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[email protected] Videofest: Veluz by Notion in Motion

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When a person finds her source of fulfillment, everything she does is cloaked with inspiration. In her family, Veluz finds her purpose. The wedding world knows her as the incredible talent, the designer with a knack for making any bride look her most beautiful on her wedding day. But above and beyond her public persona, for Veluz family is first. This is what Leo and Rupert Nicolas of Notion in Motion capture in their film on Veluz for the 2015 WaW Videofest. The duo puts their video mojo to hard work in presenting a side of Veluz that most people don’t see. Using Veluz’s family members, Leo and Rupert present a personal perspective of this celebrated designer. Leo candidly shares that they were actually shocked when they were invited to be part of the WaW Videofest. But it was also a great privilege for them to be considered for this videofest. It was a validation that the team is truly a part of the WaW wedding community. The youngest and newest videographer in this year’s batch, Leo comes from a family of videographers. His exposure to weddings began as a child, while tagging along with his father who was a wedding photographer. It is just fitting that Leo gets the …

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[email protected] Videofest: Veluz by Bob Nicolas

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The road to success is a tale just as fascinating as the success itself. The story of how a person struggled to live out her passion is often a beautifully poignant journey of finding one’s personal greatness. For the [email protected] Videofest, Veluz, the country’s most sought after wedding gown designer today, opened her life story to Bob Nicolas. The second of the six-part videofest delves into how Veluz nurtured her dream of becoming a designer. With the help of Veluz’s friends, husband and wife tandem Bob and Lette Nicolas masterfully retraced the steps back to when the dream started for Veluz. What stands out in this film is the way Veluz’s story was told. It’s amazing how Bob weaves the thread through the numerous interviews, picking out the most salient parts and organizing them into a storyline that flows effortlessly. It’s almost like how Veluz creates her intricate designs, bead by bead– for Bob, talking head by talking head. This isn’t the first time that Bob and Lette have been on the same path as Veluz. They have worked together on so many weddings in the past several years already. But on this walk Lette realizes what she admires most …

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[email protected] Videofest: Veluz by Cinemaworks

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Whoever said that film festivals only happen in Cinemalaya, or Cannes, Venice or even New York was dead wrong. No need to travel far. In fact, there’s one videofest worth going to. I’m talking about none other than the [email protected] Videofest, another pioneering project of WeddingsAtWork. It was back in 2009 in celebration of [email protected]’s 10th anniversary when John and Benz Rana rallied five of their wedding videographer-friends to create videos about [email protected] This was a huge departure from their usual wedding coverage. It was big challenge for the original 5 videographers to produce videos that forced them out of their box and test their creative mettle. Two years later the second [email protected] Videofest was organized which also featured 5 of the country’s leading videographers but this time with a different theme. A certain videographer had been making waves in the international scene with his distinctive style and artistic savvy. His brand of creativity amazed the world. To celebrate his genius and massive global influence, the 2011 [email protected] Videofest centered on long-time [email protected] friend, Jason Magbanua. This year the spotlight has shifted focus to another genius, to the most sought after wedding gown designer in the Philippines today. Last Tuesday [email protected]

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WaWparazzi: The John Prats-Isabel Oli Wedding

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Who doesn’t remember the flash-mob style surprise proposal of John Prats to Isabel Oli last Sept. 24, 2014? It all started there, and the wedding planning began. The concept of the Four Seasons is something accidental. I was discussing with John and Liv (Isabel’s nickname) about the concept for the prenuptial shoot and it started with the idea that they will shoot in the US. Since there was a planned Prats family trip to the US, and Isabel was going to join them, there we two agenda for the trip: 1) to find the perfect wedding gown and 2) to do their prenup shoot. And because the shoot will be in Big Bear, it was going to be a winter-themed shoot. From there, we all agreed that we would do a four seasons-themed prenup so there will be a connection amongst the four concepts. We all thought it was a great beautiful and unique concept that we decided to use it for the whole wedding theme. Below is copy of the invitation made by Print Divas, where the Four Seasons theme was shown, too. The couple went on a very strict diet since January 2015. They were both into boxing …

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The Groom Code: This Is Our Story

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Finally, you got the girl, the woman of your dreams. There she goes, all glammed up, with her heels so high, smile so bright, and dress so white. There you are, the sleek gentleman you always imagined yourself to be. Donning that classic coat, grinning from ear to ear, at last, the knight in shining armor has arrived. Everything is unbelievably exemplary. You ask yourself how did you ever get to this point so smoothly and what the heck, is next? Being together forever with your ever-beautiful girlfriend is definitely a picture perfect fantasy. Imagine, kneeling on one knee, asking her hand for marriage, getting a “yes,” updating your Facebook relationship status, that’s it, you are engaged. Planning, preparation, and all? Bring it on! Sounds easy right? Nah. Believe me, it’s not as chill as it looks like. Sometimes I wonder why bookstores lack self-help materials about the road to being a groom, a fantastic husband, and everything else in between the life before and after, gulp, the wedding. While our beloved soon-to-be-wives have tons of check-lists, guides, and reading resources about the big day, here we are, clueless on how to physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually prepare for …

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A Look Back at “[email protected] Videofest Presents Jason Magbanua” by Bob Nicolas

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Getting married or not, all humanity knows his name. Jason Magbanua. Like most ultra-famous Pinoys, Jason has his own kind of star. He is the indisputable “VideoStar.” But no matter how bright he shines, there is always that time before now when he was just a regular guy trying to find his place in the world. Fellow wedding videographer Bob Nicolas presents a superb recollection of Jason’s life, when he was “just Jason.” Seen through the eyes of people who knew him long before the fame arrived–his family, his colleagues and close friends–Bob deftly works the intricate details of Jason’s legendary rise through the years. Yes, let us mention here that Bob unearthed quite a few interesting pictures and videos of Jason in his “youth.” *wink* Admired across the planet by video enthusiasts in and out of the wedding world, pursued by brides with a desperation that makes grooms go hmmmmm, Jason is undeniably an enigma. There is more than passion than burns inside this man. He is making history. The guy has superhuman powers. And that swagger. Completely effortless. Remember, he has made it to Manila’s Best Dressed List. So, if you want to know how legends are made, …

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A Look Back at “[email protected] Videofest Presents Jason Magbanua” by Ian Cruz

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Say Philippine wedding videography and what comes next? You got it! Jason Magbanua. So much has been said about this genius, from his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to international stardom. Jason singlehandedly placed the Philippines on the global videography scene. All hail the Master! Still, there is more to the man everyone calls the “Boss.” Who better to give insider info on the guy than the people in his inner circle, the Jason Magbanua Team? Created for the [email protected] Videofest on Jason Magbanua in 2011 by then budding videographer Ian Cruz, this tribute to the Boss is light yet sincere, informative but candid. The stars of the film are the people you never see in front of the camera yet they pulled off their film debut like pros. Ian Cruz, for his part as director, pulls off a Brian de Palma-ish styled video (read: nosebleed) on his idol. You can actually dub his amazing work as “The Film about the Boss, according to His Team Made by a Fan in a Single Take.” Whew! At the time of this project, Ian was still a diamond in the rough. Today he is a well-respected videographer, who has earned his own stripes …

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Toto and Nicolai

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We had a chat with recent bride, Nicolai, about her ranch-themed wedding, to her now husband, Toto Villaruel, held last March 18. She is not a [email protected] but she belongs to the [email protected] Universe. Nicolai Melicor Wedding Photography, herself a wedding supplier, is used to the hustle and bustle involved in a wedding preparation. We were curious about what it was like for her being the bride this time. The wedding was held at El Kabayo, Subic, a western-inspired venue in Pampanga. The wide open spaces of the ranch, surrounded by trees and white picket fences, was the perfect backdrop for Nicolai and Toto’s dream wedding. The entire wedding setup –from the dressing of the tree, to the six long tables that accommodated 50 people for each, from the invites and the calligraphy on small chalk boards, to the bean bags and art materials at the kiddie table, was a collaboration of many great artists from the industry who excitedly worked on making the couple’s dream wedding a reality. Every detail had a different supplier assigned, but all of them had one concept in mind. According to the guests, the styling of all areas were on-point to the theme which …

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A Look Back at [email protected] Videofest by Phoeben and Mango Red

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For the third installment of our [email protected] Videofest Throwback, we proudly bring back the hilarious collaboration of videoman Phoeben Tecson and the comical duo behind Mango Red, Ryan and Randall. During the filming of this video, the pair was just new to the Manila wedding scene but has already made a name for themselves in their home province. Phoeben, a long time [email protected] supplier, presents a quirky take on [email protected] and its purpose with a parody of the hit movie “Forrest Gump.” Since the release of this short film Phoeben has gone on to capture countless love stories of [email protected] Ryan and Randall, on the other hand, decided to abandon their dreams of becoming movie stars in favor of becoming rock stars…of the photography world. Six years after their film debut, Mango Red rekindles their [email protected] connection by lending their superstar skills to the shoot of the Veluz Videofest posters. But for now, it’s time to watch and laugh. Enjoy!

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The New [email protected] Logo

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We’ve been itching to do some tweaking on the [email protected] logo for some time now. When the project to revamp the [email protected] site came about, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for a logo makeover. The [email protected] logo has become a familiar emblem of our community. We didn’t really want to do drastic changes with it. We still wanted the old but also wanted it new. We just needed to find that one perfect something that says everything about [email protected]’s past, present and future. We toyed with images, colors, more color combinations until we asked “What is [email protected][email protected] is community, friendship, bond, love, camaraderie. A sense of belonging. In a word: connectivity. This word sums it up: people and technology. The [email protected] logo is all that – a couple’s dream of the perfect wedding and the work that is needed to achieve that. The @ symbol is for internet technology that connects the people to each other wherever they may be on this planet and allows people to share ideas without boundaries. As for the color blue, in any wedding you need something blue. Putting it all together: W connects to W via the @ in one fluid, solid …

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Welcome to the New [email protected]

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Hi there! Welcome to the new [email protected]! For those who are just discovering us now, [email protected] is the biggest sorority of Filipino brides in the world. This is the girl-groupie where “our men” (aka grooms) are most welcome! More than a website, [email protected] is a real life community that embraces Filipino brides and grooms. Countless couples have joined this groupie as they prepare for their dream wedding. We started [email protected] 16 years ago when we, John and Benz, were preparing for our own wedding. With the wealth of information we gathered from our prep months, the sharing of information just kept going and going. Little did we imagine that our simple wedding blog would turn out to be Weddings At Work. Since then we have sought to provide valuable insights and information to couples who, just like us at the start, were clueless about preparing for their wedding. Along the way, our community embraced wedding suppliers who were just as eager to share their services and expertise to soon-to-weds. This synergistic relationship between couples and suppliers soon defined what [email protected] has come to be known for. In the beginning it is [email protected] who inspired. Now it’s the other way around. …

2015 [email protected] Videofest: Veluz

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  Girls don’t want to be just any bride. They want to be a Veluz Bride. “It’s a girl thing,” as Veluz herself puts in. For several years now Veluz has made so many of these dreams come true with her awesome creations. She seems to weave magic into every piece she makes. When the bride and  gown come together, an inexplicable radiance emanates. We’ve heard of the “bride’s glow,” right? For Veluz Brides, the gown plays a huge part in creating that aura. Veluz is known for her attention to detail. Whether it’s perfecting that flower embroidery or the precise position of a crystal on a swirl, her craftsmanship is impeccable. But more than the dexterity she possesses, what makes her gowns a standout is her ability to make the gown and the bride one with each other. Veluz has the gift to make the gown bring out the true beauty of the bride wearing it. She does this by listening to the person, to that little girl in every bride who has nurtured her dream of becoming the princess bride for so long. By freeing herself from any prejudices, Veluz allows the beauty of the bride to flow, …

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A Look Back at [email protected] Videofest by Threelogy

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Six years ago when [email protected] hosted the first-ever [email protected] Videofest, they turned to long-time [email protected] friend, Threelogy, to create the first video. Having been among the numerous wedding suppliers that owe their beginnings to [email protected], Threelogy eagerly jumped at the opportunity. The short film skillfully captures how the [email protected] Community has helped suppliers start their careers in the wedding industry. Talking heads of now well-established suppliers share their [email protected] stories and the special bond they have with the community. So, take a breather and enjoy this video by Threelogy.

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[email protected] 2015 Desktop Calendar

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Proudly showing off our 2015 Desktop Calendar. Here it is in greater details. Jayson and Jo Anne Arquiza Photography Pictratto Photography Nice Print Photography Redscale Photography Robert Lester’s Digital Profile Blufish Photography Lloyed Valenzuela Photography Ruffa and Mike Photography We Celebrate She & Him Photography Daniel Lei Studio Wishing everyone Double Happiness this year of 2015!

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If the dress fits, the Veluz mode

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While it’s pretty easy to Google body structures vis-a-vis wedding gown designs, it’s not very easy to actually choose a flattering wedding gown for one’s body structure. Call it the battle of wants vs realities. We want something but the style just doesn’t agree with the reality called “current body structure”. We thought it would be a great idea to interview all 3 designers who made it to the top spot of the Weddings at Work Top 10. Yes, they each have Supplier of the Year trophies — Ms. Veluz Puno – Reyes (2005), Mr. Cecilio Abad (2008), and Mr. Boy Kastner Santos (2011). After our interview with Boy Kastner Santos and Cecilio Abad, this is our Part 3 and this time with Veluz Reyes. Q: When a bride comes to you for a gown design and her pegs are totally not possible given her body structure, what do you usually do? A: I explain that we do have the same objective – to make her look her best on her wedding day. I explain why the pegs won’t work given her body frame then offer what I believe will compliment her the most. Q: If the bride wants a …