Cris and Criena met in New York City, with the former being a screenwriter and the latter an actress. Thus, when they were planning their wedding, they decided to make their theme “A Filipino New York Love Story.” The wedding featured New York elements, but with tropical Filipino twists. For example, they used the iconic “LOVE” sculpture in New York as inspiration for their own sign, which said “IBIG.” And instead of a yellow taxi cab, they used a yellow tricycle! Even their invitations and welcoming sign were creatively presented like a movie premiere invite. As for the warm color scheme, the bride was inspired by the painting “Portrait of a Lady” by Fernando Amorsolo.
This wedding was held in February 2020 in Criena’s mother’s vacation home in Bataan. They even ended up turning the space into a wedding venue after the success of their own wedding! We loved the distinctly Filipino elements in the florals and fabrics, but also the New York influences that made this wedding unique. Cris and Criena let their creative personalities and experiences shine in their wedding, which is so fun to see! Come and enjoy this Filipino New York Love Story through these photos by Chapter One Studios!
Photographer: Chapter One Studios / Videographer: Treehouse Story / Ceremony Venue: St. Josephine Bakhita / Reception & Prep Venue: Casa Veranda Mountainview Getaway / Bride’s Dress: Vania Romoff / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Day One Project / Bride’s Shoes: Alexandre Birman / Bride’s Headpiece: Carmina de Dios / Groom’s Attire: JCrew / Hairstylist: Renz Pangilinan / Catering & Decor: Mommy Lo’s Catering / Invitations & Stationery: Paperthread Studio / Harpist: Madeline Jane Banta / Host: EJ Electric / Lights & Sounds: OGV Lights & Sounds / Favors: Sip Metal Straws / DJ: Jeb Tizon / Cocktails: Proudly Promdi / Rental Chairs: K&N Rentals