Photography: J Lucas Reyes for JLR Studios | Preparations and Reception: Raffles Hotel | Ceremony: Santuario de San Antonio | Flowers and Event Styling: Zenas Pineda | Bridal gown: Vera Wang | Bridal shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Headpiece: Patricia Santos | Entourage Dresses: Amir Sali | Invites: Ever Engraving | Cake: Penk Ching Wedding Coordination: Christine Ong-Te | Videographer: Bob Nicolas | Bride’s Makeup: Albert Kurinawan | Bride’s Hair: Chris Rodil | Emcee: Ricky Davao and Vina Francisco | Performers: Jay Durias, Joey Generoso and Arthur Manuntag | Lights and sounds: Microdata

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


My first glimpse of this hidden paradise in Bukidnon was truly unforgettable, as it deserves its own post and a special place in my heart. I went here on my first trip to Mindanao with close friends for their engagement session, with the location as a surprise. Going way past the marvelous, sunlit pine trees that hid the lush compound, Cawayanon unravelled lovely sprawling slopes, a romantic lakeside, and a wonderfully quiet post-war American village that served as a perfect haven, my friends’ pastures of youth.

Cawayanon surprisingly took me into an unexpected trip back to innocence – the idyllic provincial life in my childhood I realized too, I have not forgotten at all. Spending summers in a mellow, 50’s wooden bungalow, being wrapped in towering trees and sunkissed flowers in my late grandparents’ homegrown garden, running around fields against a mountain scenery – these vivid memories evoked by Cawayanon’s quiet wonder gave me a newfound light, a renewed optimism at a time I was coping from my hardest days.

Being with likewise sentimental friends on this memory lane trip, Cawayanon has that undeniable magic of binding people and memories together within its divinely peaceful backdrop. Until it welcomes us back into its arms again, thank you Cawayanon, for making me look back at life with such incredible joy and peace.

Young, beautiful, talented, brilliant, at times quirky, but definitely madly in love.

Saab marries her dream, and Jim calls their wedding day and beyond their masterpiece.

Whatever they call it, their families and friends were witness to their inspiring collaboration, turning a string of bright, deep, powerful notes into a lifetime song.

Photography: J Lucas Reyes | Wedding Ceremony Venue: St. Ignatius Chapel PMA Baguio | Wedding Reception Venue: Baguio Country Club | Makeup: Jigs Mayuga | Hair: Jaime Sy | Bridal Gown: Sassa Jimenez | Bride’s shoes: Yves Saint Laurent | Bride’s Entourage Dresses: Eric Delos Santos | Groom’s Suit: Ziggy Savella | DIY Boutonnieres: Saab Magalona & Kristia Bulan | Invitations – Art Direction: Saab Magalona / Artwork: Rob Cham / Printing: Ever Engraving | Wedding Coordination, Flowers: Thirtyone Events | Reception Styling – Art Direction: Saab Magalona / Execution: Thirtyone Events | Souvenirs: CD Art and Packaging – Saab Magalona, Producer – Ernest Agila, Vocals – Saab and Jim Bacarro, Miracle Elixir Label – CJ de Silva | Videography: Notion in Motion | Live Performances by The Magalona Boys, Cheats, The Reo Brothers, The Diegos