Tag: Manila

12
Dec

Gorgeous Garden Glow

Posted by Janna Simpao

Hello, color! We somehow want to do cartwheels when we get the right dose of vibrant hues. Raymond and Patricia’s wedding shot by Paul Vincent is simply lovely. With some green tones here, some garden tones there, and a bit of a modern twist to details (like those geometric lines in that pretty gown!), and we’ve got ourselves some sweet style to enjoy.

Enjoy this beautiful day!

Photographer: Paul Vincent Photography / Ceremony Venue: Malate Church / Reception Venue: Oceana / Bride’s Dress: Mitzi Quilendrino-Bustos / Videographer: Phoeben Teocson Cinema / Bouquet: Vatel Manila

12
Nov

Preppy Rock Prettiness

Posted by Janna Simpao

When it comes to the unconventional, you can count on Quirky Creatives to deliver photos that will bring out the playful side of anyone. Kerwin and Gert’s preppy rock photo shoot is one e-sesh with a whole lot of character and a bucketful of attitude. With fun outfits styled by Alexandra Lapa and glamourous make-up by Rae Venturanza-Salazar, this funky couple played their roles pretty well. And personally, we just can’t get over how gorgeous the venue, El Hogar Filipino, is. Have a dose of rock n’ preppy lovin’ folks! We definitely did.

Photographer: Quirky Creatives / Makeup Artist: Rae Venturanza-Salazar / Styling: Alexandra Lapa / Venue: El Hogar Filipino, Manila

13
Feb

Weddings… It’s more fun in the Philippines

Posted by Janna Simpao

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

13
Dec

An Extra Dose of Pretty

Posted by Janna Simpao

Top of the morning to ya! Yup I am having a very good day. I try to make it a point for my Monday weddings to have an extra dose of pretty just to help spread the inspiration for the week. And if it’s beautiful I am looking for, the go-to-guy will definitely be Pat Dy. Today he tells us a story of love, romance and pure gorgeousness through his perfect shots of Gec and Anna’s wedding. To all fashionists out there, we will learn a thing or two from this bride.

These earrings are nothing short of amazzziinnngg! Dangling ear accessories shape the face and give a bride a more young and bold look. I am giving this earring my pick of the day!

Ceremony: Santuario de San Antonio / Reception: The Peninsula, Manila / Photography: Pat Dy / Videography: Jason Magbanua / Dress: Jun Escario / Make-up: Denise Go


17
Nov

Double Drop-Dead Deliciousness

Posted by Janna Simpao

What is better than having a drop-dead gorgeous wedding? Let me see… how about having two of them? Yup, that’s right! Most brides describe their wedding day as a blissful blur, leading to the the desire of having a do-over (yes, yes, I am one of those brides!). But Antoine and Shermaine hit the jackpot! The groom being Belgian and the bride being Filipina, dilemma dilemma on the wedding venue right? Wrong! Two bouquets, two wedding dresses and two drool-worthy celebrations–who wouldn’t say no to that?

Terrific trivia: Shermaine’s mom made her dresses for both weddings.  I love how this dress has hints of blue, while that accent gold belt is probably one of my favorite details in this amazing affair. Dainty, ethereal and very midsummer night’s dream-ish! Good job MOB!

How cute is it that the cupcakes had a Belgian-Filipino mix? Beer and gumamela anyone?

Here are some snippets of Antoine and Shermaine’s Belgium wedding. Her coordinator, Ernest Pascual (who is also a supplier frequently featured in B&B), sent me these pictures. He fondly shares:

The first time Shermaine called me up, I instantly knew that I would plan her wedding. When I saw the pictures from her Belgium wedding, I was like, “I had to top what she had in Belgium for the wedding she will have in Manila.” And when she said (during her thank you speech), “Ernest, thank you for giving us a wedding which is more than what we expected” I knew I nailed it and kept my promise that she would have a beautiful Manila wedding.

Cheers A and S! Here’s to double goodness!

Manila Wedding Vendors - Photography: Jaja SamaniegoToto Villaruel and Lianne Bacorro of Imagine Nation Photography / Video: Wang Videography / Gown and Entourage: Zenaida Mina (Shermaine’s mom) / Coordinator : Ernest Pascual of Events! Events! / Make-up: Samantha Gallardo / Flowers: Joey Mateo

Belgium Wedding Vendors- Coordinator: Monica Mina-Zamora / Photography: Vladimir Li


14
Sep

Close to Home

Posted by Janna Simpao

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.

And 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


20
Aug

Detailicious I Do’s

Posted by Janna Simpao

Nothing does it like a detailicious affair to end the week with a bang. I can’t even begin telling you how much I love this wedding. In fact, I’d even say it’s one of my favorites so far. It is casual but elegant, effortless and fun. Weddings like this inspire subtle creativity and understated charm. The best part about it is that it was definitely a DIY affair. With the help of family and friends this proves that one can’t buy style! If you have it, you have it! This wedding HAS IT.


And can I just rave for a minute about the awesome photography of Paul Vincent. I am loving his style and lighting technique. Reminds me of US wedding photography. Smittened would be the best word to describe what I’m feeling today.


The baby’s breath bouquet is starting to get popular in the wedding scene. It’s fresh, simple, but still creative.

One must remember that food also requires aesthetics. How it is presented will add to a wedding’s beauty and feel. Having a nice wooden table such as this and wooden boards for the appetizers will give a rustic feel to the event. Style is not just found in one element in a wedding, it has to be consistent and cohesive wherever people look.

Add small accents such as cute cookie jars or a beverage counter with colorful bottles and uniquely shaped drink jars. These add to a detailed look.
These twisted twigs are so lovely. The guests sure had some eye-candy as they witnessed the ceremony of Ron and Anima.
Having your bridesmaids involved in the preps will make it a more meaningful experience for them. How yummy and pretty is this cake? One thing I truly love about this wedding is that everything didn’t have to be matchy-matchy for it to look put together. It had the right amount of detail, color and character. Well done with the style bride! Have you considered getting into the wedding industry?

A must-read from the bride:

Our Manila wedding was a tribute to the elements of our civil ceremony in New York. Before we moved to Manila, Ron proposed to me at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. One week later, we rode our bikes from Brooklyn, where we lived, to Manhattan City Hall. We crossed the Brooklyn Bridge in our wedding garb—me in a white dress and a veil and bouquet I made myself, him in a suit; my bike basket decked out with white baby’s breath and the back of his bike with a “Just Married” sign. After the ceremony (which lasted all of 40 seconds), we celebrated with cake and champagne on a park bench with only two friends. It was such a spirited, meaningful moment, and we wanted our Manila wedding to have the same creative, personal feel.

This was, in effect, a total DIY wedding, and it was all about the details. We found an incredible backdrop (Hacienda Isabella), and really, really thought about what to put in every single square inch of that place ourselves. It was an intimate production involving our closest family and friends: My best friend’s mom did the bridal and entourage dresses and my best friend, a jewelry designer, took care of my jewelry. We designed the invitations and souvenir canvas bags ourselves (using a tandem bike as our emblem) and had it done at with non-wedding vendor. I was obsessed with handstamping and held craft parties with cheese and wine to bribe friends into stamping everything from the misalettes to the cookie bags. My mom and I went on field trips to Divisoria and Dangwa to choose the right flowers and glass bottles, which my mom arranged; my bridal bouquet that was a simple bouquet of baby’s breath/millestar, a tribute to my bike basket in NY. My mother-in-law shipped mason jars from the US and my brother-in-law surprised us with lanterns from Thailand. My dad, who is a filmmaker, did the most incredible video tribute to our journey as a couple. We allowed everyone to bring their own creativity to the table, making it just as personal, memorable, and meaningful as the day we crossed our bikes across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

Bride’s Gown: Rosalyn Lagdameo / Entourage: Rosalyn Lagdameo / Photography: Paul Vincent /  Videography/AVP: Tikoy Aguiluz (bride’s father) / Makeup: Cindy Pineda  of Shu Uemura Rockwell / Caterer: Hacienda Isabella , Santi’s Tagaytay and Galileo Enoteca / Souvenirs, Styling: Bride / Flowers: Minky Aguiluz (bride’s mother) / Cake: Heny Sison / Fireworks – Dragon Fireworks


18
Aug

Love in Color

Posted by Janna Simpao

This week will be all-wedding pretty for B&B. I can’t help but feel giddy knowing the gorgeous line up of weddings that will be featured in the coming days. Some people find inspiration in music, some in architecture and for some people like you and me, it really just has to be weddings. I even found myself waking up at six in the morning itching to show you this super beautiful wedding of Benjo and Anika.

With the color theme of purple and green this has fun written all over it. 
Veluz has been a popular name for brides this past couple of years. Their attention to detail and fabric makes them a favorite in the wedding industry.

I give two thumbs up for the charming bouquet that gave a spring vibe!

Asking the bride why the wedding reflected her and her husband she answers:

It was simple and elegant. As much as it’s a cliché to say, it really was. I wanted all the frills, but my husband wanted just enough—so we compromised and ended up with such a nice mix of frivolousness and simplicity.

And as for her highlights for the day:

Getting ready—I seriously felt like a queen! I had people shooting my every move; I was sitting in this high chair and getting ready to get dolled up! It definitely felt like a once in a lifetime experience. Of course our vows were meaningful. And another favorite of the day was when we danced to “More than Anyone” by Gavin DeGraw… it was just the perfect song! Lastly, we loved our after party and the band.

Church: San Agustin Church / Reception: Palacio De Maynila / Bride’s Gown: Veluz / Groom’s Attire: Rey Casedo / Entourage: Sonny Boy Mindo, Edward Teng & Rey Casedo / Photography: Paul Vincent Photography / Videography: Phoeben Teocson / Coordinator: Gille Tolentino of 168 Events Management / Makeup: Lanie Acedillo , bride and AnneVida, entourage/ Caterer: Hizon’s / Souvenirs: Poof Photobooth / Flowers: Jo Laguna-Pafin of Love in Bloom / Styling: 168 Flower Company


17
Aug

The Princess Wedding Diaries

Posted by Janna Simpao

There’s nothing like starting your week with beautiful things. “Think happy thoughts” said the wise fairy Tinkerbell. What better occasion to be happy than a wedding? I must admit, I really love writing about these occasions. There are so many things to positively celebrate as well as draw inspiration from. Each wedding uniquely reflects the couple, their love story and the talent that people put in in order to create such masterpieces.

I know all brides have this certain beauty that makes them unbelievably gorgeous on their special day.  The bride Han definitely makes gorgeous an understatement. I love her make-up which was done by the talented Barbi Chan (whose wedding we also featured awhile back—click here to see).

And her gown (absolutely loving the lace detail!) made her look like modern day royalty. I think also the traditonal side of me is biased, I am definitely a ball gown enthusiast. I remember being moved by the words of Mark Ingram, a famous bridal atelier in New York, “Most brides don’t know they want a ball gown type of dress until the slip into one. Then they fall in love.”

Gushing over this textured fabric! Lovely!

The bouquets of the flower girls were simply elegant and clean looking.

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

Young, fun and full of  vibrance, the young couple definitely has a lot to look forward to in their new life together. Daddy’s little girl is now a lucky man’s princess.

*Photos courtesy of The 12 Masters Photography and RV Mitra.

Church: Holy Trinity in McKinley, Forbes / Reception: Makati Shangrila Hotel / Photography: The 12 Masters Photography, Mangored, RV Mitra / Videography: Bob Nicolas / Gown : Jun Escario / Entourage Dresses : Richie Ortega / Tux: Jc Buendia / Make-up: Barbi Chan / Flowers and Styling: Robert Blancaflor /  Coordinator: Evangeline Go of Wedding Treasures


09
Aug

Pretty Purple Fever

Posted by Janna Simpao

Whether it be lavender, violet, purple, or other variations of the shade, this royal palette is certainly very popular for 2010. It seems like brides are loving this color, and why wouldn’t they? It is youthful, vibrant and eye-catching! Here’s another wedding that got into the purple fever.

Christian and Erin’s wedding was everything grand! The bride’s gown was full of exquisite detail and of course a big, beautiful skirt.

Celebrations are fun, joyous and full of excitement. However, there are times when the road we take to get there can be bumpy and testing. The bride Erin unfortunately had to come to terms with the painful loss of her father to cancer a few months before the wedding. Ernest Pascual, their coordinator shares: “I know it was a difficult thing to go through for Erin. I decided to surprise her by attaching a locket pendant with a photo of her dad to her bouquet. She carried a memory of him as she walked down the aisle.”

I just love these shots with the pinstripe background! Christian’s tux was sleek and fashionable! Way to go groom!

And yes when I said purple fever, I really meant it!!! Well, in my opinion, it would be senseless to do things half-baked. So Christian and Erin took the “no holds barred” road not-so-often travelled. Badang Rueda translated the vineyard vision into reality. Majestic and lush, you can’t help but feel you’re in a royal banquet!

I know I usually give you something from the bride. But today, I wanted to add in a little twist. Ernest Pascual, one of the in-demand coordinators in the industry shared with B&B his personal experience with this wedding.

I love it when I see the couple’s glow on their wedding. I feel giddy when they get excited even during my presentation of ideas for their wedding. I make it a point to immerse myself getting to know the couple so I could present ideas which are unique at the same time reflective of the their personalities. As mushy as it may sound, I love the way how a client-supplier relationship suddenly turns into a wonderful friendship. Up to this day, I am still in touch with couples, of which, I have coordinated weddings more than a decade ago.

During our meetings I got to know Erin and Christian in a personal level, realizing how simple and easy they were to please. They are just the type of couple whom you want to give more, simply because they appreciate the time and effort to come up with these ideas. When I presented the mock-up of the invitations, they could not stop raving about it and staring at the invitation. The bride’s mom who was around shed a few tears too. Through their wedding, I was reminded of the importance of family. That no matter what happens, your family will be the only thing left with you. My dad, who happens to help me out in my business, is a hardworking man. I took time out after the wedding of Erin and Christian to thank him for all the help he has extended in my business and coming up with details for my weddings.

Photography: Metro Photo / Videography: Jason Magbanua / Make-Up: Madge Lejano / Coordinator: Ernest Pascual / Flowers and Styling: Badang Rueda / Dress: Veluz Reyes / Suit: Edwin Tan / Entourage Dresses: Gretchen Pichay / Cake: Maite Gregorio of Cake Concepts