Inspirations.PH / Endearing Engagements / September 01, 2021

Jerome and Carla - K-Drama Pre-Wedding Feels

‘Don’t skip the prenup shoot!’

Jerome Santos Valerio and Ma. Carla M. Cuison, perhaps like many of today’s couples have strengthened their bond over K-dramas. It is no wonder that a Korean pre-wedding shoot became their theme of choice for their engagement portraits. “All throughout our wedding preparation, one of our bonding activities was to watch Korean dramas which inspired our theme,” Carla says.

The couple also considered the reality of the pandemic when brainstorming their engagement shoot. Carla says shooting in a studio and indoor was their choice to minimize changes in their schedules that could come up due to changing restrictions.

Below, she shares her tips on how to organize a safe prenup shoot, and why she recommends pushing through with an engagement shoot even at a time when mobility can be a challenge.

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How did you put together your concept and collaborate with your suppliers?

Our major deciding factor with our prenup shoot was this pandemic. We chose to have an indoor shoot to avoid the hassle of possible rescheduling due to inconsistent quarantine qualifications within Metro Manila and exposure to the virus when shooting outdoors.

We relayed the theme to our photographer Ms. Ivy by creating layouts using Canva which gave her ideas of what our wardrobes would be and the overall “feel” and vibe that we wanted to show during the shoot. Moreover, on the day itself we had a “get to know the couple” interview which also helped her in capturing who we truly are.

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Any advice or tips for couples planning their prenup or engagement shoot?

Look for venues like studios to avoid the hassle of rescheduling, since quarantine guidelines changes from time to time. Shooting in a studio will not limit the shots your photographer can create. You will be surprised with the number of layouts they will come up with! And no haggard faces for both of you because the room is air-conditioned.

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Another advice is to not skip the prenup shoot! Other couples may think this as an additional expense and one of the “nice to have but not necessary” kind of thing, but an engagement shoot will make you comfortable working with your photographer and your first meeting will not just be your wedding day itself. As much as possible, also give them guidelines (ex. presentation, pictures) of what you want your shoot be like.

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Photographs by Ivy Palomares Photography | Location: 206 Photography Studio | Hair and makeup by Ann Santiago Makeup Artistry | Nude gown by Señorita Bridal and Rental Shop