El Nido as always never failed us. We’ve shot many times in Nacpan but usually not a wedding. More often, couples stay away from doing a Nacpan wedding not because its not pretty enough, it is beautiful but due to some inconvenience. There is limited electricity and transportation maybe an issue. Originally, they planned for a small wedding but if you have lots of family and friends – and many would want to travel all the way from the land down under (Australia) to be part of their love story, why not make it more the merrier. If you go beyond that and appreciate its rawness, its perfect imperfections, its natural beauty and even its people – you know it is the place to be.
They came a few months back to check on Nacpan, El Nido and has decided that is IT. The place. The dream.
The day came and we drove to Nacpan. The roads has never improve much but we’re lucky because its dry season otherwise the road will be very difficult. The place was buzzing with excitement when we got there – everyone seems to be chilling and yet are busy too. We saw how they set up the reception area, how the pig is roasted and the wind blows so much that day. The wedding unfolded and we shot thru it.
We shot how it happened naturally – it is raw, it is beautiful, its crazy, it is “them”.
This is their story.
Say ‘I do” at El Nido. This was our first church wedding in El nido, and the reception followed at El Nido Cove resort. It was a mix of traditional wedding but has the edgy, laidback and dreamy vibe of a beach destination wedding. So fall in-love and feel the sass as you browse through Simon and Guia’s lovely wedding.
This Nacpan engagement shoot was where we work and and have fun with the whole gang. Yes the “whole gang”, because it wasn’t just the couple but the lot of friends who were with us doing this.
We came in rather late – we travelled all the way from Puerto Princesa and we got lost. There is almost no cellphone connection connection there and we actually didn’t know When we made it to the Jack’s place, where we are supposed to lodge – it is already dark. Their electricity is limited to certain hours only. Still, we somehow made BBQs that was already sand coated by the time we decided to eat it. We were tired, sleepy yet happy and full.
Some love stories starts with one “hello”, so sing with me — because the lyrics certainly rings a bell for this couple.
If you’re not afraid
Of what love brings
Then endings are beginnings
Of beautiful things
It’s a chance you’ll take
It’s a chance you’ll win
If someone’s gonna find you
First you gotta let them in
From college days and well into their future… Maybe a crush, and maybe more.
It was a “full” wedding – you know the kind of wedding where you feel your heart bursting with joy, love, happiness and a little bit of everything thrown together. Theirs was the kind of story that makes you want to hear more and experience yourself. It was the kind of love everyone dreams of and only a few gets to taste it.
They’ve been friends. It took time but who can tell – some people are meant to be together and the force are with them 😉
Definitely a warm, happy and unique engagement shoot we have done so far. Set in the greenery and beaches of Palawan are two bears falling inlove. We basically just went around and snap here and there. One thing I couldn’t forget doing this shoot — anywhere we go, people stare!!! I guess if you see two bear heads walking around, your curiosity will be piqued. So here are some of the not-so-ordinary photos we’ve captured that day.
Wherever ❤ goes, I will follow. Anywhere ❤ goes, I will follow. It’s amazing seeing two people, so diverse yet so inlove. All the way from Tasmania, Johanna and Sam decided to elope at the dreamy El Nido. This was their first time in Palawan and in the country — but it was just one of their stops here in the Philippines. Their trip was both an adventure, a joining of hearts and the honeymoon all in one. I thought the boatman was joking when he told me it is a heart shaped island — but it is! Don’t everyone wish to start their “forever” with one big adventure? I do ^^ and yeah, this is also a surprise to both their friends and family.
There are poets and the musicians and the endless dramas and sonnets written about Paris. There’s the Louvre, the Grand Palais, the Sainte-Chapelle to name a few of the sights you’d see in Paris, but out of the endless list — The Eiffel tower stands proud since the 1800s.
The city of Love inspires many and i have no doubt the debut we have here is worth swooning!
Come and have a little taste of Paris in Palawan 😉
Concept Styling and Coordination by Ever After : Rio Mendoza
HMUA : Ruzzel “Tatoy” Mendoza
Stage design and table centerpieces : Karla Patino
Video by : Mike Guayco Films
Gown : Edward Teng
The wedding was set in the beautiful Island of Modessa in Roxas, Palawan.
It was a super sunny day on that remote island with their family and closest friends. A truly good day to get married.
Jake the all around groom was like the planner, florist, stylist and coordinator rolled into one. He must be the busiest on that day in the island. He had it all planned out until — they realized that the marriage license was left on the mainland. The officiating minister can’t marry them – yet. The bride were not informed and the preparations continued. Finally, the license came and the wedding pushed through before it totally got too dark.
The bride’s entrance is still etch in my memories ’til now. All the guests and even the Pastor were looking for her — when she came riding in a blue boat from the other side of the island. Her backdrop were the beautiful sunrays as the sun sets for yet another morning.
They had the most amazing sunset wedding by the beach. A wedding worth to be shared.
Cheers to their love story.
More than a decade of loving plus more..