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Through Our Fathers’ Eyes

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While the wedding day is probably the most exciting moment in a bride’s or a groom’s life, we probably can’t say the same thing for a dad. The day can be filled with mixed emotions. Excitement because there’s a new member of the family. Overwhelming love because all the people that he loves is gathered in one joyous occasion. At the same time, there’s probably a teeny bitty of dread because it feels like losing someone. In some cases, the dad may be either sick or has passed on. But even this may be the situation, couples still find a way to make them part of this beautiful milestone. Our love for our dads run deep. And today, Father’s Day, we show you how much dads love our brides and grooms. Bring out the tissues, everyone.

Happy 17th Wedding Anniversary Veluz and Rene!

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Funny how things turn out. This sketch was supposed to be posted way before the WaW Videofest BIO: Veluz last May. But things got so busy and it was sent last night with no prodding. Coincidentally it’s their anniversary today. I think she thought about this because it’s their anniversary and I thought how apt it would be to be sketching and reminiscing and fantasizing about a wedding when you’re feeling giddy. See? Everything falls into proper places at the right time. Happy 17th wedding anniversary,  Rene and Veluz! So here I am so proud and excited to let you read Veluz’s own words on What She Will Wear If She is Getting Married Today… Benz, Madge, Mimi, Ernest and I were chatting one afternoon when Benz asked me what I will wear if I am to get married today. I got excited and asked her back, “Waitttttt!! So, am I 26 again? With a 25 1/2” waistline? Weighing 105 lbs?!?” I started daydreaming–visions of me in that dress, with that veil, and those shoes. Portraits! Thousands of pictures in that dress with that flawless make-up and well done hair! Ahhh to be a bride again! Imagine what I can do …

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Official Photos of the Paul Soriano-Toni Gonzaga Wedding

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WaW’s The Groom Code columnist Oly Ruiz has released the official wedding photos of Paul Soriano and Toni Gonzaga. The director and the actress are really perfect together. Metrophoto‘s Oly Ruiz was gracious to share some behind-the-scene photos from the Soriano-Gonzaga wedding and you will only see those here in WaW. And here are some of the official wedding photos!   For more photos, do check out Metrophoto’s blog.

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Paul Soriano, Toni Gonzaga Holds Second Pre-Wedding Shoot

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We all loved the National Museum-themed pre-wedding shoot of director Paul Soriano and actress Toni Gonzaga.  But the couple has another idea in mind–a second pre-wedding shoot with Pat Dy. We asked Pat Dy for some inside scoop regarding this pre-wedding. shoot. When did the couple approach you for the pre-nup shoot? Matagal na from the date Toni asked if I was free for her wedding. Sadly, I wasn’t available before so we discussed about having the prenup shoot. What happened in the first encounter? We’ve been friends way before pa. We shot a few covers of Toni. We met and shot Paul before, too. What was the theme of the shoot or video? What is the significance of the theme? To be as relaxed and simple as possible since I’ve shot Toni always with a glam team for her covers etc. Para maiba and Paul is a very chill, laidback person. He is more comfy shooting in a relaxed environment. Other themes that were discarded? It was just that theme or another concept theme that didn’t push through for another editorial magazine. How were they as subject of the photo/video? What were your impressions? We just had fun since I know both of them already from previous shoots. I do know …

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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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Aisle Do: DIY Your Escort Cards/Seating Cards and Place Cards

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Another W@W Columnist debuts today. Ernest Pascual is aptly dubbed by W@Wie Luzel as Details Diva. He has this knack of making little details to complete the look. His expertise on materials and OC-ness is also a great plus. He wil be our resident DIY guru here with the help of Adrian Ardiente, who will be in charge of shooting the how-to’s. Let’s all learn with them. Our aim is to give you and other soon-to-wed couples ideas on how you can personalize your wedding by doing simple do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. We also want to help you create some lovely details to make your wedding extra special. We will tell you what materials to source, the step-by-step procedure, and how the details we have designed look during an actual wedding. Escort Cards/Seating Cards A guest list is important in any social function and a wedding is not an exception. If you are having assigned tables at your reception, then you need escort cards, also known as seating cards. These cards will direct guests to their assigned tables. Usually, the names of the guests with their assigned tables are printed or handwritten. Then, all of these cards are arranged alphabetically by …

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Toni Gonzaga, Paul Soriano and their Pre-Wedding Shoot

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Metrophoto has just released the pre-wedding photos of director Paul Soriano and actress Toni Gonzaga! We asked Oly Ruiz, the genius behind Metrophoto, for what went on during the pre-wedding shoot! When did Paul Soriano and Toni Gonzaga approach you for their pre-nup shoot? Oly: We talked about shooting the pre-nup very early on. Our first meeting was several months ago. Are you also doing their wedding? Oly: Yes, Metrophoto is the official wedding photographer for the wedding. What was the theme of the shoot? What’s the significance? Were there other themes that were discarded? Oly: Toni fell in love in the character of the National Museum when they shot a TV ID for ABS-CBN there. It’s one of her top choices for her prenup shoot location. What were your suggestions? Oly: We discussed several themes including out-of-the country shoots but due to schedule conflicts we decided to shoot this one instead. What happened during the shoot? Oly: The National Museum is very strict with their policy and they didn’t allow us to shoot inside the galleries. But we made the best of the situation by making a gallery out of the places they allowed us to shoot. We prepared our own busts and …

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50 Golden Years for the Golden Couple

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I wrote this piece before the untimely death of my father on May 26, 2015. It’s unfortunate he did not get the chance to read this. This is a tribute to his marriage to my mom. -Abet Wedding anniversaries are not a celebration of perfect marriages. We all know there is no such thing. Rather, it’s a celebration of imperfect couples choosing to stay together despite the problems and imperfections. My parents, Boy and Perla Rana, should have been celebrating their 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary exactly today. But it was not meant to be. The date was June 7, 1965 when they exchanged I dos. But I guess it wasn’t a wedding the kind of wedding my parents had envisioned. Lumban Express My hometown in Lumban, Laguna played an pivotal rode in the marriage of my folks. It was the mid-1960s, way before I was even conceived, when my dad accompanied my mom to his hometown as she stood as ninang in the baptism of the eldest child (Ate Cecil) of my dad’s older brother (Tito Celso). Mom had to spend the night in Lumban before they head back to Aurora province where my mom’s parents stay. My mom then was staying in a …

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2015 WaW Videofest: An Interview with Veluz

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That night she was rendered speechless after watching six films about her. The bubbly lady suddenly turned tearful, mushy and tongue-tied while standing in front of almost 300 of her fans. Mic in hand, she stammered through her thanks. But the humble person inside won over and through her overwhelmed state pushed her to call out her staff to join her up front to share the limelight. Not a bit contrived. All real. All sincere. All heart. That’s who Veluz is. That’s why is she is loved. The 2015 WaW Videofest chose Veluz as the feature for its third run. According to Benz Co-Rana, Mimma to the WaW community, “Veluz is an inspiration to so many people in so many ways. It’s difficult to capture all of her in just one film. Even the six that we produced about her for this videofest does not completely capture her enigma.” Benz adds, “By creating six different films on her, we hoped to give people different views of this fascinating woman: the designer, the boss, the daughter, sister, friend, mother and friend. For wedding suppliers, so much can be learned of Veluz’s work ethics. Her amazing relationship with her staff is something that I would …

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2015 WaW Videofest Presents Veluz

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The 2015 WaW Videofest might be over, two weeks ago to be exact. But the magic of the night still lingers on. This year’s edition of the much-awaited WaW Videofest featured the life and work of the Queen of the Aisle and brides’ favorite wedding gown designer, Veluz Puno-Reyes. The well-attended event held at the Cinema 3 of the Power Plant Mall in Rockwell, Makati brought together people of the WaW community to celebrate brides-favorite and everyone’s sweetheart, Veluz. The Videofest featuring six wedding videographers were handpicked by Veluz and trimmed down further by WaW founders, John and Benz Rana, to chronicle the life and work of famed gown designer Veluz. The jam-packed theater, which seats almost 300, welcomed two batches of avid Veluz fans. Veluz arrived surrounded by family members, including hubby and number one advisor, Rene, and their children and Veluz’s parents. In the short program that followed each showing, a clearly emotional Veluz gave her thanks to the people involved in the project. Ever the humble soul, she called her entire staff to the front to share this special moment with her. The complete cast, stars and makers of the 2015 WaW Videofest: Veluz, John and Benz Rana, the …

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W@W Videofest: Veluz by Jason Magbanua

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You may think of this the close encounter of the artistic geniuses. How else would you describe international wedding videographer, Jason Magbanua, doing the finale for the 2015 WaW Videofest for fellow world-renowned gown designer, Veluz Puno-Reyes? Jason knows all too well the pulse of the WaW Videofest, having been part of the first run in 2009 and having been the subject of the 2011 Videofest. Now that this year’s event puts the spotlight on Veluz, Jason once again takes to his comfort zone, behind the lens. When asked what the videofest means to him, his answer was, “I think the unspoken thing about this, it’s a friendly competition. So no matter how friendly we are, all these people are my ‘compares’, it’s still a friendly competition. Not to outdo each other but to just push ourselves individually of what we can do. Because the cinema, it’s a platform that we rarely get the chance to have. And regardless of how close the topic is or even if it doesn’t have mass appeal, because still the niche is wedding or to be limited about it it’s about Weddings at Work in general, it’s still a great platform to be featured …

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W@W Videofest: Veluz by Threelogy

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Watching Threelogy’s film on Veluz and her staff for the 2015 WaW Videofest, I couldn’t figure out whether to cry or laugh or do both at the same time. How can a film be hilarious and moving at the same time? Only one team can pull off this insanely profound narrative on wedding gown designer star, Veluz, Threelogy. Their film on Veluz for the recently concluded 2015 W@W Videofest proves once more the creative insanity of Bong, CJ and Jon. The Three Stooges of the Philippine wedding world they truly are. Threelogy and Veluz have long been friends, having worked on countless weddings for the past 11 years. Outside of the wedding scene, Veluz is still their go-to designer, says Bong Sare, 1/3 guy of Threelogy. It’s not surprising then that the trio has established a high level of familiarity with the uber super staff of Veluz. And it shows in the video. The video trio effortlessly coaxes personal memories from Veluz’s team and brings to light the love that abounds in this little busy workshop somewhere in Manila. Threelogy’s film for the 2015 WaW Videofest centers on the amazing team behind the Veluz brand. Practically closing down the shop …

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W@W Videofest: Veluz by Ian Cruz

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No matter how great the admiration of the public is of an artist’s work, it does not carry as much weight as the opinions of her peers. With friends an artist finds her hardest critics or her most loyal fans. While true that brides here and abroad rave about her gorgeous designs, we still can’t help but ponder on what Veluz’s colleagues in the wedding industry think of her. Ian Cruz, a long-time W@W Videofest contributor, gathered 16 of Veluz’s closest friends in the business sans the designer, set them up in a studio with instructions to share their guiltless opinion of Veluz. Imagine a dinner get-together of several friends with the singular purpose of shamelessly talking about the one person who’s not in the room. Something like the “Gossip Girls and Guys of the Wedding Biz” kind-of-episode. Ian’s goal as the film’s director was to capture the spontaneity and honesty of a “barkada’s kwentuhan.” To achieve this he set up several cameras around the groupie and clipped mics on each person so that no remark could escape. What happened next resulted in more than 2 hours of juicy material that had to be crammed into 15 short minutes. Ian has …