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Melbourne Engagement 01

Three weeks ago, we had the pleasure of flying off to Melbourne to shoot Paul and Karyn’s engagement session. We fell in love with Sydney when we shot there a few months ago, and were looking forward to visiting Melbourne. Everyone’s been raving about the coffee, and they seriously weren’t exaggerating. The coffee was so good in all these charming little hipster cafes, Jeff and I were having 3-4 cups a day. Each. Probably not the healthiest choice, but it was just that good. And the food, don’t even get me started.

Melbourne is so chill and laidback, so different from Manila and what we’ve gotten used to whenever we’re shooting in Hong Kong and Singapore. But it’s gorgeous. There is so. much. space! And the views are quite lovely. Oh, and that joke about how Melbourne gets all four seasons in a single day? It’s true.

Paul and Karyn are so adorable together, you wouldn’t think they disliked each other when they first met. It’s funny how things work out. Paul is always the gentleman, a bit quiet and reserved, and Karyn is this spunky little firecracker who laughs with abandon and runs brilliantly on 4-inch heels, but it works. It fits. And it felt wonderful to be taking their engagement photos in the place where they fell in love, especially now that they’ve just made the big move to Manila. I can imagine them showing these photos to their children someday, of this romantic city where mom and dad met, and the thought makes me immensely happy.

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Marc and Alicia 01

You might know this couple from their awesome Coron, Palawan engagement session. If you do, you’d also know how much we adore these two, so I’ll just go ahead and skip that part and go straight to the part where Alicia is, by far, one of the happiest brides we have ever shot, and for this alone, I will want to hug her every time I see her for the rest of our natural lives. There is nothing in the world like a joyful bride. She’s completely enchanting.

And then there’s Marc. He will always be two important things to us: the one who made it possible for me to see clearly underwater for the first time (long story. Short version: prescription goggles!), and the one who makes Alicia this happy. Those forever makes him aces in our book. We shot his sister Michell’s wedding back in 2011 as well, and it felt great to be back in their home for another wedding in the family. Patrick and Michell have a daughter now, and she’s such a little sweetheart.

Marc and Alicia, it’s been epic! Thank you for sharing these days with us. We’ll always remember you guys fondly. Much, much love from me and Jeff.

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Ceremony: San Agustin Church | Reception: Sofitel Manila | Coordinator: Christine Ong-Te Events | Videographer: Mayad Studios | Ceremony gown designer: Vivi Wang | Reception dress designer: Cecilio Abad | Hair and Makeup: Jesy Alto | Entourage flowers and event styling: Nikki Chatto, King Louis Flowers

Henrik and Ria 01

Hong Kong means a lot to us and we’re usually there twice a year to shoot, so it’s pretty familiar, but Henrik and Ria showed us a Hong Kong we’ve never seen before. Well, technically, just Jeff this time. If you’ve been following the recent blog updates, I missed this trip, sadly. But I was getting updates and sneak peeks from him during breaks, it almost felt like I was there. That, and I’ve been having so much fun editing these sets!

They took a few photos in the restaurant that Henrik proposed in last year. Ria sort of had an inkling that Henrik was going to propose around that time, so whenever they went out, she would pat his pants pockets to check if he was carrying a little box in there somewhere. So that night when he planned to propose, he kept the ring in his jacket pocket. Funnily enough, in a scene reminiscent of that FRIENDS episode where Chandler was going to propose to Monica, Ria felt cold all of a sudden, and Henrik couldn’t lend her his jacket because the ring was there. Hee. But long story short, at the end of the night, Henrik asked, and she said yes.

The weather forecast predicted a thunderstorm on the day of our shoot, and we hoped against hope that the sun would shine. Maybe we overdid it a wee bit because it was the sunniest we’ve ever seen Hong Kong by far. But really, Henrik and Ria are so warm and laid back and cheery, they’re practically a sun of their own. I’m forever charmed by how two accomplished grown ups can look like such happy little kids together. When they make each other laugh, it’s almost like you can see the children they were, and I think that says a whole lot. I’m a big fan of these two. Can’t wait for their wedding!! ♥

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  • Anne SyOctober 16, 2014 - 10:33 pm


    We’d like to inquire about your photography package for weddings and prenup. Our wedding would be on June 27,2015.

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