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Jun 07 2012

How to take your own wedding photos with a Fujifilm Klasse S

A super cool story documented with a super cool camera. We won’t spoil Buck’s story with our comments, so here it is, complete and unedited:

My 10 Dollar Wedding Ring
Buck Pago


A paper negative of our wedding portrait, taken as a gift by another photographer friend. The bride was wearing a wedding gown borrowed from a friend.

Working as a freelance photojournalist does not always make enough money to pay my bills and put food on the table. A sideline is always needed, and for me, it came in the form of photographing weddings. Using a small film camera, I document in black and white of other couples’ colorful weddings in big cathedrals and lofty after-parties.


While accomplishing the necessary paper works for the wedding, we usually pass by designer shops that create expensive gowns for big weddings.

But when my partner, Angelica, and I decided to get married, we know we can never afford such grandiosities, not with the empty bank accounts and almost empty pockets that we have. We are already living together for almost three years and have two children, and the idea of having a big, expensive wedding seems to be frivolous.


We bought a pair of silver rings that cost only P500 per pair at a local silver shop.

So we decided that a simple civil wedding will suffice. Like other couples, we spent several days going around the National Statistics Office, lining up in different buildings inside the Quezon City Hall, almost got victimized by fixers, and listening to an extremely gender-biased pre-marriage seminar. Finally, we got our marriage license on the last week of March.


A civil registry worker received our requirements for the marriage license.


At the day of the wedding, the bride’s sister applies make up to the bride, as they were surrounded by our children.

Our wedding was finally raffled and assigned to the Metropolitan Trial Court branch 41, under Judge Madonna Echiverri. It was set to be on May 17, Thursday, and to be commenced after all criminal and civil cases scheduled for that day have been heard. Doning my old white Dhoti, with Angelica wearing a white dress she borrowed from her sister, we came to the Hall of Justice, along with our four friends, the only ones who were invited, only to find that all hearings for that day have been cancelled because all judges have been called by the Supreme Court in connection with the ongoing impeachment trial. Well, that’s another story.


At the courtroom where the wedding was held. In photo, the bride and the four guests.


At the wedding rites, where I put the ring on my bride’s finger.

Angelica and I got married surrounded by three friends and my partner’s sister, all taking turns to be our photographer, make up artist, driver, bridesmaid, ring bearer, witness, and what-have-yous. We can never afford a professional wedding photographer, so I decided to document our wedding myself.


Our first “lawful” kiss as husband and wife.

The ceremony was over in 15 minutes. The reception was held in a small Iranian restaurant in West Avenue, where we took a table we haven’t even reserved. That lunch cost us a little over P1,000, but the conversation and laughter was priceless.


We dined at an Iranian restaurant after the wedding. We did not reserve any table, but just dined in as regular customers.


Lunch was served.

The whole affair was done in less than three hours. We went home, took the rest of the day off with our children, and we thought, nothing has really changed. Except that now, we wear on our fingers a 10 dollar-a-pair wedding ring we bought from a silver accessory store.


A photographer friend takes the portrait of the bride.


The wedding portraits were taken using a large format camera.

Thanks for sharing this, Buck! This will be one of our favorite posts, for sure!

And to keep it in theme, here is the film camera Buck used to shoot his own wedding:

Honestly, this is one of the best wedding albums we’ve ever seen!

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