Studio1 Photography (Wedding Photo and Video Supplier Review)

If not all, most soon to be wed couple will agree that a quality Photo and Video Supplier is something you do not want to forgo on your wedding day. Your wedding day is your most awaited and most “expensive” day that ironically will easily pass, and you want to relive and reminisce every moment thru a well-captured photos and quality videos. You cannot just wish that your guest will capture awesome moments on your wedding which you will be delighted looking at because most of it will be their selfies, awra outfit”, the beautiful backdrop and the food in their plate – but not necessarily about you being wed. #realtalk

We booked Studio1 Photography at SM Megamall Wedding Expo last May 2017. Studio1 is present in almost all Wedding Expo in Metro Manila and Luzon or even overseas like Singapore. If you are organizing a budget wedding but do not want to compromise on the quality, then Studio1 is a great candidate. If you’ve been inquiring about rates of famous Wedding Photographers or even unknown one which you see in Facebook, their rate may start from P40,000 to Php100,000. Most of them offer purely photography service only and no video. You will even add an extra for Prenup Photo or a Wedding album. What encouraged us to get Studio1 is that they already included almost everything you will ever think off for your Photo and Video concern – think about convenience and less hassle wedding preparation!

Studio 1 Photography

Package

  • Basic 2 Package (the one we got) costs  29,750 (Discounted at 15% during the fair)
  • Includes 2 Photographers and 1 Videographer
  • Prenup Photo & Save the Date Video
  • On Site Video Production (Same Day Edit, Growing Up, Prenup Photos and Couple Photos in Slideshow)
  • Photobooth (3 hours)
  • Thank you Cards
  • Digital Frames of your Prenup Pictures which will be displayed on your Wedding Reception
  • Photo Gallery (6pcs) and one life size standee which are your Prenup Photos printed on Card Board (you will take this home after your wedding)
  • Magnetic Wedding Album
  • Guest Book
  • LCD Projector and Wide Screen

Studio1 seldom posts photo and video of their clients on their Facebook page or Website. You just really have to trust your guts on what you see on their booth during the expo and what you will read from reviews on Wedding Forums and Blogs.

Here is the Studio 1 Photography Portfolio in Vimeo

https://vimeo.com/studio1photography

After Sales:

  • Great thing about Studio1 is that they are systematic and very organized – their photographers/videographers are separate from the administrative side of bookings like payment and schedules. Upon booking, they will give you a signed contract and the post-booking guidelines. The post booking guidelines almost answer everything like the schedule of your next payment, mode of payment, things you need to submit, timeline, what department and their respective contact info if you need something like Accounting, Scheduling, Pre and Post Production Materials, etc. Judging from that kind of system, I am convinced that Studio1 is not just a budding Photo/Video supplier operated by starting artists but a formidable company already in the Wedding Photography Industry.
  • The Accounting department will follow you up on your succeeding payment within your payment schedule. Which I appreciate since with all the stuff that are running in your mind for your wedding preparations, payment deadline maybe one that you will miss.
  • The Scheduling department contacted us for the schedule of our prenup and also reminded us that we need to submit a song that will be used for our  Save the Date.
  • They are quick to answer queries thru phone, email and SMS. I also appreciate that they are open during weekend and holidays and some of their personnel will even answer your queries even during their day off or leave thru their personal number.
  • They will reach you when your video and photo is ready for your evaluation. A month before your wedding, they will reach you for to submit your selected prenup photos for Photo Gallery, Standee, Photobooth, Guest Book, Thank you Card, Grown Up pictures, Couple Pictures and songs. If you are a hands-on bride (or groom) and at the same time preoccupied with your work and other activities, Studio1 is a great help to make sure that you do not miss anything on your Photo/Video during your wedding day!

Prenup Shoot:

  • A day or two before our scheduled prenup, your assigned photographer and videographer will contact you and will confirm the time and place of your shoot. They will even suggest some place they already know that may be accessible from where you are coming from.  During the day of our shoot, they were ahead of time and have already did advance inspection on the possible areas as background.
  • Studio 1 package doesn’t cover your prenup styling, makeup and outfit so it is up to you to provide for your gowns, backdrop set up or DIYs. They encourage a three to four change of outfit and location. If you really have some Prenup peg in mind, hire a stylist or conceptualize. Just make sure that you have a separate team to do that during your prenup. Be in the location in advance and make sure that everything is set up (make up, set up, clothes) before your agreed time of shoot.
  • Our friend who also got Studio 1 even met their photographer and videographer before the day of their prenup shoot to tell them of their prenup ideas and what they want to achieve.
  • For the Photographer, i am really delighted to have hired a professional photographer. Studio1’s photographers and videographers will  choreograph you and your partner with poses and the right angle. Kung hindi ka talaga artista at sanay sa camera, mauubusan ka talaga ng pose at mahihiyang umanggulo. Imagine, you will pose for different photos for three hours. The staff are easy to get with at parang hindi nakaka ilang o pressure. Our photographer always reminds my fiance to tuck his “extra rice” or to always chin up to hide his double chin. We appreciate that they will not just take our pictures but will make sure that the couple will look good and above all will express their natural self in the camera. We are very happy with the output and cannot wait to post it on our Facebook timeline when we got it!
  • For the Videographer: Our Save the Date Video was so-so. We have shown a video inspiration to the videographer and he confirmed that he got the idea but will add his “style”. It was nice (editing and video wise) but we didn’t really like the overall video. We were not expecting a viral video kind but when we saw it, it was not that something we are proud to share on our timeline.  Though not a big deal to us since we are already happy with the Prenup Photos. Our friend who also took Studio1 as their Photo/Video were very assertive to point that they had three revision and even came to Studio1 office to relay to the Video Editor how they want their video to be done. It is really up to you! Glad that Studio1 allows post editing and even will consider your suggestions on their work.
  • If you want to get the raw video taken during your prenup (maybe you want to edit it by yourself), they will ask for an additional payment.

Here is a Gallery of our Prenup Photographs

Pre-Wedding Materials

  • Two weeks after your prenup shoot, Studio1 is expected to contact you to give you the copy of your Prenup Photos in CD. You have to pick it up at their office.
  • They will also send you the link of your edited Save the Date Video on their Vimeo Account
  • You have to choose from your prenup photos your the picture that you want for your AVP slideshow, Photo Gallery, Thank you cards, Photobooth Template, Digital Frame, Lifesize Standee. You may email your selected photo’s to Studio1’s pre production department or submit it thru USB in their office. You have to submit this at least one month before your wedding so they have enough time to prepare the materials. They will submit to you sample layouts of Thank you Card, Guest Book, Photobooth templates which you have to approve before their actual printing. If you will not reply or comply with their given schedule, they will publish their work and consider it as “Artist’s Choice”

During the Event

  • A day or two before your event, Studio 1 Schedule Department will text you of the team members that will be incharge of your wedding. Ours are 8 including 2 Photographer, 1 Videographer, 1 Editor, 1 Lightsman, 1 Photobooth Operator and Driver. One thing I appreciate about it is you will know the exact number of crew meal that you will prepare.
  • The Lead Photographer Roldan is impressive. His captures are great and will make sure that you look good on your photo. When I was still wearing a robe, he asked to take my semi-boudoir shot and I applaud that he is able to ask you to do a pose without any hint of “malisya”. Please brides, do not forget to ask a glamour shot of you wearing your wedding gown! That was somethng I regret since my make up artists were late, I was the one late to be dressed up. 🙁 We were in a hurry during our photo and video session.
  • It is good that you tell the shot that you want, like in our case us, our Wedding Ceremony set up has a very beautiful cross made with flower back drop. We requested to have a shot in front of it, and it was perfect. Do not hesitate to tell what you want, you paid for them in the first place. But do not overdo it like insisting “other photographer’s” style on them.
  • It is part of the contract that Projector and Widescreen will be provided by Studio1 and they did not bring one. The leader of the team said that they forgot since there were several coverage being done by Studio1 that day. Thank God that our venue has a back up Projector lent to us.
  • Also make sure that your coordinator will double check all their materials. Studio1 can accommodate several weddings per day and they may be confused with the materials they brought like your Wedding Standee, Gallery. My fiance now my husband told me that the Photobooth picture displays other couple’s photo. Thank God it was still early and their team was able to get the correct photo from their main office.
  • The Same Day Edit is gorgeous and everybody is really happy about it. Their work is not a perfection but we are very happy because they are able to capture the emotions and the sense of the wedding.
  • Prepare a USB where your Same Day Edit will be saved. The team handed us a CD after our wedding but we were disappointed that it only contained our Save the Date, Growing Up Videos but the Same Day Edit is not in it. We waited for at least three weeks for them to upload it on their Vimeo account.  For us, it was a long turn around time but we were still in the wedding blizz so we didn’t stress about it.

Here is the Gallery of our Wedding Photos 

Post Event Materials

  • It will take around two weeks for them to release your official wedding photo. Though we wish that we will get a copy just after the wedding, the turn around time is still quick compared to our other colleagues who got their official wedding photos a year after their wedding.
  • Feedback from Studio1 in Forums says that it will took a long time for them to turn over your post event materials like Full Video Coverage, Wedding Album, Blow up picture. True indeed.  You really need to follow them up from time to time to the point na sobrang kulit mo na until they will give your request.

Total Review

For budget brides, I will give 9/10 feedback to Studio1. They provide value for money and will give you more than what you paid for! Photo and Video suppliers are really expensive and we are very glad to have found Studio1 for our wedding!

Wedding Gown for Rent by Damsel (Makati City)

Bride to Be’s have divided views about Buying vs Renting their Wedding Gown. But a definite rule:

  • If you are the sentimental type and you want the dress to pass down as a family heirloom, then go buy or custom made your own gown.
  • If you simply want to wear a gorgeous gown, perhaps a designer dress that you do not want to purchase, then rent it! You will get to wear it once.. so better not to deprive yourself from wearing a an Oscar dela Renta or Michael Cinco like designs. You’ll have the photographs for lifetime anyway!

As a budget bride, I’ve already made peace with myself that I will be renting a wedding gown. But I haven’t given up the idea of wearing a stunning gown with all the perfect fit and detailing from top to bottom. Good thing is that my tedious research from the internet have paid off, and found few Boutiques in Manila that offer Bridal gown rental.

Today, I will share with you my experience in Wedding Gown for Rent by Damsel.

The Store 

Gown for Rent by Damsel
Lower Ground Makati Cinema Square,
Chino Roces Avenue, Makati
(02) 403 9507
10am – 7:30pm

How to Get Here

  1. If you are coming from Edsa, alight at MRT 3 Magallanes Station.
  2. Ride a Jeep with PRC signboard. Alight at Makati Cinema Square
  3. Get inside the Mall and go to the Lower Ground.
  4. The Gown for Rent by Damsel is in the corner beside the phone accessories shops.

The Gown for Rent by Damsel encourages their client to book first an appointment before dropping by at their store. This will ensure that you have an available fitting room and styling assistant once you arrive at their store. They sent me an online booking link, and I commend it makes the experience organized. In the online booking, you’ll select a Day and Time of your appointment, the service you will avail and a Stylist to assist you with your gown selection and fitting. They are also very responsive to inquiries in their Facebook page. You can also browse thru the pictures of Gowns in their Facebook.

Gown For Rent Makati
The shop’s facade looks like a simple Gown rental shop. But you will fall in love with the store once you get inside.  When we arrived, there is a store assistant who greeted us and inquired if we have an appointment. We were advised to first browse thru the racks to select our desired gown since another client is still using the fitting area.
Gown for Rent in Makati
Gowns are neatly arranged by color. Now, I understood why they prefer appointment – to minimize the crowd inside the store so that clients will be free to roam around and select their preferred gown.
Gown For Rent by Damsel
Balloon Gowns neatly hanged to preserve its shape and volume

The Fitting Area

Gown For Rent Fitting Area Platform
Stylists will ask you if you already have a selected gown or if none, your preferred gown cut and style. She will then bring it to you and allow you to fit it. There are two fitting rooms, but one platform. After wearing the gown, the stylist will lead you to stand in the platform to further style you (high heels, petticoat, etc).
The Wedding Gowns

There are really a wide array of selection in the store – literally. The gown I really have in mind is a sexy mermaid cut that will accentuate my petite and slender body frame. The store assistant told me that they have few wedding gown in that cut but she suggested some other cut that will complement to my body frame.

First Gown – A Beaded Ball Gown

Gown For Rent by Damsel
As I remember, the stylist who assisted me is Ms. Mean. She is very polite and will really assist you in wearing the gown and will advice some designs that will look good on you.

Oops, 5 months pa pala! 💕 #bride #wedding #weddinggown

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The first picture and this one is the same gown. A balloon style wedding gown that have a beaded top. The gown looks really beautiful, I really felt like princess wearing it.

Second Gown – Lace Mermaid 
Gown For Rent by Damsel - Lace Mermaid
I tried one of their Mermaid cut gown which is made of lace from top to bottom. It is really beautiful as I envisioned, but a bit loose for me and the sleeve is a bit warm which is not advisable for me since ours is a garden wedding. The stylist advised that mermaid cut gowns are really tricky, and should be custom made for your body frame so to highlight your best body part.
Third Gown – Eight Fold Elegant Ball Gown

 Gown For Rent by Damsel

Gown For Rent by Damsel
This elegant eight fold ball gown has an intricate pearl beading on top and a beautiful embroidery from waist to down. I feel like I will be attending the Start Magic Ball wearing this gown. It is really lovely!! But since we are a Garden Wedding, this type is not really advisable. And my groom will not be able to stand by my side because of the balloon effect occupies big space around me. Hehe
The Stylists will allow you take a picture wearing the gown, so you can later on see and evaluate how you look wearing the gown.
The Price
Gown For Rent by Damsel Price
 Gown For Rent by Damsel Price
What made me be very interested in Gown for Rent by Damsel is that they offer a Wedding Rental package. For example, for 30k, you, the Groom and your whole entourage (bridesmaid, groomsmen, flower girls, parents) will be covered in the package. If you have a wedding theme, for example, you can choose either a different gown style in one color scheme. An Infinity Dress is also available for your bridesmaid.
The Decision
Gowns I tried are really gorgeous! But I have have this doubt inside me. There isn’t a wow or a love at first sight feeling when I saw and worn the dresses. I didn’t feel like “this is it, this is the wedding dress I am going to wear!” I haven’t thought before that selecting a wedding gown can be this emotional. Miss Mavic, the stylist/assistant reaffirm my feeling, that if there are still doubts inside me about the dress I wanted, then do not decide yet. No pressure since my wedding is still five months away.
Disclaimer: The review for Gown for Rent by Damsel is an honest experience and initiated by your Lovers in the City (Wilma and Kevin). All texts included in this post is an opinion and based on the personal experience of the writer.

Wedding Venue near Fairview, Quezon City

After a month of being in a Cloud 9 feeling of being engaged, we are now on the offence position to prepare for our wedding. We’ve been searching for random wedding related stuffs online, without any plan. And I admit, that wedding preparations can become overwhelming. You want everything to be beautiful and perfect, but you know that you are under a budget constraint.. plus the pressure of many expectations of people around that you want to consider. But good thing, one of my Ate told me to “not mind the voices of the people around you. Do what you want, it is your wedding, not theirs!” Thank you fairy god mother for that awesome and calming advice!

A day after the engagement, we already thought of who and how many would be our invites. And it is shocking that it is roughly 160-200pax! So from that baseline, we will be searching for our wedding venue that will fit all of our guests and at the same time fit our budget.

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We're Engaged! Wedding Preparations Ahead!

Your Lovers in the City are Engaged! For those who want to know how the proposal happened, here is a short video clip. It was simple, intimate but heart felt. <3

Now, after the cloud nine feeling of everybody congratulating the new step of our relationship, we are back to reality and starting the wedding preparations.

Based on many Wedding blogs and magazines, the first step that a couple should decide is the Wedding budget, which will be the guide in choosing between the wants and needs. Decision on what suppliers to choose will be, do they offer quality service and another big question, do we afford this?

We decided then that our budget will be 200,000 pesos. Yes, you read it right, it is two hundred thousand pesos! For us, that is a big sum of money. That maybe a year’s wage for some, a decent second hand car, a down payment to a condo. But as a Wedding budget in 2017, this is really tight! Me (Wilma) is only 25 and Kevin is 27, many said, why the rush? You can wait for another five years and save for about a million for your dream wedding. But we are taking the challenge! And we are hoping that this will inspire many couple to take a leap of faith. We observed, that huge percentage of millennial dream of having the perfect wedding but is either intimidated of the cost of wedding these days, or it is just that the wedding is not  a priority.

We will post update on this blog from time to time as a guide to other couple who are dreaming or already planning their wedding.

So far, this is our target budget allotment that we hope to carry until final execution.

200k Wedding Budget - Lovers in the City

We are also eyeing to serve food for uninvited guests in our office, church and some neighbour and friends.