Inspirations.PH / Endearing Engagements / August 04, 2021

JR and Razel - Lucky in Love

Razel Jade S. Sanor and John Rafael B. Castillo have been together for a decade now and ever since Themes & Motifs launched the first-ever online bridal fair in 2020, Razel has been an avid follower. It’s both safe and convenient for Razel, a casino dealer of a prestigious hotel in Parañaque, and JR, who works in IT under a government agency.

Razel and JR’s wedding is scheduled on January 8, 2022 and as they have been preparing, the couple fortunately won a free photoshoot venue during Themes & Motifs’ 11.11 Grand Year End Bridal Sale Online Bridal Fair Hashtag Raffle. “We decided on a garden prenup shoot, so we are blessed that we won the prize,” says Razel.

Below, Razel and JR share their experience, concept, and how they dealt with the changing quarantine restrictions that affected their engagement shoot.

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What is your engagement shoot theme?

Our wedding has a rustic theme. We decided that our prenup photos will be classical theme since Fernwood Gardens Tagaytay has a lot of nice backgrounds landscapes to offer.

Any special reason why you selected your theme and/or shoot location? What was the inspiration behind it? 

We decided on a garden prenup shoot so we are blessed that we won the Fernwood Gardens Tagaytay prenup prize from Themes & Motifs’ 11.11 Grand Year End Bridal Sale Online Bridal Fair last November 2020.

Tell us about your engagement shoot planning process: How were you able to bring the theme to life?

We were both excited during our engagement shoot planning, I always check our wardrobe and our coordinators created the photoshoot timeline of activitiest. During our shoot, our gowns and suits perfectly suited the garden venue. There was a lockdown early 2021 so we rescheduled and once it was GCQ in Tagaytay, we were able to continue as we observed all safety protocols.

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Please share your engagement shoot experience. Was it challenging to do a shoot?

Our engagement shoot was exciting. Our photographer, Half Press Studio, taught us to be more comfortable. We enjoyed our four hours, giving our best smiles, our sweet cuddles, and our natural movements just as if no one was watching us. It was not hard for Half Press Studio to come up with ideas of where to shoot. The staff of Fernwood Gardens Tagaytay is approachable and accommodating. We are happy to have had this one of a kind experience for our lifetime journey.

What advice or tips can you give couples planning their prenup photoshoot during this time?

Enjoy every pose and give your best shot. As for the camera-shy, just be yourself. Having a prenup photoshoot experience is a once-in-a-lifetime experience of feeling like a celebrity before your wedding. A few months after your wedding, you can look back at the pictures and videos during your engagement photoshoot and realize how lucky you are to be in love with each other.

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Photography and videography by Half Press Studio | Hair and makeup by Professional Hair and Makeup Artistry by Jai | Coordination by Lots of Love Events | Location: Fernwood Gardens Tagaytay