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Neil and Finina’s Bataan Wedding

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We’re kicking off 2017 on the blog with this gorgeous destination wedding. It was the first time we’ve ever had a turtle hatchling release at one. It was at sunset, during cocktails, and it was magical. But it rained hard shortly after that, and naturally, everyone ran indoors. Finina’s father, Secretary Tugade, gave a speech that I couldn’t possibly retell in a way that does it justice, but I, and everyone else, found it deeply moving.

He spoke of taking his grandchildren out on a walk on the beach that morning, the little ones still in their pajamas, and how they wanted to swim but they didn’t have swim clothes with them. He encouraged them to swim anyway. Because it’s okay to have fun and do crazy things as long as it’s not hurting anyone. He told everyone that they should all go outside and dance in the rain, and it was met with a resounding cheer. That’s exactly what they did. It stopped raining eventually. Well, it drizzled in spots, but everyone stuck it out. And the skies cleared up long enough for us to witness one of the best fireworks displays we’ve ever seen at a wedding.

I always say that there are no perfect weddings. There will be glitches, even when everyone gives it their all. We’ve been shooting for 8 years now, and we have yet to shoot the same wedding twice. It’s different every single time. What makes it beautiful is the love between the two people whose union we are celebrating. We all saw it in the way they looked at each other. It’s the joy and the laughter and cheer of the people that surround them despite whatever hiccups arise during the day. And these two, these two are immensely loved. There’s so much pressure to be perfect, but all you really need is to be happy. There’s something so wildly beautiful about dancing in the rain.

Neil and Finina, it’s been an honor and a pleasure. We’ve been bumping into each other at so many weddings before yours, I know we’re definitely seeing you guys again. Will look forward to it. Much love from us, always.

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Preps and reception venue: Montemar Beach Club | Hair and makeup artist: Yciar Castillo | Dress: TC Alvarez | Videographer: Cinemaworks | Planner: Detalye Weddings and Events | Catering: Illustrado

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