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So, what do you do when you realize the love of your life is 13,688 kilometers away from you? Simple. You follow her. And if you’re lucky, like Ivan, someday you’ll watch her walk down the aisle to you.

Ivan and Isabel tied the knot in an elegant affair at Santuario de San Antonio and The Peninsula Manila. We’re quite familiar with Ivan’s family already, having shot his sister’s wedding just a few months prior. It was so wonderful to see everyone again, and it felt like we were among friends.

I remember arriving at Isabel’s home bright and early. Jeff and the boys in our team were shooting already, and I was setting up my laptop for editing the slideshow when I heard muffled screaming in the distance. Worried that something was wrong, I ran out to find the lovely bride looking at her bouquet. I asked her if everything was okay, and she told me she was a little bit nervous, but she said it with a genuinely sweet smile, and a twinkle in her eye, looking as adorable and put together as ever. Haha.

Overflowing love, happiness, and insanely good drinks at this wedding. Ivan and Isabel, you guys and your families are awesome, and it was such a treat, being there with you that day. Much love, always.

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Ceremony: Santuario de San Antonio | Reception: The Peninsula Manila | Coordinator: JP Montilla | Makeup Artist: Lourd Ramos | Bridal gown: Rosa Clara | Flowers: Zenas Pineda | Video: Ian Cruz Films

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Jeff and I met Midge over Skype and just fell in love with her. You can just feel her friendliness and warmth right away. Some people take some time to be comfortable with, and that’s fine, too. It’s part of our job to make people comfortable around us, and I like to think we do it well. But with Midge, it was easy and natural. And meeting her in person on her wedding day for the first time, I felt like we’ve been friends for years. Also, I did not want to stop taking pictures of her. Seriously. I could have shot her for days.

Lennard and Midge together is pretty much the happily ever after a lot of young girls dream of, I think. He’s the calculus geek who’s also a jock and a musician, and she’s the cheerleader and prom queen. He’s her first boyfriend. How do you even get more perfect than that, right? But more than that though, it’s the realness and how down-to-earth these two are that bowl me over. It’s how she laughed out loud when he cried upon seeing her walk down that aisle, and how they high-fived when they met at the altar. Who does that?? It’s adorable! I told Jeff that should we ever have a daughter and she fell in love, I hope it would be with someone who makes her this happy.

I’ll forever remember their wedding because of all the 90s songs they played at the reception. I was editing their on-site slideshow while they were having dinner, and the songs playing were making me sing along. A woman nearby exclaimed, “Ano ba ‘tong mga kantang ‘to?!” (“What kind of music is this?!”) There was a collective hush in the general area. Then she went on to say, “NAPAPAINDAK AKO!!!” (“IT’S MAKING ME WANT TO DANCE!!!”) Laughter all around, followed by an insane amount of dancing. Excellent playlist, Lennard and Midge, curators of awesome things. We, and everyone else, obviously, had so much fun at your wedding. Thank you for sharing your day with us. Much, much love to you both. ♥

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Church: San Antonio de Padua | Reception Venue: Parque al Lago, Splendido | Hair and Makeup: Jasmine Mendiola | Video: Cinemaworks | Bridal gown: Richie Ortega | Entourage dresses: Frankie de Leon | Bridal and entourage bouquets: Vatel Manila | Ring pillow: {etc} Handmade Goodness | Reception Styling: Saso Event Styling & Interiors | Wedding logo and invitation suite: The Fozzy Book

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There are people you just hit it off with right from the start. Ralph and Paula would be two of those people for us. Paula and I got to email a bit, and since we’ve been friends on both Facebook and Instagram, I’ve been finding out that we love pretty much the same things. Meeting them both for the first time was pretty awesome, and I remember not being able to contain myself and skipping towards her and giving her a hug. I adore Paula. She’s so nice and sweet and has impeccable taste. Anything Paula loves, I’m most likely going to love. And just as I expected, that would include Ralph, too.

He told us over lunch the story of how they met in Barcelona, about how he told his friend that he was swearing off women, and later, that exact same evening, he met her. What are the chances of that happening?! She was only in Spain on vacation, and he was about to finish his studies and move to Australia, and you would think all that would stop them, but it didn’t. She left Barcelona and went to Madrid, and he followed her there to see if there was something between them. They fell in love, and years later, we’re taking their engagement photos in Sydney. Knowing Jeff and I will be there for their Manila wedding next year makes me all sorts of happy.

They took us all over for the shoot, and that was how we first saw Sydney. Beautiful, beautiful place. It will always be one of our favorite cities now, and we’ll never think of it without remembering them. It felt like one of the world’s best double dates, and we had a great time getting to know them better. I am a big fan of their love.

It was when Paula was in the restroom, fixing her hair for the last part of the shoot, when Ralph told us she initially had slight reservations about them pursuing a relationship together, knowing how far apart they would be for some time. Seeing the two of them together now and how incredibly happy he makes her, I am so, so glad he changed her mind.

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  • PaulaJune 4, 2014 - 7:41 am

    Hi Jeff & Lisa!

    I’m just going through the photos again and again. Cold weather here is picking up (hopefully I survive my first winter), but seeing the shots you guys took just keeps me warm and fuzzy inside. So glad we finally met you two, that we spent a nice afternoon with you guys in a city we truly love, and just too excited to be with you guys again for our big day. Wishing you guys more adventures for this 2014 and beyond.

    Lots of love,
    Paula (and Ralph)

    Happy anniversary! <3ReplyCancel

    • LisaJune 8, 2014 - 8:43 pm

      Paula!!! Thanks for such a great experience. I already miss shooting you guys. Can’t wait to see you again!

      Thank you! ♥ReplyCancel

  • Daylene WilsonJune 20, 2014 - 6:13 pm

    Sweet, casual and lovely… Beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • LisaJune 21, 2014 - 12:58 am

      Thanks, Daylene!ReplyCancel

  • MelissaAugust 8, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    J&L these are stunning. Such emotion in every image. I LOVE your style approach to your sessions. But even more so, I love reading your version of each of your clients love storyReplyCancel

    • LisaAugust 12, 2014 - 8:27 pm

      Thanks, Melissa! ♥ReplyCancel