Bride and Breakfast: Top 20 Weddings of 2011 and 2012

So this is the first time were doing this, but it’s about time we did! Every year, we see so many beautiful weddings. Day after day, we get to write about all the wonderful stories, stare at gorgeous details and daydream the afternoon away. Well, this post is a summary of our best days here in Bride and Breakfast. We’ve come up with our favorite weddings of 2011 and 2012 because these affairs certainly earned the right to be swooned over–again, and again, and again. We tried to have a good mix of different styles and themes, so we hope you’ll find one or two (or all) weddings to be inspired with today. We deem this a fitting way to bid the year goodbye and welcome a new batch of drop-dead amazing weddings.

So enough talking… here are the B&B Top 20 Weddings of 2011 and 2012 (in no particular order)!

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This Parisian affair made our jaws drop! A gorgeous couple with an equally gorgeous fête. [Christian and Stephanie / Pat Dy Photography]

Sunny and sweet. This beach wedding is sprinkled with cute details. Totally loving the shell bouquet! [Karym and Mabeth / Mark Cantalejo]

Youthful and quirky. We just adore the bridesmaid and flower girl dresses for this celebration. Long live hipster! [Angelo and Rin / Cherry Blocks Photography]

Simply chic. This bride’s gown made a lot of our readers drool with envy! And it’s not everyday you get married under a tree. [Jun and Vanessa / MangoRed]

Dreaming of some winter wonderland whimsy? This affair is exquisite in every way. Don’t you just love the bride’s fur wrap? Elegant and enchanting. [Miguel and Tisha / MangoRed]

Colorful gowns that match some colorful embellished bouquets? Not for the faint-hearted, but definitely for those who love their hues. Seashore serendipity if you ask me! [Robertson and Katharine / RedMonkey Studios]

There’s always room for a fashionable wedding in our list. This one is a favorite! [Paolo and Rissa / J Lucas Reyes]

Wondering why people all over the world come to our beaches to say their I do’s? Well this sandy sweethearts’ big day is certainly a testament to the beauty of a destination wedding. [Sam and Danike / Benjie Tiongco]

We never thought that black would look amazing in a garden setting. Now we do. Everything about this wedding screams class! [TJ and Marga / Pat Dy Photography]

And the winner of best applique for a wedding gown goes to… [Conrad and Margaux / Pat Dy Photography]

The bride who wore that gorgeous Elie Saab dress certainly got our attention. [Hubert and Hazel / MangoRed]

Fabulous weddings are made of fabulous details. Feminine and festive, just the way we like it! [Duke and Irene / Metrophoto]

Rustic charm makes us dream of splendidly sweet summer weddings. [Joel and Christine / Kent Lazarraga of Orange Studio]

Nothing is more regal than a wedding with gold details and a gorgeous venue. [Howard and Lada / Nelwin Uy]

Fun and funky. Sometimes it’s good to have a little bit of crazy and a whole lot of cuteness. We loved the invitations for this one. [Jayjay and Feliz / Imagine Nation Photography]

Just because pink makes the world a better place. So do flats. [Chris and Diane / Nelwin Uy]

A celebrity wedding that has been a favorite of many of our readers. [Oyo and Kristine / Nelwin Uy]

Because SoCal is so awesome. Detail heaven I tell ya! [Mark and Linette / Mark Cantalejo]

The most understated affairs can be the most swoon-worthy ones. We can’t get over this wedding–it’s pure prettiness! [Patrick and Patty / Jorem and Sheila Catilo Photography]

Traditional does not mean boring! A Filipiniana gown can certainly make heads turn, especially if it’s as gorgeous as this one. [Nicolo and Izza / MangoRed]

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

We’ve seen countless stories of romance here in B&B. And today, we celebrate the greatest love story ever told. A story of overflowing love, unparalleled sacrifice and immovable commitment.

For God SO LOVED the world the HE GAVE His one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. — John 3:16

We’re wishing you the loveliest of lovelies on this wonderful day.

Illustration and Graphic Design: Anna Cristobal

Celebrity Wedding: Patrick Filart and Patty Laurel

I dunno about you, but I love December! There’s just something so whimsical about the month that makes me feel all fuzzy inside. And here at B&B, we’ve never been more happy in enjoying this “ber” month because of all the gorgeous wedding inspirations that have been coming our way.

Patrick Filart and Patty Laurel‘s wedding is probably one of the highlight features of this month. Our couple is not a stranger to Bride and Breakfast, and we’ve been itching to write about “The Pats” wedding for days now. Why? Because it’s just so darn beautiful. Chic, simple, romantic, understated, whimsical, effortless… and the list goes on and on. I am in love with all the soft hues Patty chose for her entourage and decor. And of course, the impeccable style details makes this wedding one of my favorites for 2012. Thanks to the wonderful talent of Jorem and Sheila Catilo Photography (the photos are soooooo amazing!) and the rest of the talented team of this affair, I am in wedding heaven today.

Another treat we have is the Mayad Studios wedding highlights video that will be first featured here in B&B–happy dance!

Fall in love folks!

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Photographer: Jorem and Sheila Catilo Photography / Videographer: Mayad Studios / Ceremony Venue: Hacienda Isabella / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Marge Montemayor / Catering: K. by Cunanan / Event Styling: K. by Cunanan / Cake Baker: Angela Colet of Swell Sweets / Florist: Vatel Manila / Invitation Design: Fozzy Castro-Dayrit / Invitation Design: Printsonalities / Favors: BC Fragrance / Bride’s Dress: Rosa Clara / Bride's Reception Dress and Groom's Attire: Veejay Floresca / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jamie Ramos / Bridesmaid Shoes: Suelas / Groom's Accessories: Kenneth Cole / Groomsmen Attire: Gap / Groomsmen Attire: Express / Wedding Rings: Sunjewel / Makeup Artist: Jasmine Mendiola / Hairstylist: Marie Tan / Entourage Hair and Makeup: B Lounge

The Look



The Nook: First Love Dream Team

I can’t believe that it finally happened! And it just didn’t “happen”, it happened with an amazing team. I decided to write a more extensive description of the partners we worked with, because I realize that many of our readers are curious about these suppliers. With a mix of seasoned and up-and-coming ones in this list, I cannot do anything but sing praises on how they made our shoot beautiful beyond words.

I also want to suggest to couples that instead of the usual engagement shoots that you do, having an editorial approach (such as the one in this shoot) can be one of the things that you can invest on. Interesting trivia–our two models, Niña and Peter, are actually a real couple.

Here’s some more background on our wonderful team for this shoot:

Nelwin Uy Photography: Nelwin brilliantly captured most of the shots in film, and I can’t stress how gifted he is in his craft. What I love about Nelwin is his unassuming approach to photography. It just makes everything very light and real.

Vatel Manila: Wow, oh wow, I am at a loss for words on the beautiful set up that Dylan of Vatel Manila created for us. Gorgeous furniture, exquisite accessories, beautiful props and elegantly-arranged flowers were the highlights of this shoot. If we’re talking tasteful, Vatel Manila lives and breathes it.

Joe San Antonio: Her beautiful dresses are fit for a princess. She’s young and has a keen sense of style. My goal for next year is to wear one of her creations, and I am sure a lot of brides will be wanting to do the same.

Stellar {Cakes by Hershey Tagulinao}: Stellar is certainly one of the rising stars in the cake industry. Hershey makes the most beautiful cakes and her craftmanship is impeccable. She’s also such a joy to work with because she’s so open to ideas and collaborations.

Box of Sweets by Punky Porca: I’ve always been a fan of dessert tables. Punky is your girl when it comes to have a pretty selection of treats! Those Macarons de Paris are love.

{etc} Handmade Goodness: No need for a long introduction for them. They are the pioneers of beautiful handmade accessories, in our case the boutonnières. They are so creative! Quality work and exceptional eye for detail.

Aira Franco: She’s only been in the craft for a short while and yet she’s becoming a household name when it comes to styling. I love her perkiness, ingenuity (especially in unexpected crisis, because yes, that happens in shoots) and her commitment to her cause: to style and to create beauty.

Fritz Mortel: Her work is crisp and clean. She did makeup retouch and hair beautifully despite the time pressure. We know we’ll be working with her again.

Arlene Sy of Bonnie Paperie: Hand-painted invitations? Need I say more? Those three words already make me gush with delight. I can totally see this trend becoming more and more popular for 2013.

The Mango Farm: I am totally smitten with this place! If you’re looking for a gorgeous venue with lots of greens, look no further. Best thing is that it’s so near the city!

First Love Editorial

Time and time again, we’ve expressed our agenda here in the blog–to inspire. It seems like yesterday when all of this was just in my Christmas wishlist. On this gorgeous day of December, it’s finally time to open this beautifully-wrapped present that we’ve been blessed with–our very first full editorial.

This shoot is quite special because we did get to work with many of the greatest and most respectable talents in the industry. What’s also so awesome is that we got to shoot a real-life couple, Niña and Peter. We knew from the beginning that we were in great hands–read more about them here.

We hope that this will make your hearts swoon as it did ours. So without further ado, we bring to you the tasteful tale of our first love.

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Photographer: Nelwin Uy Photography / Venue: The Mango Farm / Flowers & Decor: Vatel Manila / Cake Baker: Stellar {Cakes by Hershey Tagulinao} / Dessert Table: Box of Sweets by Punky Porca / Stylist: Aira Franco / Bride’s Dress: Joe San Antonio / Invitations & Stationery: Arlene Sy of Bonnie Paperie / Boutonnières: {etc} Handmade Goodness / Makeup: Niña Dolino / Makeup Retouch: Fritz Mortel / Host: Bride and Breakfast

The Look