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Johanna + Sam’s Elopement in El Nido

Johanna and Sam's El Nido Destination Wedding

El Nido in the Philippines makes eloping to paradise easy to pull off! It’s called Heaven on Earth for a good reason. The magical setting transports you to a different time and place, where love forever lives. It has gained global attention for its idyllic seascapes, turquoise yet utterly translucent waters, and limestone stacks crested with dense rainforest foliage. For the couple Johanna and Sam, this location far from home (they’re from Tasmania) offers everything they’ve dreamt of for their wedding. A vibrant yet low-key setting, a chance to be intimately married, and to recite vows that were written, not for an audience, but simply for the two of them. Studio Fotogold did an amazing job of capturing this romantic duo’s big day and we absolutely love these shots of their ceremony with nothing but pure destination wedding perfection as far as the eye can see.

Johanna + Sam’s Elopement in El Nido

Fatima from Studio Fotogold shares: “We received this message one morning from Johanna and Sam that they’ve decided to turn an upcoming vacation into a top secret ‘I Do’ kind of trip. The couple knew that if they were going to tie the knot, it was of utmost importance to find a photographer to capture their day and to later share with family and friends. Since they didn’t know anybody, we took it upon ourselves to lend a hand and we literally had a week to help them arrange the wedding.

The day was really just about them and their love. The biggest lesson from this wedding, according to the couple was “Be true to yourselves and what feels right for you. Don’t worry about societal expectations.” Johanna and Sam decided to elope because they felt that something as sacred as a ceremony pledging their love for each other and entering into a lifetime commitment belonged exclusively to them.

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Congratulations to Johanna and Sam! We wish you both the best and a lifetime filled with love and adventure! Your wedding will always remind us of the importance of having fun with your day!

Wedding Coordination and Photos, Studio Fotogold | Accommodation, El Nido Garden Resort | Boat Tour, Fast and Furious