Charmed by Colonial Chic

I am so pumped to get our week of oh-so-lovely affairs started. First up this beautiful Monday morn is Grant and Vanessa’s colonial chic wedding. I have been swooning over this celebration ever since photographer Jay Jay Lucas of Chestknots Studios showed me some teasers–I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on the official set. And today’s THE day folks! We love, love, LOVE everything about this stylishly-laid back celebration. And we were even more thrilled to find out the bride, Vanessa Heussaff did most of the planning and crafting herself (read about it below)! She mentions her plans of putting up her own wedding business, and boy do we think she has a bright future ahead of her. Because truth be told, simple and chic is easier said than done–the key really is to know when to go all out and when to hold back. I’d have to say this pretty party was spot on! From the color palette to the chic attire, and of course the breathtaking venue… yup, this wedding just made my day!

A lovely Monday to all!

From the Bride:

I am just happy to say that I was lucky to marry my first love. Grant was my first real love/boyfriend–we met when we were 16, dated for seven years, grew apart for about seven years (while still keeping in touch and seeing each other during Christmas in Manila). I moved to Singapore in January 2012, we moved in together in March 2012, he proposed in August 2012 and we were civilly married in Singapore on December 21, 2012. The ceremony was then held on March 30, 2013.

We were looking for a colonial chic beach wedding. We chose Galle in Sri Lanka, as it was a destination none of our guests have been to before. We wanted them to experience discovering a new country and culture during our wedding.

We wanted a wedding that was relaxed, easygoing, and intimate. We were showered with love and great spirits. For the details, I really got involved and made everything myself, from the hangers for the entourage, the boutonnieres for the boys (using San Miguel beer caps, as their preferred choice of drink during high school), and the photo station props.

I also wanted this to be very personal, therefore the invites, the table names, and the gift bag drawings are all my sketches. I am hoping to open a wedding planning business with a good friend of mine, Carmen, in the near future, and I used my wedding as our first project and only had a coordinator on location to help.

Photographer: Chestknots Studios / Bride’s Dress: Jun Escario / Bridal and Mother of the Bride Makeup: Solenn Heussaff / Entourage Makeup: Paolo Maranan / Hairstylist: John Valle / Bridesmaid Dresses: Boom Sason / Cocktails: Dave Koh from Bar Stories / Videographer: Erwan Heussaff / Invitations & Stationery: Printsonalities / Sketches: Vanessa Heussaff
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The Look