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




    The Charmer and the Chic

    Weddings are fun, festive, and full of fantastic elements. However, getting there is not always easy. Most weddings take a lot of effort, crazy planning and even a few tears. I decided to have our gorgeous bride share bits and pieces of their experience in this journey to their big beautiful day. Take it from here, Nikki!

    Somehow, it seemed that everything that could go wrong in planning a wedding happened to us! The initial make-up artist we booked went MIA a month before the big day. The videographer almost could not do our onsite. Our original priest who is a relative had an emergency operation three days prior and could not make it. And then, on the day itself, it rained so hard right before the ceremony that it felt like it was another Ondoy episode. The stress was incredibly draining! I don’t know how we managed to fix everything, but things just seemed to fall into place. A week before the wedding I just gave up and thought that whatever happens, happens!

    I would think the wedding is more “me” than Raffa! Kidding aside, we were lucky that our aesthetics matched in general. We pushed through with our long-time plan of a black and white wedding that was very clean and modern, and more importantly, intimate. We were sure we wanted no bright colors because it really isn’t in our personality and preference. We were hesitant, though, to go with pure black and white since Raffa is half-Chinese, so we decided to include other “neutral” colors such as gray, silver, and green.

    The charming groom Raffa and the chic bride Nikki! Cuteness to boot!

    Also, we wanted a formal wedding without the stiffness, and we tried our very best to have the details reflect this, such as the entourage’s flowy jersey dresses, the simple flowers and bouquets, the small church, the straightforward invitation, the buffet, the easy music, the clean yet chic centerpieces… we basically just wanted everyone to be comfortable in celebrating with us!

    Every little detail was part of the plan! We love each and every one of our suppliers! Every time the output of a supplier came out, I would just swoon and get excited all around! The invites were just gorgeous, the hair & make up and wedding dress were amazing, the coordination was spot on, the photos and videos were soooo worth it, and the food and styling was just breathtaking. We can’t choose! Each detail and each aspect of the wedding was perfection, and it helped pull the magic that was the wedding all together. Our suppliers definitely pulled out all the stops!

    If I really had to choose my favorite part, our first dance was especially memorable since nobody expected Raffa to dance, more so to a fast song. Another meaningful experience was our little raffle to give away Adora gift certificates at the end of the program also allowed us to “give back” to our family and friends, since we were so grateful they could join us that day despite the crazy weather and traffic.

    As Nikki said, whatever happens, happens! I would say for a statement like that, a pretty amazing wedding “happened”. Two thumbs up for the creative color palette, the chic and effortlessly comfortable vibe, and every bit of stylishly scrumptious detail goodness! I love Mondays.

    Ceremony: Mary the Queen Parish / Reception: The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion / Gown:  John Paras / Entourage: Salsatrends / Photography: Dino Lara Photography / Videography: Joel Salindong of JS Digital Videos / Coordinator: Jody Liwanag of Events Experts / Makeup: Emer Buenaventura / Hair: Arnold Bituin / Caterer: Bizu Private Caterer / Souvenirs: Baicapture / Flowers and Styling: Jo Claravall / Band: Sound Salad / Sounds: Jamsy / Lights: Mariano Tan of High Impact / Projectors: Dennis Sy of Densy / Raffle: Adora

    Double Drop-Dead Deliciousness

    What is better than having a drop-dead gorgeous wedding? Let me see… how about having two of them? Yup, that’s right! Most brides describe their wedding day as a blissful blur, leading to the the desire of having a do-over (yes, yes, I am one of those brides!). But Antoine and Shermaine hit the jackpot! The groom being Belgian and the bride being Filipina, dilemma dilemma on the wedding venue right? Wrong! Two bouquets, two wedding dresses and two drool-worthy celebrations–who wouldn’t say no to that?

    Terrific trivia: Shermaine’s mom made her dresses for both weddings.  I love how this dress has hints of blue, while that accent gold belt is probably one of my favorite details in this amazing affair. Dainty, ethereal and very midsummer night’s dream-ish! Good job MOB!

    How cute is it that the cupcakes had a Belgian-Filipino mix? Beer and gumamela anyone?

    Here are some snippets of Antoine and Shermaine’s Belgium wedding. Her coordinator, Ernest Pascual (who is also a supplier frequently featured in B&B), sent me these pictures. He fondly shares:

    The first time Shermaine called me up, I instantly knew that I would plan her wedding. When I saw the pictures from her Belgium wedding, I was like, “I had to top what she had in Belgium for the wedding she will have in Manila.” And when she said (during her thank you speech), “Ernest, thank you for giving us a wedding which is more than what we expected” I knew I nailed it and kept my promise that she would have a beautiful Manila wedding.

    Cheers A and S! Here’s to double goodness!

    Manila Wedding Vendors – Photography: Jaja SamaniegoToto Villaruel and Lianne Bacorro of Imagine Nation Photography / Video: Wang Videography / Gown and Entourage: Zenaida Mina (Shermaine’s mom) / Coordinator : Ernest Pascual of Events! Events! / Make-up: Samantha Gallardo / Flowers: Joey Mateo

    Belgium Wedding Vendors- Coordinator: Monica Mina-Zamora / Photography: Vladimir Li