Last June 6, Jay and I finally had our postnup pictorial. Yup. You read right. After 7 prenup pictorials, we had a postnup pictorial. I promise this is the last one (that's wedding- related). Hehe. Why have a postnup shoot? Well, after getting the pictures from Smart Shot, we just felt like there was something missing. I wanted more creative shots. Also, because of the time- constraints and the van driver's stupidity, we didn't have a lot of pictures after the wedding ceremony. Jay agreed with me so we started planning it.
One thing we were sure of is that we wanted Rene Gaviola (who shot our first prenup and was our backup photographer) to be our photographer again. So I sent him an email asking him about it and he agreed to shoot our postnup. Yay! Since this will be our only postnup shoot, I wanted the best. And to make sure that everything will turn out fine, we decided to get the services of Lifestyle by Feliz (now Chest Knots Studio). We got their Knot-So-Ordinary, Shop Knot and Lips, Locks & Knots packages. Inclusions: Knot-so-Ordinary - Conceptualization, wardrobe sketches, location suggestions, make up retouch, on the day styling and full first assist. Shop Knot - Personal Shopper for 2 Hours or Designer Pull Outs Lips, Locks & Knots - Hair and makeup services. I enjoyed shopping with Feliz and Paula. We met them at SM Megamall Department Store where they already had a couple of stuffs ready for me (I got to shop first) to try on based on the moodboards that we liked. I liked how the stuffs they chose are things that I wouldn't even look at let alone try on but when I tried out those outfits and they started working their magic, I wanted to buy almost everything they made me wear. Hehe. Too bad I only needed one set of outfit and we had a budget. Jay ended up looking so dressed up. I've never seen him look so trendy. I fell in love again. Hihi. I also appreciated that they tried to stick with our budget. Instead of purchasing everything we needed they told us they can provide some of the stuffs (mostly accessories). The concept. I wanted skylanterns. This was one of the things that I really wanted for my wedding. Unfortunately, our venue doesn't allow it so I had to let that dream go. Since we're going to "re-live" our wedding through our postnup shoot, I thought of releasing skylanterns during the shoot. Then I saw the movie Tangled. Sigh... That scene at the lake was really beautiful. I couldn't help smiling while watching it. So, when Tiffany asked us to choose among the 5 concepts she sent us, we went with the concepts that involve skylanterns and fireworks. I got a bit stressed out with finding a location but thank God one of Tiffany's suggestions panned out. We needed a place where they allow skylanterns to be released and not a lot of venues allow it. Casa Ibiza was the only place we were able to contact that allowed it. It's a resort in Antipolo, Rizal that has a Mexican vibe to it. The payment for the prenup was 5,000php. This includes a room that we can use to prepare. The initial schedule of our shoot was May 9 (Monday). However, because of the sudden arrival of a typhoon we had to postpone it that morning. We informed Feliz and Rene that we should cancel the shoot for the day and reschedule it. We then informed Casa Ibiza of the change of plans and cancelled our vacation leaves.:( We scheduled it for another Monday which was June 6. It started raining a few days before the scheduled date which got me worried but God heard our prayers and gave us good weather that day. Just two days after, it was raining cats and dogs. On the day of the shoot, we picked up Paula and Feliz at their office where they started on my hair and makeup. We kinda got lost on the way to Casa Ibiza so we arrived a bit late. Rene got to the place ahead of us so he started scouting the place. When we finally got there, Rene showed us to our room ('coz he already got the key). It was actually very nice. It's cozy and has two floors. The lower floor has a small sofa with a TV, small dining area and a kitchen. Upstairs are three bedrooms. Two rooms have single beds while the master bedroom has a queen-sized bed. There are two bathrooms too. One outside of the two single rooms and another one inside the master bedroom. Each room has its own aircon unit. Casa Ibiza is mexican-inspired. The buildings are colorful that looks nice in pictures. I brought my camera but like all our other shoots, I didn't get to use it. I even forgot to ask for a group picture. :( We went straight to the master bedroom and started preparing. Feliz continued working on my makeup while Paula worked on my hair. While waiting, Rene actually found meaning to the date of our shoot. June 6. It was the first day of the second half of the first year of our marriage. Nice one, Rene! We all agreed that this was probably the reason why the typhoon made us cancel our shoot back in May. Serendipity? When they were done preparing Jay, Feliz gave him pointers on how to pose and what to do. A quick modeling lesson. Then Rene whisked him away for his solo shots while Feliz was doing final touches on me. She gave me some posing tips too. I'm not very good at it, though. She looked so natural in posing. Envy! After we were done with our first outfit, we changed to our wedding attire. Yay! I got to wear my wedding gown again. I forgot how heavy it was. But I was glad that it still fit me. They put my fake hair on which should have been part of the first attire (for our Tangled theme) but we used it with my wedding gown instead. I think it went well with it. Rapunzel on her wedding day? Hehe... The fake hair was a really long rope that Paula or Feliz spray painted black. It was a struggle attaching it on my head but Paula was gentle enough and was able to do it without causing me any head injuries. We only got to use it for a short time but I think it served its purpose well. Rene showed me some of the shots and it looked like real hair. Feliz also brought her red cape that made me look like Red Ridinghood. She had no idea that I wanted to do a Red Ridinghood theme for one of our prenups before (but I couldn't find a red cape for it). Thanks, Feliz and Paula! You made one of my prenup wants come true without even knowing it. After a couple of shots at the resort's bar (no pun intended and there were no alcohol involved), we went near the gazebo to light up our skylanterns. Our favorite part of the shoot. That was the first time we got to release skylanterns. They flew out perfectly. No glitches. We didn't get to do much posing though since most of the time we didn't know when they'll start flying. I hope we got some nice shots. When we were done with the skylanterns, we went ahead with the sparklers. It was like New Year all over again! Yay! Then, when we were finally done, we packed up our stuffs and ate dinner. We were hungry. Paula, Feliz, Jay and I didn't get to have lunch (sorry, girls!) so food was a welcome sight for us. After saying our goodbyes, we headed back to Chest Knots Studio's office to drop off Paula and Feliz. What a day! Fun! Fun! Fun! Jay and I enjoyed the shoot a lot. Feliz and Paula were always there to take care of us. They even have portable fans for us and mosquito repelants for Rene (mosquitoes have a certain love for Rene for some reason). Hehe. My body was aching a bit when I woke up the next day but it was all worth it. I can't wait to see the pictures. Here are some of the moodboards we used for our shoot: