Gilbert + Izza – Astoria Hotel Wedding Preps
Astoria Hotel in Ortigas Center was a temporary home for a wonderful couple back in March 26, 2013 when they made preparations for their wedding. Gilbert and Izza was our very first couple from Singapore, and we had a feeling that this couple would be really fun to take photos of. From the moment we met at Greenbelt over lunch, up to the engagement session or prenup, we could see and sense the fun and sweet attraction between the two.
During the wedding day, it was smooth sailing from preparations to the reception, and these two were very calm and composed — like they were just there to have fun, get married, and enjoy the day with their family and friends. That’s exactly what they did, and it really showed in their photos. As a wedding photographer, it was such a delight covering their wedding — a gorgeous bride, a dashing groom, and fabulous venues; what more could we ask for?
Let’s move on to some photos of the preparations. Wedding Photographers really love this part of a wedding since it’s the only time we can take shots of the details and have photos of the couple and their family after they’ve had all their make-up done.
The beautiful details were just the icing on the cake. Like we said earlier, wedding photographers love the preparations part because we can take photos of the details, but we love portraits even more. Ladies first, but we’ll end with the beautiful bride too. 😀
Once the bride and groom were done, we had some more time to take fun portraits before we moved to the venue for the ceremony (where we took some really fun pre-ceremony photos). The bridesmaids and groomsmen weren’t complete at the hotel, and we really wanted to have a group shot of them. It was a good thing that we had enough allowance to take a handful of “kulitan” photos before the start of the wedding ceremony.
Let’s start off with the bride and her bridesmaids. The color combination of their gowns was so warm on the eyes that we couldn’t stop taking photos. Well, we eventually did, but we captured a lot of fun and candid moments between Izza, her matron of honor, and the other bridesmaids.
To kick it off, here’s a set of bridal portraits of our gorgeous bride.
And now we move on to the bridesmaids, and the bride, of course! 😀
And yes, it was starting to get really warm at this point, but that didn’t stop these ladies from enjoying these moments as we take their photos. But now it was time for the veil to take the spotlight. They don’t call it a cathedral veil for nothing! Izza’s veil was VEEEERY LONG!
But, the length of that veil proved to be of great use aside from being beautifully long and covering the bride’s beauty. Here’s a photo of the Izza and her bridesmaids having some fun with it.
The groom and groomsmen had a more simple set, but that was because the time for the ceremony was drawing nearer. It was a good thing that the best man was able to arrive in time for some cool photos with the groom too!
Don’t you just love that sunlight?
We just have to end with this shot of the groom and his groomsmen walking toward the ceremony area at Lights of Love.