Mark and Lizzie: The house on Balete Drive

Since I’m on big-old-house mode…

Welcome to the house on Balete Drive.

For those of you who did not grow up with movies like Patayin sa sindak si Barbara or Shake, Rattle and Roll (the earlier ones), you probably would not know what Balete Drive means. But for those of us who do, a house on Balete Drive is always haunted, always scary, always sends shivers down the spine.

The Alcuaz mansion was built in the 1920s, and for some reason, this is where Mark Esteban and Liza Contemprate decided to have their (third) engagement shoot. I wonder if they were horror flick freaks when they were dating?

Check out the photos from Paolo Ruiz… Goosebumps!

From Paolo:

Every detail of the architecture was preserved in such a way that you will detach yourself from the present time. I was kind of expecting an old deep-eyed butler, in a sleek yet faded suit, to welcome us to the place. Instead, we were welcomed by a cool dude in short pants. All is well.

One of the best things I love about wedding blogging (besides the break it affords me from real-life issues caused by my recently crazy day job) is discovering emerging talents in the industry. Like Paolo Ruiz here. This guy, who recently dipped his finger into wedding photography, is charging only P5,000 for back-up wedding coverage and engagement shoots. I tell you, that rate is almost impossible to beat, and frankly, it’s not proportional to his talent. But hey, he’s just starting and I say if you need one good photographer whose fees won’t scare you, then you know where to look.

Mark and Lizie got married at the St. Peter Parish  last Dec.5, 2009 and had their lunch reception at the House that Fried Chicken Built. Yes, you got that right, Max’s! 8 ) Enjoy married bliss you guys!


4 thoughts on “Mark and Lizzie: The house on Balete Drive

  1. Hi Blanche! thanks for featuring our prenup with Paolo Ruiz. 😀 ngayon lang ulit ako nakavisit. work’s been tough lately. anyway, more power to the blog and happy holidays! 🙂

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