Summer of Love winners

Okay, ladies and gents, Joey Boquiren has chosen his lucky couples. Sorry it took some time; there were a lot of great entries. We’ll share the concept boards and DIYs later, but for now, let’s get the names out and end the agony:

FREE TRASH-THE-DRESS SHOOT goes to Jen and Es, who are tying the knot on Dec. 11 at the Manila Cathedral. Jen proposed a trash-the-dress shoot at the Candaba Swamp in Pampanga, famous as a stop-over for migrating birds. Their theme board really took flight!

FREE ENGAGEMENT SHOOT goes to Bob and Elay who are getting married this June 5 at the San Antonio de Padua Parish in Antipolo City. Their shoot will involve playing traditional Pinoy games that Elay missed while growing up in Saudi Arabia. What’s even nicer is that they will actually be playing with streetkids.

FREE WEDDING BACK-UP COVERAGE goes to Ardee and Shy, who are traveling all the way to Baguio for their big day on May 18. Shy’s jewelry-inspired wedding cord (as well as the wedding rosary and invite) got A for effort and creativity.

Now, will the winners please get in touch with Joey B. through his e-mail — botchok_817@yahoo.com — for your photo shoot arrangements.

BIG THANKS to everyone who joined! As I said, there were a number of really fab entries, especially in the DIY category, but the weddings had conflicts with Joey B.’s schedule so… Still it’s a good day when you can make something you can be proud of, right? 8 ) Cheers everyone!

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Summer of Love from Joey B.

As promised, as penance for my looong blogging absence, we’re giving away some lovin’ this uber hot summer — and it’s thanks to no less than Mr. Vintage Joey Boquiren, who, believe it or not, was the one who bugged me about having another round of these unbelievably generous FREEBIES!

So what’s the deal?

1) If you want a FREE ENGAGEMENT or TRASH-THE-DRESS SESSION, send us a theme board of your concept/inspiration and tell us how you plan to execute it, i.e. venue, props, even dresses, etc. The contest is open to couples whose weddings fall between April 1 and Dec. 31, 2010. We will pick the most interesting boards (one for TTD and one for engagement), so get creative. It doesn’t have to be a whole elaborate and expensive production (in fact, I’d personally prefer one that’s practical, too). Here’s some inspiration from a pre-nup shoot in a Zapote perya.

2) If you prefer FREE BACK-UP WEDDING COVERAGE, like what Mark and Gina won last year, send us your best DIY wedding project, complete with photos and instructions. Make it short and sweet, please. Only weddings slated on April 30 to July 15, 2010 may be covered (because Joey B. will be in the U.S. this July with Rene Gaviola).

Okay, the floor is now open for nominations (first-time features will be given priority). E-mail your entries to seemeinparis@yahoo.com with the couple’s complete names and wedding website (or if you don’t have one, please put your venue, wedding date and contact information).  If your theme board or DIY project is already on your website, you may simply send us the link and other details you want to share.

We close at midnight on April 15. Go, go, go!!!

Joey B. + Rene G. = Everything nice

So you’re getting married; now how would you like your shots?

With sugar?

Or spice?

Or everything nice?

Well, this is one instance you won’t have to choose. Because you can have both.

Rene Gaviola, author of alternative editorials, and Joey Boquiren, the perfecter of vintage, have recently launched a special tie-up for wedding coverage in the Philippines. It’s the quintessential shooting two birds with one stone. Or maybe it’s having two stones shooting love birds? Whatever, here’s the deal:

Philippine-based Wedding Services by Joey Boquiren & Rene Gaviola

– wedding photography by Joey & Rene
– unlimited shots, printable .jpgs in PC-DVD format
– 10×10 40-page album (choice of leather album or coffeetable book)
– FEE: P60,000.00

You wanna toast to that?

Fashion-editorialized engagements

In this day and age of themed everything — weddings, pre-nups, parties,  personalities (LOL) — only the dead have no concept to speak of. Everyone, and I mean EVERY. BREATHING. ONE. has some idea of some event in her mind (I use her because, face it, brides are the ones who do most of the thinking in weddings. Peace men!). Few, however, actually manage to pull it off. Most just end up trying hard (so sue me for honesty!)

(TIP: Read to the end for a gift!)

Zarah and Dan, on the other hand, not only pulled off their themed engagement shoot. Their smoking Moulin Rouge pre-nup was hotter than 10,000 mashed chilis! You look at their photos and you know that this couple can-can-can!!! What’s their secret? Well, let’s just say, a guy named Rene Gaviola, past winner of the Prix dela Photographie Paris, who, by the way, also shot these:

ANGEL & RAYMOND: Psyche

(I swear, I wish I were the one on this picture. This is what a thousand words is made of. My favorite bridal portrait.)

CLAIRE & GERRY: Filipiniana

LEA & RHETT: Romance in the (Nike) Air

DIANNE & CARLO: Anime

CHA & RYAN: Fully Booked

How Harry Potter is this next one?

And another from Zarah and Dan’s Moulin Rouge set:

So, green with e-n-v-y yet? Imagining yourself now in one of these portraits? (I know I am!) Well, good for you because Rene here, the man behind the lens, has caught on the Christmas spirit and decided to offer moonsnjunes readers — for a very limited time only — his engagement shoot + back-up photography package for only P20,000. That’s, let’s see, P 15,000 less than his usual rate? I’m not a reliable mathematician, but I know — and I say this with confidence, LOL —  that this offer translates to almost half of the total cost. HUGE thing.

This generous spirit expires with 2009. So shoot him an email at shootme@renegaviola.com before the fireworks light up the 2010 sky!

Winners of free back-up photography

A couple who met at the queue to the restroom during an Oktoberfest gimmick. Another whose courtship lasted only one week and are now happy parents. Then there are those two who met in a chatroom but decided to see each other in person only after four years.

These three VERY lucky couples will receive free back-up photography service from the very talented and very generous Joey Boquiren.

CONGRATULATIONS to:

Kiko and Tine – Nov. 18 at the Transfiguration Chapel in Caleruega + Summit Ridge Hotel

King and Maan – Dec. 30 at the Notre Dame de Vie in Paranaque + Fernbrook Gardens

Mark and Gina – Dec. 06 at the Santisimo Rosario Parish in UST + Ramon Magsaysay Center

Please e-mail your new back-up photographer ( naaaks!) at botchok_817@yahoo.com to make arrangements for his coverage of your wedding. You guys are SO going to have lovely photos!

I’d like to thank everyone who joined the contest. It was fun reading all your unique ideas and stories.  As Joey said, he thought some of the other weddings described would undoubtedly be gorgeous, but the wedding dates conflicted with his schedule, so…

Now GREAT NEWS for couples getting married in 2010!  This early, Joey pledged to open the same contest next year as a “labor of love.” Having been blessed in his work, he would like to bless couples, too, especially those whose budgets would not allow them to hire a good back-up photographer.

How incredible is that! So stay tuned people!

Free back-up photography by Joey Boquiren

NEWSFLASH!!!

The uber talented Joey Boquiren, who shot this rocking gothic engagement session and this vintage wedding, has decided to give an early Christmas present to THREE couples who are getting hitched this year.

Now what’s under the tree? FREE back-up photography service by no less than Joey himself! Yep, no kidding. This is your chance to win the service of this marvelously gifted photographer without breaking your budget.  You can check his work here.

There’s absolutely no catch. All you have to do is tell us why your wedding will be a unique and gorgeous affair. What sets you apart from all the other couples out there? Are you planning to put an extra special touch to your big day? Spill and win!

The contest is open to all couples who are getting married between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009.

Leave your comments with contact information below (priority will be given to those with wedsites). Contest closes on Sept. 27 midnight. Winners will be announced on Sept. 30.

Go girls (and boys)!!!

Invitation Kitchen opening promo!!!

Hi peeps! Remember Honey? Yes, the incredibly talented, creative, dynamic  recent bride who just started her own business designing/doing invitations with her husband Jesse. Well, they are officially opening their shop Invitation Kitchen and they’re giving away HUGE discounts for early clients! To those who are on the lookout for suppliers for their paperie needs, here’s your chance.

The lowdown:

WHEN: Sept. 18

WHERE: 47 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Quezon City (in front of Vida Doria, near Ministop and BPI)

WHY GO:  Those who will book on Sept. 18, 19, 20 will get 50 percent off on customization, 10 percent off on invites, 5 percent off on paper products (card stock, envelopes, folders, thank you cards, etc) . Plus FREEBIES (the magic word for brides)!!! Bookings made for the whole month of September will get still 5 percent off.

Good enough? Now go get your ass-et to QC! LOL.