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.

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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

Mendezona-Ramas Nuptials: The Preparation

Photos below (except for the 2nd one) are from our official wedding photographer, Mark Cantalejo. Getting him is one of the best things we ever did for this wedding! Thank you for capturing the details, the emotions and the wonderful candid moments during our big day.

Clear skies on our wedding day, Thank you God Almighty!

Before anything else, I want to thank my wedding coordinator Snoogie Mata and her team for being 100% on top of everything. You guys are indeed God-sent , thank you so much for being our stress buffers and for dealing with He-who-should-not-be-named. On the other hand, I’m sorry that you guys ended up getting stressed with him. You saved my sanity, you guys were a big factor to the success of our wedding.

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I woke up to a surprise!!!!

So this was what the balloons were for. Haha…My bridesmaids, Gela and Jem, woke up extra early and tied the polaroids from last night’s bachelorette party to gold balloons. I love you girls!

Hair and Makeup by my favorite makeup artist in this world—Ramil Solis.

Ramil has taken care of me since pageant and prom days in high school, I think he’s mastered the contour of my face. Haha. Thanks Mami, you’ve never failed to make me look beautiful. As long as I’m in Cebu, know that I’ll keep coming back to you.

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Special Delivery from my sweetest, he got me a GoPro for our future adventures.

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I had the bridesmaids robes made in Cordova where you can pick the cloth and they sew it according to your specifications. Picked two different colored cloths with the same prints, beige for the bridesmaids and light pink (a younger color) for the Jr. bridesmaids. I opted for plain pink and went to Metro so they could embroider “bride” on my robe.

There was a lot of drama behind this wedding dress but this Alexis Monsanto piece turned out to be my dream wedding dress after all. Tito Bong, as I prefer to call him, put to life the dress I had envisioned—the lace, the sleeves, the conservative neckline and the crystals. This beauty was sent through a package from L.A to Houston, then packed in a Balikbayan Box from Houston -Moscow-Seoul-Cebu. Thank God it was safe and intact when I opened it to air it out.

Alexis Monsanto on this wedding piece…

Gatsby themed wedding meets Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind influence in this vintage ecru all silk ensemble , alencon corded lace gown with detachable skirt in tiers of pleated silk organdy, boarder lace, french tulle adorn with swarouvski crystals….Made in Los Angeles

We would have loved to display this on a body stand but apparently we had a hard time looking for one that suit my measurements so it had to be hung on one of the hangers that I made. Funny thing is I made all my bridesmaids and Jr. bridesmaids personalized hangers and forgot to make myself one, so I think I ended borrowing Pilica’s.

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Brides nowadays usually go for “Brandname-Statements” with their wedding shoes, as I was browsing through wedding shoes inspirations, I could see that names were trending —I’ve seen Monique Lhuillier, Christian Dior, Jimmy Choo, Christian Loubotin and the less pricier ones like Badgley Mischka and David Tutera. I on the other hand didn’t want to go mainstream on this one, I  searched the design I wanted and googled laser cut wedding shoes just because they give you that “lacey” look and ended up falling in love with a Christian Louboutin. I almost died. It’s a good thing I stumbled across a pair of peep toe laser cuts with a similar baroque vibe as the Loboutins but more practical in terms of price, in the color that I wanted, champagne gold.

Yes, I wore a Klub Nico (Moxie) on my wedding day and I just purchased it online from Nordstrom.

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Thank you Pink Flora for the simple flower ensemble for me and the entourage, I was scared it would upstage our dresses but it was perfectly complimentary with the theme and the outfits.

Spot Ferdinand Marcos, the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana. Haha.

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Top Left:  Arrhae; Assorted Coins from the Mendezonas/ Top Right: The Bible/

Bottom Left: The Cord/ Bottom Right: The Veil

All the wedding pillows (3) , the cord, the veil and blue garter were also provided by Alexis Monsanto; he used the same materials for all to unify them with the wedding gown and vintage purse he designed for me.

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My Cebu friends a.k.a my childhood friends started a sisterhood of the traveling blue garter tradition. Haha. They really are the cutest. Here’s my something blue and something borrowed.

Our wedding rings were beautifully crafted by Wilma Pena, Marco’s abuelito and abuelita’s go-to jeweler in Cebu.

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We didn’t have any design in mind when we visited the jeweler so we started browsing through some magazines and fell in love with Chanel wedding bands. We showed her the design and with no hesitation, said that she could do it. Marco and I couldn’t agree on the color of our wedding bands, I wanted white gold so it would match the engagement ring he gave me, he said he preferred yellow gold. Abuleita Tit (Marco’s grandmother ) suggested why not have both, that’s what she and Abuelito Mario did for their wedding bands, and that’s how we ended with our wedding band design.

Oh yeah, learned a new term today from Abu…chispaz a.k.a brilliantitos.

Our invitation was designed by the one and only Jihannee Tan of Twenty O four, one of my closest friends in Cebu. I’ve probably known this girl since kindergarten and it was a thrill to pick her as one of our wedding suppliers. It was actually nice of her to still make it to my wedding, considering the fact that it was also her birthday on the actual wedding day. haha. Thanks so much, mach and Happy Birthday! 🙂

People usually don’t see the beauty in letterpress, they always say “so, what’s so special about it?”, I guess I’m unlike other people. I went with letterpress not because it was a fad in the wedding industry, I consider it as a form of art like calligraphy and appreciate the tedious process that goes behind it.

Delicate, light, vintage and very old-world, I fell in love with the invitations in an instant.

Vintage Car—check! Thanks Reggie Ocampo!

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Payback time! I gave hime the mini iPad that he’s been raving about. I made sure that his name was engraved in the back.

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Marco’s classic suit was custom made by Cornell’s Tailoring in Manila. Awww… my sweetie looking so dapper. Thank you Snap for the referral!

More family photos before the wedding…

The loves of my life—my family.

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The little brother and the littler brother

Ramas Sisters—with my little sisters.

Mendezona Sisters—and my new not-so-little sisters.

My beautiful ladies in waiting.

Nicole. Angelie. Brianna. Ann Marie. Pilica. Anya. Pauline. Jemma. Gela. Jem. Janine. Karina.

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Photo with our Moms.

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Photo with our Dads.

The Mendezonas (Mikel and the babies not in the picture)

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The Luzuriagas

Marco and his boys

Groomsmen ala “Beatles”