiating priest said was indeed true, "Ang kasal ay parang kanta. May rhythm..."
And speaking of songs, it was a feast of LSS when the wedding singers brought to life the different songs from Disney princesses movies during the reception. It threw us back to the wonderful memories of our childhood. The wedding singers (including Christian Bautista (Official) , of course!), the beautiful venue (and gondola ride!), the fun games, the sumptuous food, the heartfelt messages, presence of friends and family, made Therese and Joey's celebration of love a very memorable one!
Thank you for having us, Tristan , Therese and Joey!
And cheers to new friends who helped make this celebration of love a success:
#JMKMtodayuntilforever fever is still on! 😍 Sharing some photo highlights from the super awesome celebration.
See how Karen and Joseph became mowwwdels for a day! Thanks guys for being a natural and for indulging us in our requested "plandids" and poses - even if it was extremely crazy- hot! It was a fun way to go around LA!
Johnson was sharing during the ceremony that he asked Maricor "Sumama ka sa akin" 25 years ago.
To his delight, Maricor did.
They initially wed in civil ceremony. 25 years and two kids later, they celebrated and renewed their vows at The Forest Barn as though they're getting married for the first time.
And in their 25 years, we learned from this couple that it's not about how often one gives flowers. It's about loving gestures - may it be big or a random act everyday.
Reimagining the first time they met, Yeyi was recalling that Ian was playing a Metallica song using his CD player with head phones, when she took a second look and noticed him. They became friends and eventually, Ian started to make "the moves" by making Yeyi heavy metal music playlists.
They've been head-banging to the heavy metal song of their hearts for almost a decade now.
These interests made up an awesome combination for the pre-wedding session of rockers, @Yeyi Deoferio and @Ian James Waddell, at The Forest Barn.
This is what it looks like when rustic meets rock.
It was our first thought when we heard Therese and Joey's love story during our first meeting for their pre-wedding shoot. They were also classmates back in first year high school. And they also found their way back to each other after 16 years. It was similar to ours. Haha!
But what was unique and interesting in their story was when Therese shared that Joey was the very first person she met on the very first day of school. From the moment she laid her eyes on him, she hoped that he would have a crush on her. She even wrote a play that they performed in front of the class about them falling in love. She added, “advance ako mag-isip.”
Fall in love, they did. The universe conspired and after 16 years, they’ll soon say yes to forever.
Pre-wedding shoot venue:
Holy Spirit School Biñan, Laguna
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Even if they're 8,222 miles apart, Ken and Chiqui proved that absence can only make the heart grow fonder.
Chiqui already went back to the US when they officially became together on January 2017. So, yes, it was a long distance relationship. As in Philippines - U.S.A.-kind-of-LDR. Imagine the time difference! And the communication and geographical challenges that go with it! But thank God for technology and Facebook, they still got to talk and deepen the special relationship that blossomed beautifully since then.
Chiqui went home on Feb 16, 2018, and Ken didn't wait any longer. He proposed and asked her hand in marriage the month after. The rest is history as they tied the knot one rainy day on June 9, 2018. It was an intense-typhoon-kind-of-rain.
But no strong rain, distance or time difference can hinder a yearning love.
Congratulations and best wishes, Ken and Chiqui!
Enjoy the same day photo slideshow video: https://vimeo.com/274685233
Venue and Caterer: Teofely Gardens Wedding & Events Venue
Flowers: Les Fleurs Pour Marga
Hair & make up: Lorelei Tan-The Makeup Artist
Cake: Maita Amante
Photo: Leo + Lira Photography,
Joven Cruz, Tristan Dehesa
In Ronnie and Hazel's wedding, we were reminded of a couple of things:
Our idea of marriage, and how we give and receive love are greatly influenced and shaped by our parents. As a child, our parents set the bar on what we look for in a spouse. There's this unspoken (and huge!) responsibility for parents to lead by good example.
Pets are family. We wanted to take more family photos with Hazel's parents, but they needed to go ahead after the reception because no one will look after their more than 10 pets at home.
What's essential in celebrating a union is the presence of family and friends experiencing your life-changing moments together.
Sometimes, you don't need to look far for the person you were meant to be with. There are times when they're just literally a few "tumblings" and houses away.
Such was the case of Patrick and Abbie, who were once childhood friends and neighbors. They practically grew up in the same street. Pat's mom is Abbie's Ninang while his brother is Abbie's best friend.
But unlike other love-at-first-sight-love-stories, their love blossomed at a later time. Patrick made Abbie believe and trust in love again.
Congratulations and best wishes, Mr. and Mrs. Ilagan!
2 days ago, we literally saw this baby become a lady. Enjoy a sneak preview to ie's 18th birthday celebration and life-changing moments - in black and white.
Watch out for the full feature and the blog to know her story...coming soon!
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Thanks mucho to newly found-friends:
Fellow photographer Tristan of Point Sixty Three: 'til the next photo shoot!
The Film Hat: awesome and beautiful SDE video, Niq and team!
Hoot Designs : we looove the romantic-wild-garden-styling of the place! Please expect a possible Client. We just referred you!
KeyStrings Music: Beautiful and moving music
Queensland Catering Services: Yummy food!
Stohnenky Pro Sounds and Lights ("bright lights, clear music"): the lights greatly helped in the garden feels of the place
Lamariee Bridal Couture Kebaya: The bride's gown suits Chen's personality well!
Bergamo: The groom looked dapper with your suit!
Nor Anonuevo and team of the The Forest Barn: it was a pleasure meeting you! Hope we cross paths again!
Abagatan ti Manila: We'll definitely go back, even if it's for a personal trip.