What Made This Wedding Look Intimate, Relaxed, and Candid? We List Down 5.

[Note: This wedding happened before the COVID-19 pandemic]

It was a beautiful day to get married in Baguio and Mico and Stella knew very well how to make it a memorable day for them. They wanted their celebration to be fun, relaxed, and personal so they made a few uncommon choices which made their wedding day standout. We listed down five tweaks they made below. Make sure to keep on reading!

They hired a photojournalist to document their wedding day

Mico and Stella aren’t fans of posing for the camera. What they wanted captured instead were the raw and unfiltered moments that will remind them of how fun and memorable their wedding day was. That’s why they decided to hire a photojournalist, Martin San Diego, to document their big day instead of a wedding photographer.

 

They chose minimal and conversation-friendly decor

The couple only wanted minimal decor to enhance Baguio’s old-city charm and lush greenery. They had the ballroom decorated with ferns and the tables had low leaves and candle arrangements to encourage conversations.

“We encouraged our guests to mingle and converse with other guests through our decor and layout. We opted for a no LED wall so we had no SDE or photo slideshow shown. Instead, we had a dance floor. We also dimmed the lights during dinner so our guests can have a candlelit dining experience.” -Stella, Bride

 

They gave out disposable film cameras to their guests

Mico had the idea of giving out a few disposable cameras to their guests so that they can document some memories from their perspective. This was a very clever idea, don’t you think?

“We handed out around five disposable cameras to our friends and to the official photographers to capture candid photos of our guests during the wedding. We wanted to see how they experienced the wedding through their eyes.” -Stella, Bride

 

They involved their loved ones in the wedding

They tried to make their celebration as personal, cozy, and intimate as possible by asking help from their loved ones.

“We had 200 guests, which isn’t as few as having less than 100, but it still felt intimate because we tried to always involve our friends and family: My sister and Mico’s brothers were the hosts. The silk robe I wore during preps was the one my mom wore during her wedding preps back in 1990. I also used a patch of lace from her wedding gown and incorporated it in mine.”

“We also chose a quaint church from a small town in Benguet so that everyone was closer together. They were more lenient than other parishes so my friend Reese Lansangan was able to sing my entrance song.” -Stella, Bride

 

They gave out thoughtful gifts that will always be remembered

Stella designs and sells her own jewelry so what better way to say thank you to all of her special guests but to give them a piece of her artwork, right?

“I gifted my bridesmaids and mothers and sisters in our families with custom-made sampaguita dangling earrings. The danglers were detachable so they could wear the sampaguita stud earrings during more casual occasions. I wanted to design something that they could wear even after the wedding.” -Stella, Bride

 

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Photographer: Martin San Diego / Videographer: Fireflies Films / Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Fatima, Itogon, Benguet / Reception Venue & Catering: Baguio Country Club / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bride’s Dress: Trude Lizares / Groom’s Attire: Fort and Tailler / Groom’s Attire: King Philip Men’s Fashion Place and Haberdashery / Bride’s and Entourage's Jewelry: Lily Jewelry / Bride's Makeup Artist: Loreto Dacoroon / Bridesmaids' Makeup Artist: Krizia Guevara / Hairstylist: Dianne Alcantara / Cake Baker: Vizco’s Restaurant & Cake Shop / Flowers & Decor: Thirty One Events Styling / Invitation Design and Host: Nicole Soriano / Invitation Printing: Kasali PH / Host: MJ Miranda / Host: Miggy Miranda / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Liz Montelibano / Musician: District 1 / Musician: Gabriela Pangilinan / Musician: Reese Lansangan
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