GARY AGUILON DOCUMENTARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY “Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes, we even get to meet the people that we least expect at the right place and time. In the case of Isay Reyes, who… More
Mot and Lala Rasay
“There is an age-old saying that love is not just about receiving. It involves being a gift that continuously needs to be given away without expecting anything in return.
And in Lala and Mot’s case, their special day embodied this timely proverb. Mot and Lala are no strangers when it comes to weddings, since they cover such special occasions by profession.
They’ve even tied the knot through a civil marriage in 2016. But the pair also never gave up on their dream to hold a church wedding – one where they can also celebrate with their family and friends.
The idea of celebrating love, friendship, and togetherness with all their loved ones led them to choose a place far from the familiar bustling city life: Bangkong Kahoy Valley, a secluded sanctuary found at the heart of a rainforest.
Located at the foot of Mt. Banahaw, Bangkong Kahoy is frequented by travelers who wish to experience living in an area surrounded by luscious trees, a thriving wildlife, and an unpredictable but pleasant weather – a perfect tourist attraction for explorers who wish to take a break from urban life and try new adventures.
The setting was perfect for the couple – after all, Mott and Lala also wanted something special for their friends and family who gave their never-ending support over the years, even though it meant traveling hours away from home. They ultimately chose this location because they wanted a place that would remind them of what life was about before technology permeated their lives: the calls of nature and the celebration of relationships.
Of course, this required a great deal of planning and a bit luck from Mot and Lala’s end. Good weather conditions were needed in order for the wedding plans to go smoothly, especially for the sake of the couple’s guests. So Lala fervently prayed for better weather so she, Mot, and all their loved ones can experience this magical moment and embrace nature at the same time.
As fate would have it, nature had other plans. Between sunshine and rain, nature decided to welcome Mot and Lala’s big day with the latter.
But to Lala, the trek across the muddy paths to the wedding ceremony – gown and all – was worth it. Not only was she greeted by the sight of her beloved groom and loved ones gathered together, but she was also surprised by a special treat that also caught everyone’s attention: a fully-formed rainbow, formed against the mountainside and in plain view.
For Lala and Mot, the rainbow felt like a blessing and an answered prayer, not just for them, but also for all their families and friends who were equally blessed to witness it.
The smiles and laughter lasted even during their reception. Guests had the chance to show off their dance moves as others toasted and cheered for the couple’s union.
And ultimately, everyone cheered as the main celebrants of the evening finally walked into the hall. Walking hand-in-hand alongside their beloved family poodle, Lala and Mott presented themselves to their family and friends in an atmosphere surrounded by love, kinship and togetherness.
For everyone that night, everything felt like a blessing in disguise. For the newlyweds,
it was an affirmation that giving and sharing their blessings were things that mattered, both in life and in love. And it was all worth it.
The wedding ceremony and reception of Mot Rasay and Lala Del Rosario-Rasay were held at Bangkong Kahoy in Dolores, Quezon.”
Preparations: Dusit Thani Manila / Ceremony & Reception: The Belle & Dragon, Makati / Engagement: L’ Usine Elizalde, Las Pinas.
#whenNickieThellesido | Preparation & Reception: Acacia Hotel Manila
Ceremony: Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish – Muntinlupa
Preparation: Abagatan Ti Manila / Ceremony: Don Bosco Chapel on the Hill / Reception: Farm Hills Garden Tagaytay
It was my first time to meet Romi and Angela in person on their pre-nup shoot and despite seeing them just on that day, it seemed that we have known each other for a long time. Friendly and fun to work with, they were very outgoing, cooperative, and very much willing to try things out to come up with marvellous photos.
We first shot at vivid Brighton Beach, a perfect match for their personality. Next stop was a nearby forest then and finally at the Nobbies Philip Island where we chanced to see some cute wallabies.
Congratulations and Best Wishes Romi and Angela!
Thank you Michael Guayco, Marissa Gaila Körber and Precious Hurnato
Video: Mike Guayco Films