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Kota Kinabalu Wedding: Gatch + Minette

Venue: Shangrila Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Gown: Lyle Ibanez

Hair and Makeup: Lourd Ramos of The Make Up Forum

Shot with Jason De Guzman for Imagine Nation Photography

This is my first out-of-the-country wedding and I must say I’m really blessed to have been part of Gatch and Minette’s wedding. They only invited 50 guests for their wedding and these are their close relatives from Batangas, some former classmates, close barkadas, officemates and us suppliers. They wanted a very intimate wedding and that’s what they had. Everyone knew everyone because we all flew in the same day and the same flight. We stayed at the same hotel, Novotel and ate breakfast together. Feels like we’re all part of one family and there was no pressure at all. Just pure fun.

This is the view from Shangrila Hotel

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And here’s our lovely bride Minette..

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The wedding was at 5pm but since the shuttle can only pick us up by 9am, 3pm and 4pm. We arrived at Minette’s hotel around 930am. That’s 7 1/2 hours of preps. So we had lots of time to capture all the details we need and play with the couple outside. Here is one of Minette’s titas preparing the flowers for the wedding.

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This is Sabi, Gatch and Minette’s little girl. She was watching Barney that time.

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Some mother and daughter moment. Aren’t they cute?

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Lyle, Minette and Lourd having fun during their pictorial..

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Our dashing groom, Gatch…  Smile Gatch! =P

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Caught Minette, writing her vows for her ceremony…

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What a way to start my year. Thank You Lord for these grace you’ve showered on me. I pray for more out of the country weddings so I can travel the world.

To Gatch and Minette… I was so excited I blogged your wedding as soon as possible… Thank You for letting us be a part of your wedding. God bless and Congratulations again to you both… Till next time… =)

  • Minette - March 5, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    Hi Dominic

    Thanks a lot for taking great pics for us! The pleasure is all ours!

    Beautiful pic taken at the entrance of the wedding pavillion! Mega dramatic yung effect, everyone who sees it really loved it…..

    Minette and Gatch

  • Dominic Barrios - March 10, 2009 - 6:07 pm

    Hi Minette and Gatch… thanks again for the whole experience and the trust… =P till your next wedding hehehe… 10 yrs? 25 and 50? =P

  • Anne - May 15, 2009 - 12:55 am

    just curious…why have the wedding in KK? what made u choose shang tanjung aru?

  • Dominic Barrios - May 15, 2009 - 1:08 am

    Hi Anne… I can try to answer for Minette and Gatch… KK has been a very special place for the couple especially for Minette who travels a lot. They love the scenery so much especially the beach…Another reason would be logistics and they wanted the wedding to be very intimate so they invited only a few close guests…

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