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Jeff had to go to Hong Kong for a couple of shoots without me last week. I had to sit this trip out because I broke my leg last month and am still recovering from the operation. (No worries, I’ll be back on my feet soon!) Hundreds of iMessages (mostly of weepy emoji faces from me because I wanted to be there, haha), two awesome shoots, and two days later, Jeff came home and gave me the hugs I needed. He’s the main photographer, and I second shoot and edit. I always love editing his shots, but his more recent work makes me want to marry him all over again.

Matthew and Annalyn’s story begins in Hong Kong, when they were on set for a commercial shoot for Diesel. Anna was trying on clothes in front of a mirror, and caught Matt checking out her legs. She tells this story, and he grins impishly, not bothering to deny it, and you know this is exactly what happened. He asks her out. She says yes.

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On their very first date, on this exact same playground they shot at, Annalyn’s ankle got sprained on the rickety merry-go-round. I’m thinking she must’ve really liked him for her to continue seeing him again after that. And countless times more after. And here we are, six years later — they’re getting married!

It’s unreal how gorgeous these two are together. I love the way they look at each other, and how they make each other laugh. Beyond the crazy, giddy love, there’s rock solid friendship and shared laughter. So this is how my husband breaks my heart in the best way possible, by taking photographs that move me. I missed out, but then he gave me this and I didn’t.

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Aileen walked down the aisle to The Luckiest by Ben Folds.

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I’ve always loved the words to this song. It’s odd but familiar, and nothing short of perfect.

Next door there’s an old man who lived to his nineties, and one day, passed away in his sleep. And his wife, she stayed for a couple of days, and passed away. I’m sorry, I know that’s a strange way to tell you that I know we belong, that I know, that I am, I am the luckiest.

Gabriel didn’t cry. He wept.

It was sweet and funny and endearing because he doesn’t really strike you as the crying type, and my heart was bursting with happiness for Aileen, because goodness, to be loved that much is the best thing. And how lucky are they both to have found each other in this lifetime.

Gab and Aileen, Jeff and I had a wonderful time with you! The day was incredibly happy and so much feel-good, it lingered for days. I’m completely in love with how in love you two are with each other, and we hope you always love like this. Wishing you both all the best, always.

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Ceremony: Saint Alphonsus Mary Liguori Parish (Magallanes Church) | Reception: Manila Polo Club | Bridal Gown: Pronovias | Hair and Makeup: Alexis Ching | Videographer: MG Digital | Entourage Gowns: Anne Cuatico | Florist: Notes and Flowers | Coordinator: Erika Bergara of Detalye Weddings

  • Wedding CatererAugust 22, 2014 - 10:49 am

    Wonderful! Very cute couples and elegant wedding. Wish them all the best. :)ReplyCancel

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It’s impossible to tell the story of Karl and Cheryl’s wedding without saying how much it meant to us to be there. See, back in 2007-2008 when Jeff and I were just starting out, we bought our first DSLRS and lenses from this little camera shop in Greenhills. We were still so young then and could only swing for the barest of equipment. Each purchase meant using most of whatever we had in savings at the time, so we remember each of them well. Last year, without knowing us personally and this story, Cheryl, the daughter of the family that owns that same shop, booked us for her wedding.

It’s been six years of shooting weddings for us now, and it’s been nothing short of amazing. We’ve covered a lot of beautiful, heartwarming weddings since then, and we remember every single one, but somehow this was a little bit more special. I felt like I could tell the scared 24 year old version of me, who was on the verge of pursuing something so uncertain, that everything is going to be just fine.

Karl proposed with a flashmob at Eastwood last year, and just watching the video again tonight tugs at my heart something fantastic. These two are lovely together. They exchanged vows at a charming garden ceremony at Antonio’s earlier this year, and we were thrilled to be there. There was love and joy all around, and of course, Cheryl’s dad’s crying made me cry, too. It’s almost always the dads that make me cry.

Karl and Cheryl, thank you for the trust, your endless warmth, for still being the source of our regular instant film fix after all these years, and your wonderful spinach dip. Hahaha. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness. ♥

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Ceremony and reception: Antonio’s, Tagaytay | Hair and makeup: Jo Chan | Entourage flowers: Jacq Wong of Jacqs Floral Design Studio | Event styling: Jacq Wong and Jamie Espadilla | Video: Mayad Studios | Coordinator: Christine Ong-Te Events