Albi ❤ Jem

I met this wonderful set of people during college…3rd year college to be exact and boy were we inseparable from beer nights to wine nights to magic sing nights to pambahay day to ukay2x day to salsa nights to themed Christmas parties to the beach—we’ve done it all. I thought migrating to the states would change everything but fast forward to 7 years, here we all are at Jem and Albi’s wedding, all the way in Bukidnon and yes, these same people made it to my wedding a few months back so I guess you can say this friendship stood the test of time and will continue to do so. Thank God for friendships like these.

Flashback to those nights in college, those heart to heart talks about relationships and finding the right one, it’s comforting to know that God kept his promise to us and indeed his timing is perfect. I am still completely amazed at the fact that God found your perfect match in Germany and sent him all the way to the Philippines (in contrary to popular belief, Jem and Albi met in person and not online…just thought I’d put that out there) just so he could be with you.

September 20, 2014—it was a beautiful day to do a farm wedding considering the fact that we were currently in the middle of a typhoon. A few days prior to the wedding must have been very hectic for everyone involved, flights were cancelled and rescheduled and everyone had to adjust from the shuttle going to Bukidnon to all other wedding suppliers but our bride was faithful and hopeful. She still checked up on us and made sure that everything was okay, as if she didn’t have one million and one things on her mind—that’s Jem, she’s very hands-on. On the day of the wedding, the sun came out to celebrate with us and we were able to spend the entire day outdoors.

The wedding celebration was a wonderful combination of a Filipino and German wedding that lasted the whole day. They held the ceremony at the beautiful Perrine Farm in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon with close family and friends. I felt like they had 3 receptions coz we had lunch, merienda and dinner. Haha. Part of the wedding itinerary was to tour the farm, they showed us how they make the famous Hineleban coffee and taught us the importance of giving back to mother nature. After the farm tour, they served us Hineleban coffee while we lazed around on our banigs until night fall came and we picked up where we left off—eating and dancing. Of course, we partied the night away.

Congratulations and Best Wishes Jem and Albi!!!

Here are some of the photos we took from the wedding. Enjoy!

The bridesmaids and their make-up

Gela, Pauline and I— about to head out to the Perrine Farm for the wedding

Friends in college now we’re one Big Family..haha

Spot the Godfather!

Jau. Andy. Kaya JV. Nacho. Pauline

Awww….look at you two.

Bridesmaid duties

…And here she is!

The Beautiful Bride and her parents

First Kiss as Mr. and Mrs. Albrecht Birkner

The Ferrers

The Birkners

Ferrer-Birkners

The newly-wed couple with their entourage

The kind of tree where you “take it all in” per Pauline and Nacho.haha

Want a drink? Take your pick.

The guys’ favorite hang out place…hmmm… I wonder why. Haha

The Pervs who made it to the wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Albrecht Birkner with Mr. and Mrs. Marco Mendezona.

Eeeeppp…we’re married love!

Joji’s Peanut Butter!!!! YUM!

…and the woman behind the yummy peanut butter, Jem’s mom, Tita Joji Ferrer

Jai, Jem’s brother showing us before and after photos of the farm to start the farm tour

Hineleban Coffee Beans—getting there

Enjoying Hineleban Coffee after the tour.

Ummm…is that snake skin I see?

Lazing around on our bang with the bride

Bonfire

Brotherly love—Nacho and Marco

This was the cutest, you should’ve seen this.

Baby Jemalbi. Haha

Pervs unite after some crazy dancing

Last photo of the night with the new Mr. and Mrs.

~Rhea

The South Reclamation Project Engagement Shoot

Here are 15 shots from the second part of our Engagement Shoot.  I decided not to slack off and post them a few days before going back to Manila. Currently in CDO right now for one of my best friend’s wedding—I’ll be raving about her wedding soon on this blog.

#marcoandrhea

Location: SRP

Photographer: Mark Cantalejo

Hair and Makeup: Ramil Solis

I could have easily put “SRP Engagement Shoot” as a title for this post but for some reason when I kept repeating it to myself, it sounded so tacky. “South Reclamation Project” sounded more legit…more regal. When Mark Cantalejo suggested this place as our venue for the second shoot I was down for it, I was down for anything and I trusted him completely but I found myself thinking,”Wait, where’s this again?”. You see, this road is like our go-to highway…To me and my family, SRP is really just the quickest way to get to Cebu City proper if you’re someone like us, from Talisay (South of Cebu). Mark described the place where he wanted to shoot and I easily knew which structure he was talking about. I’ve passed by it so many times and never knew what it was until he brought it up, apparently this area was government property and on it was a government building where by the way, we asked for our permit to shoot. The process was simple and hassle-free, a few days before the shoot I simply went into the building, told them what I wanted to do and they just had me fill up 2 slips, they signed it and handed one back to me. Easy.

Once again, we were not ready for this shoot, if you’ve noticed we only changed our outfits once and mind you, one of those two outfits was what I was wearing as I was running errands for that day. It wasn’t so hot as we expected it would be but Marco was sweating anyway. I really was impressed with how the photos turned out, it didn’t show the sweatiness and ickiness and the bug bites and the itchiness of it all. We could have fooled ourselves looking so relaxed, so calm and serene in those photos. And Mark, you really are the real thing! You just made a slob of a place look like paradise, you truly see the beauty beyond what is there. I’m telling you, if y’all visited the place, you’d be like ” Woah, they had the shoot here?” Shout out to Mami Ramil and company for making me beautiful that day and for the sweat proof makeup. Haha. Kudos to you and Mark Cantalejo!

~Rhea

50’s Cafe Engagement Shoot

Here are 15 shots from the first part of our Engagement Shoot. Enjoy! I’ll be finishing up on the next batch of photos next week.

#marcoandrhea

Location: Fifties Cafe at Crown Regency Towers

Photographer: Mark Cantalejo

Hair and Makeup: Ramil Solis

 

Not prepared—that was the last thing I wanted to be for the Engagement shoot but what do you know, we were NOT prepared at all. The first time we met with Marky at Starbucks Ayala Center-Cebu, Marco and I were unsure of what we wanted for the shoot. We were so preoccupied with other wedding preparations that we ended up putting this aside. We had some ideas but they were never final until we got to talk to our photographer. Marky helped us come up with pegs for the shoot and he also suggested a few locations that would be good for our “theme”. Another problem was the apparel and I think that was what frustrated me the most. I have my closet just sitting there in Houston while I didn’t know where to get clothes here in Cebu; Marco on the other hand just didn’t have anything at all that he could pass off as vintage or 50’s.  But with Mark’s expertise and Mami Ramil’s magic touch, we were able to pull off a good shoot considering that we were limited in our change of clothes. Thank God, it all worked out in the end.

Btw, here’s the Engagement Shoot AVP that Mark Cantalejo showed on our wedding day.

~Rhea

Miguel’s First World Cup

This would have to be one of the cutest themed parties I’ve ever been to and even with the rain it turned out to be a complete success. Kid’s 1st birthday parties are really big nowadays, almost like planning for a wedding and this one had it all.

Let’s start with the invitation made by one of Miguel’s aunts, Katrina Encanto.

That cute kid on that ticket is seriously Miguel! Haha. Talk about personalizing the theme and making it your own. Thanks Gels for inviting us.

And since we purchased our gift last minute, I had to make do with Mita Bo’s gift wrapping stash which is a whole lot btw. I couldn’t find a wrapper with soccer balls in it (because if I did then that would be pushing it) but this was the closest one I could find. I wanted to make sure the way I wrapped the gift complemented the theme and the occasion, of course.

Yep, we’re in the right place—the LaVista Clubhouse.

 And I knew this was going to be big because they had food stalls outside…tacos, hotdog, ice-cream, fish balls, tempura and cotton candy.

This one took the cake….they had a POTATO CORNER stall outside and Marco and I went crazy. How awesome is that!!!

This was the set-up inside when it wasn’t jam-packed yet. We were early birds, we even got their before Gela and Jau did. hahaha. Excited much.

The center pieces were to die for, they had assorted hand-picked football jerseys with Miguel’s photo sitting on top of faux green with stress-reliever soccer balls.

At the back of the jersey center piece, there was a bunch of these world cup inspired cookies ready for the taking.

Mr. and Mrs. Marco Mendezona raided Kuya JV’s closet. Thanks again kuya for letting us raid your jersey stash.

Gela, proud ninang of Miguel and Jau, the sound technician/ spotify enthusiast. Haha.

La Vista ladies—a bunch of football posers. Oh, wait Gela plays na pala. Hahaha.

Did I mention they also has face painting and special effects! Bri opted for a realistic “gash”. haha.

Look who made it to the party…Haven’t seen klarkey in the longest time! Meet her cute daughter, Midori.

Miguel’s football cake.

Here’s the birthday celebrant with his dad, Basco.

And here’s Miguel with his mom, Melissa.

One word for the dessert table—WOW!

Miguel, the cutie patootie in the middle of the dessert table.

Last but not the least, their giveaways were football stools. We were able to get one for Diego and Mateo, yay!

Nothing’s changed, we still enjoy themed parties. Thanks so much to the Encantos for having us.

 Happy happy 1st birthday Miguel! #miguelturnsone #miguelisone

~Rhea

Our Mini Birthday Getaway

Here’s a little sneak peek of our birthday shenanigans. We finally scheduled our mini-getaway out of the bustling city of Manila to avail of our wedding gift from one of our godparents. Of course a “birthday celebration” is always a best excuse to go out of town for some longtime overdue rest and relaxation and Tagaytay was the key to a very merry birthday for the both of us. Happy Birthday, sweetie!

Sonya’s Garden

As soon as Marco got out of work (it was night shift this time), we headed straight to Sonya’s Garden, one of the most sought out food places in Tagaytay for brunch.

Nurture Wellness Village

Thanks Ninang Ofel and Ninong Jun for the spa suite, this was such an amazing experience!

Ready for our massage

Located right below out cottage, how convenient is that.

This is the life! Happy Birthday to us indeed.

~Rhea