There’s always been something magical in going to new places. The allure of new sights, meeting and mingling with the locals, learning about the place’s rich culture — it’s no surprise that traveling makes you fall in love. Such was the magic of Cambodia that the couple Feli and Jo-ann decided to hold their engagement session amidst its breathtaking charm.
Jo-ann will share with us today their remarkable experience on choosing a destination engagement shoot, and the bits-and-pieces of what inspired them to come up with this enchanting e-sesh with their very talented photographer Gail Bitoon of Foreveryday Photography.
From the bride Jo-ann on their engagement:
“Feli and I love to travel. One of the places in our bucket list is Siem Reap, Cambodia because of its grandeur and old world charm. I realized that it would be great to have one of our engagement shoots abroad and have it in Siem Reap. It was the one of most beautiful places we have visited. The beautiful people, the majestic Angkor Wat and the surreal feeling of being engaged and having our photos taken in one of the most picturesque locations in the world.”
“On the day that we arrived it was raining and locals said it was the same weather for 2 weeks straight. My photographer and I were a little worried because we might not be able to get the good shots because of not enough lightning. Come the day of the shoot though, the most awesome thing happened. For 12 straight hours, the sun was up and it was the best lighting we could have hoped for! It was at that moment we realized how lucky we were in this part of the world. We felt so small compared to the majestic Angkor complex and its out-of-this-world architecture.
For the shoot, I want to merge my 2 interests. Love of fashion and culture. I chose bold colorful outfits with the temples as our backdrop. We were so happy that all photos came our great!”
I’m sure you will all be sooo happy too cherries! Here are the rest of these oh-so-captivating photos of Feli and Jo-ann’s Camboa
Don’t you sometimes feel that preparing for a wedding has become a “competition”? In the aim to have the best and get the best, together with all the external pressures brides get to have THE perfect wedding - from Pinterest perfect weddings to heck, even wedding blogs (guilty!) – wedding preparation has become an immense job of prepping up and competing with other brides to be the first to book the creme de la creme of wedding suppliers, and be the first to get the top wedding venues known. Such are the costs of aiming for that “perfect” day. So while others reel over weddding details, the practical bride will do away with all the unneccesary drama and stick to what she thinks are just the “essentials.” Afterall, the most important details of that “perfect” day cannot be found in your perfectly printed invites, or in that to-die-for reception decor. What matters most is that you and your partner-for-life are over-the-moon happy and you are surrounded by your loved ones and friends.
Today’s movie inspiration, Bride Wars, will remind us that relationships are more important than material things and that even the simplest celebration can turn out to be elegant.
To achieve this look, go for simple highlights in the shades of soft pinks and blush. Have a simple bridal bouquet, like this small pretty bundle of dahlia and roses. Minimal details for your invites will tell the guests that the wedding will be an intimate celebration and this kind of low-key reception decor does not have to mean lacking and understated (even if you skip the hanging decorations, I think it would still turn out fine), rather should evoke a modern and elegant vibe.
I cannot even begin how jealous I am with today’s couple Patrick and Blesel. Why? Well, here’s why — they had the most fiery red vintage Chevy truck at their disposal for their e-sesh! Yeah, that’s why! It’s no secret that we initially wanted a vintage Chevy truck for my bridal “car”. But since we couldn’t find one here in Manila, we decided to go with a Herbie VW Beetle (which, we love just the same).
Seeing Patrick and Blesel having lots of fun posing with their vintage red truck gives me so much joy! It’s like they’re living THE dream for me. Tee-hee! And how Paopao Sanchez captured this happy e-sesh gives me something to swoon for! I have always loved how Paopao’s photographs exude a certain vibrant vibe. I am not an expert in photography but I’ve always loved his lighting and how he always makes the colors in his every capture look so “alive”.
Radiant smiles and a red vintage Chevy truck. Best combination ever! Happy Wednesday, cherries!