Life’s big surprises sometimes come in lovely little packages. Such is the coming of our new, little baby girl that completes our family’s dream. What was once just a whisper of prayer, is now an embrace of God we have truly felt within our family.

This spur-of-the-moment shoot was actually done just three days before my wife gave birth. As we anticipate Jana’s birth with these photos, we celebrate that fleeting precious time being just a small family of three. And no less, I honor in photographs, my wife’s profound milestones — being a wonderful, bonafide mom, and the being the most beautiful pregnant woman I’ve known (and have the sheer luck of being married to!).

Much love and huge thanks to my brothers John Lucas Reyes and Paulo Magsaysay, and our very good friend Aira Franco for all the last minute help in making this such a memorable time.

Art Direction, Maternity Solo Portraits: J Lucas Reyes | Family Portraits: Paulo Magsaysay & John Lucas Reyes | Couple Portraits: John Lucas Reyes | Jace’s Portraits: Paulo Magsaysay | Styling: Aira Franco | Venue: Pinto Art Gallery

It’s an honor, not to mention a challenge, to shoot a fellow wedding photographer’s wedding. Despite being Hong Kong locals, Jon and Merryl chose Boracay as the picture perfect backdrop for their beautiful wedding, riddled with inspiring details and bathed with tons of God-given golden sunlight.

Easily one of my most memorable shoots in my favourite island in the world, perhaps in a way like you’ve never seen before.

Wedding Venue: Shangri-la Boracay Resort and Spa | Wedding Coordination: Amanda Tirol of Boracay Weddings | Bridal bouquet and entourage flowers: Spruce Floral Designs | Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic | Calligraphy: The Fozzy Book | Letterpressed Invitations: Printsonalities | Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mishka | Groom’s suit: Furama | Makeup: Pong Niu | Hair: Roger Calalas | Special thanks to Janna Mendoza Simpao and Bride and Breakfast

A dream come true.

Looking at these images, I again find myself speechless, overwhelmed, recounting what all of us workshoppers there would fondly call ‘The Jose Villa Experience’. In all its myriad of details and entirety, it is deservedly called so, and for me, has been truly one of the best experiences of my life.

I can only express my immense gratitude through these photos and the inspiration behind it. Thank you Jose Villa, and your dream team of wedding industry leaders who have ingeniously, lovingly crafted this amazing, life changing workshop. It’s been truly awesome meeting you all who have been such wonderful inspiration on my journey in photography and self-discovery. And what an incredible privilege it was learning from the best in the world.

But above all the boundless beauty and glamour that you all effortless create through and through, I will always be reminded of your unforgettable enthusiasm, warmth, sincerity, and humility.

The Jose Villa Italy Workshop
Villa Cetinale, Tuscany, Italy

Jose Villa

with guest speakers
Laurie Arons
Joel Serrato
Summer Watkins
Shira Savada Of Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine
Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup
Angela Marcaccio of Richard Photo Lab

Design And Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events
Creative Direction And Design: Kate Holt Of Flowerwild
Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup
Wardrobe Stylist: Summer Watkins
Workshop Marshall: Lacie Hansen
Special Assistant And Decor: Tomasso Of La Rosa
Models : Love Management And Casting Italy
Gown: Reem Acra From Gabriella Bridal
Gown: Samuelle Couture
Cake: Maggie Austin
Calligraphy: Tara Jones
Graphic Design And Printing : A Day In May Design
Leather Work And Brass Tags: Amber Moon Of Pitbulls And Posies
Beaded Charger: The Ark Event Rentals
Veil: Preston Olivia
Car: Zephyrus Sienna

Sponsored by
Richard Photo Lab
Kraft and Jute
Cypress Albums
Velvet Raptor

This engagement was shot on the 2nd day of the workshop, all shot digitally and processed in Filmtastic.