Ray and Karen Get Married

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Ray Serion and Karen Ong are the people behind HAPADOG – the japanese hotdog place over at Alabang Town Center.  They got married yesterday, January 2, 2013 and I was fortunate enough to have witnessed the event.  I knew that it was going to be one big and beautiful wedding so I decided to take the opportunity to take some photos while I was at it.  After the whole ceremony, there’s the traditional petal shower as the couple walks outside the church and this time around, they had balloons too.  Being a guest, I opted to stay far back so I won’t get in the way of the photo/video team as they do their work.  I opted to use the Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM lens but ran into some problems because people would stand in front of me or their balloons would block my view.  Even if I stood on the gutter to gain some height, there wasn’t much I could do if somebody got in the way.  Fortunately, they kissed a few times and I was able to capture this moment just as they ended their kisses.  You could see the passion and joy in their faces even after all that kissing.  So congratulations and best wishes to Ray and Karen as they begin their journey as husband and wife.

Dessert by Bizu

I attended the wedding of Ray Serion and Karen Ong last night and it was a huge and beautiful wedding.  While the event was pretty massive, tiny little details were attended with great attention by the couple and the team who put everything together.  One of the highlights of the reception was the dessert station and here are some photos of what was available for the guests that evening.  Enjoy!

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Black and White Boquet

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Last Saturday (Dec 22), I was invited to help cover a wedding of a friend.  Mike (the groom) is my friend’s friend so by virtue of affiliation, I was requested to help cover the whole thing. The other guy that he hired took the lead and I basically just followed after him, covering the other things that he and the other guys wouldn’t be covering.  There is no point in all the photographers trying to photograph the (exact) same thing from the (exact) same perspective.  The weather in Tanay, Rizal was a bit of a mixed bag:  the sun would shine, the clouds would come and the rain would fall.  Thankfully, there were moments when any of those conditions proved favorable for shooting.  While the EF-S 17-55mm is not weather-sealed and the 60D only has partial sealing, I never really bothered shying away from taking photos when the rain/drizzle started.  It was a simple wedding between Mike (videographer and businessman) and Glenda (pediatrician) and they were fairly on the older side (think 35-40) as far as age was concerned.  Being a provincial wedding, there were some traditions and superstitions that were upheld.  What’s more is that there’s an unwritten rule that you have to invite practically everyone in town at an event like this.

The photo above is the bridal boquet shot wide open at wide angle.  It doesn’t look very impressive in color so I ran it through a blue B&W filter and added some grain in Lightroom to it to make it more interesting.

RJ and Cloe’s Wedding

Attended a wedding (as a guest) last Sunday (December 16,2012) somewhere in Tagaytay and I was able to snap some photos while we were at the back.  It was a Christian service so it was held in the garden.  There were dark rain clouds and a light drizzle before it started but thankfully, it all disappeared once the ceremony got underway.  The afternoon sun produced some very good lighting for the photos and it really helps that the whole setup was beautiful to begin with.
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