Boy Meets Girl

Let’s start our Bride and Breakfast week with a sweet-like-candy photo shoot. Done all the way in Los Angeles California, Nelwin Uy, a household name in wedding photography, brings us his work (which never fails to leave us smitten). I found myself staring at the set of photos trying to find the best word to describe it. Then came my mini-eureka revelation. This engagement shoot is everything SINCERE. It is natural, effortless and real. With a splash here and there of tasteful quirky cuteness, Andrew and Angelie’s photos give a pretty-girl-falls-for-boy-next-door vibe.

Top love for this shoot: the impeccably simple, but stylish wardrobe. Loving Andrew’s knitted cardigan look and Angelie’s adorable necklaces.

Photography: Nelwin Uy

Memoirs in Taiwan

I’m a sucker for two things: One is destination engagement shoots and the other, gorgeous gowns. What happens when I get both? A revved up morning of course! You know the drill: read, look, drool. Set in the gorgeous scenery of Taiwan, this engagement shoot is one for the books.

Here’s our formula of the day:

  • Step one: Conjure elegant suits, exquisite dresses, and a cute little blue bow tie.
  • Step two: Add some rich and colorful backdrops.
  • Step three: Team up with an amazing photographer that will do justice to every detail of your shoot.
  • Step four: Love.

Voila! A perfect engagement memoir.

Photography: Metro Photo

Close to Home

First of all, I want to welcome you to our new home. It’s definitely so exciting to see how Bride and Breakfast has been inspiring many of our readers out there. And now that we’ve moved, we continue to try our best to bring to you the best of the best of all things pretty.

To mark our move, I would like to start of with something very close to home. We’re so ecstatic to announce that our wedding feature in Martha Stewart Magazine is out! It’s such an honor to be asked to share our wedding day to such a respected magazine.

Today I want to share with you more about that special day. Being meticulous about my preferences I decided to be very hands on in the planning and execution. And because I love weddings, I had so much fun doing it. But before I go on and on about the details, here’s a peek at one of the best days of my life.

The white folding chairs give a different vibe and enhances the garden feel of the ceremony.

Who said candelabras can only be used as centerpieces? Having silverware against the greenery gave a formal and classy look to the aisle.

Remember, weddings are only as good as the people you celebrate with. It’s endearing to know that while everyone was seriously listening to the ceremony, these kids took time to goof around.

Add D.I.Y. accessories that will make your wedding look more personalized. Making these flower girl headpieces was one of the best style decisions I made for the wedding. I think they stole the show. But I didn’t mind, I love them.

Always take time to make the wedding reflect who you are. Choosing a color scheme can be tricky. At the end of the day, it’s you who will look back at your pictures. I wanted everything blush pink with hints of muted colors–I never regretted it.

Capitalize on your surroundings. I was thrilled to see the black and white printed tiles of Antonio’s. Because the place in itself was so breathtaking, I needed to put flowers that were not over the top but still exudes beauty and charm.

Here are videos that were shown during our wedding from our photographers Pat Dy & Francis Perez and our videographer Mervin Gobaco.

And because I did most of the talking I want to show you a different angle. I decided to ask someone special share something else about the wedding.

From the groom:

Most grooms let their brides plan everything (and with good reason too)! However, I knew that I wasn’t a normal groom. Call me strange, but I always had a picture of what I wanted my wedding to look like—it’s my day also, not just my bride’s! So from the very start, I was hands-on with all of the wedding details. I realized that Janna and I do complement each other—she’s the visionary and I execute the great ideas she thinks of.

Despite all our preparation, I was still full of trepidation for the events of the day. But the moment I saw the beautiful garden set up for the wedding, I was at peace and I knew everything would turn out right. A lot of grooms cry when they see their brides march down the aisle, and I know Janna was secretly gunning for me to do the same, but all I could do was smile when I saw how stunningly breathtaking the woman I was going to spend the rest of my life was.

Up to the end of the reception when Janna and I were thanking our guests, I still couldn’t believe how beautiful everything turned out to be—even better than I could’ve ever imagined. I guess no matter how much you prepare for “The Big Day”, it’s really God who will make it beautiful. Ecclesiastes 3:11 comes to mind—“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”

Ceremony and Reception: Antonio’s, Tagaytay / Gown: Monique Lhuillier / Suit: Frederick Peralta / Entourage: Bride / Photographer: Pat Dy / Videographer: MG Digital / Flowers: Flowers Unlimited / Cake: Peachy Juban of Shortcrust / Coordinator: Jojit Dy of Third Party / Invitations: Printsonalities / Make-Up: Robbie Piñera / Hair: Raymond Santiago

The Look

Styles

    Venues

    Colors

    Yummy, Youthful and Yellow

    Since we’ve been having super sunny days lately, I think it would be appropriate to feature a sunshine-filled wedding. With bursts of yellow and an extremely radiant bride, this wedding is everything happy, bright and fun. Another thing to love about this wedding is that the couple, John and Criselle made it a point to show their personalities, exercise their creativity, and maximized their resources to achieve the wedding they’ve always dreamed of.  Key word: FOOD!

    From the bride:

    From the beginning, we wanted to work on a theme, not just a color theme; but a theme that speaks of us. We are quite opposites. I am more loud and experimental, John is a bit more serious and conventional. John plays golf, I love to sing. I hate sports, he hates dancing and singing. It started as if there was no common thing we both liked until we realized we just had it right under our nose—John and I love going to the market, eating, cooking and exploring new recipes and personalizing them. So we ended up with the kitchen theme.

    To start off, we had our engagement shoot in Robinsons supermarket and a kitchen. Our invite was also quite different, I had a friend create the copy for us. The design had pans and aprons and kitchen stuff on it. Our souvenirs were silver spoons and forks and the backdrop we used for our photobooth had scribbles of salt and pepper shakers. Instead of numbering our tables, we named them— each table was named with either a spice or a herb. Even our bridal registry list was full of kitchen equipment! Our cake topper was also a miniature version of us wearing chefs hats while holding a golf club and a microphone.

    Church: St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish / Reception: Manila Polo Club /
 Bride’s Gown: Trends Wedding Shoppe / Custom-made Sleeve: Rob Almerol / Headpiece: Anadema / Shoes: Abbylyns in Cubao Expo / 
Groom’s Attire: Willy Monleon / Bridesmaids: Rob Almerol / Flower Girls: Dress Inn /
Photography: Paul Vincent Photography /
 Videography: Phoeben Teocson / Makeup: Pong Niu / Flowers: Tropical Blooms / Lights and Sounds: Rejectkrew / Music: Manila Philharmonic Orchestra / Cake: Bizu / Cake Topper: Kathleen Ching of Purple Beads / Invitations: Wink

    Super South Africa

    To kick off our week, let me see a show of hands for those who want to have their wedding somewhere exotic and adventurous? A B&B favorite—Mayad, a local videography company, again gets my vote for coming up with the most artistic international wedding videos. Today’s destination? Johannesburg, South Africa! From music, to angles, to capturing endearing moments of the event (look out for scenes of the bride dancing with her father *tear*), this wedding video deserves three thumbs up!

    Videography: Mayad Studios

    South Africa, I Love.