Do I sound a bit OTT with that statement? You won’t think so when you hear this story and see these images. I am not an overly sentimental or gushy, girly girl when it comes to such things…however this story had really touched me. It is quite simply a joy and an honour to showcase these for you.
As you all know, I am one of MangoRED‘s biggest fans. I (think) I was one of the first bloggers to feature them and I am certainly the first blogger to feature this set (as the gorgeous and amazingly talented brothers emailed me them for first dibs – woohoo!)
Danny & Dena chose to fly the Ryan & Randall all the way from The Philippines to shoot their Baltimore nuptials.
The MangoRED boys describe the circumstances leading up to them heading off to the US of A:
After a furious initial exchange of emails, Randall and I honestly thought it has all the makings of a prank. Ohhhhkaayy… let’s see…“Danny and Dena”..the names sounded overrrly twee. Plus, Dena’s letters were unusually giddy & goading us into action..got us into thinking…alright…keep the cute coming… we’re not listening! haha. We’d chime in chorus…April fool’s!Who would travel halfway around the world to shoot a stranger’s wedding on ungodly April 1st? However with Dena’s emailing tenacity, it gradually dawned on us that this is happening for real, they are for real! Our hearts sunk and we suddenly found ourselves in stoned ruminations…errrr…..reveling in the waaaarm musical afterglow of the moment. We cant stop conjuring up images of syrupy country-music ballads and hovering butterflies. weeeeeee! Ice-cold America..i have asthma!
Fast forward to Towson Baltimore. Wedding day. I will not even attempt to put it into words. How can one describe episodes of…(warning: hokey lines ahead)… ” rise & fall of purpose and belief? “ or …. ” renewal of hope?”…. ” sustaining of faith? “. The testament to human resilience makes up for the absence of ornament. Everything was devoid of descriptive adjectives. For a moment, one can just forget about the ordinariness of life…
The newlyweds thanked MangoRED for not only photographing their day, but for allowing them to be themselves. Isn’t that what a rock n roll wedding is all about people?!
Thank you for letting us be real and allowing us to share our story in it’s normal state. Errors, delays, nervousness, and pride with joy. The beauty is not in the garments nor the perfect setting or a perfect written vow. It is made of mistakes and quirky non-sense that seems to follow with smile made of eternity measures. Let us be the lead for what Grooms and Brides…perfection is not necessary, attempt is absolute.
I am literally blown away…
Edit: I have just realised Jason Magbanua shot their wedding video too..wowzer! (Jason, Pwwwwease send me the rest of their wedding in video form when you have it online!)
Edit: Dino Lara was also their to capture the couple’s day…Below is a slideshow of his images, definately worth a watch