Happy Valentines Day!

Posted by Janna Simpao

If Bride and Breakfast was a holiday you probably know what we would be! Although we pretty much celebrate love everyday, there’s just something extra nostalgic about February 14 for us. So with that, we wish all our awesome readers a happy hearts day. May it be filled with warm embraces and tender kisses!

And guess what? We received the BESSSTTT Valentine’s Day gift ever! Today, we officially hit 100,000 Likes in our Facebook Page! Talk about great timing. So again, thank you!

Hugs and love always!


A Radiant and Romantic Garden Editorial

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I’m sure you’ve heard that Radiant Orchid is the color of the year. So when Sunday Morning Studios sent this editorial shoot our way, we were ecstatic. The team behind this editorial shoot nailed the hue with so much flair. For our readers who have been eying this color, here’s a glimpse on how you can have this purple pretty fête. Collaborating with some talented folks in the industry, they came up with a classic garden setup that spells charm all over it. We can’t help but love the pretty elements such as those modern and chic cakes by Lovelots Cakes and those super charming invitations by Kay Aranzanso. So go ahead, bask in the sweet symphony of wonderful elements and details as you swoon over today’s feature.

Photographer: Sunday Morning Studios / Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Josephine Ira Roncal / Bride’s Dress: Regina R. Yulo Designs / Floral Design: Sweet Maple Design Co. / Event Styling: Sweet Maple Design Co. & Apple Cailao / Cake Baker: Lovelots Cakes / Invitations and Calligraphy: Kay Aranzanso


Merry Christmas from Bride and Breakfast

Posted by Janna Simpao

As the year comes to an end, we’d like to thank all of you for being part of Bride and Breakfast. We truly are so grateful for the time you spend with us appreciating the beauty in weddings and celebrating the talents and stories behind it.

We wish you blessings on this wonderful day and we just can’t wait for next year!

With much love and thanksgiving,

Janna Signature

Here I am with the amazing Technical Director of B&B, the love of my life, Ian. :)


Bride and Breakfast Garden Soirée 2013

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It’s been a couple of months since we celebrated our first-ever Bride and Breakfast Garden Soirée. Many of you might be wondering what exactly it is. The garden soirée is a party we threw for wedding suppliers in the Philippines, sort of like a thank you and a meet-and-greet. For the last three and a half years, we’ve been blogging about many of these suppliers, some of whom we have never met, so the affair was the perfect time to do so. But because Bride and Breakfast is a sucker for style and details, we made sure that we came up with something enjoyable as well as pleasingly memorable.

Of course this would not be possible if it weren’t for the talented suppliers who made the Tropical Luxe theme come to life.

Before the event, we wrote about the gorgeous invites that we sent out. Collaborating with the most creative paper and design geniuses in the Philippines, this invite certainly set the mood. We cannot thank Printsonalities, The Fozzy Book, and Arlene Sy enough, because they set a pretty high bar for the newest wedding invitation trend–3D, personalized, artistic, and high-quality. Thanks to these awesome people, this invite received overwhelming compliments from our guests.

So for couples who want to give your guests a whole new experience, we totally recommend a 3D invite for your wedding.

We can’t deny that one of the greatest highlights in the garden soirée was the style and decor. Since Tropical Luxe is a very rare theme for events, we knew we had to have people who could understand the aesthetic and vision we were dreaming about. That’s when the Vatel Manila and K. by Cunanan collaboration was forged. Almost instantly, they knew what we wanted (and so much more). And just as if coming out of a page of a magazine, the whole garden soirée set up was one that was tasteful, unconventional, and nothing short of magical. Yes, these folks know how to style a party with easy elegance, and it’s safe to say we credit them a big chunk of the day’s success. The orchids, the printed linens, the furniture, the black tiffany chairs from Windsor & Tiffany… everything! Everything was pure sophistication.

Another key to having a successful event is the venue, and we knew that The Mango Farm was the perfect choice. Covered with lush greenery and a cozy pavilion, no wonder this place is a popular option for all sorts of events. We couldn’t have a dreamier venue than this.

A good party cannot exist without good food. So when we were brainstorming for this event, I made sure to tell Kaye of K. by Cunanan that food was of utmost importance. We knew that majority of the guests’ experience in an affair is driven by the quality of food that the hosts serve. Now we know why K. by Cunanan has made a name in the industry, because frankly… the menu was heavenly. Not only did it taste good, the presentation was nothing short of divine.

It’s a known fact that desserts have a way of making people happy. Well, these cakelets by The Delightful Miss Joyce were not only a tummy treat, but a feast for our eyes as well. Easy to pop in the mouth, the flavors we’re tasteful tastiness. No wonder they’re getting more popular in weddings! FYI, though those flowers look real, they are made out of sugar! Crazy, isn’t it?!

What is a party without a jaw-dropping cake? That is exactly what Hershey Tagulinao of Stellar Cakes whipped up for us. Some hand painting here and there, and a bucketload of brilliant creativity, this cake received its fair share of ooohs and ahhhs… and we are not one bit surprised. It was chic, chic, chic!

We have so much more to thank! Our deepest gratitude to Atom Ungson and Francis Day for the incredibly witty hosting. Sensitivity was there to provide us with beautiful lights and sounds (pretty important in a party, right?). As for a little background entertainment, we got to run videos of Bride and Breakfast editorials thanks to Metrotech‘s LCD videos! We also had the coolest privilege of setting up fun stations where Baicapture,  Pose and Print, and SLOWMOO Slow Motion Videobooth showed their stuff. In that way, people got to go around and have fun! I totally recommend them for weddings and events!

Additional desserts from the baking beauties Box of Sweets by Punky Porca and Joy San Gabriel were also a great treat and were instantly wiped out. And of course, drinks were overflowing because of Margarush, our mobile bar by JuiceBox, and the exquisite Rosemount wine from Meritus Prime Distributions, Inc. Special thanks to Gideon Hermosa of The Events Studio for making sure our booths and bars were styled to match the theme.

We’d also like to acknowlege the super talented photographers who covered the event. The pictures you got to enjoy were taken by the talented Adrian Ardiente and Sunday Morning Studios, our official photographers. Thanks to Zeus Martinez and Mark Cantalejo, who also submitted a few shots from their cameras. Our videographer For You Are Mine did a spectacular job making sure we had the best memories captured on video. Check out our other post with a full photo gallery if you want to see all the stylish outfits of our guests!

And lastly, my hearfelt thanks to our events planner, Oh Happy Day by Joed See, who was with us from day one, making sure that the event would be a huge success.

Special thanks as well to our raffle sponsors, Rummage PHI Love KoiLife After Breakfastπ Breakfast and PiesBrides & Beyond, and Angelfields.

Photographer: Adrian Ardiente / Photographer: Sunday Morning Studios / Invitation Calligraphy: The Fozzy Book / Invitation Illustration: Arlene Sy / Invitation Printing and Construction: Printsonalities / Flowers and Styling: Vatel Manila / Event Styling and Catering: K. by Cunanan / Reception Venue: The Mango Farm / Cake Baker: The Delightful Miss Joyce / Cake Baker: STELLAR {Cakes by Hershey Tagulinao} / Host: Atom Ungson / Host: Francis Day / Wine: Rosemount from Meritus Prime / Videographer: For You Are Mine / Mobile Bar Styling: The Events Studio by Gideon Hermosa / Dessert Table: Joy San Gabriel / Dessert Table: Box of Sweets by Punky Porca / Mobile Bar: Margarush / Mobile Bar: JuiceBox MoBar / Photobooth: Baicapture / Instagram Photobooth: Pose and Print / Videobooth: SLOWMOO Slow Motion Video Booth / Chairs: Windsor & Tiffany / Lights and Sounds: Sensitivity / LCD Projector: Metrotech / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Oh Happy Day by Joed See


Bride and Breakfast Garden Soirée Invitations

Posted by Janna Simpao

We’ve been blogging for a little over three years now. And we’re very, very thankful for the support we’ve received from our readers as well as the people from the wedding industry. Because of the overwhelming response we’ve so gratefully experienced, we decided it’s about time to hold our first ever event. Hence the Bride and Breakfast Garden Soirée.

We wanted to meet and thank the people who’ve worked so hard to help make your wedding beautiful. I’m gonna be talking more about this event in the next few weeks. But because it’s happening tomorrow already, I wanted to give you guys a sneak peek at one of the style elements we worked so hard for in this event–the invitations.

I believe that the invite is the first glimpse a guest will have of an event. It sets the mood for what they can expect and see. And whether it be for weddings, or for an afternoon affair such as ours, I believe that a well-put-together invite makes all the difference.

We were surprised when J Lucas Reyes sent us these photos he took of the invite when he received it. His thoughts about it were beyond heart warming.

After getting the soft invite of the Garden Soiree, I kinda thought I already had a glimpse of the event. I couldn’t be more dumbfounded after receiving the formal invitation, which just begged the designer in me to muse it over.

This box is one definitely one for the books. The package was just amazing in all aspects–the unexpected size and format, the love and creativity that went into the design concept and detail, the incredible swirls of color and handmade finish–truly everything in chic unison! And yet the overall presentation is as simple and straightforward as it gets. You just feel all the love in the details.

The invitation was an experience by itself, I can’t wait to see what this is all about.

The theme I wanted to do this year was Tropical Luxe. So I went out and sought the key suppliers who I felt could execute what I had in mind. Let me just rave about these people for a minute!

Arlene Sy: Arlene does wonderful hand painting. She was definitely up to the challenge of painting a theme she has never done and colors she rarely uses. The result was just amazing. The invite is hand painted with tropical flowers and a coral flamingo. I’d say it looked pretty chic and fresh–I cannot stop raving about it.

The Fozzy Book: Fozzy is starting to be the go-to name for calligraphy in the wedding industry. I think I will never tire of being in awe of how beautiful she writes. It was pretty cool that we both agreed that the freehand type of calligraphy was the way to go–it was unique and had a certain easy vibe to it. There is just something utterly tasteful when you see your name in calligraphy. And oh, how gorgeous is that red ink we used for the main invite page?

Printsonalities: Being one of the most trusted names in invitation making, we knew we were in perfectly capable hands. Printsonalities was in charge of executing and assembling the invitation. When I first met up with them, I said that I wanted a box invite. I explained how I was planning to put something inside, sort of a pleasant surprise when the box was opened. I wanted a three dimensional invite that would make the recipient’s heart skip a beat when they received it. And boy, oh boy, they definitely delivered. The materials used for the box was of high quality and the workmanship was so clean. One of my favorites was the gold stamping used on the flamingo and some of the calligraphy. It was that detail that added the luxe vibe to the invite.

I am so thankful that we had such a great team collaborate with us on this. I couldn’t wish for a better invitation for the #bnbgardensoiree!

Invitations & Stationery: Printsonalities / Hand Painting Design: Arlene Sy / Calligraphy and Layout: The Fozzy Book / Photographer: J Lucas Reyes


Ballerina Belle

Posted by Janna Simpao

As some of you know, I spent the weekend here in Cebu to support my husband in his Ironman 70.3 race. And because I am enjoying this lovely place, I think it’s apt that I feature one of the local gems of Cebu, photographer Mark Cantalejo. I wanted to write about the ballerina-themed shoot he did for blogger Kryz Uy because I think it is such a a good inspiration idea for a ballet-themed wedding or bridal shoot. Even future brides can use this as an inspiration for their bridal entourage style! It’s just too pretty to pass. So for this lovely morning, we leave you with this ballerina belle.

Photographer: Mark Cantalejo


Color Trends of 2014 by TheUltraBright

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A friend asked me a couple of weeks ago what I think would be the color trends for 2014 will be. I began to ponder and think of what hues have been popular for Philippine weddings in the last year. Of course I had a smile on my face since I loved pastels. But as I began researching, I was even more smitten by the colors that will gain popularity next year. Recently, I found myself craving for deeper, richer, and brighter hues for weddings. But I must admit, there really is an art in approaching such strong hues. Fret not, because this post will be an inspiration for those who love color.

I’m a huge fan of TheUltraBright–it’s great for those hunting a color palette because you can choose from their research, inspiration, and forecast. The Spring/Summer 2014 forecast trend captured my heart instantly. It reflects how choosing your colors can be be the merging of two totally opposite elements, and why mixing of organic colors with artificial ones is the next big thing. The result? A gorgeous out-of-the-box palette for your big day.

I think TheUltraBright writes about it brilliantly:

One word that defines the Spring/Summer 2014 season is HARMONY. As the future isn’t exactly playing out as we were hoping it to, technology is proving to be more dissatisfying than satisfying and the constant return to nature isn’t delivering that blissful of a moment, the consumer needs to learn how to live in complete harmony. Harmony found in the high-tech and natural, feminine and masculine, vintage and modern, opinionated and unbiased, man-made and artificial. Harmony that reflects the need to connect and simultaneously disconnect, to change their opinion and stand for their beliefs when needed. This immediate need to find the right balance is affecting our perception and demand for color. We are in constant state of navigating between nature-inspired and technology-driven colors. The color palette of the upcoming Summer season is rooted in the natural and the artificial, in the familiar and the unknown. There is no longer need to choose one or the other–the shape of things to come is defined by flexibility and acceptance, by complete harmony with all that is being offered.

Forward with Nature

Earth Balance

Caramel Lust

Think Pink

Purple Rain

Red Feeling

Desert Dust

Blue Depth

Summer Forest

Colors of Spring/Summer 2014


Nymphs and Nests

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And so the story begins. A man falls hopelessly in love with a beautiful nymph in an enchanted forest… But wait a minute! What seems to be images from a dream is just making my imagination run wild. This editorial collaboration between Marlon Capuyan, Styling by Aira Franco, Fritz Mortel and {etc} Handmade goodness is the epitome of the term less is more. We are amazed at how only four elements made this shoot a true example of dreamy elegance: Great photography, that exquisitely-brilliant-and-to-die-for nest-inspired head wreath, the pretty and frothy blush dress, and amazing surroundings of trees and rivers. Oh now I wish we could see more of these types of ethereal shoots for real couples–it’s everything romantic that’s for sure. Remember folks, simple can be beautiful!

Photographer: Marlon Capuyan / Styling: Styling by Aira Franco / Head Wreath: {etc} Handmade Goodness / Hair and Make-up: Fritz Mortel


A Sweet Valentine from Jacobo

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This has got to be one of the most adorable Valentine’s Day videos we’ve ever laid our eyes on! Jacobo has a couple of smooth moves that left us adoring this cutipatootie for life.

Here’s a pre-Valentine treat for all the child-at-heart B&B’ers and hopeless romantics out there! Share if you love this lil’ man!


Weddings… It’s more fun in the Philippines

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We’re probably one of the many people who truly take the campaign, Weddings… It’s more fun in the Philippines, with great honor. Being a blog that celebrates Philippine weddings, well… let’s just say I’ve been wowed many times over, to the moon and back. When we heard that one of our posts was actually mentioned in the official Facebook page of the Department of Tourism’s It’s more fun in the Philippines campaign, we practically did cartwheels! Yeah, it’s no Nobel prize award, but it’s certainly a great privilege for us to be a part of something that gives back to our nation. We’ve always been so proud of the Philippines, its people, and the talent that the country has.

And just like us, our friends in the industry prove that they too take much pride in the beauty of weddings celebrated in this country. The talented Bob Nicolas brilliantly crafted this must-watch video in support of the campaign. Certainly a great way to jumpstart our morning. Mabuhay!

Videographer: Bob Nicolas