The output of a creative mind can be considered art, but when you put two creative minds to work, what you get is magic. This was exactly the case when Photographer Artu Nepomuceno and Stylist Meg Manzano were wed in a beach resort in Bataan. The couple was very detailed with the planning, finding meaning behind every decision and including personal touches that make the day truly their own. From their choice in suppliers, to the styling and set-up of the venue, no detail was left unturned or unplanned. Because it so rare to have all the people you love and idolize together sharing a common reason to celebrate, the groom, Artu, even made sure to snap a photo with everybody present, Jason and Shaira included! Keep scrolling to see more from this unique wedding, as told by Shaira Luna‘s stunning photos.
NOTE: This wedding happened before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meg surely rocked her sleek silk gazar number by Maureen Disini. Paired with a crystal bolero by Bea Valdez and classic nude heels by Mercedes Castillo, she was radiant and elegant as she walked down the aisle and on the sandy shores. Working with a glam team close to her heart, she wore her hair in a clean up-do, which fully showcased a beautiful pair of earrings from her grandmother.
White paper parasols were given to guests to use on the wedding day and as a keepsake for them to take home. The parasols served as protection from the shining sun as well as a light diffuser for better pictures! From the ceremony to the candid photos by the beach, the parasols also made for a distinctive element in the photos.
The couple wanted their wedding photos to be as candid as possible so that they, along with their guests, could be fully present on their special day instead of worrying about poses. The result was incredibly captivating photos, full of genuine smilies and heartfelt memories being made.
For the ceremony, they opted to set the seats in a half-moon formation around the altar so that they would be somewhat embraced by their loved ones. Meg walked down an aisle lined with carpets that were borrowed from her home, her mother’s home, and her mother-in-law’s home. For the reception, Artu was set on having the entire garden lit only by fairy lights to maintain a warmth with the lighting, while Meg decided on a black and white checkered dance floor to be the focal point of their design.
Most of the larger elements were set in neutral colors, but there was definitely more vibrant colors in the finer details. Check out the bridal bouquet, the wedding cake, and the giveaways! These details were no stranger to color and added a playful touch to the otherwise classic rustic palette.
Thanks to the venue’s Pawikan, or marine turtle, Conservation Center, guests were invited to experience releasing the baby marine turtles back into the waters of the West Philippine Sea. The Conservation Center is accredited and committed to protecting these amazing creatures. What an extraordinary way to end the wedding!
Here’s that group shot we mentioned of everybody present during Artu and Meg’s special day! How about giving it try during your wedding day? Especially if your’re planning an intimate wedding, a group photo like this is much easier to pull off!
Photographer: Shaira Luna / Videographer: Jason Magbanua / Venue: Montemar Beach Club / Bride’s Dress: Maureen Disini / Bride’s Bolero: Bea Valdes / Bride’s Shoes: Mercedes Castillo / Makeup Artist: Nicole Ceballos / Hairstylist: Mong Amado / Groom’s Attire: Patty Ang / Bridesmaid Dresses: Johanna Bespoke / Bridesmaid Shoes: Betina Ocampo / Groomsmen Attire: Nomer’s Tailoring / Wedding Rings: Natalya Lagdameo / Invitations and Stationery: Blackdog Design / Wedding Cake: Kirk Portillo / Edible Petals: Teraoka Farm / Altar Pieces: Altum / Host: James Gutierrez / DJ: Kevin Mayuga / DJ: Jaco Nepomuceno