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Juday and Ryan Show Us 7 Ways to Keep the Flame Burning

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Juday and Ryan, who are celebrating their anniversary today, are showing us what real #RelationshipGoals look like—and how to achieve that!

It takes a lot to make a marriage work and last. And we mean A LOT. So whenever we see a more mature couple holding hands or going out on Fridate nights, we can’t help but wonder how they managed to still be in love after all those years—when sometimes we feel like strangling ourselves when the hubby forgets to put the cap on the toothpaste tube, or when the wife keeps nagging us to do just that. Juday and Ryan (surnames optional), who celebrate their eighth year of being married today, are just one of the celebrity couples whom we look to for this kind of #relationshipgoals inspo.

Though their marriage is still relatively young, Juday and Ryan have shown an admirable sense of maturity throughout their journey as a couple. So now, upon the release of the wedding video from their seventh year anniversary and renewal of vows, we’d like to share with you our thoughts on how the couple has kept their marriage strong all along. Read on for our breakdown and to watch the film by Jason Magbanua below.

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Bridal Makeup Battle: 5 Professional MUAs Compare Airbrush and Traditional Makeup

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To be or not to be? To airbrush or not to airbrush? These are just some of the questions playwrights and brides have been asking themselves for eons. Let these five in-demand makeup artists guide you towards the light!

There are millions of pages and threads devoted to discussing bridal makeup. If you’re not careful, you could get sucked into a time vortex just reading one article after another. But since time is gold and we have limited supplies of both, we thought you’d like to hear from some of the country’s most sought-after makeup artists and get the answer once and for all. Airbrush or traditional? It’s not as easy as you would think. Read on for precious insights, straight from our Top Knotters! Continue Reading →

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Delicious Wedding Favors: 5 Homegrown Goodies You Need to Try

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If you love food (and you should, unless you’re a robot), then you need to consider giving away these delicious wedding favors on your big day! Here are our suggestions curated from five homegrown brands.

There’s no denying it: Filipinos love to eat! Most of our social activities are centered around the dinner table. And *sigh* with the inadequate number of public spaces such as parks or libraries, our go-to hangouts have become cafes and restaurants. But even though we sympathize with you and your expanding waistlines (trust us, we know the feeling), we can’t keep such good stuff a secret much longer. Here are five delicious wedding favors you might want to try, all from proudly Filipino companies. Get them for your ninongs and ninangs, or just try them out for fun! They won’t disappoint. Pinky promise.

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Before I Do, Go Bargain-Hunting! At the 28th B.I.D. Wedding & Debut Fair

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Who wouldn’t get all giddy and excited at the thought of marrying the love of your life? Who?!? But Before I Do can happen, a lot of preparations (maybe a few debates over where to sit your constantly inebriated distant uncle) need to first take place. If you want to be a savvy bride, you can’t miss the 28th Before I Do Wedding and Debut Fair! April 1-2, 2017 at the Megatrade Hall 1 in SM Megamall.

Why go to bridal fairs?

Orchestrating your dream wedding can take its toll, not only on your bank account, but also on your time. Naturally, you want to get the best suppliers that suit your needs. Most couples take a long time reviewing portfolios, doing taste tests or ocular visits, and the like. Going to bridal fairs is an efficient way to meet the ones you’re already considering, but also to survey all the suppliers out there. After all, you might be missing out on some gems if you just rely on the super popular ones!  What’s more, suppliers usually offer insane discounts when you book them at bridal fairs! If that isn’t smart spending, then we don’t know what is.

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Gifts for Men: 4 Unique & Quirky Gifts He’ll Absolutely Love

Everybody knows looking for gifts for men can be tricky. So here are a few unique and quirky, mostly DIY gifts that our male readers themselves confess to absolutely loving!

We love Love as much as the next person. But Valentine’s and other special occasions have sometimes got us scratching our heads.  For one thing, getting THE perfect gift makes us feel like high school students trying to build an egg parachute to be thrown over the fourth storey window.  You only have one chance lest everything breaks apart…  Okay, so nobody serious actually breaks up over crappy gifts, right?  But it’s a sincere desire to make the other feel loved that drives us on this quest. So we decided to help our readers out by coming up with this list of unique and downright quirky gifts for men; your guy will thank us!

Now you might be asking, why gifts for men? Well, just because we’re also a bit in love with all things Korean, we wanted to share this little trivia with you. In Korea, Valentine’s Day is traditionally known as Red Day, wherein it’s the women who usually give chocolates to the man in their life.  Although the practice has since evolved, we’re taking inspiration from this tidbit for our Valentine feature.  We asked our male friends and readers to tell us the best gifts they ever got that made them feel extra special and loved. Below are some of our favourite answers. See which ones you can take inspiration from!

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Wedding Videography Greats: 3 Pros Reveal Their Favorite SDEs

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What happens when you ask professional wedding filmmakers to name their favorite SDE apart from their own? They remind you who the wedding videography greats are!

Last week, we rounded up some established and up-and-coming talents in the Wedding Videography industry to add variety to your Vimeo playlists. (Read the viral article here!)  This week, we asked some of these very talents to select their favorite wedding SDE from 2016.  The catch? It had to be from someone other than themselves. In the end, it was as if these pros were choosing their bets among the wedding videography greats of the Philippines.

We’re NOT saying this is a definitive list of the best in the business.  Art is subjective, we all know that.  But we have to admit that the names that popped up on this list didn’t surprise us so much.  After all, these filmmakers have been widely considered as wedding videography greats by so many print and online publications, as well as award-giving bodies.  Without further ado, we’re listing them here in alphabetical order so you don’t accuse us of playing favorites!

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Videographers to Watch: 2016 Wedding Film Roundup

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When it comes to wedding videographers to watch, there are so many talents out there! Allow us the privilege of introducing you to seven awesome teams. You’re welcome.

Since January is the season for resolutions, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to add one more to your already long list.  We can be bossy like that sometimes.  But we promise this will be just as worthwhile as all your new get-fit plans, if not easier to stick to!  Here it is: We dare you to take note of these videographers to watch and subscribe to their Youtube and Vimeo channels.

Of course, we’re all familiar with the legends in the field (in alphabetical order, lest they accuse us of favoritism): Jason Magbanua, Mayad, Bob Nicolas, and Threelogy.  But even future celebrity bride, Ehra Madrigal, believes that all of the suppliers are talented!  It’s really just a matter of personal taste on the part of the bride and groom.  So, to help widen your choices, we had a chat with some fresh talents in the videography scene who might not be getting as much exposure as the greats.  Read on for our no-longer-secret list of videographers to watch out for this year!

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Ehra Madrigal’s Prenup: An Impromptu Fantasy in Venice

In case you haven’t seen them on Metrophoto’s blog, Tom and Ehra Madrigal’s prenup photos shot in Venice have just been made public and they are oh-so-glorious!

Blending sartorial glamour with that carefree je ne sais quoi, Tom and Ehra Madrigal’s prenup session spells pure fantasy—and you won’t believe the story that comes with it either.  To find out more about what happened behind the scenes, we had a chat with the future bride herself.  Here, she recounts with us how she and her fiancé met, as well as her Top Knotters experience while preparing for and shooting in Venice.  As a bonus for our readers, Ehra also shares with us her advice for couples when it comes to selecting their suppliers for the big day.  We guarantee they’re 100% practical, perfect even for non-celebrities like most of us!

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Wedding Fireworks: 4 Sparkly and Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Using wedding fireworks have direct impact on the environment and on our health!  Here are more eco-friendly ways to bring sparkle into your wedding.

We love firework displays for different reasons.  Some of us believe that having wedding fireworks will pave the way for a bountiful year ahead.  Others can’t help but wax romantic at the sight of rainbow-colored explosions against the dark of night.  But anybody who has ever plucked her eyebrows knows that beauty comes at a cost, and this cannot be truer than in the case of fireworks. 

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Charitable Wedding: 5 Ways to Give Back on Your Big Day

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It’s become a popular tradition among friends, families, and even workplaces to hold an outreach activity during Christmas season.  It’s our way of giving thanks for our blessings the past year—and for THE only blessing we will ever need.  But Christmas isn’t the only time you can give back.  Why not make your big day more memorable and meaningful by having a charitable wedding too?

Of course, most weddings already cost the couple so much.  But there are ways to have a charitable wedding without incurring any extra expenses.  Now if that isn’t a heavenly deal, we don’t know what is!

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