7 long years. It was worth the wait. The wedding of Carlson & Greziel
Preparation | Abagatan Ti Manila
Ceremony | San Antonio De Padua Nasugbu
Reception | Los Arboles Tagaytay Events Place
Photographers: Joel H. Garcia & Ma-anne Roque-Garcia are professional photographer based in Manila.
A husband & wife photography team who specialize in creative wedding, event & portraiture photography.
Ceremony: San Antonio De Padua, Kaylaway Nasugbu |
Florist: Flowers Bernabe|
Reception: Los Arboles Tagaytay|
Color: Old Rose and Champagne Gold
Q: Describe your wedding in a few paragraphs.
October 1, 2022 was a day full of love, joy and gratitude for me and Carlson, together with our dearest families, relatives and closest friends. Almost everything that we planned and hoped for our big day happened smoothly. My husband and I were already relaxed on that day and we just let everything happened as it is and we were really happy with how our wedding day turned out.
From preparation, ceremony, pictorial and reception, we enjoyed every bit of it. Personally. I almost felt that the time went by slowly during that day. The make up, photo and video shoot during preparation were fun and filled with happy tears, together with our family and friends.
The ceremony felt surreal - seeing the church, my husband and all the guests, walking down the aisle and celebrating the sacrament of matrimony. There's a "this is it, finally!" feeling when we were exchanging our vows. It was a solemn ceremony,exactly the way we wanted it to be.
The shoot after the ceremony was fun and a bit challenging. But we were really grateful for the creativity and support of our suppliers (especially JHG photography). We also had the chance to exchange our personal vows after the ceremony, which completed the 'personal touch' element for our wedding.
The program flow during the reception was mostly non-traditional but still enjoyable for everyone. We felt the overflowing love and support of our family and friends through their messages and well wishes during the program.
We'll surely remember our day with a happy smile for the rest of our lives.
Q: What was it like to have Joel H. Garcia Photography on your day?
My brother actually referred Joel H. Garcia to be our wedding photographer and we're truly grateful for that. Having Joel H. Garcia Photography as one of our suppliers is considered a blessing for us since Mr. Joel H. Garcia, Ms. Ma-anne and the rest of the team were all easy to work with - they are very professional and passionate with their craft. Seeing the photos and the SDE made us realize that not all wedding photographers have the same talent, creativity and passion as Joel H. Garcia Photography. Even our families and friends noticed their creativity too, they keep on telling us after the wedding that we have really great photos.
We'll be glad to have you as our photographers on our next events/milestones in life.
Q: What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Joel & Ma-anne?
A lot! From the first meeting after we booked them, we felt that Mr. Joel and Ms. Ma-anne are very hands on, professional and creative. In between discussions, we had a chance to get to know each other on a more personal level, which helped us to work with them smoothly during prenup shoot and wedding day.
Apart from the wedding day itself, the most memorable experience would be during our prenup shoot in Tagaytay.
They gave us tips and helped us understand how to be more comfortable with them and with the cameras. It really helped us a lot during the prenup and wedding photoshoot.
On a side note, they were very helpful with us when our car broke down at the beginning of the shoot. It was a long story but we're really glad that they were understanding about the situation.
Q: Any advice to offer new brides and grooms to-be?
A big chunk of the wedding day is the planning stage, so find ways on how you can enjoy it as a couple and not just do some things to tick the boxes. It's also important to share your individual strengths during the wedding preparation to make it more easier. Plus, identify the non-negotiables for you as a couple, like getting Joel H. Garcia Photography for your wedding.
Don't forget also to ask for help - your family,friends and suppliers will be there for you. (because a big event needs a supportive backbone for it to be successful)
Q: What was the weather like?
The weather radiates pure joy which was bright and sunny.
Q: What was the funniest thing that you remember happening?
When we were shooting at the window of the church after the ceremony. It was funny because I can't manage how to stand on the window pane (but the groom did!), so I ended up using a ladder instead. We're really glad we did it, because the photos turned out awesome!
Q: What characteristics of the ceremony made your event most unique to you two as a couple?
It's probably the overall ambiance of the church during the ceremony. It was breezy, quite chill and relaxed. The ceremony went on smoothly and we felt really loved by all the people who surrounds us during that day.
Q: What do you remember most about the Ceremony?
As a bride, it was the slight pause when the doors opened before I started walking on the aisle.
Q: What was your favorite part about the photographs and what ended up being your favorite photo?
The photographs show real emotions - love, joy and happy tears. What we love about it is that the photos are creative, unique and elegant at the same time.
One of my favorite photo of us as a couple is the one taken at the top of the church near the balcony.
Q:What was the best moment of the night (funniest, most heart-warming, and most memorable)?
For me one of the best moment of the reception is when our mothers gave a message. It was all of the above - funny, heart-warming and memorable.
Q:Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of your wedding day? (bride’s perspective)
For me, the most vivid is when I started walking down the aisle.
Q:Looking back, what’s one thing you’d change about your wedding (could be to do with planning, the actual day, etc.)
I should be more aware to walk slowly when the doors opened during the ceremony.
Q:What part of the day do you want to do again and why?
Of course, I'd be really happy to experience it all again! But if there's one thing that I'd like to experience,it's the cocktails part since we didn't get to see it as a couple. It took a lot of effort and planning from our end and we were glad to hear that our guests really enjoyed it - the food, setup and the musicians.
The Wedding Suppliers:
Ceremony Venue: San Antonio de Padua, Kaylaway Nasugbu
Reception Venue: Los Arboles Tagaytay
Photographers: Joel H. Garcia & Ma-anne Roque for JHG Photography
Videographers: The Film Collective
Wedding planner/coordinator (OTD): Elite Wedding Creatives
Bridal dress designer: Merri Chan
Bridal shoes: Prome and Theus
Bridal jewellery: Tomo's Treasures
Bridal headpiece/ veil: ceremony - c/o HMUA; reception - Color Stone Glorietta
Engagement rings: Tessera Jewelry
Bridesmaid dresses designer: c/o bridesmaids
Grooms suit: Fort and Tailler (ceremony & reception); Ryan Chris (preparation)
Groomsmen suits: c/o groomsmen
Caterer: K by Cunanan
Cake designer: @theunexpectedbaker
Invitation designer: @econotesph
Florist: Flower Bernabe
Hairdresser: Erico Tiongson (bride)
Makeup artists: MJ Bornales (bride), Nikka Bella (bridesmaids)
Events Stylist: K by Cunanan (reception); Tetay's (cocktails)
Emcee: Jam Ocampo
Entertainment/ Musicians: Reception: Jholo Cabero and Meriah Gail
Cocktails: Jamie and Jai Barrientos
Lights & Sounds: Artuz 101
Bridal Car: Qlassic Bridal Car