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Anne and Erwan’s Wedding: 4 Things That Prove Love is an Adventure

Anne & Erwan's Wedding

What first caught my eye in Anne and Erwan’s beautiful wedding video by Jason Magbanua were not the lush rolling hills of New Zealand, or the bunch of good looking people that surrounded the happy couple. It was a sign shown a little past 1:00 mark that said: “Welcome to Middle Earth.”

If you know of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit (books or movies), this reference wouldn’t be lost on you and it somehow leaves us with a feeling that Anne and Erwan are just about to start on the greatest adventure of their lives.

Anne did say it in her wedding vow, but even without it, it’s very easy to see why that is so –love and marriage is a lifelong quest that the husband and wife promise to embark on together. And while there were no orcs, hobbits, elves, or wandering lost kings in the video, here are four things that prove that saying (or singing!) “I Do” in front of God can be the biggest adventure of anyone’s life.

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Anne and Erwan’s Wedding Preview: 3 Predictions for Their Marriage

Watching Anne and Erwan’s wedding preview gave us a glimpse into their happy future. Wanna hear our predictions?

It’s been a week since Anne and Erwan tied the knot—but it’s still fresh in our minds. Probably because there are tons of trending photos and videos from the reception so we can’t stop refreshing our feeds! Luckily, we got a sweet but oh so short preview courtesy of Jason Magbanua to fuel our growing addiction. Watching Anne and Erwan’s wedding preview kind of gave us a glimpse into their happy future. While none of us actually own crystal balls, we just can’t help but share our predictions with you!

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Solenn and Nico Show Us 5 Ways to Recognize True Love

Solenn and Nico, Jason Magbanua

Can you imagine a time when Solenn and Nico didn’t know each other? Yet now they seem perfect together. We’ve dissected their wedding film for signs to recognize YOUR true love. Remember to keep your eyes open because he/she might just be lurking around the corner!

On The Top Knotters, we feature weddings and engagements—so-called success stories in the department of love. But anyone who has ever attempted to get into a relationship or even just had a crush has most likely also felt the soul-crushing effects of heartbreak at least once in their life. It’s all sorts of salt-in-your-wounds, I-can’t-stop-bingeing-on-ice-cream, my-life-has-lost-all-meaning painful! And when it reaches such a low, we start doubting if we will ever find love again or if, indeed, love exists for such imperfect human beings such as ourselves.  Enter, Solenn and Nico.

We’ve all seen them pull pranks on, poke fun at, and profess undying love for each other on their Instagrams. So how can we not believe in divine providence when we consider the truth that, ten years ago, Solenn and Nico didn’t even know each other? And now look at them: they’re inseparable!  It must be true love.  So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to dissect their wedding film (which was as spectacular as can be expected from Jason Magbanua) to discover the secret to recognizing true love when it comes for us, bow and arrow and all.

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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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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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AlDub Wedding Highlights: 5 Ways It’s More Real Than You Think

AlDub Wedding Highlights, Metrophoto

When news broke out that Maine and Alden were getting married, literally everybody had asked if it was real. Were they actually getting married? Regardless if it’s scripted or not, the AlDub Wedding Highlights (made by Jason Magbanua) prove one thing to be true: love is something we all aspire for.  Victor Hugo said so himself: To love or have loved–that is enough.

So here are our favorite moments from the AlDub Wedding Highlights film.

We adore them, not just because of the kilig they bring to our bones, but more so because we believe they contain echoes of the real love that is present in the many weddings and marriages we raise toasts to.

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5 Reasons Why We Want The AlDub Wedding To Be Real

Aldub Wedding, Jason Magbanua

It all began with a split-screen romance. Their love story slowly unraveled before our eyes as we all anticipate where it will all lead. Finally, most of the country felt the ‘kilig’ of our lives with the news of The AlDub Wedding!

Thanks to Jason Magbanua’s magic in storytelling as he did for the likes of Judy Ann and Ryan, Vic and Pauleen, he’s able to capture and share with us the crucial kilig moments of Alden & Maine’s special day.

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Vic & Pauleen’s Wedding: 5 Ways These Celebrities Are Just Like Us

Vic and Pauleen, metrophoto

Early this year, one of the most iconic entertainers in the country wed his beautiful long-time girlfriend.  You know them: Vic and Pauleen (surnames optional). 

And though very few of us will ever have to wade through paparazzi-like crowds on our own wedding days, this full video by Jason Magbanua helps us unfold quite a revelation: Celebrities are just like us normal mortals too!  Here’s all the proof you need.

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6 Times Nikki Gil & BJ’s Wedding Made Us Cry

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Nikki Gil who? It’s Nikki Albert now.

It was last November 21, 2015 when the radiant songstress tied the knot to her college sweetheart.  But they have just released their full wedding video and we can’t help but gush over the beautiful film by THE Jason Magbanua.  Here’s a rundown of our favorite things about their wedding, which are sure to make you laugh and cry, in equal parts.

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Nikki Gil and BJ Albert: Just before they tied the knot.

Nikki Gil and BJ Albert: Just before they tied the knot. Photo by Pat Dy.

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Confessional SDE: How Else You Can Say ‘I Do’

Confessional SDE, Jason Magbanua

One of the latest Filipino celebrities to tie the knot was acclaimed Red Turnip theater actress Cris Villonco and businessman Paolo Valderrama.  But it wasn’t just the beautiful dresses the bride wore (Elie Saab for the church and Lesley Mobo for the reception) that caught the internet abuzz.  Rather it was their confessional SDE (same day edit), which was woven magnificently by Jason Magbanua to include the personal vows of the couple so that the mini ‘film’ dripped with emotion and sincerity.

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Screencaps of the bride and groom reciting their confessions of love separately on the eve of their wedding.

The confessional SDE begins with the bare-faced bride in front of her vanity, giving her groom a ‘warning’:

“So this is me. I’m about to go to bed before our wedding.  Faded eyebrows, walang makeup.  This is what you agreed to go to bed with and wake up to for the rest of your life.”

Credits roll and we are shown a few teasers from the ceremony before the bride greets us once more to let us know that,

“This is it.  This is it, after everything.  Ito na yun!”

While scenes from the morning preparations play on the screen, the groom’s voice starts to tell us his side of the story.

“Paano ko nalaman na ikaw na?  Malaking factor yung dinala mo ako sa simbahan at niyaya mo akong magdasal.  The only thing that makes me happy is when I see you happy.  Secondary na lang yung iba.”

This exchange continues between more scenes from the church and the reception.  What had been two separate vows became an intimate conversation—and it instantly captivated guests and viewers alike. 

The Confessional SDE

This refreshing take on the SDE comes at the heels of a clarification made by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) last January, which stated that personal vows should not be inserted within the wedding liturgy.  An alternative offered to couples was to recite their personal vows during the reception instead. 

But soon-to-wed couples seem to have another option now that we have witnessed how equally affecting a confessional SDE could be.  This is something that couples from all denominations can consider for their own weddings too.   Not only does the confessional SDE allow their loved ones to witness up close each emotion as it crosses their faces, but it also allows both the bride and groom to be comfortable, forget the crowd, and focus only on each other. 

So if you’re getting married soon, talk with your videographer about the possibility of doing your own confessional SDE.  We might not all be award-winning, alabaster-skinned actresses like Cris Villonco, but we can be sincere too.  Especially when the “tamang panahon” arrives.

Watch the full SDE below: