Three’s Not a Crowd

The fun thing about engagement shoots is that you can choose to be anyone you want to be. It’s like theater in some way or another. Sometimes couples choose a theme that reflects who they are, while some take it as an opportunity to wow others by doing something that is totally out of character. Either way, it can be an amazing experience. Here’s Ariel and Ichie’s e-session with Marvin Dungao. Having three totally different looks (they actually had more, I just chose my faves!), they definitely are an adventurous pair.

Look 1: ” The Korean Love Story ” Look

Look 2: “The Quirky Plaids and Eyeglasses” Look

Look 3: “The Lost in Japan” Look

Photography: Marvin Dungao of The 12 Masters Photography

Oh Oh Oslo!

Bride and Breakfast has featured weddings in different parts of the world. Today we welcome another new destination: Norway! Although this wedding may be miles away from us, it still reflects the Filipino home. Amazing infrastructure speaks of the history and beauty of Oslo, Norway, while our gorgeous couple themselves rocked their outfits.

This is what you call ridin’ in style!

Joy’s gown is absolutely beautiful. It is a mix of traditional and modern without compromising elegance and style. I must also say this is my favorite shot taken by homegrown photographer Paul Vincent. Oh so pretty!

Their videographer, also from the Philippines, shares about his experience with the couple:

I met Jens & Joy when they went home in the Philippines last December 2009. We did an E-session and save-the-date video for them which gave them an idea to fly me to Norway to document their wedding. Everything was in passing. Nothing was confirmed, I thought it was just an idea. Until the day before we have to fly and a ticket was bought for us. I was overwhelmed by the thought of going out of Asia to do a wedding video. Yes, it was my first time to cover a wedding out of the country and alone at that.

Jens & Joy made sure we’re comfortable, and that we had our daily dose of fresh Norwegian Salmon. Talk about Filipino hospitality! Their family & friends gave us a hearty warm welcome that I almost forgot I was in Norway.

I admit that I easily get carried away by dramas. Movies sometimes make me cry. When I heard their vows to each other I can’t help but get my eyes misty again. And, they had a very solemn ceremony which was celebrated by a Filipino priest.

The wedding reception took place until the wee hours of the night. And the partying and the booty shakin’ lasted till the morn which was energized by a sushi buffet.

It was an experience that I wont forget ever. Gaining new friends & a European summer encounter though brief is something that I would tag as “priceless”.

Photography: Paul Vincent / Videography: Chug Cadiogan / Coordinator: Erika Bergara of Detalye / Gown: Edwin Tan

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

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