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Jessy and Luis' Intimate Wedding in Batangas

Remember that beach photoshoot engagement reveal a few months back? Well here’s another–Jessy Mendiola and Luis Manzano shared with the public their happy news a month after their intimate wedding. The celebrity couple was wed on February 21, 2021 and the newly-minted Mrs. Manzano first dropped a wedding photo on Easter Sunday.

News traveled quickly and more photos showed that Luis and Jessy invited a few guests to their intimate wedding that featured romantic shades of pink and wine red. The groom himself wore a three piece pink suit by Paulo Lazaro while their guests were dressed in varying hues. Jessy’s minimalist bridal dress featuring billowing sleeves was designed by celeb-favorite Patricia Santos and her heels by Jefferson Si.

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In true Luis fashion, his vows begin in jest. He recites the words to Gary Valenciano’s popular song “Warrior is a Child” before joking that he had opened the wrong file. Jessy looks on and by the first sentence, already realizes that Luis is being his usual goofy self. Luis says in his vows: “As we take this step today, I want to promise you that I will love you each day that comes. Even those days na pareho tayong ‘di kamahal-mahal, I will choose to love…I promise to be your rock when you’re weak, and to put a smile on your face even on the darkest of days.”

Jessy says in her vows: “I will protect you and I promise that if you grow weak, I will be there to fight your battles for you… Today is the beginning of our journey, our lives together. I choose to spend today and all of my tomorrows with you.”

Luis and Jessy worked with the wedding industry’s best of the best, including Gideon Hermosa, who brought the romance to the venue with his styling. Jessy writes in her Instagram post for Gideon: “We weren’t expecting anything grand or out of this world, and yet the set-up was more than what we expected. It was breathtaking. We requested Gideon to keep it simple and clean, and he delivered. The mix of pink and red roses was enough to add color to the greenery of The Farm at San Benito. We are ever so grateful to Gideon for coming up with a beautiful design on such short notice. He kept everything perfect down to the last detail. He even gave me tissue to hide under my bouquet, to wipe my tears just in case I cry. ? We love you @gideonhermosa

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She also wrote their heartfelt thanks to their documentation team, Team Pat Dy, Caliber King and Bob Nicolas. She writes, “Thank you @teampatdy@bobnicolas and team for capturing beautiful moments during our special day. I was so nervous while walking, I didn’t notice that I was already walking too fast Somehow @caliberking was able to whisper in front of me while taking my photos, and said “walk slowly and savour the moment. This is your moment.” Thank you, Cal! I really needed that. ?

To @bobnicolas and team, thank you for sharing your talent with us. Our wedding video is everything but perfect. We are forever grateful.”

Luis and Jessy only put together their intimate wedding in three weeks, and if it we were to base it on their photos and videos, it’s quite an encouragement to all brides and grooms planning their wedding! A picture perfect wedding can be done with the right people even with a small amount of time.

Based on the recent celebrity trend, we think we’re going to see more wedding and engagement reveals as well as thematic dressing for intimate wedding guests.

What did you love about Jessy and Luis’ wedding? Share this article now!

The Dream Team

Photography by Team Pat Dy and Caliber King | Videography by Bob Nicolas | Styling and bouquet by Gideon Hermosa | Bridal dress by Patricia Santos | Bridal shoes by Jefferson Si |  Groom's Suit by Paulo Lazaro | Makeup by Kusie Ho | Hairstyle by Antonio Papa | Bride's styling by Patty Yap | Grooming by Peps Silvestre | Groom's Styling by Rex Atienza and Jay Sarmiento | Jewelry by Manila Diamond Studio | Venue: The Farm at San Benito | Wedding planning by Joanne Angeles

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Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Guidicelli's Viral Shoot

The celebrity couple surprised their fans and the public

A year and a month after their intimate wedding, Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Gudicelli share with the public some postnup portraits shot by Pat Dy over Instagram. The celebrity couple seemed to have commemorated their wedding with a top secret photoshoot with the help of their dream team. Matteo captions the photo set with a dedication to his Mrs., who just wrapped up Tala: The Film Concert when he shared this on Instagram:

“My wife and I would like to share with you something very special we did right after our wedding.

I’m always super proud of you love. Congratulations for last nights show! INCREDIBLE! I love you so much. Thank you for being a “tala” to everyone’s lives.”

Matteo also thanked their dream team in the caption, including Teena Barretto, Pat Dy, Caliber King, Chissai Bautista, Gela Laurel, RJ Dela Cruz, Liz Uy, and David Milan to name a few.

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Sarah and Matteo’s postnup photos show the couple in different outdoor settings clad in neutrals, posing sweetly. From cuddling in front of a campfire to a classic couple portrait, even non-fans of the couple popularly known as AshMatt by their fans will find it difficult not to feel kilig. Sarah and Matteo included personal details to their portrait session like any regular couple; Matteo who is a 2nd Lieutenant wore his uniform in some portraits while a photo by the dock shows the couple dancing the choreography to Sarah’s popular song “Tala” side by side.

Producer Teena Barretto shares this on her Instagram account:

“Like a fairytale, the stars led them to each other's paths to love and be loved. It may have taken a year for them to unveil the memories of their union, but it still makes us all swoon and wish for our own happy ever afters as well.

Stay in love always, @matteog and @justsarahgph!”

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Sarah says in an February 2020 interview for Viva’s “Anong Ganap” that marriage is “rewarding and challenging.”

"The marriage itself is a blessing, an opportunity to spend the rest of your life with your loved one. 'Yung napili mo talaga na makasama sa buhay, partner in life," she said.

She also says, “Rewarding siya dahil 'yun nga kasama mo ang mahal mo sa buhay, tapos you have the freedom. You get to choose and decide for yourself, not just for yourself but for the both of you. You become one. As one na kayo," Sarah said.

Happy anniversary, Guidicellis! You keep us believing in love and #TuloyAngKasal, no matter what.

Watch Pat Dy's short video of the couple's shoot above.

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Photographers by: Pat Dy Photography

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Sam Pinto and Anthony Semerard Intimate Wedding

Another celebrity intimate wedding just happened are we’re swooning over all the details! Actress Sam Pinto and NLEX Road Warriors Anthony Semerard were married 8 March 2020, Monday, at Conrad Manila. Their intimate wedding was held at the deck overlooking Manila Bay.

Sam reveals on her Instagram that the newlyweds plan to have another wedding in December. “Finally after a year of planning... Part 1 of our wedding is happening tomorrow!!! Part 2 is happening on December when (hopefully) our family and friends can fly here with less hassle and stress,” she writes.

The couple had just a handful of guests at their civil ceremony, including their immediate families. Gideon Hermosa styled the ceremony with romantic blush and pink tones and candlelight. When the sun set, Pat Dy captured the magic hour complimented by fairy lights that covered the viewing deck.

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Sam wrote as she published their wedding photos and thanked their suppliers: "Forever has a nice ring to it. Not really a cheesy type of person buuuutttt I promise to spend the rest of my decades with you! I am so ready for our future to rock our world @anthonysemerad."

The groom shared this on his Instagram account: "I’m a married man! Excited for this new journey with you Mrs. Semerad @sampinto_"

The couple had a star-studded supplier list, including Bob Nicolas, Kim Torres, Michael Leyva, Francis Libiran, and Ting Duque to name a few. The complete list of their wedding supplier will be below.

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Gwen Zamora Semerard, sister in law of the groom and wife to his twin broher, David, shared this: “So proud of these two’s relationship, they’ve mastered the skill on how to uplift and have each others back, front and sides! Always finding ways on making each other grow into the best versions of themselves. The world is clearly at their fingertips, but they remain humble and kind... We love yous as big as the sky! May the Semerad Empire be as bright as your hearts Sammy!!!! We officially sis in laws now!!!

Best wishes, Anthony and Sam! We can’t wait to see your December wedding!

The Dream Team

Photography by Pat Dy and Team Pat Dy | Videography by Bob Nicolas | Coordination by Kim Torres Events | Makeup by Ting Duque | Hairstyling by Arci Barcenas | Styling by Gideon Hermosa | Cake by Honeyglaze Cakes | Wedding bands by Manila Diamond Studio | Bridal gown by Michael Leyva | Groom's suit by Francis Libiran | Grooming by The Spoiled Groom | Live stream by Live by KTE | Gifts by Donut Wall by Hazel | Curated by FloreScents | Tables and chairs by The Hire Duo | Table setting by Casa Luxia


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Don and Clar - DIY Pre-Wedding in Abu Dhabi

'Be natural. Focus kayo sa hilig niyo' –Don

Don Gonzales Gaspar and Clarice Bernabe Ortiz met in school and just like the usual student romance, they went through the hoops of prioritizing studies over their love lives, dealing with parents’ approvals, and timing. After breaking up just months into their first run, Don decided to take his chances again and court Clarice. “Siya pa rin talaga nasa puso ko,” Don says.

Don and Clar are nurses in Abu Dhabi which means the current situation is making it a challenge for the two to get married in person with their closest family and friends. But they were still able to pull off a pre-wedding video which they did themselves and shot by Carl Mantos Films and Stills.

“Clar was behind everything for our pre-nup,” Don says. “Nag-focus lang kami sa mga gusto namin–we love coffee so we wanted a photoshoot in a coffee shop. And we miss beaches, because we’re OFWs and we’re longing for vacations, we really wanted nature.”

Of course safety protocols were second nature to these nurses. “We made sure to follow minimum health standards, like social distancing, wearing masks after shooting, and always washing our hands.” It helps that before their shoot, the two had their latest PCR test as part of their routine for work.

Don’s advise for couples who might go DIY for their prenup shoot is to “Be natural. Focus kayo sa hilig niyo.”

Scroll below to see Don and Clar's photos!

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Photos and videos by Carl Mantos Films and Stills | Hair and makeup by Silents Jessie Mua

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3 Things We Loved About Alex Gonzaga's Wedding

TV host, actress, and vlogger Alex Gonzaga announced via her YouTube channel that she and Lipa City councilor Mikee Morada were married last November 2020. The two were engaged on January 2020. Since the publishing of her vlog that includes the same day edit by Bob Nicolas, the video has already gained almost 6 million views in just a day.

Alex shares that the newly-minted Moradas were married at the Gonzaga residence in Taytay, Rizal with just their immediate families present. 

Here are three things we picked up from Alex’s vlog and what we loved about the Moradas' wedding:

1. Alex and Mikee honored their parents’ wishes.

Kasi sa totoo lang nasa tamang edad na rin kami ni Mikee. Kahit nasa tamang edad na kami, kahit anong request ng magulang ko, lalo na yung magulang ko, ginalang ni Mikee. Nirespeto namin. Kung sakaling gusto namin mag-sama, maikasal kami. So kinasal kami,” Alex says in her vlog.

While a wedding is the beginning for a new family, finding ways to honor our parents during the wedding is a wonderful way to thank them for raising us. The vlog shows that both Mikee and Alex also thanked and praised their parents during their wedding.

2. Alex and Mikee just went for it.

At the end of the vlog, Alex and Mikee were filmed saying “we’ll see you next year, God-willing,” presumably to both their suppliers and guests. The Moradas wanted to start their married life together and they didn’t wait for when they could plan a bigger wedding. Instead, they created their fortune. They kept their eyes on the goal, married life, and realized that the celebration could be done at a later time. Surely, their wedding celebration will not lack aesthetic. But we love how the couple was able to identify what was truly essential even in their wedding–each other, their family, and their faith.

3. They celebrated their big day in style.

The Moradas still made sure they were able to celebrate their day and capture it. Badang Rueda styled the home, filling the staircase-cum-aisle with flowers, Metrophoto captured the memories in photos while Bob Nicolas did the videography, Rajo Laurel designed the bridal dress, Denise Ochoa was the bride’s makeup artist, and Christine Ong-Te provided event coordination.

More and more celebrities and personalities are tying the knot privately and announcing it on a later date. “It’s because we wanted to celebrate together as a family muna. Alam namin na may pandemic. We just wanted to keep it to ourselves for a little while to celebrate,” says Alex. Perhaps this is an effect of the change in our mindsets and attitudes by the pandemic–realizing who are the important people in our lives. And this resoundingly true whether you have 9.5 million subscribers on YouTube or a couple hundred friends on Facebook.

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Coordination by Christine Ong-Te Events | Videography by Bob Nicolas | Photography by Metrophoto | Bridal dress by Rajo Laurel | Makeup by Denise Ochoa | Hairstyle by Jerry Javier | Event Styling by Badang Rueda| Wardrobe Styling by Cath Sobrevega


Wedding Planner by: Christine Ong Te Events

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WATCH: Limited Guest List But Lots of Love

We tried hard to hold back our tears as we watched Treehouse Story’s video of Augustine and Claudine Coronado whose wedding plans were thrown off course twice—first by Taal’s eruption and second, by the pandemic. Instead of the wedding vows as the video voice over, Augustine, or Ago for short, and his bride Claudine recount their struggle to get to their wedding day. Finally.

“Just like the community quarantine, we were able to realize that the essentials were really what’s important. Just the two of us, still being together, getting married in front of God and our church and with our families, that was all that mattered,” says Claudine as she finished getting her makeup done.

Agu and Claudine were wed at the Manila Cathedral and held their reception at home. 

“I do hope you cherish this moment. It might not be the wedding you dreamed of pero ang importante ay ang inyong pagmamahalan sa isa’t-isa,” says the officiating priest. 

Watch Treehouse Story’s tearjerker that has perfectly captured both the predicament and the hidden blessing that is getting married during a pandemic. Stay till the end to catch the surprise that had us grabbing a tissue!

Photos from Treehouse Story's film.

Catch Love Wins Live Forum: Do's and Dont's of Intimate Celebrations (click 'Get Reminder') on Saturday, July 11, 10 AM at Themes & Motifs Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

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Videographers by: Treehouse Story Films

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VIDEO: A Socially Distanced Tagaytay Wedding

If you've been following the guidelines for mass gatherings in preparation for your wedding, then you must already know by now the "50% or less than maximum capacity" rule. That means for a wedding venue that seats 100 comfortably, 50 or less total number of people are allowed. But experts are saying that once you add social distancing to this guideline, it will automatically be less than half--and in the case of our example, less than 50 people at one time.

All these percentages and numbers got you confused? The Glens Tagaytay recently released a video to help soon to wed couples imagine what your wedding might look like--social distancing, face masks and shields, PPEs, sanitation included but all merely sprinkled on top of a heartfelt, beautiful wedding. Watch the video above to see what a Tagaytay wedding in the time of coronavirus might could look like. As the Tagaytay Tourism Council says, "We are ready for you soon."

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Venue by: The Glens Tagaytay (The Glens Inc.)

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My 1st Vlog & Inspirations Magazine Exposure

Sharing with everyone IFW&DM Issue 15's very talented and easy-to-work with featured make up artist.  Enjoy her 1st vlog.

Thank you, Bela dear, for this vlog and your invaluable participation in Inspirations for Weddings & Debuts Magazine!  Such a treat!


Welcome to my first ever vlog! I just want to share the behind the scene of my upcoming Inspirational Magazine featuring Bela Maraña Makeup. Soon mag share ako ng mga makeup tips and isasama ko kayo sa work ko. :) Sinakto ko upload sa Birthday ko. Keep safe everyone! Filmed: February 26, 2020 Email: [email protected] Facebook: Bela Maraña Makeup Instagram: @belamaranamakeup


Bride & Groom's Wear by: Marsha Berbon Wedding Atelier
Hair & Make Up Artists by: Bela MaraƱa Makeup
Publication / TV Show by: Inspirations.PH