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World’s Top Wedding Songs

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Spotify, the most popular music streaming service in the world, has released its top wedding songs. The list is based on what its users are listening to. 1. All of Me by John Legend 2. Marry You by Bruno Mars 3. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran 4. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri 5. Ho Hey by The Lumineers And if you’re looking for a song for your wedding’s first dance, here are the top songs, according to Spotify. 1. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran 2. At Last by Etta James 3. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley   4. Marry Me by Train 5. Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran  

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11 Best Vows of 2011!

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We know that not all personal wedding vows are always captured for the onsite video.  We also admit that we haven’t seen and heard all the greatest exchange of vows the past year.  But for the past couple of days, we’ve definitely heard a lot of good ones as shared to us by wedding videographers and [email protected] alike. More than the visual aspect of these videos, we listened intently as these couples exchange promises to each on their wedding day.  Good editing definitely helps – with choice soundbites blended seamlessly with the music. But the heart & soul of these wedding videos are the words uttered. Some of these vows are funny, while others are heartfelt; while even some managed to be both at the same time! The marriage vows included in our list were either read, memorized, recited impromptu, or even adlibbed.  But no matter how they were said, ALL are very personal. A glimpse into the couple’s story. Here we present to you our Top 11 choices for the Best Wedding Vows of 2011! Lhander Tan + Joanna Norberte 5th Wedding Anniversary – Renewal of Vows05-07 May | Entalula Island, El Nido, Palawanvideo by Phoeben TeocsonKarlou Amada + Rochelle …

Best Weddings of 2011!

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2011.  The year that was.  A year of a number of celebrity weddings.  But it’s not just Pinoy celebrities and Destination Weddings that takes all the space in our annual review of the best weddings of the past year.  Like always, our list includes ordinary couples who made extraordinary impact to their wedding suppliers to be chosen as their “Wedding of the Year” based on their personal criteria and standards.  Unassuming couples seem to be a popular choice for this year’s feature article.  Without further ado, here’s the Best Weddings of 2011 from January to December! (note: clicking on the name of the contributing supplier will direct you to more wedding photos or onsite video of the couple) Oyo Sotto + Kristine Hermosa 12 January | Club Balai Isabel photo by Nelwin Uy “Oyo & Tin’s will always make it on top of our list of most memorable weddings. Unlike other celebrity couples, they were beyond the flaunting of their beautiful wedding.  They opt to make it intimate and private, sans the media coverage from the press or any TV networks. Real life couples like them make us believe in forever and serendipitous endings!” – Bong Sare, videographer John Estrada …

Mango Red goes Transcontinental!

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I was amazed with the artwork in this poster the first time I saw it. I’m digging the vintage feel of it all. This was designed by artist JP Cuison for MangoRed.   MangoRyan wanted us to share this with all the abroad-based [email protected] who may be interested in having a prenup or postnup shoot with them. There are only 20 slots available.  Checkout the poster and see if they are visiting a city near you.  Email [email protected] for inquires or to reserve a slot. 🙂

Valentine’s Day 2011: photos of mass weddings from around the Philippines!

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February 14 is getting to be a popular date for mass weddings held throughout the country.  Here we compile various photographs we found throughout the ‘net of hundreds of Filipino couples choosing to say ‘I do’ on Valentine’s Day. 🙂 Wedding photographer Dino Lara parked at San Agustin church in Intramuros, Manila and learned there was an ongoing mass wedding.  Someone approached him and asked if he could shoot and cover the event.  He gladly obliged. 🙂 [source] In Palawan, western Philippines, at least 150 couples defied the rain by getting married and planting mangrove trees at a ‘Love Affairs with Nature’ themed mass wedding. For better and for worse, Jojie Salminiano and his new wife Analyn were not deterred by the rain. REUTERS [source] A newlywed couple, Joey Bayo, 24 and his wife Lea, 20, plant a mangrove tree after a mass wedding of the theme “Love affairs with Nature”, in San Jose town, Puerto Princesa, Palawan city, western Philippines on February 14, 2011. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco [source] Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) stand in prayer during a mass wedding inside the police headquarters in Manila February 14, 2011. Some 21 couples from the PNP were married for …

A marriage proposal worthy of a headline!

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(via Phil. STAR) For many a Romeo out there, finally popping the big question to his one true love is accompanied by many tense and nerve-wracking moments. Often, the challenge is how to propose in style, in a way that will sweep his ladylove off her feet and make her fall in love with him all over again. This is what Dominic “Nic” Francisco, 27, had in mind when he planned his big proposal to girlfriend Jacquelyn “Jack” Reyes. This time, he didn’t plan a lavish dinner, or a walkway lined with red rose petals; he actually had it “published” on his girlfriend’s favorite newspaper, which happens to be The Philippine STAR. It was like something straight out of a movie, a unique request that even The Philippine STAR couldn’t say no to. Nic, who works as a software developer for Smart Communications, initially thought of doing the proposal in a more traditional fashion. But he thought of a better idea that would surely catch Jack’s attention. “Jack really loves reading, especially The STAR. She spends half the day during weekends reading all the sections of the paper,” he said. He sent an e-mail to The STAR inquiring about a …

“Pinoy Henyo” Proposal

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 “Pinoy Henyo“ is a word-guessing game segment popularized by the noontime show,  Eat Bulaga!  It’s played  pretty much like the “Taboo”  boardgame except that the one giving hints is only allowed to answer “Yes/Oo” or “No/Hindi” to the guesser’s questions related to the word stuck on his/her forehead. In a get-together with friends last Christmas, Nico played “Pinoy Henyo” with his girlfriend, Rea.  Here’s a snapshot while their friends are so kilig as the wedding proposal unfolds. (photo courtesy of Tim Medrano) Such a sneaky way to have the girl “pop the question”, while the guy gets to say “YES!” in return.  hehe

Grow Old With You…

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Saw this posted by photographer Robert Garcia in his FB wall and felt the urge to share it here.  A ‘then-and-now’ split layout with the couple’s portrait as  young newlyweds side-by-side with a recent shot during their golden wedding anniversary celebration.  Indeed, 50 years of being together is a reason to celebrate! Pictures like this tugs the heart and strengthens one’s resolve to believe in happy-ever-afters. Cheers! 🙂 (Sebastian & Luz | Renewal of Vows | 50 years after)

12 wedding photographers, 12 destinations, one Desktop Gallery.

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That pretty much sums up what the theme of next year’s [email protected] Desktop Gallery will be.  The title of our 2011 desk calendar is “Destination Weddings: PHILIPPINES.” Here’s the cover art.  We would like to acknowledge Erron Ocampo — our featured photographer for the month of October — for his freehand illustration of the twelve iconic landmarks for each location as they appear on the cover. The pictures submitted for this collection include images taken from as far as Ilocos in the north, to Zamboanga in the south.  Below is a map where we’ve marked the wedding destination with a thumbnail of the featured photographs. (featured photographers/studios from top left: Richie Macapinlac, Jayson & Jo Anne Arquiza, Erron Ocampo, Fol Rana, Jr., Joey Boquieren, Robert Lester, Nice Print Photo, Paul Vincent, Chito Cleofas, John Mateos Ong of Imagine Nation Photography, Jomel Gregorio, and Lito Genilo of Smart Shot Studio) The [email protected] Desktop Gallery is an annual publication.  The calendar serves as our Holiday token to the [email protected] and to our friends in the wedding industry.  If you are one of the newlyweds whose picture appear in this year’s edition, please do let us know so we could send you a …

A Shanghai Tang inspired wedding!

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Shanghai Tang is one of the stores we never fail to checkout whenever we visit Hong Kong.  The brand is known for its Chinese-inspired clothing and accessories that are modern and trendy.  The stores are usually accentuated by utilizing  bright and vivid colours, from lime greens to brilliant fuchsias. The brand’s image were creatively captured in the 10.10.10 wedding of one Tsinoy couple, Bren & Jehan.  Here are some photographs from the said wedding as captured by Jervy Santiago, who happens to be the couple’s batchmate in St. Jude, the Chinese Catholic school beside Malacañang. the couple’s 10-10/double happiness wedding logo   the bridal trousseau the flower girl and the bearer   at the reception flowers & styling   a rickshaw for the Grand Entrance To see more images from the wedding, click here. Photographs from the couple’s prenup session are posted here.

Mt. Pulag: a prenup pictorial 2,600 meters above sea level!

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Mount Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon. The borders between the highland provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya meet at this mountain’s peak. Depending on the trail, a climb may take between one to four days. Raymond Fortun spent two nights in this mountain for the prenup shoot of Toto & Janine who are both adventure travelers.  Needless to say, those two nights also meant having to sleep on hard bare ground in freezing temperatures. Here’s one shot atop the mountain’s grassland summit of the couple’s backpacks that seem to look out towards the sea of clouds. To view the rest of the set, head on to Raymond Fortun’s multiply album. For the photographer’s account of this prenup trek, read his notes: The Challenges of a Mountain Shoot.

Linear Portraits by Eric Cachero

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Eric Cachero is a visual artist whose body of work consists of paintings, sketches, graphics and other commercial design works. My initial encounter of Eric’s work wasn’t through an art gallery.  On the contrary, it was via the wall photos/profile pics of a couple of mutual friends in Facebook.  And those led me to his album full of line art like the ones below. (click the image to see more) To me, the images looked like the headshots seen along the bylines of newspaper columnists. So impressed that I sent Eric a private message to ask if he’d be willing to do the same for soon-to-weds who may be interested to have their portraits done by him.  I figured some couples may want to have their line drawings printed on their wedding invite or in their souvenir mug or something. For a simple sketch such as those above, it cost P1,500/person (plus P500/additional person). Aside from a soft copy/digital output, he’ll also hand a 12 x 15 hard copy in Giclee prints.  All he needs is a clear and high resolution photograph of the subject. He can produce the artwork in a matter of days after client’s approval. By the …

Mrs. Hoodie – a bride’s new ‘status’ symbol!

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Been seeing bling-bling hoodies like the one above in wedding photos and onsite videos of some [email protected] for quite some time now.  But it’s only now that I learned that it’s from Ade Sy-Singson, herself a former [email protected] and now runs Runway Brides which sells these hoodies that has literally become a bride’s new ‘status’ symbol. 😉 “Suprise your husband-to-be and your guests as you proudly carry your new surname!” — that’s how Ade puts it. And reading the brides’ testimonials in Runway Bride’s fanpage, the grooms seem pleased. The new in-laws should be, too! 🙂

Rajo puts a ring on it!

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(via Fashion designer Rajo Laurel is not only known for his romantic and feminine gowns and dresses. His cobweb dress was recently featured on the cover of international fashion bible Women’s Wear Daily on February 9 (he did the same cobweb technique for Rica Peralejo’s wedding gown overlay as seen here – J&B). Rajo’s impeccable fashion sense extends to other things — such as sheets, cakes, and mattresses. Now, he turns his eye for the exquisite to jewelry, partnering with Iloilo-based F&C Jewelry to create ten wedding bands that are almost works of art. “We sell love, just like him,” said F&C’s Marissa Florete Gorriceta. (see the other ring designs in Rajo’s blog) Wedding rings symbolize eternity and commitment. The practice of wearing one’s wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand stems from the Greek belief that the vena amoris or “vein of love” ran from the heart to the tip of the ring finger. Today, couples exchange rings to signify their eternal commitment to each other. In the Philippines, classic, traditional designs are still favored while white gold is becoming the trend. “Designing jewelry is something natural to me,” said Laurel, whose grandmother taught him …

Auspicious Wedding Dates for 2010!

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Chinese Lunar Horoscope (Year of the Golden Tiger) Kung Hei Fat Choi! If you have already chosen a wedding date and it doesn’t appear on our auspicious list, don’t fret! The ‘good’ dates indicated in our annual list are meant as general guide only.  Weekend dates are in boldface so they will be easier to spot. Although those dates are based on tung shu (Chinese Almanac) and appeared in the list from at least three different sources, we do not claim that we have the final say on the matter. We advise soon-to-weds who value feng shui to consult with a professional and trusted feng shui master by giving each of their birthdates and exact birth time (sometimes even birth information of the parents from both sides) for a more accurate analysis. Head on to our list of Auspicious Wedding Dates for 2010!