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Jovie and Pia’s Wedding

We shot their engagement session, their Ting Hun, and their wedding. There is a stillness to Jovie and Pia’s love that draws us in again and again. It’s a quiet kind of love, without drama or hype. It’s solid and steady, secure and unwavering in its truth. I will always carry a soft spot for every father of the bride because I grew up a daddy’s girl. But there was a deep and immense joy to the groom’s mother here... Read More

April 2017 Featured Work

It’s always a thrill seeing our work featured in magazines. I usually share them on Instagram and our Facebook page when I can, but I’ll blog this one too for a change. For the month of April, we’re on two publications — Lifestyle Asia and Wedding Essentials. We’ve been occasionally shooting for the latter for around 6-7 years now, I think. I’ll share some of our work for them in another blog post soon. Neil and Finina’s beach wedding is... Read More

Popo and Jolene’s Baguio Wedding

I watched their on-site slideshow play on the big LED screen at the end of the reception program, from the very back of the ballroom. Even from behind the couple, I saw them laugh and cry through it all, and I was thankful for the dark because I had the silliest, widest grin on my face, had goosebumps all over, and was on the verge of crying all at once. Jeff was at the tech booth playing it, so I... Read More

Jason and Mia’s Tagaytay Wedding

Mia is easily one of our chillest brides to date. Chill is even an understatement. As far as she was concerned, they just wanted to get married. She left most of the little details in the trusty hands of her planner, Jojit Dy of The 3rd Party. The story of how she picked her gorgeous wedding dress goes like this: she and Jojit went to a bridal shop, she tried on a bunch of dresses, and they all looked the... Read More

Daniel and Jasmin’s Coron Wedding

Manila has been scorching hot lately, and we’re all dreaming of the beach, so today, we’re sharing Daniel and Jasmin’s intimate destination wedding at Two Seasons Coron. The island was the perfect backdrop for these two as they exchanged their vows. The sunlight danced on the clear waters, the sky was as blue as can be, and that soft, powdery white sand beach that we’ve come to expect of Palawan was sublime, as always. The details were curated so wonderfully.... Read More

Michael and Stephanie’s Wedding

Jeff and I were in a coffee shop yesterday, waiting for a client meeting, when I went through his laptop to look for a recent on-site slideshow to share. I clicked on Michael and Stephanie’s first for some reason, and burst into tears halfway through. So this goes on the blog today. I think what got to me was the overwhelming happiness I felt from the people in the photos, which I didn’t expect to feel in that magnitude all... Read More

Jeff and Jasmine’s Engagement Shoot — Taipei, Taiwan

Jeff and I love laid-back engagement shoots, when it’s pared down to the essentials. We love shooting outdoors, and in existing spaces with natural light that people pass through and occupy on a regular basis. There’s character and history and a realness to these places that resonate with us, which lend to the organic, authentic work we always wish to do. If you follow us on Instagram (@jeffandlisaphotography / @jeffllarena, @lisallarena), you would know how much we love Taipei. If... Read More

Neil and Finina’s Bataan Wedding

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... Read More