Countdown: 86 days
This wedding prep has got me reading a lot of wedding blogs for inspiration especially for our engagement shoot ‘theme’, but guess where I found the most appealing ‘theme’ for our shoot? Not in ANY wedding blog, but on pinterest and tumblr. When I started searching the internet for engagement photos, I specifically used the key terms ‘prenup’ or ‘engagement’ photos, and most of what I found didn’t appeal to me. Most were overstaged and scripted for my liking, with too many props and accessories that we won’t normally use on a regular basis. I always wanted for our photos to really reflect our relationship. I wanted something candid, fun, light, and just us. And so I started using ‘couple photos’ as my keywords when searching for photos — and there they were, just regular couples doing regular stuff with regular clothes on — the ultimate form of intimacy, laid back and overly romantic.
So I had one major criteria for our shoot, our location has to have a beautiful outdoor landscape and a rustic, laid back indoor area with a room and a kitchen. We want the outdoor shoot because we love backpacking. We had to have the indoor location too, because that’s what we do on lazy days, just lay in bed, cuddle, cook, eat, cuddle some more, and repeat. And I’m so glad we found the perfect location that really suit all the photo ideas that we have in mind. We had our photoshoot at Sundang Island in Cavinti, Laguna. The beauty of the place deserves a separate blog entry.
It was early Monday morning, a holiday, when we backpacked to Cavinti. After a 2-hr bus ride, 1-hr 15-min jeepney ride, and a 5 min boat ride, we were finally in Sundang before 12nn. We had the whole island to ourselves! Kuya Tony, the caretaker, and his family, lives at the back house in the island, but he basically let us on our own. We had our lunch and started prepping for our afternoon shoot.
Set 1: Bed scene
Our first set was the bedroom scene. For this one, we wore white v-necks and boxer shorts. We wanted the shots to be all fun and cuddly, which our photographers were able to pick up. Here’s a few of my favorite shots:
Set 2: Outdoor harutan
We do not have a particular concept in mind with the outdoor scenes. We just wanted to make the most out of the landscape that’s in front of us. We have all the elements we needed – water, land, sun, fire. For this set we wore casual clothes. We asked Kuya Tony to set a bonfire for us after dinner to use for the shoot.
Set 3: Another set of outdoor harutan
We wanted to take advantage of the sunrise so we started really early the next day. For this set we wore semi-formal clothes. We dressed up a little, but overall the feel of the clothes we chose still are very relaxed and laid back.
Set 4: Lazy day/Kitchen scene
For the last set, we wore casual clothes in a kitchen/dining setting. We thought of a ‘breakfast’ kind of scene that’s lazy and relaxed. The last shots were taken in the kitchen.
These photos are all raw and compressed. We love all our photos! We will be launching the rest of the photos on the wedding day. It’s a very happy and relaxed set. There were lots of candid photos where we were caught laughing our lungs out, and I love those more than the photos on the serious side. Our photographers told us to just have fun and keep our noses together hahaha. Our overnight stay at Sundang Island was so worth it. Our photos are as lovely as our support team.
Photographers: Efjay Deleon and Rap Hernandez for Efjay Deleon Photography; Assistants/Secondary shooters: Charisse de Vera (Efjay’s girlfriend); Marlon Nido; Location: Sundang Island, Cavinti, Laguna; HMUA: Myself; Styling: Myself, and our photographers