Aileen + Erik {Wedding Photography}

Two fun-loving best friends getting married. What could be better?

We started our day with Aileen and the girls getting ready at her parents’ house. There were tons of laughs, and some tears (all happy, of course).

Aileen picked an absolutely beautiful dress. We had a ton of fun documenting Aileen’s closest friends and her mom helping her put it on.

Awesome reaction to seeing Aileen all ready:

Aileen, you look stunning!!

Family and faith are incredibly important to Aileen and Erik. For this reason, their ceremony was held at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Parish, which Aileen and her family attend, and included a full mass and number of traditional Filopino wedding customs.

Aileen was beaming, ear to ear, coming down the aisle. So genuinely happy. Love it.

We were struck throughout the ceremony (and the rest of the day) by hands — Aileen and Erik holding hands, their hands clasped in prayer, hands giving and receiving. We’ve included a variety of these shots in our post — they seemed to us to capture the connections that were being celebrated that day.

As we mentioned, there were a number of traditional elements to Aileen and Erik’s ceremony, including the wedding veil and cord. In a traditional Filipino wedding, the veil is pinned to the bride and the groom by two of their “sponsors,” individuals chosen by the bride and the groom. The veiling signifies the unifying of two individuals who have become one in marriage. After the veiling, the sponsors drape a cord over the shoulders of the bride and groom in a figure eight or infinity sign, which symbolizes everlasting fidelity.

These little ones were so adorable, watching everything very quietly and so intently.

There was not a dry eye in the house for the exchange of Aileen and Erik’s vows!

After the exchange of wedding rings, Erik gave the wedding “arrhae” to Aileen, essentially a pledge that he is devoted to her well-being and their future children.

After the ceremony was done and we took some family shots, we took off with Erik and Aileen and their bridal parties for Benares Historic House for some photos.

We always scout the locations before a wedding and had checked out the Benares Historic House a few days before. Scouting allows us to be more creative, to be more efficient with a couple’s time on their wedding day, and to create back up plans. We hadn’t shot at Benares before and were super excited because we had some awesome ideas for using the verandah and balcony of the House.

As luck would have it, we weren’t able to realize our big ideas. A wasp colony had gathered forced on the verandah of the House, resulting in swarms of wasps threatening us if we even got near the verandah. As much as amazing images are important to us (and our couples), getting our couple or their nearest and dearest stung on their wedding day isn’t worth it. So, we were on to plan B and C and used some of the beautiful woods, paths, and barn we had scouted instead.

Aileen and Erik have awesome, long-time friends. Constant laughter and teasing. And they can do a bit more serious too.

The chemistry with Aileen and Erik is awesome — teasing, laughter, and certainly some attitude (of the best kind).

From the Benares Historic House, we were off to the reception for a Chinese tea ceremony, traditional for Erik’s family.

Congratulations, Aileen and Erik! And thanks for sharing your day with us.

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