Beautiful photos from a couple's simple wedding are currently going viral on Facebook.
On Friday, January 18, events photographer Michael See Apeles of Wowenkho Studios shared on Facebook his experience working with newlyweds Gilbert and Fely Joy Ynclino on their special day.
Many netizens were impressed with how beautiful the photos were even if it was just a small wedding.
At press time, Michael's post has been shared over 25,000 times and has received 85,000 reactions.
The photographer wrote, "Maya't maya may makikita tayong pinopost na bonggang kasal na maraming palamuti, makukulay na bulaklak, magagarang suot, magandang tanawin, atbp. Ika nga, yung tipong halatang pinagkagastusan nang todo.
"Para sa photographer ng ganung klaseng mga kasalan, tila madaling itutok ang camera sa mga bagay-bagay kasi parang lahat na lang maganda sa kuha.
"Pero mas naniniwala ako na nasa photographer na rin kung paano magiging maganda yung kuha kahit saan man ang kasal. Kahit hindi man sa hotel ganapin yung preparation, makakahanap pa rin ng ganda sa kahit anumang sulok man yan. Basta't lagyan ng kaunting diskarte, hanapin ang magandang anggulo, hintayin ang tamang sandali, at siguraduhin ang maayos na timpla.
"Ganun ang naging challenge sa akin sa naging kasal na kinunan ko sa Tumana. Sa bahay nina Reymark Ynclino naghanda yung mga tao para sa kasal. Kaya doon na lang din ako napadpad para kumuha ng mga nakasanayan nang mga litrato sa isang kasal, tulad ng singsing, sapatos, relo, atbp.
"Sana nga lang ay pasado ang mga litrato ko para kay Reymark at sa pamilya niya. At sana naipakita ko rin ang kagandahan ng inyong tahanan sa Tumana. Pero higit sa lahat, congratulations po kay Mr. Gilbert Ynclino at Fely Joy Paz Ynclino sa inyong kasal."
Gilbert and Fely's Christian wedding ceremony and reception were held at an events place in Marikina City, on January 10.
Like most couples who hire a team of photographers to cover their wedding, Gilbert and Fely also had glam shots of their preparations before exchanging their "I do's."
Fely wore a cute, bunny-printed pink robe as she got ready for her wedding, and looked elegantly beautiful when she changed into her ivory lace gown.
Meanwhile, her dapper groom, Gilbert, had his photo taken inside a jeepney that was parked in front of their house.
Michael also took these photos of the couple's wedding rings and accessories.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) via Facebook Messenger, Fely said they were overwhelmed by the reactions they received following their photographer's post.
She also thanked her brother-in-law, Reymark Ynclino, whose wedding gift to the couple was to give them a photographer.
Fely said they had no budget for a photographer.
"Di po namin in-expect ng asawa ko kasi simple lang naman yung kasal namin, yung mairaos lang.
"Yung photographer na si Sir Michael, boss yun ng bayaw ko.
"Sagot kasi ng bayaw ko yung payment nun. Wala kasi kami budget para dun.
"Dapat nga wala photographer kasi may mga cellphone naman po."
The couple had just 20,000 pesos as budget for the whole wedding.
Fely said they actually planned on getting a civil wedding, since a church or a Christian ceremony is always a lot more expensive.
In her words, "Dapat po talaga sa huwes lang po kami kasi wala po kami budget para sa kasal na ganon.
"Sabi ng biyenan ko, siya na lang magdagdag. PHP20,000 lang kasi pera namin. Di ko po alam kung magkano po 'dinagdag nila."
The couple were also grateful for the events place where their wedding was held, for giving them a generous discount.
The couple also did not get a caterer for the wedding. Instead, family members helped prepare the food for their wedding reception.
After four hours at the events place, the after-party continued at the newlyweds' home in Marikina City.
As Fely told it, "Nag-rent po kami ng venue para sa ceremony at reception. Saglit lang po din dun kasi kulang sa budget, kaya 'tinuloy na lang sa bahay pagkatapos."
Asked for her favorite moment, Fely answered, "Yung nag-message po kami sa mga parents namin at nung naglakad po sa aisle.
"Kasi po pangarap ko po na maikasal, 'tapos biniyayaan pa ng kasal sa simbahan.
"Kahit sino naman po, yun ang pangarap ng isang babae."
Now, she admits, she has one more "pangarap": "Baka sakali makita ni Vice Ganda, hehehe, gusto ko siya makita."