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A Vow Renewal By The Beach in Maui
28 Sep 2018STORIESBY SweetEscape

Just like wine and cheese, we believe that marriage only gets better with age.

Call us hopeless romantics, but the idea of spending the rest of your life with the same person is exciting and rewarding at the same time. It’s also in a way, an honor, because maintaining a healthy and strong relationship takes a lot. And for those who are fortunate enough to find and keep their soulmates, a celebration of all kinds, is definitely in order.

One love story that we recently had the honor to capture is from Jen Figueras and her lovely family. Bringing along her three beautiful daughters, parents and brother, we met Jen and husband for her 10th wedding anniversary in Maui, Hawaii.

To commemorate this important milestone, the couple even had their wedding vow renewed in a small intimate ceremony witnessed by all the most beloved people in their life. “We really wanted it to be a family affair and have our daughters be part of it. I made their flower crowns and wore the same dress I wore 10 years ago!" Jen said in excitement.

by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui
by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui

Jen then also reminisced how 10 years ago, her San-Franciscan husband decided to leave everything behind and moved to Toronto to marry his Canadian sweetheart. He not just went on with this life-changing mission, but also dramatically drove 3 days straight from West Coast to East Coast to get it done. Talk about big gestures, we’re melting!

by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui
by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui
by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui
by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui

Over 10 years of marriage, they have built a family, had three daughters, and travelled the world together. The decision to renew their vow in the beautiful island of Hawaii was a combination of their love for their family, travel and everything in between. We personally think that this act of love just showed the level of gratitude, honor and appreciation these two have for everything they cherish in life.

by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui
by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui

As the private ceremony began, it’s like the whole island celebrated with them. They had the beach all to themselves, while the songs of the sea serenaded with crashing waves and colorful sunset moods all around.

“We were so happy that Sweet Escapes was able to capture the moment for us! We travel every year and plan to do so again next year - in Paris since our girls will be starting French school in September. We look forward to more adventures together as a family and having more keepsake memories,” Jen told us about her SweetEscape experience.

If we had learned anything about Jen and her family, the pleasure was truly all ours. Thank you for showing us the wonder of love that’s aged finer than all cheese and wine combined.

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8 Things To Do This Holiday Season, The Filipino Way
17 Dec 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

Filipinos are known for their long holiday celebration. Many traditions and new ways keep this season alive no matter which city or town you go. You won't run out of things to do (but your budget probably will!) when you celebrate the holidays in the Philippines through these activities:

1. Go Christmas shopping in bazaars.

It's this time of the year when massive pop-up year-end bazaar and sale events happen, so go ahead and take advantage of the markdown madness to complete your Christmas gift list.

2. Complete the Misa de Gallo.

How many masses have you attended so far? Get up early or spare an hour so you could attend the mass at night because as they say, completing the 9-day or -night series will make a wish come true.

3. Visit music and lights shows and displays around the metro.

As soon as the holiday season comes, many parks and tourist attractions open Christmas-themed shows that are perfect for all ages. These Instagram-worthy locations are usually free of charge, making them picturesque and cheery venues to gather with your friends and families.

4. Spread the holiday cheer through Christmas carols

It has been part of the Filipino tradition to gather in groups and sing either classic or remixed tunes as they go from one house to another. Just as long as you know the lyrics to the in-trend Christmas songs, you'll definitely get those coins, or if you're lucky, you'll receive bills from your kind neighbors!

5. Organize a reunion party.

Many Filipinos love merrymaking, so expect most of your December weekends, and sometimes, weekdays too, to blocked off with schedules of parties. It's also a time to meet the newborns or catch up with the relatives who you haven't spoken to for a long time. Make your reunion party more memorable and let SweetEscape photographers turn your moments into beautiful photographs. Special for this holiday season, get 50% OFF on your 2-hour photo shoot, anywhere in Manila.

6. Pick a gift for your "monito" or "monita"

The Filipino version of Secret Santa is a more exciting and interesting one because gift-giving is done in small batches. Whether the category's something big, something fluffy, something embarrassing, or something naughty, you'll surely go home with a smile on your face because your friend or officemate could surely find a gift to pull that category or theme off!

7. Go on a staycation with your family

For some Filipinos, the holiday season means quality time, without the hassle of preparing feasts or organizing parties. Some simply prefer staying in or booking an accommodation where they could all relax and exchange thoughtful gifts after a hearty meal.

8. Go for a quick holiday vacation.

To some who've been looking forward to a unique kind of celebration for the holidays, setting off to another country is an option. School or office breaks give them a chance to explore new places, making their holidays a more memorable one.

In times like these, memories are meant to be saved. Especially if you've waited long enough for your family to be complete this holiday season, don't miss the chance to document those moments — let SweetEscape do it for you.

SweetEscape now offers a one-hour photo shoot that'll capture your best holiday moments in 1-2 spots. Your edited photos will be ready in 3 business days, just in time for sharing with everyone else around the world. Learn more about our one-hour photoshoot here: https://www.sweetescape.com/en/one-hour-photo-shoot

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