Prenuptial Photo-Shoot Destinations in the Philippines
Lovebirds about to tie the knot aren’t only spending time and creativity planning their wedding. Producing their own prenuptial photography spread and Save the Date videos are also becoming more imaginative than before. Other than hiring a talented team of photographers – scouting for the ideal location becomes the number one concern. Fortunately, for all soon-to-be-married couples, the Philippines is blessed with an abundance of wonderful surroundings to shoot Instagram-worthy shots that will serve as a beautiful reminder of the big day ahead. To help couples find the perfect prenuptial photo-shoot location, we enumerate some wonderful local spots:
1. Sea of Love
Islas de Gigantes is an example of an ideal prenuptial photo-shoot destination screaming of romantic magnetism against an isolated setting. A chain of islands scattered around Western Visayan Sea, Gigantes provides a wonderful setting for a couple to express their love liberally amidst the waves of the ocean. A historic lighthouse, a long sandbar, a popular island backdrop and a hidden lagoon – are just some of the spectacular spots awaiting couples and their photographer to unleash their creativity to another level.
Travel operator Aph Cruz is currently looking for his mister right, but once she finds him – a prenuptial photo-shoot in Gigantes Islands is in order for sure. Photo courtesy of Las Islas Travel and Tours
With 7,641 islands – one will never run out of beach options in the Philippines. Other notable mentions include Calayan Island in Cagayan Province, Kalanggaman Island in Leyte, the Greek-inspired Fortune Island in Batangas, Capones Island and its Spanish era lighthouse in Zambales and practically everywhere in Palawan Island.
2. Over the Mountains and Far Away
When one mentions rolling hills, the place of Batanes instantly comes to mind. Express your affection to each other as a couple to an extent that it reaches even over the hills and far away. Batanes is a perfect place to show how love transcends beyond the splendor of the world. The rolling hills, swaying grasses, deep blue sea and green mountainside all conspire to create a magnificent backdrop to any prenuptial photo-shoot session.
Batanes | Amazing background everywhere you look at. Photo courtesy of Rebellious Brides
Another highland setting options are the cold hillside towns of Sagada and the UNESCO World Heritage rice terraces clusters of the Cordillera. You can even tinker with your creativity here by mixing modern exhibition of love with the olden and fascinating cultural aspects of these places. Like dressing up in traditional clothing and performing cultural dances and partaking in centuries-old rituals – all these elements will definitely elevate your prenuptial photo-shoot.
Burial caves, lush forest, scenic mountains, hanging coffins and a tranquil town vibe lingers in the charming town of Sagada. Photo courtesy Rio Jones Photography
3. Olden but Charming Heritage Towns
Whether in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao – the Philippines is the site of many heritage towns brimming with olden charms that shall add more than a hint of distinctive creativity to your prenuptial photo-shoot. Calle Crisologo in Vigan City, Taal Town in Batangas, Boljoon Town in Cebu, Intramuros in Manila, Tugaya in Lanao Del Sur, Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte and Calle Real in Iloilo City are just a few of the many places in the Philippines that still evokes a throwback vibe to the good ol’ days.
The heritage charm of Calle Crisologo in Vigan adds a more romantic ambiance to your prenuptial photographs. Photo courtesy of Colinares Photography
For additional options, you can also read our earlier article about some heritage towns found in the Philippines.
4. The Great Indoors
Old theaters, colonial buildings, art deco establishments and museums are just some of the wonderful indoor settings picture-perfect for any prenuptial photo-shoots. Popular choices include the National Museum, Metropolitan Theater, the CCP Complex in Manila, Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo, Pan de Amerikana, the Heirloom, Manila in Quezon City, and Casa Gorordo Museum in Cebu just to name a few.
Other than the stellar interior, the fine artworks at Pinto Art Museum help add a spice to a couple’s story of love. Photo courtesy of Red Media Photo
5. National Parks, Adventure Hubs and Eco-Gardens
One doesn’t have to venture far in the countryside to find a sprawling set of nature setting. National parks and Eco-gardens located all over the many cities in the Philippines are another good choice to shoot your prenuptial photographs. Lake Caliraya in Laguna is one such example of an Eco-park surrounded by a picturesque set of bounteous landscape. Paco and Rizal Parks in Luneta, the Greenery in Bulacan, Haranah Eco Park in Tanay, La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City, Monfort Bat Sanctuary in Samal Island, Davao Del Norte, Dahilayan Adventure park in Bukidnon are just a few of the many amazing choices all over the Philippines.
Because being closer to nature means being closer to each other @ La Mesa Eco Park. Photo courtesy of Dominic Barrios Photography
6. Themed Hotels and Resorts
How about wrapping up that beautiful prenuptial pictorial and then going on a relaxing staycation mode afterward, at some of the most famed themed resorts and hotels in the country. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan instantly provides a venue set back in time – courtesy of the many old heritage houses which were mostly transferred from their original spots all over the Philippines – and rebuilt meticulously. Little Santorini in Anilao, Batangas ushers a sense of Greece without having to pay for an airfare. Other options include Balesin Island in Quezon – which encloses an exclusive island separated with different architectural themes of Bali, Mykonos, St. Tropez, Costa del Sol and Toscana.
Rich colors, enigmatic patterns and astounding architecture swarms at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan. Photo courtesy of Alvin Guevarra Photography
Of course, this listicle is not even 1% of the over-all ideal prenuptial photo-shoot destinations in the Philippines. This is only to give you an idea on how to plan and visualize your pre-wedding photography set. The most important thing is not the place itself, but how you and your special someone exhibit and profess that genuine love in front of the camera.