Wedding: Hyung + Paula – Manila Southwoods – Carmona, Cavite


Philippines is a melting pot where intermarriages between Filipinos and foreigners are usual sights. I usually hear that Pinays are always a head turner for foreigners. I know because being a Cavite photographer, I have seen in many events that Pinays are lovable. This happens to be true to Hyung who has been in the Philippines for almost a decade yet when he met Paula made his world upside down.

When Hyung was looking for a replacement English tutor, he was introduced to Paula. After sometimes,  Hyung decided to cross the line. He asked her on a date so Paula told him that she would stop teaching him because it’s not ethical that teacher- student go on a date. Paula was in awe when Hyung wooed her in Filipino style. He visited her home, bring flowers and chocolates and of course, asked her dad if it’s okay, too. Hyung even helped Paula’s dad to sell fish just to prove that no matter what hardship, he is ready and serious about Paula.

As a Cavite photographer, I can’t help but marvel on how Hyung’s family travelled all the way from Korea to attend his wedding. Most Koreans I have heard of simply take their brides to Korea and get a traditional Korean wedding. Hyung and Paula’s wedding is a union of two families with different culture and beliefs.

Manila Southwoods became Hyung and Paula’s reception area because they wanted an effect of tranquil and nature during their big day. This place has been known for golf events outside the NCR region. Manila Southwoods has more to offer like of course, tying the knot.

This is the also the first hand Korean wedding I have seen though it’s more of traditional Filipino rites. The groom and bride’s families and closest friends were there to witness as Hyung and Paula exchanged their vows and proved that love really crosses boundaries between nations. I am blessed that a Cavite photographer like me was able to be a part of this Korean wedding.