Dino Lara named [AG]WPJA’s 2007 Photographer of the Year!

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    [AG]WPJA (Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association) is an international organization which encourages creative image enhancement and post-processing to promote fine art among wedding photojournalists. For the year 2007, the artistic guild named Dino Lara as it’s Photographer of the Year. Some of Dino’s works have been consistently figuring in the association’s quarterly contests but this image clinched his ascend to the top spot. Here’s a list of the current standing of various wedding photographers in [AG]WPJA. Note that another Pinoy, Rene Gaviola, figured in the 23rd spot. Congratulations Dino & Rene! Mabuhay kayo! 🙂

Pinoys featured as WPPI’s Member of the Month!

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Marc & Phoebe Aviles are two award-winning Pinoy photographers and the husband-and-wife tandem who recently setup the Memory Station Studio based in San Jose, California. Both of them are currently featured as Member(s) of the Month in the April edition of the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) newsletter. Here’s an excerpt from their interview in the article entitled “Two is Company“ written by Margaret Lane detailing the couple’s style as wedding photographers: “Our signature look is to incorporate landscape or scenery along with the couple and let the colors shout. Marc is a great landscape and nature photographer who has a knack for making the most of these outdoor settings and putting couples at ease,” says Phoebe. Marc even shared about a new look they’re dabbling in, calling it “an investment in infrared photography.” He elaborates, “Using a Canon 20D, which we converted to an infrared, we take the shot even further to produce surreal or ethereal moods. We added this look after falling in love with the eeriness and mysterious feel of the infrared shots. The trees and leaves become reflected in the sunlight differently and give a different impression, the skin becomes flawless, the brown eyes become …

[email protected] Desktop Gallery

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2004 Weddings in Photographs 2005 – volume one Butterfly Kisses 2005 – volume two Hitched 2006 Altar Bound 2007 – volume one I WILL. – a promise of forever 2007 – volume two I DID! – the beginning of ever-after 2008 XOXO – hugs & kisses 2009 – volume one Happy : ) Happy 2009 – volume two Happy :’) Tears 2010 Ten-Ten-Te-Ten 2011 Destination Weddings: PHILIPPINES 2012 Green 2013 Save the Date 2014 Lovin’ Limang Taon About this Publication: The [email protected] Desktop Gallery is our annual desk calendar which features the works of twelve (12) noted Filipino wedding photographers. It is release every end of November in time for distribution in the annual [email protected] Christmas Party and [email protected] Awards. The photograph in the collection of this annual gallery is unified by a given theme. Pertinent contact information of each participating photographer is included within the month and page his/her work is featured. A limited copies of this [email protected] desk calendar is available at [email protected] Sari Sari Store at P100. (US $2.00) each. Contact Info: If you are a wedding photographer and wish to be included in the next year’s calendar, please contact: 0917.850.1026 (Benz) or email: [email protected]

Bride’s Yellow Pages (BYP)

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The Philippines’ Most Updated & Comprehensive Wedding Directory ISSN 1656-8931 (2003 Maiden Edition) (2004-2005 Edition) (2005-2006 Edition) (2006-2007 Edition) (2007-2008 Edition) (2008-2009 Edition) (2010 Edition) (2011 Edition) (2012-2013 Edition) (2013-2014 Edition) (2014-2015 Edition) About this Title: If WeddingsAtWork.com ([email protected]) made the wedding industry accessible through the web, the Bride’s Yellow Pages (BYP) made it easier by compiling everything into one handy bag-sized directory that any bride (or groom) could bring everywhere. [email protected] takes pride by not just listing the who’s who but also the up-and-coming in the local bridal industry. Products and services are listed down per category from Church & ceremony venues down to honeymoon destinations. Know the contact information for those wedding must-haves and the nice-to-have, from wedding essentials to the littlest bridal niceties. Coming out with a new edition anually is credited to all our valued advertisers. We sincerely appreciate their support which serves as the lifeblood of this undertaking. Without them, this coming up with a yearly update wouldn’t be possible at all. Availability: The latest edition of BYP is available at The Wedding Library (SM North Edsa & Megamall branches) at P100 a copy. Contact Info: For ad placements, circulation & book orders, please contact:0917.850.1026 …

The [email protected] Wedding Primer

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Every Pinoy Soon-to-Wed’s Guide to the Big Day & Beyond ISSN 1656-894X (2003 Maiden Edition) (2004 Anniversary Edition) (2005 Beauty & Fitness Special) (2006 Color Trends, Auspicious Dates & more!) (2007 Packed with more tips from Wedding Suppliers) (2008 6th Edition) (2009 7th Edition) (2010 8th Edition) (2011-2012 9th Edition) (2012-2013 10th Edition) (2013 11th Edition) About this Title: The [email protected] Wedding Primer is a guidebook to Filipino weddings. This serves as the perfect companion of our other title- Bride’s Yellow Pages (BYP). It is a handy bag-size book written with the detail-conscious bride in mind–giving her an indispensable reference guide in planning her big day. Together with lists, checklists and fill-in planning forms, the book features brief yet concise articles containing time-tested advice from industry experts coupled with “life-tested” tips from actual brides and newlyweds. Availability: The latest edition of BYP is available at The Wedding Library (SM North Edsa & Megamall branches) at P100 a copy. Contact Info: For ad placements, circulation & book orders, please contact: 0917.850.1026 (Benz) or email: [email protected]

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Cardinal Rosales to NSO: Priests know best in sanctifying marriage

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(via GMANews.tv) Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales on Sunday said he was dismayed by recent move of the National Statistics Office (NSO) to require all solemnizing officers to undergo training before conducting any wedding ceremonies. “We understand the concern of NSO because we also know of abuses done by the so called ministers of the Gospel (not priests), but they should not be like that to us, as if we know nothing,” Rosales said. According to Rosales, the Catholic Church had been performing marriage for more than 2,000 years now and it is really disheartening on their part. “The truth of the matter is we have been solemnizing weddings for 2,000 years already and now they are going to teach us how? Now we are going to see who is really more capable,” Rosales said in an interview. Rosales, who is also the head of the Commission on Clergy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) noted that while he understands the decision of the government, it should however not be made to appear as if they know nothing as priests. [READ MORE…]

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Homer & Marge Simpson weds!

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Aside from the subject and the accompanying image for this entry, I must admit that nothing else in this post is wedding-related. This is actually just a random thought about The Simpsons Movie as one of us is a BIG fan of the show. Though there was a part in the movie when Homer was watching their wedding video, this is not the point of this post.The film is entertaining not in the big Hollywood blockbuster kinda way, but the creators clearly had fun making the movie with the intention to sometimes mess up with the audience. Don’t expect much, it’s the TV show on the big screen. If this weekend you’re already in Megamall visiting the Wedding Congress, why not hit the cinemas afterward to watch. It’s fun! More of my random thoughts about the movie here.

Lea Salonga’s “Two Words”

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  Included in Lea Salonga‘s latest album — Inspired — is her official wedding song “Two Words.” The Broadway star first sung the song in her wedding back in January of 2004 as she serenaded her groom — Robert Chen — just before reciting her vows. Composed by Louie Ocampo and penned by Freddie Santos as a wedding gift to the couple, the album version was arranged by her brother, Gerard Salonga. Inspired is currently available in record bars and can be pre-ordered now via Amazon (release date on Thursday: Feb. 22). Read its lyrics below. You’d get to hear the song from the YouTube video below which includes clips from their actual wedding. TWO WORDS (music by Louie Ocampo, lyrics by Freddie Santos)  In a while, in a word Every moment now returns For a while, seen or heard How each mem’ry softly burns  Facing you who brings me new tomorrows I thank God for yesterdays How they led me to this very hour How they led me to this place  Every touch, every smile you have given me in care Keeping heart, always I’ll now be treasuring everywhere And if life should come to just one question Do …

Church Directory updated!

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We’d like to announce that the pictures are back in our Church Directory! The images are courtesy of Dino Lara and Fol Rana,. Jr.–two lensmen who jump-started their career in wedding photography thru [email protected] and the [email protected] back in 1999. Visit our Church Directory to view the images of some of these popular ceremony venues.

What Date is Today?

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Welcome! We’re glad you found your way to this page. We know we’ve been a little naughty today but it’s all for the sake of good clean fun. If you don’t find it funny, LIGHTEN UP! =) The page you’ve just been is literally our ‘mirror site‘. Like we’ve always said, [email protected] is not your typical stiff, lifeless and automated wedding website. It’s a site run by real people with some sense of humor! Read the back story how we came up with this loony idea. April Fooled yah! =)

Join us for “Breakfast”

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We have been invited to guest in Breakfast at Studio 23 tomorrow (Wednesday). Though being interviewed LIVE on national TV scares the hell out of us, the prospect of promoting [email protected] is just too hard to pass up. If you’re an early-riser, try to catch it. We do hope it goes well. 🙂

Lea Salonga on the cover of Inside Weddings!

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Our very own, Lea Salonga is on the cover of the Fall 2004 issue of Inside Weddings — the insider’s guide to weddings with style. For the cover shoot, the Broadway star dons her actual Monique Lhuillier bridal gown which the celebrity designer named “The Lea” in honor of her equally talented Filipina client. The feature is in the Real Weddings section of the magazine and details her wedding vendors, some of which are also celebrated Filipino talents (Juan Sarte, Veloso Brides, Andy Tecson Photography, Rajo Laurel, Lila Almario, etc.).  The article also includes several photographs taken by Tecson during the big day itself. The cover story, written by Aimee Manis, entitled “Melody of Love“ retells Lea’s love story with Robert Chien from their first meeting, his proposal, and upto the January 10, 2004 altar date in California.  Here’s an except: “Fitting with her vibrant personality, Lea chose a color scheme of deep cranberry and ivory with subtle gold accents for the elegant winter wedding. To the couple’s delight, the florist executed Lea’s vision perfectly, and created a dramatic, elegant scene filled with a huge number of Black Beauty and Black Magic roses. The glorious setting would demand an equally …

Kudos, WPPP!

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  Hundreds of photography enthusiasts, hobbyists, and professionals trooped to the Philippine Trade Training Center last October 14 to 16 to attend the 1st WPPP Photo Congress. Produced by the Wedding and Portrait Photographers of the Philippines (WPPP), the 3- day congress gathered delegates from all over the Philippines including Basilan, Batangas, Zamboanga, Cebu, Iloilo, Bicol, Laoag, and Pampanga. Congratulations to the officers and members of WPPP for mounting this successful and worthwhile endeavor!

Have you heard about CENOMAR?

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Nope, it not a newly listed resort in our directory. CENOMAR is a legal document which actually means CErtificate of NO MArriage Record. Read more about it under our site’s newest section: Law & [email protected] knows that wedding planning is not all about making THE day special, there are the marriage requirements that couples must attend to. We acknowledge Atty. Ryan L. Tanjutco and tanjutcolaw.com for providing [email protected] with relevant legal contents for this new section.