The Writer Weds the Chef: A Breakfast Celebration of Love in Cafe Mary Grace

It’s amazing how a sudden redirection can bring you to a place where you should have been right from the start. This is how Ken and Ria felt when they had to look for a new reception venue just a few days before their wedding day. Instead of getting fazed with the change, they saw it as God’s hand leading them to a venue that had a beautiful story to tell. You see, Cafe Mary Grace was also where they got engaged!

In their getting to know stage, Ken and Ria bonded mostly over breakfast and coffee, reading books and having lengthy conversations. Through these conversations, they realized more of their passions–cooking and baking for Ken, and writing for Ria. So they made their passions as the theme of their wedding.

Ria prepared an “official publication” for their wedding, and Ken chose to hand all guests an apron as another giveaway. The Maid of Honor did the wedding bouquet with pages from an old book and coffee filters, a fitting tribute to the details in Ken and Ria’s love story.

Their intimate breakfast wedding was very relaxed and light with only their family and closest friends present. It was full of laughter, too! Go through the photos below by Oak St. Studios.



(Layout) “A few days before our wedding, we needed to look for another venue and God brought us in the very same cafe where we got engaged! God blessed us with a very smooth transition, and an experienced and professional event stylist who truly cared for us and assured us that there’s nothing to worry about.” Ria, Bride


(Layout) “My flowers were made out of coffee filters and pages from an old book my Maid of Honor bought from an auction for the benefit of students and teachers who were affected by the pandemic.” Ria, Bride


(Layout) "For my wedding outfit, I wanted something I can wear again. I felt most confident, comfortable, and beautiful with the cropped top and palazzo pants we came up with! It’s amazing how Gen (Designer) was able to do my wedding outfit in a short amount of time and with us not meeting in person at all!” Ria, Bride


(Layout) "Our wedding day was everything we wanted it to be and more. Despite having no sleep and early morning preparations, the day was light, happy, and completely stress-free. It’s truly one of the best days of our lives.” Ria, Bride

Photographer: Oak St. Studios / Videographer: Paradox Films / Ceremony Venue: St. Jerome Emiliani & St. Susana Parish / Reception Venue and Cake Baker: Mary Grace Cafe Alabang Town Center / Bride’s Dress: Genesis Alcantara / Groom’s Attire: Onesimus PH / Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Sarah Aguado Makeup Studio/ Bouquets: Czarah Ann Roncesvalles, Cheneng Ramos Geron / Event Stylist: Eye Candy Manila / Invitations & Stationery (Newsletter): The Coveted Papeterie / Accessories: By Janna PH / Host: Andrea Aranas / Favors: Rustic Creations by Anj, Simply Shy Box / Wedding Planner: CEI Creative Events and Ideas / Wedding Logo: Sarah Grace Soriano / Ring and Arrhae Boxes: Cutting Mate

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  1. Great Venue for wedding, iilan palang nakakapag-reception sa Mary Grace, btw question lang po, yung Mary Grace na din po ba ang gumawa ng Backdrop sa reception? or sa Wedding Coordinator din? thanks

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