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Tropical Island Wedding at Dos Palmas (SDE)

TROPICAL ISLAND WEDDING , Derek yee video, Myio Okamoto Photography

The wait is finally over for Max and Cristal. Watch that fateful moment take place in this tropical island wedding at Dos Palmas, bookended by lots of carefree partying.

If you’ve ever been to Metropolitan Manila, chances are you know what waiting is like and are getting tired of it pretty fast. There’s the spiraling line to board the MRT, the carmaggedon on EDSA and just about every other avenue in the city, even months-long waiting just to renew your passport. But waiting can be a good thing too–especially when it’s for something truly worth it, something you’ve prayed long and hard for. Some people believe that that moment when you’re about to quit is the time to keep going, the turning point before all things work out for good. That’s pretty much true for Max and Cristal too, who, after overcoming their disbelief, finally tied the knot at their tropical island wedding.


Theirs is a story that proves that waiting can truly be good–and that even the heartbroken shouldn’t give up on love just yet (or ever). Cristal waited for her soulmate despite her doubts and only truly believed when Max came into her life.  As for the groom. his heart had been longing for the woman whom he’d spend the rest of his life with.  There was nothing in their pasts that could prevent them from binding themselves to each other for the entirety of their futures.

Max and Cristal are two different and unsuspecting individuals brought together by fate.  To mark their love for one another, they chose to have an intimate wedding ceremony on an island, surrounded by their dearest family and friends. True to their laidback spirits, they made sure guests had a fun time partying and basking in the magnificence of nature in their tropical island wedding.

Max and Cristal’s Top Knotters Moment

While destination weddings are always a challenge, and outdoor weddings in the Philippines always hold an air of uncertainty, Max and Cristal’s carefree attitude was the perfect answer to the erratic tropical weather.  That, as well as their superb wedding suppliers.

Meeting with the videographer was definitely a Top Knotters moment for the couple. They wanted someone who could creatively execute the filming and give them helpful directions. They found their answer in Derek Yee.

Max: “Not feeling very comfortable in front of a camera, I was a little anxious how it would turn out. But Derek took my concerns very seriously and  calmed me down completely. The friendliness and open ear for my concerns really made me trust him, and that ensured a great atmosphere during the shoot.”


Another special moment with their Top Knotter was when the couple first saw their SDE at the end of their reception.

Cristal: “It was [unforgettable] when we saw the SDE photo and video on the spot, a quick glimpse of everything that happened during the day. We weren’t even aware of some of [the things that happened].”

In the presence of their family and friends,  Max and Cristal vowed to commit to and love each other ’til death do they part. It was definitely a night to remember and something that the newlyweds will cherish for all eternity. Overcoming their differences as well as the difficulties in their pasts, Max and Cristal are proof that good things happen to those who wait and keep the faith.

Share with us your “waiting” story in the comments section below!

Supplier Spotlight: Video: Derek Yee Video | Photo: Myio Okamoto Photography | DJ –  DJ Marc Marasigan | Floral and Set up Arrangements – Ken Hupanda of Dos Palmas Resort | Gown – Rue de Seine | Groom Men’s Suit – Kachin Dubai | HMUA – The Make Up Studio Team (Randy Sta. Ana and Aaron Lejarde) | Pastor – John Mateos Ong.

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