How to Achieve Your Korean Drama-Inspired Prenup Photoshoot

One of the best things about pulling off a Kdrama-inspired photoshoot is that it is sooo affordable!

If you’re a budgetarian bride like me, you would agree that shooting indoors saves you much more money than its other contemporaries.

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With only 28 days for my civil wedding preparation, I knew I had to cut costs, let go the unnecessaries and focus more on the essentials.

While a prenup photoshoot may be unnecessary, I still tried and convinced my then-fiance into having one. I just think it would be a good keepsake for us as we embark on this new chapter of our lives.

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He just said I have to source suppliers that are within our budget. So, being the matyaga and kuripot that I am, I was in no way letting my talent go to waste in finding the perfect wedding suppliers.

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It was also a good bait to tell John that I was planning to have a K-drama-inspired prenup! He is such a HUGE fan! Oh my, huge may even be an understatement! But nevertheless, this seemingly-too-much-information can be the main reason why my prenup dreams are finally coming true!

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So here are my tips and tricks on how you can achieve yours too!

  1. Indoor Venue

The good thing about this K-drama concept is that you don’t need an extravagant place to shoot! All you need is good lighting and soft color tones as your background.

You can even just rent an Airbnb! 🙂

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Ours was Maison Soleil in One Castilla Place. Peso Power:  P3,769.34

We were eyeing some good places as well, but our deciding factors were the price and the number of hours. As we would like to shoot more and be carefree with our poses, we didn’t want to be pained and rushed to the shoot with the limited time.

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Plus, the condo unit was such a convenience, because we had an instant dressing room already! 🙂

  1. Natural Korean Makeup

Since I was on a budget, I didn’t hire a professional makeup artist anymore. I found a nearby salon who was willing to do my hair makeup for only P1,000 .

I wasn’t expecting much since I do not need a super bonggang ayos. I instructed them to just make me look more like that of a Korean.

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I believe this is very crucial, especially if your Photo and Video team will also shoot for a Save-the-date video. I have seen Korean-inspired shoots that failed a notch lower because their makeup looked very Western.

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So just keep it clean, vibrant and youthful! Your beau may just even need a CC cream! 😊

  1. Matching Clothes

Pinterest is my bestfriend ever since I have been introduced to wedding planning. It’s so addicting, nakakapuyat! I have seen that Korean couples love matchy-matchy outfits, and sooooo… 😝

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We bought our grey sweaters from Uniqlo, and the colorful unicorn ones from H&M.

Since a pair of white rubber shoes is such a staple, and I happen to not own one  – I was just lucky enough to score a pair in Surplus Shop in SM North EDSA.

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Peso Power:  P499 (I know, such a steal!)

  1. Spontaneous and Quirky Poses

I believe the key to happy and vibrant photos are the good subject themselves. The photographers can only do so much, but it is the couple’s duty to look and appear enticing in the first place.

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Aside from well-researched couple poses, I believe these will come out naturally given that each person loves the other so much, and nobody would be feeling awkward towards the other anytime in the shoot unless they had a fight prior.. which I hope would never happen.

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You can usually just do your actual lambingan, tickling, smelling each other in weird places like the armpits or something. You can be crazy and fun! The rule here is to not be boring, and just be all pa-cute!

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Haha It really helps if you practice. Play some Korean or happy music to get you in the mood! 😀

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  1. A Good and Reliable Photo and Video Team

I was nearly hopeless about pushing an engagement shoot because I do not really know anyone who can pull off what I want with the budget I have.

But my prayers were answered, and I found Grid Studio! Contact No: 0906 617 2099

Peso Power: P12,500 (Originally P16,000)

Inclusions: Prenup Shoot, Save-the-Date video, Photo Coverage and Wedding Highlights

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I was sooooo shocked when they gave me their rates, and I had an additional 30% discount because my civil wedding will fall on a weekday!

They didn’t even charge me an out-of-town-fee, considering our shoot and wedding venue is in Quezon City, considering they are from Laguna. 🙂

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Talk about destiny and stars aligning to make my prenup dreams come true!

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I was just thinking of having decent photos in our wedding, nothing too stellar, because I know the price I’m paying for. But I was totally stunned with how good their editing was, and how they were able to capture the candid and lively tomfoolery John and I were doing during the shoot.

I also specifically instructed to use a dreamy and whimsical filter to suit the mood. 😉 And oh boy, how they did not disappoint!

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I can say we got more than what we paid for.

The team just got this talent and pure eye for detail. And I’m so grateful I stumbled upon Grid Studio’s page.

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So here are my five tips and tricks into achieving that Korean Drama- Inspired Photoshoot! I hope you learned a thing or two to get ready and say Saranghae to your Oppa in your photos!

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Kamsahamnida! 🙂

 

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When You Borrow Your Boyfriend’s Polo

I have always been fascinated with Androgynous Fashion. There is just something so special and sleek with minimalism, and looking like a total elegant stranger who means business.

I was invited to attend a mall launch, to which I will blog about soon, and I was really inspired to wear something plain, and very tamed. I will be meeting the CEO, so I thought this wasn’t the perfect time to wear my too-happy and printy outfits. Hehe 😀

Let alone my hair color scream for me! 😀

Anyway, do you remember this photo? This was taken in the Forever Francis Libiran Fashion Show in April.

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John was pretty dashing that night, and this is actually one of my favorite Chinese polos of him. I asked him to wear this to the event, but he had other clothes in mind. Hmpf! :/

And then, I thought to myself, if he doesn’t want to wear it, why can’t I wear it instead? It would be totally intriguing and would be really fun to experiment since it’s a first time for me! 😀

So here is what I’ve come up with.

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My strong affinity to blues right now is caused by my orange hair color. If you had the chance to check the color wheel, orange and blue are perfect for each other as they are complementary in the wheel, same as with red to green, and purple to yellow.

I had the polo tucked in, and rolled the sleeves up to my elbows. It was still big for my frame, so I just had to do some folds to make it look more seamless for my torso. I paired the top with my black skater skirt to balance the masculinity.

Since I want to keep everything lowkey, I opted for a monochromatic turn for the shoes and bag.

Still so proud of my Versaheel Snaky Reed-Somerhalder heels in Sky. My trusty Parisian satchel also made the look very put-together.

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The braid was an expriment too. Had to do something with unruly hair. 😀

The whole look reminded me of K-Pop Fashion, since I’m also getting a few hints on this fad. I thought maybe a pair of glasses should cinch everything together.

I had this full-rimmed specs last year, and I’m drawn with cats’ eye frames because they are just too stern and sexy for my life.

However, John’s friends were too keen in the glasses department and asked me to try on theirs.

The left one is Ryan’s, fashioned with only upper glass rims, while Joseff’s, the one on the right has very thin ones. The former said that I should be getting these kinds of frames to suit my relatively small face.

Looking at these photos, I think he’s right. The full-rimmed cat’s eye  glasses were occupying most of my head because the sides are thicker, while these two latter styles are very complementing, and gentle when it comes to accentuating my face.

I learned one thing that day! So yes, I have to buy something like this sooner!

Aren’t spectacles just subtle yet essential things to achieve either preppy or kpoppy looks? What do you think? 😀

Would you even dare wear a man’s fashion piece? Have you tried it? 😀

I wanna know! 😀

 

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