We are overwhelmed with blessing after blessing that has been coming our way. Last year, we had the honor of being the first Philippine blog to be a Loverly contributor. That in itself was such a big step in making the world see how beautiful weddings in this country can get, and of course showcase the amazing talent of our local vendors. We can't thank Loverly enough for taking a visionary role of bringing wedding inspirations to a whole new level, and we're certainly thrilled to be part of that family.Today, we again take a huge step as Loverly, together with all its contributors (that's us!) partner with Real Simple, Time Inc.'s premiere lifestyle brand magazine. We're hopeful that this will again be instrumental in putting Philippine talent and creativity on the map. Wow, right?Stay tuned for updates and more exciting news! We've got a big year ahead of us.
Jan 31, 2013
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"
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.http://vimeo.com/12131718http://vimeo.com/9133640And 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
Sep 14, 2010
In "Real Weddings,Video"