Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Wedding At Caleruega

Wedding At Caleruega

* I have three sons, namely, Alex, Allen and Albert. They are my Aces. Alex married in 2004 while Allen got hitched in 2005. Albert, the youngest, tied the knot last June 7, 2019. I have played my last Ace. It's an Ace of Spade.

Pre-Nuptial Photo Shoot

          For setting, Albert and Monette wanted something rustic, a quiet place in the countryside. With a restored VW Beetle bought from a Canadian, they hied off to an obscure spot in the mountains of Tanay in Rizal province. In tow was professional photographer Don Tapan, son of former Philippine Airlines' well-known lens man George Tapan.

           To drum up interest to the forthcoming event, there was another teaser. This time, it was done at Bonifacio Global City. From the backwoods to the metropolis. Professional videographers Meg and Jane produced and directed. Picked background music was A Little More by Cody Fry.

Prep Shoot

          Prep shoot on the actual day of wedding was at Hill Creek. It was a practical choice. Occupying a vast tract of land with an abundance of tall trees at the nearby town of Alfonso in Cavite, Hill Creek is only 15 minutes away by car from site of wedding. Hill Creek offers swimming pools, rooms, pavilions and other function rooms. Don Tapan, again, did the photo shoot.

Wedding Rites at Caleruega

          Perched on a hill, Caleruega Chapel has a clear view of nearby Mount Batulao and the vast agricultural plains beneath it. It takes pride in having, in stained glass,The Transfiguration as background. Caleruega was built by the Dominican Fathers and was named after the serene town of Caleruega in Spain where St. Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order, was born. Because of its popularity as a wedding venue, it is advised that reservation should be made one year in advance.

Reception at The Pavilion

           As it is spacious and offers views of Hill Creek surroundings, The Pavilion was selected as venue for reception and subsequent program. With excellent sound system and fine air conditioning, smooth flow and comfort of guests were expected. For dinner, the menu included the following: Steak ala Pobre with Trufled Mushroom Sauce, Slow Roasted Pork Belly in Barbeque Sauce, Grilled Blue Marlin with Lemon Butter Sauce, 40 Cloves of Garlic Chicken, Lechon, etc.

Final Video

           Highlights of the momentous event were recorded and compressed in an almost 7 minutes of viewing. It was done, again, by Meg and Jane and first played during the reception at Hill Creek. It was done so well that it was considered as the clincher.