Chapter Thirty-Nine: Funny Twology from Threelogy

20 October 2008 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Adventures, Partners, Videographer | Leave a comment
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[She Writes]

I visited the Threelogy office months ago, and I just wanted to share hilarious photos I took of Bong, CJ and their team.

Jon had just gotten married at the time, so he was still on his honeymoon when I came to visit.

Here are Maestro Superior & Monsignor.

The shirts were given by Jon’s significant other, Maria.

The real deal between Bong and CJ!

Gorgeous Threelogy Ladies, Jenn and Mae!

I am really excited to have these guys on our wedding day!

Chapter Twenty-Eight: A Quick Expo

10 September 2008 at 2:33 am | Posted in Adventures, Bridal Events, Insights, Partners | 8 Comments
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[She Writes]

I’ve been a deliquent blogger, and I know it.  Blame it on my twisted priorities: work, work, work, which are ultimately for “our” future.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to manage my time much better and maintain a steadier stream of entries by mid this month.

My Mom and I dropped by the Wedding Expo Philippines 2008 held at the PICC Forum, Manila last weekend.  We had to go after lunch because I had work in the morning (Actually, I had work the whole day, but I took the afternoon off), and we didn’t stay long because my Aunt was throwing her birthday dinner that night.

I vowed to maximize this trip, which meant I must take as many pictures as I deemed fit.  And I did – despite the many signs (literally) keeping me from fulfilling my own promise.

Right smack at the entrance of the venue was a huge banner prohibiting the use of cameras, which I swear I didn’t notice until just now while writing this entry.  And there was a periodic reminder from the PA system about the use (or non-use) of cameras inside the Expo.

Nevertheless, our readers-slash-viewers should be happy that I am more of a camwhore than a model citizen, that a huge tarpaulin sign is not enough to deter my will to document my latest (and long-time missing) “wedding-related” adventure, and that an hourly announcement that seems very likely directed to me will not dash my determination to achieve my goal.

So here is a “collage” of my experience at the Expo:

Bridal cars all in a row.

Jeez, Chrysler!

I finally saw the Limo Beetle in the flesh (or in the metal?)…

… with the matching Groomie Beetle!

What a cute pair!

I believe this is a Jaguar S-Type.  (To the car enthusiasts, please correct me if I’m wrong or if you wish to specify the model for this vehicle)  Regardless of its make and model, this is definitely the cat’s meow in bridal cars.

Here’s the classic-looking limo-type Benz.

Soon-to-weds have the option of renting souped up cars.  In person (or in car-ness?), the silver car’s mags are moving!

Paradoxically, many modern couples are opting for vintage bridal cars.

Long lines of people greeted us at the registration area.

More lines going through the actual fair!

My fiance was well-represented at the Expo despite his being many miles away.  My fiance’s parents and little sister had come to the Expo as well, and had been roaming the exhibit since late morning.

My Mom and I skipped the first few rows of the exhibit and met them at the booth of ISS Makati Skyline.  We’d been considering Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club as our reception venue, which currently had only two accredited caterers – The Plaza and VS&F.  Apparently, ISS Makati Skyline has submitted their request for accreditation and may well be on their way to becoming one of the preferred caterers of the exclusive country club.  This was good news since we would be given more (and hopefully, more reasonable) choices.

After our quick inquiry with the caterer, our first official stop was our very talented yet humble photographer, Dino Lara.  I introduced him to my Mom and my fiance’s family, and they were very impressed with his work.

I was also pleasantly surprised that he remembered the tin of tea bags from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf I had given him a few months back.  What a guy!

My fiance’s family said they had to go because they were running late for an appointment.  So I was able to introduce only my Mom to the guys of Threelogy, who will be capturing our wedding on video.

Jon, Bong, and CJ are hilarious, and so are almost all the people in their team (Hi Jen! Hi May!).  Even my Mom couldn’t help laughing at these guys’ antics.

But I am almost 100% certain that my mother would remember CJ most vividly.

When we got to their booth, the guys had just taken their “yosi” break.  So my Mom and I hung around their booth for a while.

Jon and Bong got back first and they, of course, exhibited the typical pleasantries when I introduced them to my Mom.

But when CJ arrived and I told him that my Mom was with me, he took her hand, shook it, and introduced himself with such confidence and galantry: “Hello, Mommy.  I’m CJ.  I’m very happy to meet you.” (Not his exact words, but you get the drift.)

I expect there will not be a dull moment at our wedding with these guys around.

We chatted for several more minutes.  Dino even came by with his lovely daughter, Ansel.  And we joked around with him for a bit.  Afterwards, my Mom and I decided to begin actually roaming the other stalls, starting from the entrance.

Unlike in the previous fairs I attended where I stopped at almost every booth, I skipped the rows of photographers, videographers, and makeup artists since we already had our partners for these tasks.  (Well, it was primarily because we were pressed for time.) We mainly checked out the reception venues, stylists, and caterers.

I was no longer surprised when I ran into my good friend, Camille.  Their family owns The Glass Garden, an English garden-inspired venue that is fast growing in popularity.  *See Chapter 24 for Storybookwedding’s own review of the Glass Garden

Camille is the perfect representative for the venue because she exudes the simple elegance and refreshing appeal of the place.  She was also able to charm the necklace off my Mom who thought she closely resembled teen actress Kim Chiu.

The Glass Garden’s closest competitor would be Fernwood Gardens.  What I love most about Fernwood are its exotic animals.  One of which they had brought to their exhibit – a Blue and Gold Macaw.  I tried to pet it, but it kept rolling its head, attempting to peck my hand off.

 

One of my favorite artists, Henry Pascual, was the official stylist of the Expo.

I love how his designs can go from simple to avant-garde while maintaining a distinct style and class that only a true creative genius can produce.

He is genuinely passionate about his craft, and he is able to relate well with people – a winning combination for his field of work.

I did not book any supplier that day.  But I still managed to spend money at the expo, though a minor amount – on the latest issue of Wedding Essentials magazine.

Being the old-fashioned lover-of-words-and-pictures that I am, I am still captivated by the text and photos printed on smooth glossy paper.  As thankful as I am for the Internet, I still enjoy caressing the edges of paper and feeling the soft wind created by the pages’ dance.

On our way home, I realized that the Wedding Expo was definitely worthwhile when my Mom, who had become sick of accompanying me to wedding fairs, said: “That was by far the best bridal fair you’d ever dragged me to.”

I can’t wait to drag my fiance to the next Wedding Expo Philippines.

Chapter Five: Moving Pictures

2 March 2008 at 5:43 pm | Posted in Partners, Videographer | 1 Comment
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[She Writes] 

During a stage of cluelessness, when the glistening marquise had yet to settle comfortably on my left ring finger, I was set on alloting a major chunk of our wedding investment to photography.  And practically none for videography.  (Insert loud cries of disbelief here.)

At the time, a video, to me, was a mere documentation of the events that transpired, to be used only for future reference, or maybe never at all.

That was, until I came across Jason Magbanua| www.jasonmagbanua.com

I was introduced to the concept called “On-site Video” or what many are now coining “Same Day Edit.” For days, I watched AVP after AVP of weddings of couples who were strangers to me.  And yet each video either moved me to tears or made me cry with delight.  My Mom thought I had gone insane.

At this point, I had entered a stage that was entirely aware of the beauty and importance of wedding videography.

Soon, I was hungry for more on-site videos.  I googled away for “filipino wedding videos.”  None could hold my attention the way Jason’s were able to.  Except for those of THREELOGY DIGITAL VIDEO| http://threelogyvideo.com

Their style was similar to Jason’s.  But it was different somehow, in tone and mood.  Threelogy’s works seemed so much fun and playful, and as expected, my fiance was more drawn to their videos.  So was I.

Threelogy

I first met with Jon, who seemed like the quiet type but wasn’t.  He was very accommodating and didn’t mind that I had a lot of questions.

The next time, I spoke with CJ who was hilarious on the phone, and even funnier in person.  Lucky for me, Bong and Jon were there too, and I was able to witness first-hand just how much fun it was to be with all three of them.  Add to that, they’re also good friends with Dino Lara and his team.

Third time’s a charm, as I finally made my reservation with Jen and May at a bridal fair.  Jen and May are also a riot.  It’s like there’s a requirement to be funny to be part of their company.

Even after having made the reservation, I still visit or get in touch with them, just because.  I’m looking forward to our wedding, not only because I’ll be marrying the man I wish to spend the rest of my life with (although that’s the main reason), but also for the fun time I’m sure we will have because of our wedding partners.


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