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Philippines Engagement Session from Nez Cruz

It’s a well-known fact that we love ourselves a sweet, sweet engagement session here on SMP – and this beyond breathtaking Manila shoot is certainly no exception.  Set against a stunning backdrop of crystal blue waters and romantically cloudy skies, it’s casual yachting meets a glamour-filled evening meets all kinds of L.O.V.E…. our favorite kind.  The oh-so-wonderful Nez Cruz snapped up every last glorious moment… and the bride and groom-to-be?  Simply stunning.  See so much more right here.

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From the Bride-to-Be… Our relationship had an unusual start — Jesse had just discovered that he was scammed in buying a property in the beautiful island of Boracay, south of the Philippines. He then went to Manila, the capital, to find help and found me! I am friends with his lawyer, and we met when he first discovered the scam. Amidst the devastating news, he was such a nice and sweet person trying his best to be positive. We first met in a coffee shop for breakfast, and we were instantly drawn to each other. He’d always say that I am his angel, helping him throughout the ordeal and being there for him all the time, but I would say that I am the luckiest girl because he is a great and loving individual, winning the hearts of my family and friends as well as mine.

Jesse works as a geophysicist in an off-shore vessel for an oil and gas company, and we used that as an inspiration in choosing seaside locations for both our shoots. Our Manila shoot was in Manila Yacht Club where in we had three layouts from casual to glam. We weren’t expecting the weather to not cooperate, but it ended up raining that day! The planks we were standing on were very rocky because of the wind, but our photographer, Nez Cruz, did a fantastic job in making us comfortable in front of the camera and making the rain work for us. The pictures turned out really well — the colors are very vibrant, and he made it worth it to be drenched in rain! I was a bit hesitant at first because an engagement shoot was an alien concept for Jesse but he ended up enjoying every bit of it, especially when my makeup artist, Irene Sy-Go, and stylist, Aira Franco, kept on teasing him that he looked like a movie star or a member of a boy band.

Photography: Nez Cruz / Location: Manila Yacht Club in Manila, Philippines / Stylist: Aira Franco / Hair: Jim Guerrero / Makeup: Irene Sy-Go

Discovery Shores Wedding by Aaron Ebio Ebsfoto + Mayad Studios

This is, hands down, one of my absolute favorite destination weddings ever.  It pulls off the travel theme so elegantly and effortlessly.  I love the origami sailboats folded out of maps, the adorable custom tote bags, the prism-hued bridesmaid dresses that mimic the shimmering light off the Boracay Island waters.  Each and every details is, in a word, stunning. See them all in the full gallery!

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And this film by Mayad Studios is all kinds of awesome!  The music, the moments!  Every last second is completely breathtaking…

From Aaron Ebio EbsfotoIt’s not everyday that our dreams come true. However on this day both of ours did. We are so fortunate to be blessed with family and friends that truly care and love us. Our wedding day would not have been the same nor the week we spent together filled with adventure, laughter and certainly tears. The easiest choice we had to make was our destination. Boracay was certainly a destination worth visiting and we knew it was a chance for my fiancé (now husband) and his family to see the Philippines. Now looking back, it was the best decision.

The details of our wedding were so important to us. We wanted a sailboat theme, inspired by the paraw boats that sailed along the island. Our beautiful letter pressed invitations were a collaboration with Craftmaster and my husband. Anthony is a graphic designer so he willingly designed our logo, website, welcome bags and stationery. I had the help of my beautiful bridesmaids folding origami paper boats and DIY moss covered table numbers. I made our menu and welcome cards and had a look-book for our wedding events team to follow. We complemented our seafoam green color with creams and crisp white.

Oh where do I start about my dress. I found Veejay Floresca online after searching for a modern designer that can transform my inspirations into reality. I wanted fun with a touch of art deco. Veejay flew to Sydney to do my fittings and he also made the colorful creations that the entourage wore. The first time I tried my dress on was only two days before the wedding. It was perfect.

My one and only “ can’t compromise” was commissioning Mayad Studios to document our wedding. We had a lot of family friends who couldn’t make it to the wedding. Mayad captured the very essence of who we were…fun..relaxed with a touch of glam. They did just that.

Photography: Aaron Ebio Ebsfoto / Cinematography: Mayad Studios / Event Design, Coordination, Planning + Flowers: Boracay Weddings / Welcome Goodies: Islas Aromatics / Location: Discovery Shores / Invitations + Wedding Accessories: Craftmaster Printing Press / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Wedding Dress: Veejay Floresca Couture / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew + Hugo Boss / Make-up: Julie Ebio Make Up Forever Paris / Hair: Bangz / Music: Everyday People Band

Real Wedding: Chris and Todd, IX

A HUGE thank you to Margaret Singer for sending us today’s affair. If you aren’t familiar with Margaret’s work, head on over to her website and blog…but brace yourself, you will get sucked in! And an even bigger thank you to Chris and Todd for letting us share in the celebration!

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Oh but just you WAIT! The fun isn’t over yet. The adorable bride, Chris, sent me a link to the same day video that their cinematographers, Mayad Studios did…so you can really see the affair unfold! It takes a lot to blow me away…but this BLEW. ME. AWAY. Love. Just click on the image to see the short, but wonderfully sweet vignette!


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Real Wedding: Chris and Todd, VIII

As the sun went down on today’s featured wedding, the vibe turned into a complete and unabashed celebration…just as it should be. With a crew that traveled from all over the world to share in Chris and Todd’s big day, the whole evening just seemed to glow!

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Am completely loving the approachabile elegance of the night…the huge japanese lanterns, the great chalkboard seating chart, the family style table. It’s so warm and welcoming and yet ridiculously chic. If I haven’t said it enough today, Margaret Singer, the photographer behind the affair is such a genius!

Real Wedding: Chris and Todd, VII

Perhaps the most beautiful part of the entire day of today’s featured wedding, was the moments that the couple stole right after the wedding…to play on the beach and have a little fun with their bridal party. Too, too cute.

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Margaret Singer is a complete genius, snapping images that are so unbelievably moving, so undeniably chic. Loving. Every. Bit!

Real Wedding: Chris and Todd, VI

Here is a bit more eye candy from today’s featured wedding!

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all images by Margaret Singer