Location: Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines

James + Kathy | Dipolog Wedding

Weddings only happen once in a lifetime. But as photographers, our job is to actually bear witness to a lot of weddings. Although each wedding we go to are unique and special by themselves, we are merely observers, outsiders if you may, to this intimate affair especially between the couple, their family, and their friends. Sometimes, though, events take a unique turn. Sometimes, the story being told is ours. This wedding we feature today is one such wedding, for this here is my best friend’s wedding. I’ve known James, the groom, for a long time. Through thick and thin, wet and dry, I can say that this man is someone really close to my heart. My words cannot truly express the happiness I have of witnessing him get married to the love of his life, Kathy. The reality that I am actually covering my best friend’s wedding didn’t really sink in to me for the most part of the day. It all seemed kind of surreal that this person is actually turning the page into a new chapter of his life. It was not until the couple’s portrait after the ceremony that reality really struck me. After doing so many weddings in the past, for the first time, my hands were actually shaking, and I was teary eyed as I try to pose them for the portrait. I actually hate having a camera on my face all the time, but this time I was actually thankful for it. As I take their first portrait as husband and wife, that right there is a moment I will cherish my entire life. Another really special thing that happened on this wedding is the people that I worked with to cover it. Seeing these really talented and passionate people come together once again to create art and share their vision is something I genuinely consider momentous. Being able to be part of the team and work with them once more is an awesome privilege. I’m excitedly looking forward to the next reunion! Also a big shoutout to the Machutes Family for taking care of us (very well) for the whole duration of our stay! The unlimited Lechon is very much appreciated! Haha. So without further ado, here we present you James and Kathy’s wedding day!


J M S x K T H Y
w e d d i n g

Photo: Ingrid Dacanay & Angelo Bilang
Video: Nicko & Jen Evans
Preps & Reception: D'Hotel & Suites
Ceremony: Kingdom Hall at Dipolog City

Shot on location at Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte, PH
March Thirteenth, Two Thousand Seventeen


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