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It didn’t take us long to find Shutterfairy, one of the leading wedding photographers in Cebu, Philippines. When I got to her page, WOW. It was impossible not to fall in love. The photos bright, natural, and cheerfully romantic – it had to be someone incredibly talented behind the lens. There was so much sunshine and smiles in these photos. The stories she told spoke of happiness. We found who we were looking for. I quickly wrote up an email and crossed my fingers, hoping that she would be available in November. In my mind, I had already decided… the minute she said yes was the moment I would book my tickets to the Philippines!
Romantic Love Stories retold with Vibrant Photography
Specializing in shooting weddings and engagements, Mai is the beautiful lady behind Shutterfairy. What started out as a hobby when pursuing her nursing degree has now evolved into a full time profession for Mai, as she seeks to capture love stories in all of it’s romantic glory. She gently directs couples into their daily life moments where they chat and laugh as she captures these photo-worthy moments.
We had two shoots at different locations – the first at Crimson Resort & Spa and the second at Movenpick Hotel in Mactan City. Both shoots felt very relaxed and natural. I think it really helps to have a female photographer – you tend to feel more comfortable baring your biggest smile. We were always rushing to catch the best lighting hours, which was a challenge as the sun sets very early and quickly in Philippines. Nonetheless, Mai made it all work out with great technique, angles and camera setting. Her natural eye for beauty captured my best angles. She made me look unbelievably radiant in her photos! Super thankful! <3
My Favourites by Mai
Our Story Retold
Back at home, we LOVE the outdoors! Having picnics and playing frisbee, Mai wanted to capture moments that were what made us, us. Apart from our formal shoots in our gowns and suits, we also had a casual one – it was mad fun just running by the beach and splashing around in the waves. I was so thankful the sunlight held up for this.
Details, Details, Details
I’m a huge fan of moments and details – whether it’s a laugh, a smile, a hand holding moment or a wink. It could be your gown, shoes or ring. Each delicate moment and detail play a role in the entirety of things, and Mai captures them perfectly. So on your wedding day, whether it’s florals, decorations or the location, Mai will make sure they live on to tell the tale.
Stunning Backdrops Captured on Camera
When it comes to breathtaking scenery, it would be a pity to not have them captured on camera. I love how Mai plays around with different distances to capture angles and scenery that we could otherwise easily miss out. I suppose that’s what years of experience in photography gets you… a vision to see things that others wouldn’t! ;)
Her Gallery of Beautiful Photos
Shutterfairy Photography’s website is one of my personal favourites – here you can find blogposts about Mai’s photography and personal life. Photos of the weddings she has covered as well as various shoots (family and personal) she has done are beautifully exhibited there. Her website is richly filled with happy smiles, and her portfolio is incredible. With each post, she includes her personal reflections that makes for a refreshing and good read.
A moment ago we were having our shoot, and the next thing we knew, Mai had uploaded teaser shots onto Shutterfairy’s Facebook Page. It was so exciting seeing snippets of our photoshoot getting released. Oh, the anticipation has got to be one of the best parts! When she published our photos on her website, we were still in the Philippines! As we were in a rush to get our photos printed as an album, we asked Mai if she could send across our photos as quick as she could. She kindly obliged and we received the photos really soon – all in high resolution, crisp and clear. I was so touched that despite her busy schedule, she made it happen for us. Thanks Mai!
A Heartwarming Experience
Mai is wonderful! Like her photos, she’s a person easy to love. Throughout our email exchanges, she was really nice and helpful – furnishing us with loads of information on potential locations for the shoot, addressing our questions on the weather… and when we asked her whether we could split the full day session into two half days so that we could cover two locations, she kindly obliged our request. It’s not often you have someone willing to go the extra mile for you, but Mai is wonderful that way. :) I did not get a chance to chat much with Mai during the shoots as we were often in a group setting. We had wonderful meals together, along with Erika, our makeup artist, Alain and Merck, our videographers from The Digital Eye Films, and Guada who helped to style the shoot. It was a happening crowd and there was just so much laughter in everything we did. Nonetheless, I felt a special connection to Mai. Perhaps it was her photos that spoke to me earlier or the heartfelt messages she writes in her blog alongside them. Her refreshing honesty gives me a heartwarming sensation and I am really inspired by her dedication to find meaning and that “it’s okay to be different”. I’m honored to have our photos published on her website, as part of her collection of love stories.
If you’re planning for a destination wedding or photo shoot in Cebu, Philippines, be sure to reach out to Mai! She’s gonna be the best person to capture your love story.
TWV would like to thank and give all photo credits in this post to Mai, Shutterfairy Photography. For the full photoshoot, click here to view.
Photography by Shutterfairy
Makeup & Hair styling by Erika Diaz
Gown & Suit by The Louvre Bridal
Location(s): Crimson Resort & Spa, Ibiza Beach Club & Movenpick Hotel All locations were in Cebu, Philippines
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