Please do not be confused with the title of our feature today. We just think that the title fits the theme of the engagement shoot of our very much in-love couple, Jesslee and Ninia. With several ideas that one can think of, the chosen concept was bringing in together modernity and traditional. The shoot had a contemporary feel with a touch of the olden era, hence the title of this feature. It is clearly a modern-vintage one.

You will be amazed how beautiful the location is and how it added to the success of the shoot. The e-session was done at Circa 1900 Restaurant in Cebu. The wooden exterior which is in white really became the blank canvass of Lloyed Valenzuela for this well-executed set of photos.  We are sure that after seeing these stills, it would make you hurry to pack-up your bags and fly to Cebu, find this hidden gem, and make this your own backdrop.

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Photographer: Lloyed Valenzuela Photography / Coordination: Floralyn Tamarra Sevilla / Hair and Make-up: Malayka Yamas / Location: Circa 1900 Restaurant


                         “…I break things because I am shaking and I am shaking because you are not with me and you are not with me because we are just learning to touch each other through the spaces between us. It is violent that we cannot touch each other, yet. It’s a war crime…”

This is an excerpt from a beautiful written poem by Arza Tabassum called, “These wrists, these eyes, these praying hands.”  It is so hauntingly beautiful it hurts. The lines that make us want to swallow our throats to keep the waters of our eyes fall and stream down our cheeks. It is a creation about two souls loving yet longing for a touch that they just hold each other “through the spaces between us”.

This speaks true to most couples who are in long distance relationships. No matter how technology makes the world even smaller, the fact that the two people loving each other are in different parts of the globe, they are still far away from each other. The spaces between them seem to be wider. This results, then, for many to think that this kind of relationships never last. However, here is a couple who defy this notion.

Jr and Jan, who were separately stationed in two hemispheres, have mustered the courage to fill in the spaces between them to soar high together forever. With a great amount of patience, understanding, and sustained communication from Los Angeles to the Philippines, this couple has done a tough job to keep their relationship stronger. To show this story to us, it is fitting that their engagement shoot was done in an airbase. The airplanes simply signify their situation before when they were not physically together, living in different time zones. It could also be a sign that their relationship will fly high with flying colors. With the retro-ish touch, this shoot is a great one. Thank you, Bob and Zab Photography, for being the pilot and maneuvering this sound flight.

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Photographer: Bob and Zab Photography / Stylist: Styling by Christine / Make Up Artist: Cheska Francisco / Hair Stylist: Karen Abella