There is something about weddings that bring out the best in all of us. I love how I can just get lost in a cloud of whimsical wonderment whenever I chance upon a beautiful wedding such as this. Jairus and Mae's San Francisco wedding, although miles away from their homeland, has a Philippine wedding stamp all over it. The fun and festive affair was a mix of modern and traditional elements, all glamorous and romantic. So yes, for today, I'll let the wonderful photos from Pat Dy and video from Mayad speak more about the gorgeousness of this celebration. Enjoy!http://vimeo.com/32437432I was so touched by Mae's letter that I just had to repost it here:Dear Janna,God has been faithful to us and the wedding has been wonderful--thanks to your blog which has been a dose of daily inspiration to me everyday. You have no idea how much of your stuff is on my iPad and Evernote right now. I have used so many ideas from your blog, you'll probably see your digital fingerprint on our event design--from our ceremony colors, to my bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, to even having a dessert table.I'm based in California, but I was raised in the Philippines. The moment I started planning for our wedding, I knew I had to have a part of the Philippines with me--I wanted vendors from the Philippines. My friends told me I was crazy for doing this, but with God's help and my husband's (fiancé then) full trust, we started booking local vendors--Pat Dy, Mayad, Veluz... the list went on--the favors, the invitations, calligraphy, all the dresses--even our cake designers were based in Laoag and had to make our cake from scratch in my mom's kitchen! So yes, I could say that planning the wedding for vendors to go overseas was crazy! And this was where your blog came into the picture. It really has been an awesome guide of vendors I could trust and would have impeccable taste. A lot of people were skeptical about our decisions, but all the local vendors pulled through as your blog pointed me to the right direction. As crazy and challenging wedding planning was, your blog just made me smile amidst all the chaos. It has been my constant source of replenished energy whenever I would give up on our wedding design vision and just have an intimate ceremony with my husband instead. It has constantly put me in a happy zone.So yes, in a lot of ways, I have your blog to be thankful for--for building up our trust and confidence in our local vendors and for making the wedding planning experience fulfilling for me. I could not imagine planning the wedding without your blog. I praise God for sending me little doses of strength as we planned for our wedding--and yes, you are one of them. More power to you and your blog and I pray that you would continue to inspire and empower all the brides out there who deserve to have a fun experience as they plan to have their own happily-ever-afters.Sincerely yours, Mae Peralta-Samoy
Oct 08, 2012
In "Real Weddings,Video"
Hi everyone, Ian here! Aside from being Janna's husband and Mr. Bride and Breakfast, I'm also the Technical Director of the site. We launched the new logo and website design a few months ago, and I wanted to take some time to give you a tour of new features in the blog that will help make wedding planning easier for all you brides out there.The first thing that you'll probably notice is a rotating banner showing some posts, which are changed weekly to keep the inspiration fresh. We use this slider to highlight notable posts that you might not have seen yet, so if you're new to the site, or you're just looking for a good place to start, click on something that interests you to begin exploring Bride and Breakfast.What we've been most excited about in this update is our The Look section, which is present in every wedding, pre-wedding, and post-wedding feature. Over the past five years, we've published more than a thousand posts already, and we understand that going through all the weddings in the site might be a bit daunting for new brides. (We've heard that a lot of you have went through it from start to finish anyways, so thank you!) Realizing this, we painstakingly tagged our entire archive of posts according to Style, Venue, and Color--as these are probably the things that each bride will decide on and will be looking for their wedding.Clicking on a Style (for example, Bohemian, Classic Romantic, or Rustic) will take you to all the weddings and pre/post-wedding shoots with that theme, and looking at the posts will guide you on how to conceptualize and execute the style for your own wedding. If you have a particular Venue in mind (let's say you're having a Beach or Garden wedding), then you can click on that venue to see all weddings and shoots done in those places, to find inspiration for your own big day. When you click on a Color, it'll take you to all posts with that color theme, so you can find inspirations for your wedding; be it emerald entourage gowns, a marsala suit, gold decorations, or blush flowers.Under each post, we also have a related posts section, which will show posts that are similar to the one you're reading, so you can continue browsing other weddings that have a similar look or the same suppliers, or other articles/posts that may be helpful as you plan your wedding.We also introduced a streamlined look for our social sharing and comments area at the bottom of the posts, to keep the focus on the content, but still allow you to share the post and interact with us and other readers through the comments. We love hearing from our readers, so we invite you to engage with us by commenting on the posts! And we definitely appreciate all the social media love we get from y'all!Another thing you'll see in the homepage, category, tag, and search pages is a Continue Reading button, which we display after a few photos that give an idea of what the look of the wedding or shoot is. Choosing only a few preview photos makes those pages in the site load faster, especially if you're on a mobile internet connection! If you want to see more, you can always click that button to see the whole post--I wanted to make this clear so everyone knows that there's more loveliness to be seen after clicking the Continue Reading button!Just this week, we updated the look of our newsletter to give you a mix of classic inspirations as well as notable posts from the past week. In case you haven't done so yet, I highly suggest that you sign up here to get your needed weekly dose of wedding inspiration delivered straight to your inbox--we promise to keep it interesting!Lastly, a few weeks ago, we announced the launch of our YouTube Channel. We posted our first video on How To Do A Romantic Provençal Wedding, and we're so excited to release a slew of D.I.Y. how tos, tutorials, and other wedding-related videos! For now, in case you haven't done so yet, please go to our YouTube Channel and give us some love by clicking on the red "Subscribe" button on upper right of the page. This will also help ensure that you don't miss out on all the video loveliness we plan to send your way!That's it for now! The team is definitely working hard to bring some more inspiration to you all, so stay tuned for some other announcements and new features in the site!
Aug 20, 2015
We know that Drew and Iya have graced our blog time and time again with their engagement shoot and wedding photos (which were pretty rockin', BTW). But because we think they are really one of the most adorable couples out there, we couldn't pass on the chance to show you this wedding film by Jason Magbanua. We promise that this will be a feel-good video, the perfect way to spend your Friday!http://vimeo.com/117804666
Feb 06, 2015
In "Celebrity Weddings,Video"