The Cost of Style

I know everyone is probably expecting photos of a gorgeous wedding, but I decided to share a few words just for today! I’ve received a lot of emails asking me for tips on how to style their wedding. Honestly, each time I read them, I find myself at a loss for words. First of all, blushing brides-to-be must understand that styling is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight or through an exchange of one or two emails. A effortlessly-looking-oh-so-stylish affair could have taken hours, days or months of brainstorming. I don’t say this to discourage brides who feel they don’t know where to begin. Instead, I just want to get the reality out there that it you want a stylish wedding, whether D.I.Y. or conceptualized by your dream team, it will need patience, time and that extra effort (even maybe a few tears shed here and there).

  1. If you don’t have the budget for it, a tip I can share is go to friends who have an eye for details. Make sure though that you trust their taste–otherwise, you will find yourself battling over who gets to decide on the style.
  2. Prepare a mood board (a big one!) and clip pegs that will show bits and pieces of your wedding (ex. entourage gowns, fabric swatches, photos of bouquets, etc.). It helps to see how things will fit well together.
  3. It’s all in the small details so don’t forget the little things. Place cards, sign boards and ring pillows are just a few details that might add the “wow” effect to your big day.
  4. If you don’t have time for any of this, hire a stylist! Time is gold. You just might find yourself frustrated if you try to do everything on your own. Wedding preps should be fun and not traumatic. There are so many up-and-coming stylists out there, just keep looking until you find one that will fit your budget.

Passion for Pink

A blush pink wedding dress ALWAYS gets my attention (maybe because I too would’ve walked down the aisle in one)! Raoul and Bianca certainly knew how to say their I do’s in style. I am totally crushing on the outfits in this post. From bridal shoes to bridesmaid dresses, this is one wedding with a flair! A celebration that exudes softness as well as strength, this will definitely start our Monday right. Have a pretty week ahead!

Because I love the outfits so much, I decided to have the bride share some tidbits about it:

It was a Raoul and Bianca wedding because our wedding theme was simple and it was to basically ‘punctuate’ our love for each other. The 12 years of being boyfriend-girlfriend paved the way for us to meet the people we love and cherish. It allowed us to know each other more–our quirks, our preferences, and what we don’t like–and it gave us a good reason to party with our closest and most treasured family and friends.

I chose the young and talented Camille Co to do my entourage dresses because I’ve seen her grow as a designer–I’ve worked with Camille a million of times for Chalk, the magazine I handle, and for the celebrities I style. Cam and I collaborated on the designs and based each piece for my girls and their personality. I wanted them to feel gorgeous and comfy on that day too because they are my girls after all!

Like I said in my speech at the wedding, I was not the type who daydreamed of my wedding when I was a little girl. But if there was one aspect that I’ve thought of maybe since I was not so little anymore it would be my wedding gown. Being part of the fashion industry, I am very fortunate to touch base and experience working with great minds and wonderful talent. Soon after Raoul proposed, I knew I had to meet and collaborate with Puey Quinones for my wedding gown. I’ve been a fan of his since I can remember searching for bridal gowns and I knew I had to be a Puey bride! Wearing your wedding gown is really one of the best and most memorable experiences in the world–I never wanted to take it off!

Church: San Sebastian Church / Reception and Catering: Manila Polo Club / Bride’s Gown: Puey Quinones / Groom’s Attire: Puey Quinones / Entourage: Camille Co / Photography: Pat Dy / Videography: MG Digital / Coordinator: Teena Barretto of Hitched Weddings / Makeup: Krist Bansuelo / Hair: Felicity Son / Flowers: Zenas Pineda / DJs: Jon Herrera and Mars Miranda

Miles and Smiles

Take out your B&B passports and buckle up ’cause the engagement and honeymoon shoots we feature here take us around the world! Last week it was Paris, today it’s Beijing! Francis Perez of Pat Dy Photography shot this charming China set of Popoy and Miche. Fashion-forward and dramatic, what’s not to love?

Photography: Francis Perez / Location: Beijing, China

Celebrity Wedding: John Estrada and Priscilla Meirelles

Every now and then we get to share some celebrity weddings here at B&B! A few posts back we showed the video of John Estrada and Priscilla Meirelles’ wedding. Today we follow it up with some photos shared to us by Oly Ruiz of Metrophoto. Welcome sweet summer… here’s to getting hitched!

Ceremony and Reception: Thunderbird Poro Point, La Union / Photography: Metrophoto / Gown and Suit: Randy Ortiz / Make-up: Mickey See / Hair: Janette Rama / Flowers: Eve & Co. / Coordination: Teena Baretto of Hitched Weddings and Events and Marilen Nunez / Invitations: Print Divas


The Rock Star and his Princess

Last week we featured a chic Paris honeymoon shoot from our cute couple Paolo and Kate. Well, well, well, it certainly gets better on this Monday morning because their wedding is also full of adorable details that will make you love their style even more. I for one will always be a sucker for pink weddings. So this just in–sweet and elegant little princess meets her rockin’ hip prince charming… it’s a love story for the hopeless romantic.

Even their wedding video has cuteness written all over it! That chalk board is was a good investment!

From the bride:

We wanted our wedding to be as personal and as heartfelt as it can be. We conveyed it through music and through every possible detail we can put our hands on. From our personalized soundtrack that was played by Da Capo in the church, the 70’s soul music by Mulatto during the reception,  and the customized design of our props and stationery and the style of our entourage, our guests can really feel that it was Paolo & Kate’s wedding.

Paolo and I are both in the advertising business–Paolo’s with the Creatives and I’m with Planning. So when we started planning the wedding, it was absolutely easy to divide the tasks between us.

For the overall look & feel, we agreed on French spring time colors and dainty details. Paolo, designed our invitation with a graphic rendition of our wedding date “11-02-2011” (11th of Feb 2011) that uniquely formed the heart shape at the middle. He came up with the “chalkboard” concept of our on-site video and picked the song “Hard to Concentrate” by Red Hot Chili Peppers. And since, he’s the musician between the two of us, he was entirely in charge of the music. He chose my bridal march song, “Nothing But Love” by Mr. Big and even directed how it should be sang. The chapel doors opened dramatically when the song reached the chorus, I saw Paolo in tears as I was walking down the aisle, and everyone I can see from my sight was just in tears… it couldn’t have been more perfect than that.

Ceremony: Madre De Dios Chapel / Reception: The Midlands Veranda, Tagaytay Highlands / Bridal Gown: Patrice Ramos-Diaz / Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Make-up Artist: Leo Posadas / Groom’s Suit: Nono Palmos / Entourage Gowns: Mica Santayana / Entourage Suits: Liberty Silk, Vietnam / Photographer: Nelwin Uy / Videographer: Threelogy / Flowers & Event Styling: Royal Flower Shoppe / Church Music: Da Capo Strings / Reception Music: Mulatto Band / Cake: Dexter’s Bakeshop / Emcee: Michael Lim / Invitation: Fabric envelopes customized in Vietnam / Coordinator: The Blushing Bride