I know everyone is probably expecting photos of a gorgeous wedding, but I decided to share a few words just for today! I've received a lot of emails asking me for tips on how to style their wedding. Honestly, each time I read them, I find myself at a loss for words. First of all, blushing brides-to-be must understand that styling is a process. It doesn't happen overnight or through an exchange of one or two emails. A effortlessly-looking-oh-so-stylish affair could have taken hours, days or months of brainstorming. I don't say this to discourage brides who feel they don't know where to begin. Instead, I just want to get the reality out there that it you want a stylish wedding, whether D.I.Y. or conceptualized by your dream team, it will need patience, time and that extra effort (even maybe a few tears shed here and there).If you don't have the budget for it, a tip I can share is go to friends who have an eye for details. Make sure though that you trust their taste--otherwise, you will find yourself battling over who gets to decide on the style. Prepare a mood board (a big one!) and clip pegs that will show bits and pieces of your wedding (ex. entourage gowns, fabric swatches, photos of bouquets, etc.). It helps to see how things will fit well together. It's all in the small details so don't forget the little things. Place cards, sign boards and ring pillows are just a few details that might add the "wow" effect to your big day. If you don't have time for any of this, hire a stylist! Time is gold. You just might find yourself frustrated if you try to do everything on your own. Wedding preps should be fun and not traumatic. There are so many up-and-coming stylists out there, just keep looking until you find one that will fit your budget.
Apr 18, 2011
First of all, I want to welcome you to our new home. It’s definitely so exciting to see how Bride and Breakfast has been inspiring many of our readers out there. And now that we’ve moved, we continue to try our best to bring to you the best of the best of all things pretty.To mark our move, I would like to start of with something very close to home. We’re so ecstatic to announce that our wedding feature in Martha Stewart Magazine is out! It's such an honor to be asked to share our wedding day to such a respected magazine.Today I want to share with you more about that special day. Being meticulous about my preferences I decided to be very hands on in the planning and execution. And because I love weddings, I had so much fun doing it. But before I go on and on about the details, here’s a peek at one of the best days of my life.The white folding chairs give a different vibe and enhances the garden feel of the ceremony.Who said candelabras can only be used as centerpieces? Having silverware against the greenery gave a formal and classy look to the aisle.Remember, weddings are only as good as the people you celebrate with. It's endearing to know that while everyone was seriously listening to the ceremony, these kids took time to goof around.Add D.I.Y. accessories that will make your wedding look more personalized. Making these flower girl headpieces was one of the best style decisions I made for the wedding. I think they stole the show. But I didn't mind, I love them.Always take time to make the wedding reflect who you are. Choosing a color scheme can be tricky. At the end of the day, it's you who will look back at your pictures. I wanted everything blush pink with hints of muted colors--I never regretted it.Capitalize on your surroundings. I was thrilled to see the black and white printed tiles of Antonio's. Because the place in itself was so breathtaking, I needed to put flowers that were not over the top but still exudes beauty and charm.Here are videos that were shown during our wedding from our photographers Pat Dy & Francis Perez and our videographer Mervin Gobaco.http://vimeo.com/12131718http://vimeo.com/9133640And because I did most of the talking I want to show you a different angle. I decided to ask someone special share something else about the wedding.From the groom: Most grooms let their brides plan everything (and with good reason too)! However, I knew that I wasn't a normal groom. Call me strange, but I always had a picture of what I wanted my wedding to look like—it's my day also, not just my bride’s! So from the very start, I was hands-on with all of the wedding details. I realized that Janna and I do complement each other—she’s the visionary and I execute the great ideas she thinks of.Despite all our preparation, I was still full of trepidation for the events of the day. But the moment I saw the beautiful garden set up for the wedding, I was at peace and I knew everything would turn out right. A lot of grooms cry when they see their brides march down the aisle, and I know Janna was secretly gunning for me to do the same, but all I could do was smile when I saw how stunningly breathtaking the woman I was going to spend the rest of my life was.Up to the end of the reception when Janna and I were thanking our guests, I still couldn’t believe how beautiful everything turned out to be—even better than I could’ve ever imagined. I guess no matter how much you prepare for "The Big Day", it’s really God who will make it beautiful. Ecclesiastes 3:11 comes to mind—“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end.” Ceremony and Reception: Antonio's, Tagaytay / Gown: Monique Lhuillier / Suit: Frederick Peralta / Entourage: Bride / Photographer: Pat Dy / Videographer: MG Digital / Flowers: Flowers Unlimited / Cake: Peachy Juban of Shortcrust / Coordinator: Jojit Dy of Third Party / Invitations: Printsonalities / Make-Up: Robbie Piñera / Hair: Raymond Santiago
Sep 14, 2010
In "Real Weddings,Video"
Finding the right shoe for the big day is very important. It seems like your wedding photos will not be complete without "the shoe" shot. The search for the perfect footwear can be a frustrating task especially if you are on a budget.I remember my own shoe searching experience. I looked and looked and looked! Unfortunately, most of the shoes I liked cost a fortune. I made a decision that I wasn't going to spend on satin pumps that I probably will never wear again. Don't get me wrong, if you prefer to splurge on your big day pair, go ahead! Each bride will have her own preference and the important thing is, you are confident with what you are wearing. You wouldn't want blisters to keep you from the dance floor right?After months of store hopping and online surfing, I found them!New discovery: NinaWhy i love it?The price is reasonable for its style, material and quality. The styles are elegant and ranges from the classic look to a bolder and more daring feel. There are a variety of heights and colors to choose from. They are comfortable. You can actually customize the color. (note that customized ones are more expensive.)Here are my top picks. All shoes are available in White and Ivory.PAPINA in SAGE (This one is my ultimate fave!)ELKE in GRAPEEFFIE in RASPBERRYELGA in SANDTIP:Rustans In Glorietta carries Nina shoes. The styles featured here however can only be ordered online. If you really think they're the shoes for you, find a relative or friend (preferably a guest to your wedding) in the US who you can ship it to. Have them bring it to you for your big day. To make sure that you get the right size, look for reviews in the internet checking whether the shoe runs big, small or true to size.My choice for the my wedding shoes is the Nina Culver. I decided to go for a classic sand color since the sage color I wanted was not yet available at that time. Heel height was perfect. Here it is:
Apr 16, 2010