Bride and Breakfast Turns 5: The New Look

Here it is, folks! Something we’ve been working on for months now–we are beyond excited to share with you this amazing milestone. In line with our fifth year anniversary this April 2015, we decided to launch a new and improved Bride and Breakfast. Partnering with the super talented design studio NS Design Co. and website developer Gian Aguilar, we were able to create a new look that is all about tastefulness and functionality.


Throughout our five years of blogging, we’ve gotten to know more and more about our readers, and the new logo is really all about the B&B bride. She’s sophisticated yet playful, she is strong, adventurous, and has the heart of a dreamer. And we knew the soul of the blog had to be all about her. We’ve had the wonderful privilege of working with Written Word Calligraphy, and all I can say is that she is a genius! We still get butterflies in our stomach every time we look at it–pretty, pretty, pretty! Yup, this redesign was born through a lot of sleepless nights (and some occasional tear-shedding), but it is all worth it!

As we’ve spent day after day with all of you, we found ourselves realizing the essence of Bride and Breakfast–tastefulness. The new site is cleaner, sleeker, and centered on simplicity… yup, less is more! We also made sure that you will have an easier time navigating the blog and going through our now extensive archive of posts. Stay tuned because in the coming weeks, we will be discussing how these functions will make your inspiration hunting a breeze.

And just when you think this announcement is already a huge deal for us, we have one more big reveal. Today, we get to tick off something in our bucket list–to have another branch in Asia, (drum roll please…). Bride and Breakfast Hong Kong launches today as well! I can’t even begin to explain how exciting this is for us! How cool is it that you have an option to read it in English or Chinese?!

Ok, so I am nervous, excited, happy, hyperventilating and pumped up on adrenaline… I really, really, really hope you like the new look of Bride and Breakfast! On behalf of myself and the whole team behind B&B, let’s pop some virtual champagne and celebrate!


My Fair Ladies Editorial

Are we having the loveliest morning or what? If we made a list of our favorite things (and people) in this world, then we’d have a big check mark on today’s editorial. Gorgeous cakes… check! A beautiful garden location and awesome set styling… check!  Our faves from the wedding industry… a big check!

Let’s go through it shall we? We perfectly know that a Veluz gown can make a thousand jaws drop in a matter of seconds. Well… what if you get to see nine of them all at once? These dresses hail from the recently launched Veluz RTW bridal collection, and yes, we cannot stop swooning over them. The famous and lovely lady photog Jaja Samaniego and flower genius Dylan Gozum of Vatel Manila invited us to be part of this masterpiece shoot and we didn’t hesitate on our “yes”! Maybe that’s due to knowing everything these folks touch turns into awe-inspiring art. And because we just love, love, love the idea of inspiring our readers, we can’t wait for you to see it yourself. Oh yes… we’re having the loveliest morning indeed!

Bride’s Dress: Veluz / Photographer: Jaja Samaniego / Floral Wreaths: Vatel Manila / Venue: Two Gardens / Stylist: Aira Franco / Stylist: Fritz Mortel / Cake Baker: CynfullySweets / Art Direction: Rachelle Que of Bride and Breakfast / Media Partners: and Metro Weddings Magazine / Set Stylist: Justine Bumanlag of SaSO Event Styling and Interiors / Hair and Makeup Artist: Noel Jimenez

The Nook: First Love Dream Team

I can’t believe that it finally happened! And it just didn’t “happen”, it happened with an amazing team. I decided to write a more extensive description of the partners we worked with, because I realize that many of our readers are curious about these suppliers. With a mix of seasoned and up-and-coming ones in this list, I cannot do anything but sing praises on how they made our shoot beautiful beyond words.

I also want to suggest to couples that instead of the usual engagement shoots that you do, having an editorial approach (such as the one in this shoot) can be one of the things that you can invest on. Interesting trivia–our two models, Niña and Peter, are actually a real couple.

Here’s some more background on our wonderful team for this shoot:

Nelwin Uy Photography: Nelwin brilliantly captured most of the shots in film, and I can’t stress how gifted he is in his craft. What I love about Nelwin is his unassuming approach to photography. It just makes everything very light and real.

Vatel Manila: Wow, oh wow, I am at a loss for words on the beautiful set up that Dylan of Vatel Manila created for us. Gorgeous furniture, exquisite accessories, beautiful props and elegantly-arranged flowers were the highlights of this shoot. If we’re talking tasteful, Vatel Manila lives and breathes it.

Joe San Antonio: Her beautiful dresses are fit for a princess. She’s young and has a keen sense of style. My goal for next year is to wear one of her creations, and I am sure a lot of brides will be wanting to do the same.

Stellar {Cakes by Hershey Tagulinao}: Stellar is certainly one of the rising stars in the cake industry. Hershey makes the most beautiful cakes and her craftmanship is impeccable. She’s also such a joy to work with because she’s so open to ideas and collaborations.

Box of Sweets by Punky Porca: I’ve always been a fan of dessert tables. Punky is your girl when it comes to have a pretty selection of treats! Those Macarons de Paris are love.

{etc} Handmade Goodness: No need for a long introduction for them. They are the pioneers of beautiful handmade accessories, in our case the boutonnières. They are so creative! Quality work and exceptional eye for detail.

Aira Franco: She’s only been in the craft for a short while and yet she’s becoming a household name when it comes to styling. I love her perkiness, ingenuity (especially in unexpected crisis, because yes, that happens in shoots) and her commitment to her cause: to style and to create beauty.

Fritz Mortel: Her work is crisp and clean. She did makeup retouch and hair beautifully despite the time pressure. We know we’ll be working with her again.

Arlene Sy of Bonnie Paperie: Hand-painted invitations? Need I say more? Those three words already make me gush with delight. I can totally see this trend becoming more and more popular for 2013.

The Mango Farm: I am totally smitten with this place! If you’re looking for a gorgeous venue with lots of greens, look no further. Best thing is that it’s so near the city!

First Love Editorial

Time and time again, we’ve expressed our agenda here in the blog–to inspire. It seems like yesterday when all of this was just in my Christmas wishlist. On this gorgeous day of December, it’s finally time to open this beautifully-wrapped present that we’ve been blessed with–our very first full editorial.

This shoot is quite special because we did get to work with many of the greatest and most respectable talents in the industry. What’s also so awesome is that we got to shoot a real-life couple, Niña and Peter. We knew from the beginning that we were in great hands–read more about them here.

We hope that this will make your hearts swoon as it did ours. So without further ado, we bring to you the tasteful tale of our first love.

Continue reading “First Love Editorial”

Photographer: Nelwin Uy Photography / Venue: The Mango Farm / Flowers & Decor: Vatel Manila / Cake Baker: Stellar {Cakes by Hershey Tagulinao} / Dessert Table: Box of Sweets by Punky Porca / Stylist: Aira Franco / Bride’s Dress: Joe San Antonio / Invitations & Stationery: Arlene Sy of Bonnie Paperie / Boutonnières: {etc} Handmade Goodness / Makeup: Niña Dolino / Makeup Retouch: Fritz Mortel / Host: Bride and Breakfast

The Nook: Building a World-Class Brand (For Wedding Suppliers)

If you have a job like mine, you tend to really spend hours and hours looking at websites and other resource materials to see the latest trends. As a blogger, I always try to put myself in the bride’s shoes. It’s important to know what couples nowadays want, what they gravitate to, and what catches their eye. In an industry such as weddings, here are some tips I think might elevate how wedding suppliers package themselves. I’ve heard countless conversations how suppliers wished that their couples would be less traditional… well here’s the thing–YOU can be a great influence to them in trying out new things.

  1. Look Personal but Professional – In this day and age of ubiquitous internet, it makes a whole lot of difference how you do your website. It is the first encounter your couples will have with you. It’s a reflection of who you are and how you perceive weddings. A charming website/logo needs to be well thought out. It needs to be romantic and inviting but at the same time polished and clean. Hire a really good team to do your brand. A team that knows the wedding trends not only here in the Philippines but the rest of the world as well.
  2. Go Pretty – We have our fair share of men in the industry (photographers and videographers especially) so there really is that tendency to have a logo with more masculine structures, fonts and colors. I am not saying that these logos are bad. However, weddings are all about romance, so it wouldn’t hurt if you brand yourself in this light. Adjectives that you might want to describe they way your logo looks like are romantic, charming, fun and inviting (vs. corporate, strong and sharp).
  3. Spring or Pastel Tones – Colors that would best appeal to people getting married are seldom big chunks of blacks, browns or grays. Unless you are going for an ultra minimalist look (clean and white), you can try using a mix of upbeat spring tones such as teal, coral, or mustard, nothing overwhelming. Another option is pastel–blush, lavender, peach, or powder blue, most of which you can pair with other neutral tones such as grays and beiges. These shades certainly gets one in the mood to daydream. For male vendors, a tip is to get a lady on board. Having someone with a feminine taste can help you in brainstorming a design for your website or logo! It’s still you but with a waft of charm. Remember, most of your clients are brides-to-be (and grooms that caught the love bug) so its all about the whimsy wedding planning brings.
  4. Tasteful vs. Tacky – Now since we are working in a creative industry, there is no magic formula or a million-dollar look. Each one of us will have different preferences. Some might go for classic elegance, some might want quirky charm. All of these are perfectly apt for weddings. It’s how you translate these words into images that count. I don’t claim to be the expert in branding, and my opinion is just based on the material I see coming out all over the world. The best way to see the latest trends is to expose yourselves to branding outside the Philippines. Filipinos are very creative! Don’t get stuck with the norm. Be experimental. Sadly, most wedding websites I see can be overly traditional, gloomy and tough looking.

The good news is I’ve really seen a number of wedding suppliers step up their game in branding their product. I commend them for seeing the benefit of having a brand that is competitive both locally and internationally.

A few months back, we at B&B took on the challenge to really be able to express who we are through our brand. In the past two plus years that B&B has existed, I’ve met with a number of website designers, I told them my style and how I envisioned the site to be, although all of them were very talented, I couldn’t seem to find THE ONE who could translate who we were.

Just this year, I met Fozzy Castro-Dayrit of The Fozzy Book. Fozzy is not really a website designer–in fact her forte is calligraphy and designing invitations. But because I love her style, I begged her to consider designing the new Bride and Breakfast. She excitedly took on the challenge! The first design she sent me hit home. With a couple of improvements here and there, we got it! It was pretty and romantic, subtle and soft. Many of our readers really loved it (and I catch myself staring at it with contentment)! I am smitten with the wood washed background and the watercolor header! The logo, is soooo B&B too don’t you think?

Another person I enlisted in coming up with backdrops for badges and buttons for Bride and Breakfast is Anna Cristobal. Anna, like Fozzy is also experienced in graphics and invitation design. The great thing about her is that I just describe to her in a few words how I want something to look and just let her take lead in coming up with the design. It amazes me how she gets my style instantly–I rarely even have to send her pegs. I loved her work so much that I hired her as the graphic designer of B&B on retainer basis. You will not go wrong with her! Here’s the B&B badge she designed for me.

Lastly, because these girls don’t have much experience on the technical side. I got Gian Aguilar, a website programmer and designer to do the backend of the blog, such as coding. Gian is particularly amazing to work with because he really gives input on how to make the site user friendly. Noticed how the new B&B is compatible and scales in size (responsive) whether you are using your laptop, iPad or iPhone? Well that’s all Gian! Polished and professional!

I share all these with you hoping that you too can be inspired to take it to the next level. Create a team that will really allow you to get that dream look of yours that is certainly within reach. As we fancy saying it here in B&B, loveliness is just around the corner!


Special thanks to:

The Fozzy Book
Anna Cristobal