Bears and I Do’s

This terrific Thai wedding is all about being cozy, cuddly and charming. Kenny (0ne of the friendliest grooms I’ve spoken to) shares heartwarming and totally cute stories behind their dream wedding. Being part of a wedding cinematography company, Kenny had high standards in making sure each moment is captured perfectly. So with Rainbow Fish Cinema at the helm of the video and Oly of Metrophoto behind the lens, Kenny and Nikko knew they were in good hands.

Charming groom? Check! Gorgeous bride? Check! Apple the elephant? CHECK!!!

Before we move on to this next photo. I think a little background on this bear headpiece is in order. Kenny shares:

We’re called the “Bears.” We basically had a bear wedding. Bear invitations, bear table names (care bears, gummi bears etc.), and a bear ice statue. I even wore the same bear hat that I wore to propose to her the previous year, for some snapshots. Her dad and mom calls me bear and all my friends call my mom “mamabear.” You get the point.

Nikko looked simply exquisite in her traditional Thai dress. Love!

From the groom:

My wife Nikko is Thai and heavily cultured in her roots, and it has always been a dream of hers to get married on home ground. 41 of our friends from the US came and more than 65 family members from Thailand and the Philippines made it to the wedding. We weren’t expecting 100+ attendance, and it was amazing.

We decided on a beach wedding because we LOVE the ocean and sunsets. Our colors were teal and gold. Teal was so fitting for our venue, while gold has a traditional value in both Thai and Chinese culture. I’m also an avid surfer–I remember before Nikko tried surfing a few times but her love for dolphins only resulted in her mainly participating in “dolphin watching” on her surfboard.

Mercure Resort was an easy pick because of their Thai architectural bungalows–it was the perfect fit. But let me tell you about our favorite part. The elephant is Thailand’s best-known national symbol, and when the opportunity arose to arrive on one we just had to do it. It was a complete surprise, even to our wedding court. Approaching our wedding site on Apple, our wedding elephant, was the most memorable experience for the both of us.

Ceremony and Reception: Mercure Samui Buri Resort – Koh Samui, Thailand / Wedding Coordinator: Astrid Hebert / Dress: Custom from Los Angeles, CA / Groom’s Outfit: Banana Republic and H&M / Videographer: Rainbowfish Cinema / Photography: Metrophoto

The Look




    Hola Mexico!

    I’m not really a beach gal, BUT if I were to have a beach wedding, I wouldn’t mind having something like this! Jonathan and Rose decided to get hitched in the beautiful seaside of Cancun, Mexico. And boy, oh boy, this wedding is all about casual chicness and style fabulosity.

    Color can sometimes be overbearing but with a brilliant and balanced mix of purple, magenta, pink and red, this celebration exuded vibrance–effortlessly and tastefully, I might add. And by golly gungers, this is one of the best work I’ve seen of Pat Dy (I can’t stop gushing over it)! So here’s to celebrating adventure, passion and romance… Mexican style!

    Rose chose the perfect dress for a beach wedding. It looked light and feminine but it still had that “OOMPH” factor to it. I love how she went for the elegantly simple and fresh look.

    The magenta shoes (gooorgggeeeouusss!) and the starfish accent brooch in the bouquet is such a steal-worthy idea for any beach bride.

    If there was a B&B couple who totally rocked the white ensemble, I’m putting my bet on these two.

    Photography: Pat Dy / Venue: Fiesta Americana Grand, Cancun, Mexico / Gown: Pronovias / Suit: Hugo Boss / Invitations and Souvenirs : DIY

    The Look




      Couple Cuteness

      It seems like we are getting more and more of these super-creative engagement shoots lately. Dexter and Beverly’s definitely fall under the category of imaginative reinvention. With a theme ranging from edgy fashion, to vintage, to classic sweetness, to romantic escapade; this couple shows how fun dress-up can be. Of course why expect less from Rock Paper Scissors? This is pure cuteness.

      This dress is so nice! Simple, elegant and romantic-looking.

      If you want to see more of this serenely sweet e-session. Check out this video:

      Photography: Rock Paper Scissors

      A Romance to Remember

      It warms my heart knowing that Filipinos are making such an impact in the wedding industry all over the world. We’ve featured so much of Mayad’s work that if you’re a B&B regular, you’d be familiar with the waves they’ve created in the field of wedding videography. But alongside their talent, I discovered another proud-to-be-Pinoy artist who creates such pleasingly-polished masterpieces. Based in the United States, Binary Flips is a photography company with impeccable work. Need proof?

      Here’s a strikingly-splendid engagement session with a drop-dead gorgeous couple, David and Kendra. Let me spill some juicy trivia. First, David is an actor! He actually starred in a few episodes of One Tree Hill. And secondly, he is half-Filipino. So with all angles covered, I guess we’ve got a room full of talent today.

      And because our photographer is new to Bride and Breakfast, I decided to ask Dennis to share a little something from the heart of Binaryflips.

      I’ve been practicing photography as a hobby over ten years and have always held an interest in pursuing a career in the arts (I’m an MD by profession). Our wedding in the Philippines in 2008 reignited my desire in photography. Back in the US, we launched our website in May of that year and registered five clients. In 2009, business began to blossom as our catalog of clients grew to 26. Although inquiries and emails started to accumulate after every entry in our blog, I ascertained that the quality of our work did not decline. By late 2009, we achieved our first feature in a magazine and in turn, enhanced our exposure. By 2010, we were compensated for our hard work and have booked 47 weddings for the year. More magazines and wedding blogs started to feature our work and more blessings came in as celebrity couples started recognizing our work. However, 98% of our clients are Americans and we’ve only had one Filipino wedding so far—we would love to do more Filipino weddings. It is an honor to be selected for this guest feature and we are humbled to be here. We aspire that our endeavor may inspire other Filipinos to follow their dreams, just as we have.

      Videography: Mayad Studios / Photography: BinaryFlips

      The Nook: Surprise!

      Some of you might be wondering why I haven’t posted anything the past couple of days. As I mentioned last Friday, I flew to Hong Kong for some R&R with the hubby and his family. I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend as much as I did. On the last day of our trip my husband decided to surprise me with a little something…

      I died!!! An 11-inch MacBook Air meant goodbye old Mac (who makes weird lawnmower-ish sounds).

      Ian has always been so supportive of Bride and Breakfast. It was actually him who encouraged me to write and share to other people things I am passionate about. Weddings are great (and so is my new little toy), but at the end of the day, an amazing husband is priceless.

      It’s good to be back.