Wednesday, July 27, 2011

supplier shortlist: wedding videographers

i must admit, i've been watching wedding videos for over a year before i even got engaged! i don't recall exactly how it started, but i'm guessing it was from friends, officemates, and former schoolmates who were getting married left and right and posting their videos on the net. i loved watching these highly emotional "mini chick flicks" if i may call them that, thanks to an (over)abundance of highly skilled, highly talented videographers in the country today. it was the ultimate guilty pleasure *whee!*

but now that i have every right to indulge in what mighty B would call absolute wedding madness <insert evil laugh muwahahahaha...!>, i'm quite proud to share with you some of the best wedding videographers we've found, carefully handpicked by us :) while we could only afford to book 1 video supplier for our wedding (DUH!), all of these suppliers are nothing short of amazing and have their own unique qualities. i reckon this might be a lame attempt at describing what their work is like, but i'll still try! i just hope i do them justice :) time for me to shush up and just let the videos do the talking...

so read on, watch, fall in love, and if you're a bride, hopefully take your pick. they're so beautiful i can almost cry! *sigh!* :)

why not begin with the one i've stalked for the longest! threelogy's best videos, as far as i'm concerned, have three major components: a destination wedding, lots of lovely details, and great musicality. among all the videographers i've seen i really think their edge is their impeccable timing to music. myself and B, both being very detail-oriented, have this penchant for shots that progress just as the music does. lots of detail shots + perfect timing with music = goosebumps!

Jun and Vanesa from Bong Sare on Vimeo.
other must-see videos: punta fuego and shangri-la boracay

john de guzman of cinemaworks is definitely one of my best finds. i came across his name from a local forum and when i checked out his site i found this set of videos which he made for this year's w@w supplier of the year awards. i was shocked at how good he was! cinemaworks is perhaps the most consistent videographer we've seen, consistent in that their videos keep getting better every time! not to mention, i love love love the colors they use, and they also do amazingly well with non-SDE videos. super plus for the final edit! :)

Don and Aileen Save the date from John de Guzman on Vimeo.

bob nicolas
if you want to remember all of the mixed emotions during your wedding day (not just from you but from everyone else who was there!), get bob nicolas! he's best at capturing raw emotions and telling these lovely boy-meets-girl stories in his SDE's. but i think he seriously up'd his game when i saw this video. OMG. can you say hollywood film?! :O

read the rest of the video's story here.

mayad studios
for couples who want to look and feel like they're in a commercial, mayad is definitely for you! their videos have this dreamy feel to them and look uber high tech (think action film slow-mo's and all these other funky editing tricks i don't know of!). you know, the kind that makes you go, WTF!?! genius. nuff said! 

marie and noah from Mayad Studios on Vimeo.

mg digital
one of the most beautiful weddings and wedding videos i've seen is actually from an officemate, and their video was done by MG. gorgeous setting + gorgeous details, perfect shots + perfect timing... i mean, seriously, i have no words left to say! so to cap off this blog post, i bring you the same day edit of ian and janna, masterfully shot and edited by MG Digital videos. one of the reasons why i got hooked to watching these things in the first place. oh what love! 

Ian & Janna from Mervin Gobaco on Vimeo.


Friday, July 15, 2011

supplier shortlist: wedding photographers

if you've read my previous posts you might well be aware by now that this whole wedding blogging thing has its limits. :P i can't exactly tell you who our wedding suppliers will be (to avoid setting any expectations). besides, i think it will kill all the drama and suspense leading up to zee wedding day. i've therefore decided that i'll be writing suppliers reviews instead, and in the process hopefully help other brides decide on who to get.

so without further ado, here is my first attempt at writing what will now hopefully be a regular Supplier Shortlist. :)

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if my wedding gown was my non-negotiable, among B's top priorities include the photographer and videographer. this was his absolute no-scrimp-zone. even if it meant spending a whopping *toot*k, he was willing to spend for it arguing that photos/videos are the only thing that will remain after the wedding shmedding. aside from your love for each other and the wedding bands to remind you of course. *hee* in any case, here are three of our picks for wedding photographers, in no particular order. there's a bajillion other talented photographers our there i know, so we narrowed it down to these three. i leave it up to you to ponder on who we officially booked for our big day! :)

john mateos ong
who doesn't like john mateos ong? JMO was one of bryan's top picks before we started planning. he is the pioneer of imagine nation and i honestly believe he is the modern wedding photographer who set the standards for wedding photography as it is today. much like what jason magbanua is to wedding videography. but that's just my opinion. check out the works of imagine nation and you'll know what i mean :) i seriously don't think anyone can go wrong with getting him!

nelwin uy
i love the fact that nelwin uy's branding color of choice is this warm kind of mango yellow. very easy and pleasing to the eyes, just like his photos and his lighting. i am a big fan of natural tones and (no offense to anyone) i find blue/ purple undertones and impossibly high contrast lighting a tad bit tacky for my taste especially when overdone. i don't think you'd want to look back at your photos 50 years from now and have to wonder how your wedding reeaally looked like back then. nelwin does none of this fake looking stuff. good enough for me!

j lucas reyes
i first came across j's work from a friend's wedding and again while browsing through cecilio abad's website which featured this photoshoot. so when i finally came  to browsing his website, i... just... drooled. i can almost call him the master of natural lighting and natural skin tones. no fuss, but as straightforward as what you see with your own two eyes. if you frequent and think those wedding shots are ohsogorgeous, you're sure to love JLR's work!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

if the shoe fits!

according to capital b, i have three shopping phases: shoes, bags, and clothes. and they have a cyclical pattern such that when i'm done satisfying my appetite for shoes, i go on looking for a matching bag... and then new outfits to match... and then shoes again...and so on. you get the picture. :P

and i guess it's true for online-window-shopping as well. or maybe this whole wedding planning thing. once i'm done obsessing with the venue, i go on obsessing with the gown or gownsssss, then flowers, then table settings, then hairstyles, then this, then that, then the venue again, and the gowns...must...not...miss...any...details!!! :P HAHAHA! i can almost imagine B's eyes rolling after an overdose of all the girly things i need to tell him or "ask his opinion about". *hee* it's fun being a girl. and an engaged girl at that. hehe.

anyways, onto the real topic. i've been looking for shoes for quite sometime now and haven't really found anything that made me order it in an instant. and i don't intend to buy my wedding shoes here either. it's always hard to find good comfy shoes around here! bah. so hopefully i can get mine shipped from the US or have my folks bring it home. or maybe we have time (and the budget?) for a quick sidetrip to Hong Kong?!? wishful thinking. in any case, here are some shoes which i think could make it to the wedding day. i've been meaning to get good old comfy nine wests, but i've been seeing a lot of badgley mischka shoes in wedding blogs and whatnot. i wonder if they're comfy enough for a whole day affiar? cute though!


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