Modern Match Made in Manila

When it comes to hair, I tend to stay on the safe side, a classic bun or anything tied. I have great admiration for brides who look good  even without sporting an up do on their wedding day. And wow, this bride really made a statement! From her gown to her accessories to her haircut, I am loving everything. I found myself smiling as I looked at the candid moments captured by the talented Erron Ocampo. If only pictures had sounds, I’m kinda sure I would be hearing laughter, hoots and a cheering crowd. You must see for yourself…

No wonder I loved Denise’s gown, I myself am a huge fan of Amsale. Excellent choice, bride! The headpiece from Lo Boheme makes the outfit look modern, unconventional and fun.

Don’t you think this could totally work as a brilliant ad for oil paper?

Who wouldn’t love a couple as playful as these two?

The bridesmaids looked like pretty tulips against the garden backdrop. Cuteness!

From the bride:

JJ and I are from New York so having the wedding in the Philippines was a huge decision in itself!  Many of our friends have or will be getting married, and none have dared a destination wedding, not to mention one that is all the way on the other side of the world! The wedding was heartfelt and personal to us because we only had 100 guests, which consisted of our closest family and friends. It was a huge blessing to have each and every person there to support and celebrate our marriage with us. Our favorite part of our wedding was definitely seeing all our hard work manifest itself through the venue’s decor and ambiance. While our guests were in a different room for cocktails, our coordinator had us peek through our bridal room window to see the main reception room… and the second we saw it, we were both in awe of how gorgeous it looked! To think that we planned this day for two years, and it came out so beautiful! We loved the dessert buffet setup, especially because we both have sweet teeth. We also wanted a modern but welcoming environment, and instead of a traditional presidential table we opted for a laid back couple’s couch, decorated with lamps highlighting a quirky backdrop. We were so happy with the all of the vendors’ work and talents.

Bride’s Attire: Amsale / Groom’s Attire: Edwin Valerio / Entourage’s Attire: Jay Bari / Hair and Makeup: Jesy Alto and Raymond Ko / Ceremony Venue: St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, Fernwood Gardens / Reception Venue: Fernwood Gardens / Reception Décor and Flowers: Scenta Flora / Wedding Planning and Coordination: Weddings by Victoria / Catering: Via Mare / Wedding Cake: Bizu Patisserie / Invitations: Momental Designs / Photography: Erron Ocampo /  Videography: Threelogy / Souvenirs: Fotoloco

Cool, Casual and Candidly Charming Engagement Shoot

Unassuming, natural and effortless. In my opinion, these are the hardest words to achieve in an engagement shoot. With all the hype on the thematic feel, many couples feel that simple just won’t do the trick. But here’s where we got it all wrong—simple does the trick to the nth level! And with just the right splash of style and a hint of “ooomph” (thanks to the bride’s great fashion sense), the simplest can look the “wow”-est.

The wedding of Andre and Pia was actually one of the first weddings we’ve featured in B&B (to see, click here). We just can’t get enough of this couple because even their engagement shoot is pure gorgeousness! I guarantee that when you look at these photos, you’ll feel like jumping and running around like a kid again—it’s so fun and filled with love! But wait, there’s more! I am totally digging the fact that two of their closest friends, Cookie Moreno and Gino Angeles—who just do photography as a hobby—came up with this amazing set of pictures. Minimalist and fresh, Andre and Pia’s engagement shoot definitely stands out even without trying.

In case you want to know, this is my favorite shot.

Yes, Andre and Pia… we heart you (two) too!

Wedding Union, Fusion of Tradition!

This is going to be such an inspiring wedding for brides on a budget. When I first saw the pictures, I didn’t think that this was the type of wedding that would have the budgeted feel. It’s classy and elegant, yet fun and homey at the same time. After talking with the bride, I realized that she wasn’t kidding when they said they really made the most of their moolah! Daniel and Jennie decided to have one splurge each: the venue for Daniel and the photographer for Jennie. What a smart strategy (future brides, take note)! I love how everyone was involved in the preparations which made it so beautiful. This is a wedding that not only celebrates the couple but family and tradition as well. I bet some of you are thinking, it’s easier said than done. Guess what? Daniel and Jennie did it. Here’s the proof…

Unique Wedding Element: The log-cutting ceremony is a German tradition representing the couple’s ability to work together.

Unexpected circumstances can actually make a wedding even more fun. Our bride shares: We had made a funny mistake with our turns which ended up with our backs to the audience, so we had to do a “take two” and start all over, but it was okay… it was typical “us” to commit such a blooper.

From the couple:

Why is the wedding so “Daniel and Jennie”?

Our wedding was a fusion of both our cultures, which is German and Filipino-Chinese.  Germans tend to celebrate weddings into the wee hours of the morning (like 3 or 4am), so it is important to us that the reception place we chose has no four-hour limitation.  Hacienda Isabella fitted the bill and more! We love the open space that the venue offered and the wonderful details the place had. For the church, we both wanted a church that is less “commercialized” and offered a quiet atmosphere. Daniel came from the countryside in Germany and it was important to him to have this homey, little town feel, which San Antonio de Padua had.

We really wanted the wedding to represent who we are, so we tried to show that in the different elements of the wedding and got as many friends and relatives involved.

Lastly, the wedding was “us”, because it had elements of goofiness and casualness as well! One of our Polish guests spontaneously started a game of musical chairs, because she said it was part of their country’s tradition to do so. So in the end, it was a mash-up of all these happy, wonderful things.

What was your favorite part of the wedding?

Daniel and I both agree that it was when we first saw each other at the church and when everyone was chilling out after the reception. We also enjoyed working with Nelwin Uy, our photographer, and feeling like models for the day! We also thought that the speeches our parents gave were oh-so-special, as well as the father-daughter / mother-son dances because it gave us a moment to reflect on the special occasion with our parents.

Do you have DIY projects in your wedding?

We had a couple of things which we personally DIY’d, and a lot of other things which my relatives and friends DIY’d. Daniel and I DIY’d our save-the-date cards and our website. And because we were expecting a number of international guests, we also sent out newsletters to guests updating them of the wedding plans, giving them Philippine travel tips, etc. The whole wedding truly felt like a family effort! Most of our family was so involved in contributing something, like the desserts, décor and items in program.

Bridal Gown, Entourage Gowns, and Groom’s Barong: Enan Almado / Male Entourage Barongs: Kultura Filipino / Hair and Make-up: Angie Cruz / Church:  San Antonio de Padua Quasi-Parish / Reception and Main Course: Hacienda Isabella / Cake: Red Ribbon / Venue Styling:  Mint Cec (Bride’s cousin, Sand Chua) / Photography: Nelwin Uy / Video and Photo Compilation: Once Wedding Specialists / Wedding Invitation Design: Gayatri Kolharkar / Wedding Invitation Printing: Written in Ink / Souvenirs:  Abanico fans were DIY, materials were sourced from Divisoria;  Potted succulents were sourced from the flower stalls near the Tagaytay rotunda / Bouquets and Corsage: M.R.S. Flower Shop / Coordinators:  Once Wedding Specialists

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    Let’s Go International: Steve and Kaisy

    It’s Monday and I want to travel. I wish I could go somewhere really beautiful with tall, majestic trees. Yes, I’ve come to realize that I do love trees, even more than flowers actually. I love seeing a lush garden with big oak trees or a beautiful scenic forest. A day in the countryside would really be a good way to spend the day. But as of now, I’m stuck at home. So I go to the next best thing—PHOTOS. And oh what a gorgeous wedding I have for you today. Did I say it loud enough? GORGEOUS!!! Today we travel. Destination: New Zealand! We saved ourselves a few hundred dollars for airfare, thanks to the amazing work of MangoRed Photography. Looking at the pictures made me feel the crisp cool air (well, even if it’s 33°C here in Manila) and the smell of fresh pine.

    Wow, a helicopter is just what you need to make this wedding more than perfect!

    So the photos have spoken beauty more than any words could. And before you stop saying your “ooohs” and “ahhhs”, the story doesn’t end there. I decided to include their wedding video ’cause it is beyond cute! I love how Kaisy, our Filipina bride just had to use some Tagalog words in her vows, and how Steve made a promise that will make every Pinay happy—to be extra clean and neat! Yey!

    Photography: MangoRed / Videography: Joel Salindong Digital Videos (JSDV) / Gown: Vera Wang

    The Bold and the Beautiful

    Bold, beautiful and breathtaking! At first glance, you might think this is a wedding in Bali or Thailand. But no siree! This is one of our local venues, Punta Fuego, a beach resort in Batangas. I’m having a hard time writing about this wedding. Not because there’s nothing to write about it, but because I can’t seem to find the exact words that can perfectly describe its flavor and entirety. Well as they say, pictures speak a thousand words, so why not let the exceptionally brilliant work of Metrophoto do the talking (although note that I plan to butt in once in a while)!

    Punta Fuego is a destination wedding venue that has gained popularity over the years because it’s only a couple of hours drive from Manila. But I must say, I’ve never seen it with a wedding set up as amazing as Stephen and Daphne’s wedding.

    An explosion of vibrant colors were so tastefully incorporated in the Thai theme chosen by the couple. The small details make  you feel like you are actually in a different country. I’d have to give credit to the photographer. He did such a good job in capturing (beautifully I might add) all the details that speak volumes about this wedding.

    I never thought those colored pamaypays I used to see my grandma use would look this stylish in a wedding! Now I want to get one for myself.

    The releasing of lamps is a nice touch that gets the guests involved. The best weddings I’ve attended usually have activities that make everyone feel they are a part of the couple’s celebration. Two thumbs up for the non-traditional program!

    Okay, this is one of the “wow” factors for me. As you saw earlier the house used had a Thai theme. This was the same house used for the reception. My oh my, I love private venues. It gives a feeling of intimacy and that special “wow-not-everyone-gets-to-have-their-wedding-here” feeling. With a house as gorgeous as this, who needs a five-star hotel?

    If you want to see how beautiful this house is, watch the fun video MG Digital did for the couple (seen at the bottom of the page).

    To Stephen and Daphne, thank you for sharing this exquisitely beautiful occasion. May your marriage be as colorful, adventurous and vibrant as your wedding!

    And because I enjoyed the photos so much, I couldn’t resist asking the photographer what he enjoyed the most about this wedding.

    The wedding was set in one of the most extravagant houses in Punta Fuego. The details available almost seemed limitless and it provided a nice touch to the wedding compared to the typical hotel setting. Also, Daphne, her family and friends, plus the other suppliers who worked the wedding are all fun and crazy—we had a heck of a great time the entire day. – Oly, Metro Photo

    Ceremony: Fuego Point, Punta Fuego Batangas / Reception: Wingate Residence, Peninsula de Punta Fuego / Photography: Metro Photo / Videography: MG Digital / Gown & Suit: Jun Escario / Make-up Artist: Lourd Ramos of Emphasis / Coordinator: Liza Lugue-Alvideo of Kasalan

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