Let’s Have a Ball!

Almost every girl I know has an idea of what her dream wedding would look like. There are beach weddings, garden weddings, ballroom celebrations and even underwater unions. The most important thing is each couple must remember to make it their own. That’s what makes a wedding beautiful.

Upon finding out that the couple were both lawyers, I was kind of expecting a serious and structured affair. I was wrong! That immediately was a lesson on not judging a book by its cover! This wedding is sophisticated but fun, with a mix of traditional and modern. A timeless celebration indeed!

The photographers Jorem and Sheila Catilo did wonders with the details of this wedding, capturing the romance surrounding this fairy tale affair.


And they lived happily ever after.

From the bride:

It was no joke putting together a big wedding like ours. We had about 700 guests! On top of that, we had demanding jobs as lawyers, so preparations had to be squeezed in between our perennially full schedules.

That said, I loved how our wedding turned out. I give credit to all our suppliers who made the daunting task a happy journey worthy of looking back to. I like how our dynamics with them developed—in that way, they saw Julz and I as a couple and were able to execute our personalities into their respective tasks.

In the end, I got my dream wedding: beautiful, moving, elegant and yet so fun.

Bridal Gown: Richie Ortega-Torres / Bridal Shoes: Stellaluna / Bridal Hair & Makeup: Art Agulay / Gowns of Entourage: Richie Ortega-Torres / Photography: Jorem and Sheila Catilo / Videography: Jinky Sy of X-SIGHT / Venue Stylist & Florist: Jing Tanada of Palamuti / Venue: Le Pavillon / Caterers: Cibo di M (cocktails) and Bizu (cocktails/dinner/desserts) / Cake: Bizu / Music & Entertainment: Da Capo Strings and The Bloomfields / Bridal Car: Cats Motors / Invitations: Write Impressions and Printsonalities / Save the Date Magnets: Printed Matter / Julius-Stella Wedding Monogram: Arianne Serafico / Coordinator: Maya Sison

Detailicious I Do’s

Nothing does it like a detailicious affair to end the week with a bang. I can’t even begin telling you how much I love this wedding. In fact, I’d even say it’s one of my favorites so far. It is casual but elegant, effortless and fun. Weddings like this inspire subtle creativity and understated charm. The best part about it is that it was definitely a DIY affair. With the help of family and friends this proves that one can’t buy style! If you have it, you have it! This wedding HAS IT.


And can I just rave for a minute about the awesome photography of Paul Vincent. I am loving his style and lighting technique. Reminds me of US wedding photography. Smittened would be the best word to describe what I’m feeling today.


The baby’s breath bouquet is starting to get popular in the wedding scene. It’s fresh, simple, but still creative.

One must remember that food also requires aesthetics. How it is presented will add to a wedding’s beauty and feel. Having a nice wooden table such as this and wooden boards for the appetizers will give a rustic feel to the event. Style is not just found in one element in a wedding, it has to be consistent and cohesive wherever people look.

Add small accents such as cute cookie jars or a beverage counter with colorful bottles and uniquely shaped drink jars. These add to a detailed look.
These twisted twigs are so lovely. The guests sure had some eye-candy as they witnessed the ceremony of Ron and Anima.
Having your bridesmaids involved in the preps will make it a more meaningful experience for them. How yummy and pretty is this cake? One thing I truly love about this wedding is that everything didn’t have to be matchy-matchy for it to look put together. It had the right amount of detail, color and character. Well done with the style bride! Have you considered getting into the wedding industry?

A must-read from the bride:

Our Manila wedding was a tribute to the elements of our civil ceremony in New York. Before we moved to Manila, Ron proposed to me at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. One week later, we rode our bikes from Brooklyn, where we lived, to Manhattan City Hall. We crossed the Brooklyn Bridge in our wedding garb—me in a white dress and a veil and bouquet I made myself, him in a suit; my bike basket decked out with white baby’s breath and the back of his bike with a “Just Married” sign. After the ceremony (which lasted all of 40 seconds), we celebrated with cake and champagne on a park bench with only two friends. It was such a spirited, meaningful moment, and we wanted our Manila wedding to have the same creative, personal feel.

This was, in effect, a total DIY wedding, and it was all about the details. We found an incredible backdrop (Hacienda Isabella), and really, really thought about what to put in every single square inch of that place ourselves. It was an intimate production involving our closest family and friends: My best friend’s mom did the bridal and entourage dresses and my best friend, a jewelry designer, took care of my jewelry. We designed the invitations and souvenir canvas bags ourselves (using a tandem bike as our emblem) and had it done at with non-wedding vendor. I was obsessed with handstamping and held craft parties with cheese and wine to bribe friends into stamping everything from the misalettes to the cookie bags. My mom and I went on field trips to Divisoria and Dangwa to choose the right flowers and glass bottles, which my mom arranged; my bridal bouquet that was a simple bouquet of baby’s breath/millestar, a tribute to my bike basket in NY. My mother-in-law shipped mason jars from the US and my brother-in-law surprised us with lanterns from Thailand. My dad, who is a filmmaker, did the most incredible video tribute to our journey as a couple. We allowed everyone to bring their own creativity to the table, making it just as personal, memorable, and meaningful as the day we crossed our bikes across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

Bride’s Gown: Rosalyn Lagdameo / Entourage: Rosalyn Lagdameo / Photography: Paul Vincent /  Videography/AVP: Tikoy Aguiluz (bride’s father) / Makeup: Cindy Pineda  of Shu Uemura Rockwell / Caterer: Hacienda Isabella , Santi’s Tagaytay and Galileo Enoteca / Souvenirs, Styling: Bride / Flowers: Minky Aguiluz (bride’s mother) / Cake: Heny Sison / Fireworks – Dragon Fireworks

Love in Color

This week will be all-wedding pretty for B&B. I can’t help but feel giddy knowing the gorgeous line up of weddings that will be featured in the coming days. Some people find inspiration in music, some in architecture and for some people like you and me, it really just has to be weddings. I even found myself waking up at six in the morning itching to show you this super beautiful wedding of Benjo and Anika.

With the color theme of purple and green this has fun written all over it. 
Veluz has been a popular name for brides this past couple of years. Their attention to detail and fabric makes them a favorite in the wedding industry.

I give two thumbs up for the charming bouquet that gave a spring vibe!

Asking the bride why the wedding reflected her and her husband she answers:

It was simple and elegant. As much as it’s a cliché to say, it really was. I wanted all the frills, but my husband wanted just enough—so we compromised and ended up with such a nice mix of frivolousness and simplicity.

And as for her highlights for the day:

Getting ready—I seriously felt like a queen! I had people shooting my every move; I was sitting in this high chair and getting ready to get dolled up! It definitely felt like a once in a lifetime experience. Of course our vows were meaningful. And another favorite of the day was when we danced to “More than Anyone” by Gavin DeGraw… it was just the perfect song! Lastly, we loved our after party and the band.

Church: San Agustin Church / Reception: Palacio De Maynila / Bride’s Gown: Veluz / Groom’s Attire: Rey Casedo / Entourage: Sonny Boy Mindo, Edward Teng & Rey Casedo / Photography: Paul Vincent Photography / Videography: Phoeben Teocson / Coordinator: Gille Tolentino of 168 Events Management / Makeup: Lanie Acedillo , bride and AnneVida, entourage/ Caterer: Hizon’s / Souvenirs: Poof Photobooth / Flowers: Jo Laguna-Pafin of Love in Bloom / Styling: 168 Flower Company

The Princess Wedding Diaries

There’s nothing like starting your week with beautiful things. “Think happy thoughts” said the wise fairy Tinkerbell. What better occasion to be happy than a wedding? I must admit, I really love writing about these occasions. There are so many things to positively celebrate as well as draw inspiration from. Each wedding uniquely reflects the couple, their love story and the talent that people put in in order to create such masterpieces.

I know all brides have this certain beauty that makes them unbelievably gorgeous on their special day.  The bride Han definitely makes gorgeous an understatement. I love her make-up which was done by the talented Barbi Chan (whose wedding we also featured awhile back—click here to see).

And her gown (absolutely loving the lace detail!) made her look like modern day royalty. I think also the traditonal side of me is biased, I am definitely a ball gown enthusiast. I remember being moved by the words of Mark Ingram, a famous bridal atelier in New York, “Most brides don’t know they want a ball gown type of dress until the slip into one. Then they fall in love.”

Gushing over this textured fabric! Lovely!

The bouquets of the flower girls were simply elegant and clean looking.

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

Young, fun and full of  vibrance, the young couple definitely has a lot to look forward to in their new life together. Daddy’s little girl is now a lucky man’s princess.

*Photos courtesy of The 12 Masters Photography and RV Mitra.

Church: Holy Trinity in McKinley, Forbes / Reception: Makati Shangrila Hotel / Photography: The 12 Masters Photography, Mangored, RV Mitra / Videography: Bob Nicolas / Gown : Jun Escario / Entourage Dresses : Richie Ortega / Tux: Jc Buendia / Make-up: Barbi Chan / Flowers and Styling: Robert Blancaflor /  Coordinator: Evangeline Go of Wedding Treasures

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    Power to the Pillow

    In planning your wedding you need to look at both the big things and the small things. What I mean by that is first, you must have the big picture in mind. For example, start off painting an image like: a garden wedding with a romantic and shabby chic feel, where everything is pastel and everyone will feel relaxed and at home. Then you move on to the smaller things. What details can you put into your big picture in order to turn that vision into reality? Is it the type of flowers? The chairs you will use? It can be your invitations, souvenirs, a sign board pointing to the reception area and even down to the smallest things such as name cards of guests on the table. Most brides tend to overlook it, but as the popular saying goes, big things come in little packages! And I am telling you! The more you incorporate elements of style in the small things, the more beautiful your wedding will look. One of the more popular small detail that brides are now being creative on is the ring pillow. Yes, I think this little fellow deserves some credit, after all, your wedding bands will need to ride in style!

    Here are some creative and hand-made designs of Anna Whitford.

    Look around! There are so many variations of super gorgeous ring pillows out there. Just as you’ll know when you’ve found the perfect man, the perfect dress, the perfect shoes, I’m pretty sure there is also such a thing as the perfect pillow just for you!!!