Managing a long guest list may be intimidating especially to a couple whose vision is to have a warm and intimate wedding feel. But learning from the special day of Javier and Cat, choosing the right color palette can be the perfect work around to make a big wedding still feel small and intimate. “When we started planning I just kept stressing that I wanted the wedding to feel warm and intimate. I wanted every detail to have a meaning behind it,” shared Cat. So, they decided to go with warm autumn colors for their wedding theme and everything turned out to be so beautiful! We asked the bride a few questions, so scroll down to know more about the couple while you check out the snaps from Jaja Samaniego.
1. Congrats on your beautiful wedding! Can you tell us briefly about your love story?
“Javier and I officially met during a Southridge and Assumption San Lorenzo soirée. We got together after he courted me for one year. We are each other’s first bf and gf relationship. We had one year together before he left for college in New York. We stayed together throughout college and did long distance for four years. He came back after college and proposed after three years.”
2. What was your vision of your wedding before you started planning?
“I wasn’t like other girls who had a binder fillled with details of what their dream wedding would be like. When we started planning I just kept stressing that I wanted the wedding to feel warm and intimate. I wanted every detail to have a meaning behind it.”
3. What was your wedding planning like? How long did you plan for it and what was the experience like?
“It was a lot harder than I thought since we only had a few months to plan a wedding for 800 guests. We had 6 months to plan. It was fun but definitely stressful at times.”
4. How and why did you choose your color theme?
“I’ve always loved earthy and warm colors. My favorite season is also autumn. This was a big inspiration for the wedding color theme.”
5. What detail were you most particular about? What was your wedding non-negotoiable?
“Number one was the ambiance. Javier and I wanted our guest to feel the love (cheesy but true). We wanted every detail to have a meaning.”
- The monogram in our wedding which was used for the invitations and background (designed by Anna Bautista) incorporated a flower named after Javier’s grand mother, a flower named after his grand father, and wheat to symbolize my family which is involved in the flour business.
- The bridal march song used was our long distance mantra: Come What May from Moulin Rouge
- The song I surprised Javier with (Day Dreamer by Adele) was from his favorite artist.
- We asked my cousins to perform (first dance and guitar during my surprise performance for Javier) instead of hiring big name artists.
- I was also very particular with the look of my entourage. I wanted all my bridesmaids to feel beautiful and comfortable in their wedding gowns
6. Aftermath, what did you like most about your wedding?
“Honestly, it’s so hard to choose one thing. Everything went by so fast and I’d honestly would love to experience every single moment again–from the personal vows, speeches, a surprise performance from one of my Maids of Honor (Magsy Concepcion), and dancing and celebrating the night away with all our loved ones. Everything was magical!”