The Unconventional Cassie

Like every new mom, I wanted to have a newborn photoshoot for my little one but Marco and I had to compromise because the photography rates here in the US can be ridiculously expensive, a sitting fee of a professional photographer could easily cost $150 and that’s without prints or digital copies of the images. We were so close to taking the photos ourselves and editing it (which was very doable for me) but I was still recovering from the delivery and his family flew in to Houston to see the baby so we didn’t have the time to do that. Well, we did find time after Cassie’s visit to her pediatrician but we didn’t have a photographer so we purchased the JC Penny deal on Groupon on the spot; without any ideas for the photoshoot or props we headed to the closest JC Penny, scheduled an appointment and came back that afternoon.

Now the quality of the photos were nothing like the ones of our wedding but for $30 JC Penny did pretty okay and Cherry of the Sugarland Branch was just amazing. It was feeding time when we went and Cassie was starving so she wasn’t sleeping, she was fussy, we had to take breaks just so I could feed her and to top it all she peed on Cherry, the photographer. I could post beautifully composed photos of my daughter in cute little poses with her floral head dress, wrapped in a rustic swaddle sleeping like an angel but at 8 days old she was already a character and I wanted to share that so here is my little one still a little bit jaundiced from the pregnancy, with her umbilical cord showing and a whole lot of attitude.

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I am mommy’s mini-me

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Showing of my large foot, one thing I got from daddy

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I’m not liking this fully undressed business

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Seriously mom, you put me in a basket with a bunch of apples?

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Mommy: Cassie, stop making the “pogi ako” pose.

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Just about to sneeze…Aaaahchooo!

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~the new mommy, Rhea

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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

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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

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.

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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