Tag: photography


Fields and Feathers

Posted by Janna Simpao

There is something quite nostalgic about open fields and sunlight. Maybe it’s the familiar comfort it exudes? Or the peaceful surroundings it portrays? Whatever it may be, Harry and Gizelle’s engagement shoot by Marlon Capuyan (I love his work!) has gotten me wrapped around its pretty little bohemian fingers. Pretty furniture, a well-styled wardrobe and some feather details set against this field of dreams is enough to send us to inspiration heaven.

Photographer: Marlon Capuyan


The Nook: Guest Speaking for XOXO Workshop by Nelwin Uy

Posted by Janna Simpao

If you’re a wedding junkie like me, then you probably know who Nelwin Uy is. Being one of the top photographers in the country, Nelwin’s work has graced Bride and Breakfast time and time again. I was definitely thrilled beyond my wits when he asked me to be a guest speaker to his upcoming XOXO Workshop. ACCCKK!!! I get to talk about B&B and blogging about gorgeous weddings. And guess what? It even falls right on my birthday weekend! Being so passionate about what I do, this is totally a fun way to celebrate for me (yes, I am nerdy like that)!

FYI, workshop slots were sold out in like 2 seconds.



The Chic and Glamorous in Paris

Posted by Janna Simpao

Honeymoon shoots are starting to gain popularity nowadays. It was a surprise to me when I received an email from Kate, a B&B reader who said she and her hubby were inspired to do a honeymoon shoot upon seeing our very own Japan post nuptial photo session.

Just when you thought a Paris getaway was romantic enough as is, having these gorgeous pictures to look back to when you’re old and gray will definitely bring back more amazing memories. Take note, our pretty little lady here has an eye for styling and came up with their own wardrobe! Loving the chic and glam Kate and Paolo! It’s good to be loved.

I couldn’t resist posting the sweet email I received from Kate:

Hi Janna,

I’m a big follower of Bride and Breakfast. I got a lot of inspiration from your blog while I was planning my wedding.

But more than that… I just wanna THANK YOU BIG TIME for posting your post-nuptial photos–those were gorgeous photos and gave me a bright idea to do a post-nup pictorial too! Like you, we didn’t have any pre-nuptial shoot because we thought it’s too normal but when you posted your Tokyo post-nup photos, me & my fiance (that time) thought–why don’t we do the same during our honeymoon in Paris?!

And so we did… we got in touch with “One & Only Paris Photography”, French & American photographers based in Paris and they did the amazing shoot for us… so I thought it would be great to share the photos with you as a token of our gratitude for inspiring us.

Janna, thanks for inspiring so many brides like me. Doing that post-nup was indeed a fantastic decision we made and we couldn’t have thought of that if it wasn’t for your blog! All the best to you and to Bride and Breakfast!


Location: Paris / Photography: One and Only Paris Photography / Styling and Wardrobe: Kate


Era of Engagement

Posted by Janna Simpao

Love vintage? Well you’ll love this. A super charmingly-gorgeous-and-overwhelmingly-sweet couple, Vince and Rej is the real deal! Plus their photographer, Jeff and Lisa, definitely delivered for the theme and vibe the couple wanted! I’ll let the photos do the talking for now.

Hold on! I’m not yet done. If you liked their pictures, you’ll definitely gush over their wedding trailer. Mayad does it again! But with a couple as in love as these two, I’d think it was a breeze filming them. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Feel the love–I definitely did!

Photography: Jeff and Lisa Photography / Videography: Mayad Studios


Uniquely Us

Posted by Janna Simpao

I can’t believe that it’s 2011 already! And boy oh boy am I excited. This means a whole new year of amazing weddings and buckets of love to around.

So for our first wedding feature for 2011, here’s a worthy dose of prettiness for all of you. Aaron and Monica’s wedding reflects a sense of uniqueness, vibrance and a trademark that is truly theirs.

I love the shoulder strap of her gown. Talk about dramatic without being excessive!

Cranes and feathers.

From the bride:

Though we have been a couple for 10 years before we decided to settle down, we didn’t have an ideal wedding setup or theme in mind. When we started planning, my main request was just to have a good wedding photographer because we’re both not photogenic. We both agreed to look for the best photographer (without setting a tight budget on it). Since we both wanted to be hands-on with the wedding, we also decided to just get an on-the-day wedding coordinator. Those are the two main things that we agreed on.

There are many things though that went through long discussions. Aaron is an architect and most people would expect that he would like something grand, artsy, and very intricate in terms of theme, event style, and other wedding details. I, on the other hand, an Information Technology business analyst, would be less artsy and like things to be simple. Since we are opposites (both personality and style-wise) it was a bit hard for us to finalize on the specific theme. Aaron does not like the theme to be too girly/flowery, while I would like the theme to be more unique and have more production than the usual flowery theme. At first, I decided on a peacock feather/vintage/masquerade theme. Aaron, on the other hand, would like the theme to be Zen Minimalist. When we met up with the event stylist, we ended up having a theme that is Zen Minimalist using peacock feathers as accents for the event style.

I didn’t get to sleep at all the night before because of nerves. I was really scared to have eyebags appear on my big day. The following morning, I was shaking from nervousness and lack of sleep. During make-up time, Aaron sent me a sweet letter and flowers to my room telling me that everything will be okay and to enjoy the special day and I felt better.

During the father-daughter dance, I was crying from the start because I am a daddy’s girl and I cry easily. But what made everyone in the audience got teary-eyed was when Aaron also couldn’t help himself from crying because most people know that he was trying hard not to cry all throughout the day (exchange of vows, my walk down the aisle). He knows how close I am with my father and how emotional it is for my father to see me getting married.

Ceremony: Santuario de San Jose / Reception: Edsa Shangri-La Hotel Isla Ballroom / Gown: Cesar Gaupo / Suit: Joey Samson / Photographer: Metrophoto / Videographer: Threelogy / Music: Bernie Pasamba for the reception and Cirkulo for the after party / Florist: April and Karen Yu / Coordinator: Events Experts (Jody Liwanag) / Cake: Dexter’s / Hair and Make-up: Leo Posadas and Rowena Sonido / Event Stylist, Sounds and Lights: 4th Wall


Big, Bubbly and Balloon-tastic

Posted by Janna Simpao

Here’s a super adorable E-session of Eboy and Therine by the talented photogs, Mimi and Karl. Loving the giant balloons (which totally brings a cute twist to the usual balloon shots). Another thing to love is the semi-vintage treatment of the photos. Good job with this one M and K!

Photography: Mimi and Karl


Hello Santorini!

Posted by Janna Simpao

If you don’t have the time to just hop on a plane and take snapshots here and there, then why not bring your desired destination to where you are! That’s exactly what we have for today’s engagement feature.  A cute couple + a quirky photog + a creative stylist = Hello Santorini! What an engagement shoot!

Speaking of photo shoots… don’t forget to send in your entries to our I Heart B&B: Free Photo and Styling Giveaway! Happy Tuesday!

Photography: Jay Jay Lucas of Imagine Nation / Styling: Lifestyle by Feliz


Perfect Pier Pair

Posted by Janna Simpao

Let’s go on an adventure today. But first we need to go over the checklist. Fun destination? CHECK! Talented photographer? CHECK! Vintagely chic outfits? CHECK! Now, if only we had a couple who is not afraid to get their feet wet (literally!)… OH WAIT!!! We actually do. Mark and Trisha’s fun-in-the-sun engagement hoopla is ready to start.

Photographer: Metro Photo / Venue: Sta. Monica Pier


I Left My Heart in San Francisco

Posted by Janna Simpao

So this is day two of international features. If there was one city I love visiting, it would be San Francisco. I love the weather, I like the place and somehow I grew up with it as a familiar vacay spot of the family. Another reason I can add to that list is that it has so many beautiful places to celebrate one’s wedding. B&B destination of the day? San Francisco City Hall. This place is so drop-dead architecturally beautiful. Thanks to Pat Dy’s magic fingers, all it took was a click to make his vision come to life.

Photography: Pat Dy