Tasteful Tropics and True Love

Let’s talk tropical elegance, shall we? Timo and Dee’s stunning celebration allowed us to greet our Wednesday with the biggest grin ever! I mean you’ll totally understand what we’re talking about once you scroll your way through this enchanting affair. Some of the many things we are swooning over are the color palette for this wedding–the exquisite green shade of the dresses, a deep muted blue of the beautiful invitations (the design is just pure gorgeousness), and all the style elements in neutral and earth shades! Talk about a great mix of the trendy and timeless. Yup, we’d have to say that these photos by Nez Cruz are a pretty perfect way to tell a tasteful tropical tale.

Have an inspiring day ahead folks!

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Photographer: Nez Cruz / Ceremony Venue: Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa

Overflowing Love

I am absolutely adoring today’s wedding video feature. Aside from having such beautiful scenes, Mayad really captured the couple’s love and devotion for each other. I could almost feel the emotions pouring out of my computer. Very candid and sincere, this video made my day. Hope it brings a little sunshine to yours.

Videography: Mayad Studios 

Bears and I Do’s

This terrific Thai wedding is all about being cozy, cuddly and charming. Kenny (0ne of the friendliest grooms I’ve spoken to) shares heartwarming and totally cute stories behind their dream wedding. Being part of a wedding cinematography company, Kenny had high standards in making sure each moment is captured perfectly. So with Rainbow Fish Cinema at the helm of the video and Oly of Metrophoto behind the lens, Kenny and Nikko knew they were in good hands.

Charming groom? Check! Gorgeous bride? Check! Apple the elephant? CHECK!!!

Before we move on to this next photo. I think a little background on this bear headpiece is in order. Kenny shares:

We’re called the “Bears.” We basically had a bear wedding. Bear invitations, bear table names (care bears, gummi bears etc.), and a bear ice statue. I even wore the same bear hat that I wore to propose to her the previous year, for some snapshots. Her dad and mom calls me bear and all my friends call my mom “mamabear.” You get the point.

Nikko looked simply exquisite in her traditional Thai dress. Love!

From the groom:

My wife Nikko is Thai and heavily cultured in her roots, and it has always been a dream of hers to get married on home ground. 41 of our friends from the US came and more than 65 family members from Thailand and the Philippines made it to the wedding. We weren’t expecting 100+ attendance, and it was amazing.

We decided on a beach wedding because we LOVE the ocean and sunsets. Our colors were teal and gold. Teal was so fitting for our venue, while gold has a traditional value in both Thai and Chinese culture. I’m also an avid surfer–I remember before Nikko tried surfing a few times but her love for dolphins only resulted in her mainly participating in “dolphin watching” on her surfboard.

Mercure Resort was an easy pick because of their Thai architectural bungalows–it was the perfect fit. But let me tell you about our favorite part. The elephant is Thailand’s best-known national symbol, and when the opportunity arose to arrive on one we just had to do it. It was a complete surprise, even to our wedding court. Approaching our wedding site on Apple, our wedding elephant, was the most memorable experience for the both of us.

Ceremony and Reception: Mercure Samui Buri Resort – Koh Samui, Thailand / Wedding Coordinator: Astrid Hebert / Dress: Custom from Los Angeles, CA / Groom’s Outfit: Banana Republic and H&M / Videographer: Rainbowfish Cinema / Photography: Metrophoto

The Bold and the Beautiful

Bold, beautiful and breathtaking! At first glance, you might think this is a wedding in Bali or Thailand. But no siree! This is one of our local venues, Punta Fuego, a beach resort in Batangas. I’m having a hard time writing about this wedding. Not because there’s nothing to write about it, but because I can’t seem to find the exact words that can perfectly describe its flavor and entirety. Well as they say, pictures speak a thousand words, so why not let the exceptionally brilliant work of Metrophoto do the talking (although note that I plan to butt in once in a while)!

Punta Fuego is a destination wedding venue that has gained popularity over the years because it’s only a couple of hours drive from Manila. But I must say, I’ve never seen it with a wedding set up as amazing as Stephen and Daphne’s wedding.

An explosion of vibrant colors were so tastefully incorporated in the Thai theme chosen by the couple. The small details make  you feel like you are actually in a different country. I’d have to give credit to the photographer. He did such a good job in capturing (beautifully I might add) all the details that speak volumes about this wedding.

I never thought those colored pamaypays I used to see my grandma use would look this stylish in a wedding! Now I want to get one for myself.

The releasing of lamps is a nice touch that gets the guests involved. The best weddings I’ve attended usually have activities that make everyone feel they are a part of the couple’s celebration. Two thumbs up for the non-traditional program!

Okay, this is one of the “wow” factors for me. As you saw earlier the house used had a Thai theme. This was the same house used for the reception. My oh my, I love private venues. It gives a feeling of intimacy and that special “wow-not-everyone-gets-to-have-their-wedding-here” feeling. With a house as gorgeous as this, who needs a five-star hotel?

If you want to see how beautiful this house is, watch the fun video MG Digital did for the couple (seen at the bottom of the page).

To Stephen and Daphne, thank you for sharing this exquisitely beautiful occasion. May your marriage be as colorful, adventurous and vibrant as your wedding!

And because I enjoyed the photos so much, I couldn’t resist asking the photographer what he enjoyed the most about this wedding.

The wedding was set in one of the most extravagant houses in Punta Fuego. The details available almost seemed limitless and it provided a nice touch to the wedding compared to the typical hotel setting. Also, Daphne, her family and friends, plus the other suppliers who worked the wedding are all fun and crazy—we had a heck of a great time the entire day. – Oly, Metro Photo

Ceremony: Fuego Point, Punta Fuego Batangas / Reception: Wingate Residence, Peninsula de Punta Fuego / Photography: Metro Photo / Videography: MG Digital / Gown & Suit: Jun Escario / Make-up Artist: Lourd Ramos of Emphasis / Coordinator: Liza Lugue-Alvideo of Kasalan