Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance. – Coco Chanel

One of the things that I truly love to the core is shooting a simple, thoughtful and elegant wedding. Talented florist Pat Pastelero and Enzo Tanedo’s had theirs cleverly figured out beyond my excitement. This splendid, intimate affair with their families and closest friends in the quiet seaside of Mactan, Cebu was truly one relaxed wedding I’d be privileged to shoot over and over. With everything thoughtfully pared down to the essentials, it was such a joy to witness a celebration brimming with stunning simplicity and delightful candidness. Cheers, Pat and Enzo for having us!

Photography: J Lucas Reyes for JLR Studios | Florist: Spruce Floral Designs | Bridal gown: Sareh Nouri | Bridal shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s suit: Tiño Tailor Shop | Groom shoes: Allen Edmonds | Mother of the bride: Two Chic | Mother of the groom: Rajo Laurel | Maids of honor: Two chic | Bridesmaids: Vania Romoff | Flower girls: Richie Ortega Torres | Wedding Cake: Penk Ching | Reception: Abaca Boutique Resort, Mactan, Cebu | Ceremony: San Pedro Calungsod Church | Local photographer: Marlon Capuyan | Videographer: Cinemaworks | Makeup: Wenwen Zaspa | Letterpressed Invitations: Prinsonalities | Artwork on Welcome Bags: Ink Scribbler | Wedding Planner & Coordination: Rita Neri Event Planners

Really tempted to fastforward into posting my current shoots. But all these gems from the past months are just begging to be posted, so there, will be going through my faves from the lot.

First up is Lanie & Andrew’s splendid, very romantic wedding that was held in the bride’s hometown in Bulacan. Ironically though, as I look back at it, their wedding gives me an unmistakable, extraordinary feel it was shot abroad…let alone for the jeepney and the pastillas :) While you’d think destination weddings are classy, it need not be impossibly abroad or ‘epic’. Your destination can be simply right here.

The globetrotting couple is actually based from Australia and New York. Shot at the The Greenery, Bulacan, Philippines. Gown by Cecilio Abad. Hair and Makeup by good friends Angie Cruz and Ogie Rayel. Additional photos by Paulo Magsaysay and John Lucas Reyes.

Nina and Dolph’s wedding was one of the weddings that I would always remember because of 3 things: the bride had 3 gorgeous shoes, their church was simply the Sistine Chapel of the Philippines, and it was the first time I actually saw how nice fire lanterns were :) Beyond these, their wedding even had a ton more interesting detail if you look at the photos closely.

It was a joy working with supplier friends Paolo Feliciano (main photographer), K by Cunanan (catering), and Dylan Gozum of Vatel Manila (flowers) on this wedding, as well as a pleasure working with Chug Cadiogan (video), Voltaire Zalamea of Events and Concepts (coordination), and Francois Roxas (makeup).

Shot on Location at Bacolor, Guagua, and Mexico, Pampanga.
Additional photos by my bros who comprise the JLR team, Paulo Magsaysay and John Lucas Reyes.