I Heart B&B: Bride and Breakfast Giveaway

When I started Bride and Breakfast the goal was to really give. Give my heart and hope that what I find beautiful can also move others. Give inspiration so that I can share all my pretty discoveries to brides and hopeless romantics. Give advice to make a wedding process as enjoyable (and beautiful) for brides, and for some who are not yet there, give them something to look forward to.

In the end I found that the more I gave the more I received. Received kind words of encouragement and appreciation. Received new friendships that are so precious and promising. Received lessons on commitment, beauty and finding out what I am passionate about. Received contentment knowing that God has blessed me with more and more readers everyday.

Today for my 100th post, I give back to you–I and some totally rockin’ sponsors give you a dream.

Because Bride and Breakfast really is all about style, we have collaborated with some of the most stylish and talented in the industry to give away a couple’s dream photo shoot FOR FREE!

An amazing photographer + a super fashionable stylist + getting dolled up by a talented make up artist + strutting your stuff in those beautifully crafted dresses = A Ravishingly Romantic Experience. All these because…

Although I’ll be posting the details of the mechanics tomorrow I want to let you know that this giveaway can be a pre or post-wedding shoot. So spread the word and spread the love.

Stay tuned for the mechanics and features on our super talented dream crew!

Hugs and love,

Backyard Bliss

The long weekend definitely came by too quickly. And because we’ve been gone for a while, it’s only fair to start the week with a bang! For those couples dreaming of a laid-back, garden barkyard-ish feel kind of wedding, this super cute wedding will blow your mind. What I totally love about this wedding is that the prettiest details were actually done by family and friends, making their wedding as personal as possible! Cheers to creative DIYs and gorgeous photos that did justice to Stephen and Cinelle’s big day.

This wedding has one of the most touching and inspiring background stories I ever read. The bride Cinelle (who is an ammaaazzing and very talented Filipina), shares her success story on family, career, and love!

To the DIY couples out there, be inspired!

We did the traditional candle, coin, veil and cord wedding tradition, and of course had lechon! We had lumpiang sariwa as an appetizer and ube cake as our wedding cake. People were so thrilled to see us cut the cake because they’ve never seen a purple cake before! I also stuck with lace overlay detailing for my dress (which Jenni, my friend and business partner, and I made) because my grandma Isabel used to have an embroidery shop in Butuan City, Visayas. The coins we used for the ceremony were passed on from my aunts and cousins. My dad also put up tiki torches to get that sort-of island-outdoor feel. We wanted to have something similar to the traditional Filipino doves, but wanted to change it up a bit. So we borrowed this enormous birdcage from this old black lady in Queens and filled it with 8 parakeets.

My dad painted our entire back fence, and helped me with all the cutting, glueing, shredding and painting involved.  My sister-in-law, a florist, did all our flowers.

From the bride:

I was born and raised in Manila, educated in a good school, and was captain of our soccer team. Sadly and quite sudden at that, my family decided to migrate to the US  at the end of my junior year in high school. It was a very hard time for me. As a very bitter teenager, I spent my last year of highschool isolated from the world, only ever focusing on my studies and my being part of my new highschool’s art honors program.

I always always gravitated toward the arts and fashion (trivia, I even designed my prom dress!). After moving to New York, I graduated with a forte in Fashion Design, and through it was recruited to the Fashion Institute of Technology.  It took me a whole year to decide to accept this grand opportunity, and finally in 2005, I braved the big city of Manhattan and became a full-time slave to conceptualizing, creating and selling everything pretty.

In 2007, I decided to give my other love–writing–a shot. I then left FIT, taking with me all that I needed to know to sustain a life immersed in fashion, and dove into a two-year program in Journalism and Art History. Upon graduating in 2009, my long-time, long-distance boyfriend and now-husband, Stephen, and I decided it was time for us to live in the same place. It was a difficult decision, but I knew that God was calling us to the small yet surprisingly creative town of Athens, GA. In this classic, Southern city we found such great balance between our artistic passions and our academic pursuits. Stephen got a job teaching Spanish at UGA and also got accepted into gradschool, and I started a small business with my friend and former roommate, Jenni.

Jenni and I started BACON Handmade Neckwear in our condominium kitchen in October 2009, after having realized that the skinny neckties we made for Stephen for our second anniversary were gonna be a big sell.  A year after, our business has expanded from selling on Etsy, to selling at five different stores in Athens and Philadelphia, and growing into a custom neckwear bridal vendor.  In January 2011, we will be hosting the first ever art- and style-focused bridal show in the Southeastern USA, ATELIER Bridal.

So all this is what I do full-time… I’m a wife, friend and dance partner to Stephen, a prayer group leader to my friends, design and creative director for BACON and ATELIER, ghost-blogger for a local store-owner, and yes, a part-time contractual sewer and beadworker for Anthropologie. God has definitely filled my daily life with great ways to express myself and to experience Him.

My wedding philosophy was simple: stick to what you like.  We did not want our wedding to be a  regurgitation of somebody else’s thoughts.  We wanted it to be “us,” we wanted it to be simple but beautiful, we wanted our hands and hearts to leave positive imprints on all our guests. We wanted to bless people with our vows, our ceremony, our food, our atmosphere, even our decor and fashion.

Reception: Backyard of bride’s family’s house in Long Island / Styling: Bride, her bestfriends and sister-in-law / Bride’s Gown: Bride and her business partner and good friend, Jennifer Craig / Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren, BACON Handmade Neckwear bowtie made of Liberty of London fabric / Invitations: Bride and Groom’s friend, Chris Williams, talented graphic and installation artist / Florist: Boots of Oberle’s / Cake: Krystal’s Bakery in Queens, decorated with fresh flowers by the bride’s sister-in-law (Boots of Oberle’s Florist) / Photography: Jennifer Sosa / Videography: Groom’s sister’s husband, Jason Putnam / Make-up: Bride, make-up from Sephora, Clinique and MAC; hair braided by the bride’s bestfriend Erin Conroy, fresh gardenia flower piece from bride’s sister-in-law

I Want You Jimmy Choo!

A very good friend of mine is getting married in Macau 35 days from now! I’m so excited about it because her gown is too-gorgeous-for-words, her groom’s tux is so amazing that any guy would feel like a million bucks in it, and the venue is so spectacular. And because I love weddings as much as I love her fashion radar, we had a wonderful time collaborating on the style, details and elements of her big day. I can’t wait!

One of the things we were in search for was her wedding shoes. Here is a picture of one of the candidates. She ended up going for another pair (that is equally gorgeous, and will not be revealed till the wedding day), but I thought I’d share this one as a suggestion to brides on the lookout for the “one”. It’s sooooo pretty! I want you Jimmy Choo!

Art and Affection

Just by looking at the work of Rock Paper Scissors Photography, you would know that they are not just photographers, they are true-blue artists.  Every time I feature their work, it always seems to have a different element to it–reinvention is key. RPS is one of the photographers to watch out for in the wedding scene.

So back to this particular piece of romantic bliss. A daring (and ravishing) fashionist couple, Peter and Emily’s engagement photos seem like they jumped out of the pages of Vogue. It’s passionate, dramatic and oh-so-stylish! I give the video an A+ for musical scoring and doing justice to a fabulously breathtaking wardrobe. This is so drool-worthy!

Photography: Rock Paper Scissors

Destined I Do’s

Red is a sunset
Blazing and bright.
Red is feeling brave
With all your might.
Red is a sunburn
A spot on your nose.
Sometimes red, is a red red rose.
Red squiggles out when you cut your hand.
Red is a brick
And the sounds of a band.
Red is hotness
You get inside
When you’re embarrassed
And want to hide.
Fire-cracker, fire-engine
Fire-flicker red–
And when you’re angry
Red runs through your head.

Red is an Indian
A Valentine heart,
The trimmings on
A circus cart.
Red is a lipstick
Red is a shout
Red is a signal
That says, “Watch out!”
Red is a great big
Rubber ball.
Red is the giant-est
Colour of all.
Red is a show-off,
No doubt about it–
But can you imagine
Living without it?

Poem: What is Red?

You might be wondering why I started out with that poem. Yes, the color RED! It’s amazing, it’s my favorite M&M color, and most of all it made Jerico and Mailaine’s wedding super glambulous (glamorous + fabulous)! Red roses, red gowns and two very cute pairs of red slippers! Red is a show off, no doubt about it. But who can imagine living without it?

From the bride:

My husband, Jerico and I met and became friends back in our college days in La Salle; we were together since 2003 and he proposed to me last July 23, 2009. The date of our wedding is actually our 7th year anniversary. We were blessed enough to have made it through this day.

The style of our wedding was classic, simple and elegant, I am an old soul and my husband is the “less is more” type, so our wedding style basically revolved around it. My favorite part is my walk down the aisle with the two most important men in life crying–my dad (I am the youngest and the only girl) and my Jerico!

Ceremony: St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Davao City / Reception: Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City / Gown: Bride and Rodel Macatangay / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Entourage: Rodel of Chardin, House of Fashion, Davao / Photography: Marvin Dungao of 12 Masters Photography / Videography: Lito Sy / Coordinator: Annie Lim / Makeup: Robbie Piñera / Hair: Raymond Santiago / Invitation: The Write Impression Paperie and Press

The Look