When two creative souls plan their wedding, the result is top-notch storytelling embedded in artistic and thoughtful details. Meet Groom Pol, a bassist and a photographer, and Bride Loujaye, a lover of words and films. Their collaboration in their most memorable “project” yet is a heartfelt backyard ceremony with only 20 guests, casually seated on mats and cushions on the grass as if watching a happily ever after film come to life. Their ceremony is underscored by personally composed and recorded music, their wedding cake was topped with wire art depicting a photographer and a reader, and their wedding rings looked plain on the outside but had a hidden meaning inside, meant for them to “feel the chapters of their history in the grooves and details against their skin.”
Feel even more in love with the bride’s account on the creative details below, and with these beautifully captured photos by Dan Rivera.
“We wanted our wedding details to be simple, meaningful, beautiful, and (where applicable) practical. Every piece is part of our story. And because we planned every inch of our wedding on our own, we chose suppliers who are highly collaborative and whose creative process and aesthetics were compatible with ours.” – Loujaye, Bride
“We knew we wanted it to be a homey, cozy, intimate affair in a house: symbolically, the home we would build through the union of our families.” – Loujaye, Bride
“For the processional, we had our friends rearrange and record Labnat, the first song Pol ever wrote for me. The first time he sang it to me, way back in 2009, was actually the first time either of us even mentioned pag-ibig in our relationship.”- Loujaye, Bride
“For my march, our friends collaborated to cover Gary Granada’s Panata’t Pag-ibig, a song for two activists who built their love through a time of strife and struggle. My parents also gave their message and blessing to us during the reception through a beautiful rendition of Amy Grant’s There Will Never Be Another.”- Loujaye, Bride
“Treating the wedding as a whole art project allowed us to flex our creativity, collaborate with people, stay in touch with friends in beautiful and meaningful ways – which are so important during this time of isolation and physical distancing. We traveled a lot to see friends, record, and film – we turned the restrictions on large gatherings into opportunities for separate quality time (and production time!) with people we love.”- Loujaye, Bride
Photographer: Dan Rivera | Videographer: Kwento Creative | Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue, and Catering: Tahanan Bistro | Bride’s Dress: Danie Baron Designs | Bride’s Shoes: Cora & Bear | Groom’s Attire: Maricetela Couture | Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Kris Bacani | Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Alex Leyson | Flowers & Décor and Event Stylist: Little Dried Studio | Cake Baker: Miel Cake Design | Wedding Rings: Love, Kat and Jay