This couple really went all out for their wedding. With almost 300 guests in attendance, their ceremony took place at La Purisima Church, in Orange, California. It was a traditional Filipino Catholic ceremony in which their was a cord, veil, and coin ceremony. Like most catholic churches, they were very restrictive as to where the videographer and photographer were allowed to go and position themselves. A videographer stayed in a pew located halfway down the aisle. There was an area that was behind the alter where the other videographer was. This allowed us to capture the bride, Jen, walking down the aisle and at the same time get the reaction of our groom, Erwin.
Afterwards, we were off to the Grand Newport Plaza also know as the Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa. This venue has this very elegant Spanish setup where there is a courtyard with a beautiful fountain. While the guests were having their hors d’oeuvres, we went along with their photographer to get video of their post ceremony pictures. When we completed that, there was a formal introduction of the couple as they entered from a balcony area and then down a double stairway.
That night, the party really went down. You wouldn’t think so at first because the first half of the celebration was so emotional. It seemed during every speech there was not a dry eye in the house. But after the dances and speeches, the dance floor opened where the party really began. I don’t remember the dance floor every being empty the entire night. From dance circles to dance battles, it was a good time.