Dreams and I Do’s

I woke up today to a bit of a gloomy weather. So to spread some sunshine to our gray Monday morning, here’s a bright beach affair for all you B&B-ers! Stefano and Daniela certainly had an ethereal feel to their wedding. With a gorgeous theme and ambiance this wedding made me feel like this wedding was done in a secret island of nymphs and mermaids. The bride radiated elegance in a soft chiffon white gown and matched it with a unique floral head piece. Jorem and Sheila Catilo, a husband and wife photography team, made sure they splashed a dreamy vibe to their work, capturing such a laid back, peaceful and magical day.

Ceremony and Reception: Boracay / Photography : Jorem and Sheila Catilo / Coordinator: Amanda Tirol of Boracay Weddings

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    Sweet Shanghai

    It takes two to tango right? A good photo shoot will always need two things, the willing couple and the talented photographer. Rich and Jill brought their personalities and love for fashion (as is evident by their gorgeous wardrobe!) while Francis Perez added his flair for art and eye for good photography. It is always important that you choose a photographer that will catch your vision (and vice versa)–it seems like this set is a perfect example. Shanghai has never been sweeter!

    Let’s pick the brain of this very talented photographer!

    B&B: What’s your style?

    I’ve had the wonderful chance to learn photography from a truly masterful lensman, Pat Dy. I dare say now that after years of shooting with him, I have incorporated his fashion & editorial sensibilities and relaxed candid photography with my own quirky flair for the romantic. I love it when people tell me they remember the phrase “you and me against the world” when they see my travel engagement photos. For me, being lost in each other’s arms amidst the busy, crazy world is truly something worth capturing for all eternity.

    B&B: What are the things that inspire you?

    I watch a lot of movies and read a lot of books. Words, lyrics of songs, and of course poetry, inspire me a lot. I love freezing DVDs into still images that I can digest one scene at a time. More than the story, I am moved by the cinematography of old, sappy date movies like “An Affair to Remember” to the more recent “Fifty First Dates” and to some dark way, the “Twilight” series. The play of words on paper sometimes translate into still images in my mind that I bring to a shoot. I love Pablo Neruda and his sensual, tangible, worldly poetry. I am moved by his passionate words for his wife in “Cien Sonetos de Amor” (100 Love Sonnets) and I try to imagine the groom having those intense emotions for his bride which drives every kiss or touch I ask them to make in front of my camera.

    B&B: What do you love about your job?

    Bridesmaids… definitely bridesmaids and single friends of the bride and groom! Seriously though, no day is ever the same and I love meeting a lot of new people every single day on the job. If there’s one thing I truly learned from photography and shooting events and weddings is that the world is filled with people and places one can encounter and learn from a shutter click at a time. One testament to this is the fact that I met the “The One” at a wedding a couple of hundred thousand clicks back, someone I would not have possibly met if not for the incredible and minute chance of being at the right place at the right time with my camera. If that is not something to love about my job I do not know what is.

    B&B: How do you engage the couple to really work with the camera?

    It is in the first few encounters with the couple that my true work as a photographer starts. The connections you make with them enables you to create wonderful images during your session. After the initial walls have been broken down, I try to enter the couple’s world by being one with their love story, falling in love all over again with them as we shoot. I try to make them relive their love story with me as someone who documents and creates lasting images that stand testament to the reality of their love for all the world to see.

    Photography: Francis Perez

    Fancy, Flight and Forever

    After taking the week off, I really missed all the wedding goodness I’m used to facing everyday. When Ernest Pascual sent this delectably detailed wedding I almost fell off my chair! Well-thought of elements, beautifully crafted articles and super steal-worthy ideas to gush over as we start the week. Paulo and Angela’s wedding made me think about poetry, romance and raindrops of whimsical wonder. It’s like a fairytale you don’t want to end.


    These invitations are so artistically made! Designed by their coordinator Ernest Pascual, he says how important it is to be consistent with your theme and elements in your wedding. To tie things together, the cake and invitations actually had the same poems used as their design.

    The bouquets are so dreamy! The colors are soft yet exudes a fun and young vibe. LOVE!

    Gushing over this personal tidbit: Being sentimental, the bride and the groom kept their text messages and notes which were used in their “let our love take flight” tree adorned with those adorable paper cranes.
    Accessorizing your wedding surroundings will always be a go especially if it is full of whimsy and romance.
    Don’t you love a hands-on groom? Paulo made these little nest guest name holders! What a guy huh?

    Ceremony: San Agustin Church / Reception: Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila / Wedding Invitations and Misalettes: Amis Print / Photographer: Metrophoto / Videographer: Shierdan Pamintuan / Flowers: April and Karen Yu / Make Up Artist: Bea Marcelo / Bride and Entourage: Cecilio Bertumen / Cake: Judy Uson / Lights and Sounds: Sensitivity / Coordinator: Ernest Pascual of Events! Events!

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      Forever Filipiniana

      It’s rare for us to see couples who go for that cute and quirky Filipiniana theme. It’s a good thing Cy and Berns justified this adorable theme with details that really made their wedding stand out. It is nothing too serious nor stiff, in fact it was bursting with charm, fun and little bit of silly humor. Jay Jay Lucas of Imagine Nation Photography captured the moment’s light and cozy feel. As they would say in Tagalog “Mabuhay ang bagong kasal!”

      I added some cute shots from a guest at the wedding and also an Imagine Nation photographer, Noel Salazar

      Ceremony and Reception: Ayala Greenfield / Photography: Jay Jay Lucas of Imagine Nation Photography / Videography: Wang Videography / Gown: Joel Escober / Catering: K by Cunanan Catering / Makeup Artist: Rae Venturanza

      Cozy Aussie

      Australia has always been one of my favorite places to vacay to. I love the laid back culture, the super-friendly locals and the beautiful beaches. So it’s safe to say I was not in any way surprised that our feature today is going to be super cute. A little mix of the Pat Dy style, the Aussie vibe, and our couple’s chemistry–we got a winner here folks! Let’s have a little fun in the sun!

      Photography: Pat Dy / Location: Australia