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Out to Lunch, A Personal Vacation Post

I rarely blog non-wedding stuff. But I feel it’s important that readers and brides know why it’s taking me days to get back with them;)To all brides who have not heard from me, I sincerely apologize as I have had spotty service on my phone to check emails, and my junk mail inbox, which junks even legitimate emails possibly from you, can only be checked on my home computer. I will get back in touch with you as soon as I’m back. Promise!

You may not know this, but I’m actually on vacation. Well, not entirely. I flew overseas to attend my brother’s wedding. But more than just a wedding, it was a reunion for my entire family – the first time in more than a decade. The flight here was long and tiring. My wife and I flew Houston – Moscow – Singapore – Manila – and finally my hometown… Davao. With layovers and time change, we left Houston on Saturday and didn’t get to Davao until Tuesday. But, we eventually got here.

And here we are indeed. If you wonder about my post title, “Out to Lunch,” it’s because compared to the fast-paced, busy lifestyle in the United States, Davao is still very laid back. Everything and everyone is late. From flights, to hospitality service, to restaurants, to my own relatives and their dog, are usually late. Which, in our culture is quite normal and “on time.” And if you go up to a counter in a bank, a mall information desk, a zip-line adventure spot at high noon, you will be greeted with – you guessed it – a sign saying “Out to Lunch.”

That’s not to say it’s an entirely bad thing. Before I moved to the U.S., this was – now that I’m reminded of it – how things were. And they still are. Maybe it’s the American lifestyle – oftentimes not our choosing – that moves so fast you barely have time for anything. On the other hand, people here take their time. And sometimes that can be a beautiful thing. Heck, I felt like it was exactly what I needed.

Many things have changed since I left. But one thing remains. One thing that I saw towards the end of my 36-hour intercontinental travel ordeal. One thing I realized when my little regional airplane was descending over Davao at the break of dawn. One thing, thru the test of time truly remains… There is no place like home.

Stefanie + Daniel, St. Mary’s Plantersville Wedding

I couldn’t be more excited to post Stefanie and Daniel’s wedding today, Thanksgiving! I know Stefanie from my dayjob at the hospital. When I met her she eventually found out I did wedding photography. Well, I knew she wasn’t engaged yet because as a wedding photographer I constantly look at women’s left hands. Creepy, I know. Let me know if you find a shooter who doesn’t. It’s like nurses looking at people’s nice juicy veins at the airport terminal gate!

Anyway, Stefanie’s eyes gleamed like no other and I had a feeling that this girl just knew that sometime soon, “he’s” gonna pop the question – whomever this guy may be. (Oh man, as I’m writing this post I just realized this is gonna be a pretty good writeup.)

So, I was shopping around for antiques at old town Tomball, examining this americana style chair when I heard a familiar voice. Stefanie was shopping around with his boyfriend, who she introduced to me as Daniel. So I said hi, shook his hand, and added “Oh, I’m also a wedding photographer.” Later at work, Stefanie and I were laughing at the little inside joke I threw in there when I introduced myself to Daniel.

Several weeks had passed when I sat on my computer and saw Stefanie’s exciting facebook post. She said yes. And the rest my friends… you already know.

Congratulations Stefanie and Daniel!

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Leigh Ripps - Beautiful work! Looks like it was a great party!

Fotografo Bodas - These are beautiful couple pics. Great light in the church, love the framing too.

Brittany + Josh, Holy Rosary & Doubletree Houston Wedding



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Heather - Beautiful work and gorgeous family!

Stephanie + Hector, The Woodlands Waterway Engagement

Let me introduce to you my first couple of 2013. Stephanie and Hector are a lovely pair who work here in The Woodlands. Coming from different cultural backgrounds, they blend together so well and in fact are going on a trip to visit Stephanie’s family. She wanted to somehow integrate that into their engagement session so I made sure we did that. Chalkboards are the answer to everything!

When we talked about the e-session, what struck me was Stephanie’s upbeat personality, and Hector’s cool and calm demeanor. Immediately I knew the look I was going for. The Woodlands is a great place for young and vibrant couples who want to avoid the city life, but still have all the great amenities like upscale bars, restaurants and one of the best outdoor concert halls in the country. Well, check out this sexy and sophisticated engagement shoot from S & H.

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