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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Freelancing : Freedom While Working + Discount Code on The Freelancer Fair 2017

I have been employed for 6 years and 5 months. For so long, I haven’t known a life that doesn’t involve waking up early, riding the MRT, or taking, and waiting in long lines just to get inside a UV Express.

I could have sworn if not for my mother, I wouldn’t have survived the “petsa de peligro” days, especially during the early months of employment.

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I remember being limited because it’s not payday yet, or I haven’t gone to important events because I had to follow a strict schedule.

There are still so many things I could enumerate, but what I cannot entirely include is freedom and more time for my family.


I have been freelancing for some months now, and I am overjoyed. I could work three days in a month, and still, receive the same rate I had when I was employed.

Curious now my love? Read on!

What comes to mind when you think of Freelancing?  Do you see it as merely a sideline job or as what we Filipinos informally call ‘Raket’?  By common definition, Freelancing is when you are self-employed, by offering your skills and services to clients or businesses, without necessarily being bounded to a single employer or a long-term contract. If you haven’t dipped your toes in Freelancing, then perhaps now is the time to consider.


Did you know that according to Upwork, a leading global online jobs platform, the Philippines is the third highest – earning country in the world when it comes to freelancing? In fact, more than 1.4 million Filipinos are registered on the platform alone!

With the sheer power of that number, it only attests to an overwhelming number of individuals who have found their fulfillment and achieved their #Lifegoals in Freelancing. This is not to ignore that like any other profession or job, Freelancing does have its own unique struggles, but if you’re the kind of person who wishes to feel and be more empowered in one or in all aspects of your life, then allow us to sum up what Freelancing can give you: F-R-E-E-D-O-M.

And yes, we do intend to spell it out literally, by giving you our take of what that word means in the world of Freelancing.  So if you’re an aspiring freelancer or entrepreneur, or avoiding a potential bout of “FOMO”, then read on!

  • F – lexibility and Autonomy

We live in the Digital Age, so it should come as no surprise the technologies that can allow us to work anytime and anywhere, and provide services to clients from anywhere in the globe! Say goodbye to long commutes and hello to telecommuting! Also, the nature of Freelancing can give you the flexibility and autonomy to work at your own pace and choose the clients and projects you want to work on.

  • R – ewarding Career

Who says that Freelancing can’t be a career or profession? For many who have gone this route, it has paved way for them to pursue their dream jobs without the constraints of a fixed job description or the frustration of being stuck in a mundane ‘9-5’ office job. As a self-employed professional, you are fully empowered to pursue projects that would nurture your skills and passions.

  • E – ndless possibilities

As a freelancer, there is no limit to the opportunities and possibilities you can pursue, now that you have full control of your career, profession and time. Whereas before, the most part of your day and energy would be spent in long energy-draining meetings and long commutes, Freelancing lets you color and fill each day with activities that you consider truly aligned in attaining your life goals.

  • E – nables you to design your own lifestyle

Are you a night owl who is most productive in the evenings? Dreamed of having your own 4-Hour Work Week? Or what about getting down to finally working on that business plan for your dream start-up? With Freelancing, you can get creative on how you design your typical week, that would specially cater to your unique personality, interests and quirks.

  • D – o things your way

Always had a need to be in full control of your work, surroundings and growth? Then Freelancing will definitely give you that! Being your own boss is one of the great perks of being a Freelancer, and that means getting things AND results done just the way you envisioned it.

  • O – wn your time

Ever wondered how it would be like to respond to emails in your swimwear, with your toes brushing the sand as it points towards a breathtaking view of the beach? Well, in the Freelancing Handbook, you are free to take a vacation in the middle of the week, just as long as you get the job done and your clients happy. Becoming a Freelancer means taking full control of your time and schedule.

  • M – ake room for the people and things that truly matter

And here’s the most important part. Freelancing enables you to spend more time with your family, and other things that truly make life meaningful. With Freelancing, it has paved way for the rise of thousands of hands-on mommies, who find fulfillment in being able to nurture both their families and careers. Whilst for many others, they found it in more time spent in pursuing volunteer work, or in endeavors which define their passions and values.

There you have it. That’s how you spell Freedom with Freelancing!

 

Wait, there’s more!

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And if you’re itching to learn more about the boundless opportunities of being a Freelancer, then you’re in luck. This year, Manila Workshops, with the support of the Department of Information Communications and Technology (DICT), will be holding the 2nd Freelancer Fair on Sept. 2, 2017, to be held at the Bayanihan Center, Pioneer, Pasig City.  It is the country’s first and largest event for Freelancers, which would gather together freelancers, business owners and brands for a whole day of talks tackling the Freelancing Landscape and the different opportunities in store for both existing and aspiring freelancers.  The theme for this year’s full day event is Cultivating Relationships, as inspired by the mission to cultivate, nurture and help more people discover how Freelancing can help them achieve their professional and personal goals.

It is the country’s first and largest event for Freelancers, which would gather together freelancers, business owners and brands for a whole day of talks tackling the Freelancing Landscape and the different opportunities in store for both existing and aspiring freelancers.  The theme for this year’s full day event is Cultivating Relationships, as inspired by the mission to cultivate, nurture and help more people discover how Freelancing can help them achieve their professional and personal goals.

For more information about this year’s  The Freelancer Fair, visit their Event Page. Get your ticket and see you at the Fair!

To learn more about Manila Workshops, the organization behind this event, connect with them on Facebook and Twitter. You can also view their upcoming workshops by visiting their official website.

See you at The Freelancer Fair!

The Freelancer Fair is an annual event started last by Manila Workshops, headed by the team’s CEO – Ginger Arboleda, a former employee, freelancer and now a serial entrepreneur / technopreneur, and mom blogger. The Freelancer Fair was built especially for aspiring and existing freelancers, companies, brands and organizations who want to support the Philippines’ freelancing industry.

PS. Giddy to attend? Use my discount code TFF17blog_VG200off to avail a P200 off from your ticket!

See yah!

 

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