Crash Landing on You, starring Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin, has no doubt captured the hearts of millions of Filipinos. In fact, the K-drama is so popular that it has apparently been used as a concept for engagement shoots! Case in point: Police Lieutenant Jay Abdurajak and Congresswoman Bai Rihan Mangudadatu Sakaluran's now-viral prenup photos.
Photographed by James Montaño, the entire prenup session couldn't have been more spot on in terms of photo composition, styling, locations, and overall feel. They've definitely captured that charming CLOY vibe! Jay and Rihan were even able to emulate the kilig between Se-Ri and Captain Ri so accurately in every photo that we can't help but smile while looking at their shots.
In this exclusive interview with Preview, wedding photographer James Montano shares how the shoot came into fruition—including where in the Philippines these breathtaking photos were shot!
Is this your first time doing a K-drama inspired prenup?
"Yes, onset! It’s my first time to do a K-drama-inspired shoot. Though in the past, I also did [a previous shoot that was] Korean-inspired, but that was for Halloween. We localized a version of Train to Busan and it was a hit also and [it went] viral on social media."
How did you pull off the shoot? Did you have exact pegs that you wanted to recreate?
"I met with the couple and asked them what concept they want for their shoot. The bride already had a concept on her mind and she said she wanted [to take inspiration from] Crash Landing on You. And so we discussed and agreed. I then met with the glam team about the concept and we came up with great ideas. It was a joint effort of the couple and our team."
Where did you guys shoot and how long did it take?
Locations are Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani, and General Santos City. That was a three-day shoot.
The photos are now going viral on Facebook. Were you surprised with the overwhelming response?
"I was really surprised and in awe. Actually I asked myself before posting if it will go viral on Facebook. And indeed, just minutes after posting it, the response of netizens were amazing. I’m so happy!"
Are you a fan of K-dramas yourself?
"I am not really a fan but I’ve watched some of K-dramas including CLOY. Their love stories are unique and you will really be hooked. Next thing you know, it’s already 4 a.m."