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

Marry Me in Mactan

Let’s hop on a plane and travel for some wedding goodness. If yesterday we were in Vigan, today we visit Mactan. With one of the most beautifully designed Filipiniana gowns by Veluz, the dress had two… oh, wait! I meant three gorgeous looks! Hitting a conservative and traditional vibe for the ceremony, and a modern chic feel for the reception, Addi and Ginny’s wedding is a super example of why barongs and those butterfly sleeves still float our boat. Best part of it is that this was a very small and private wedding, consisting only of their closest family and friends (who were of course ready to dance the night away). So with everyone game to party, let’s get this show on the road!

Church: Our Lady of Peace & Good Voyage (Mactan Airbase), Cebu / Reception: Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu / Coordination: Right Connect Weddings / Florist: Simple Wishes / Photographer: Nelwin Uy / Videographer: MG Digital Video / Gown: Veluz / Hair and Make-up: Jessie Glova

Very Vigan

Amidst the hype on modern and urban chic weddings, some couples still opt for the traditional-close-to-home theme. There is just something uniquely breathtaking about this Vigan wedding. For one, the reception area is unbelievable, table after table stretches out along the street of historic wonderland. A kalesa for a bridal car and getting hitched in the town’s famous St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral are among some things that make Ryan and Patch’s wedding about family, culture, and embracing their roots.

This wedding invite gets an A+ for its creativity, romantic-feel, and elegance.

One of my favorites for this wedding are the entourage gowns. The MOH gown = definitely divine. A nude-colored chiffon dress with an accent of a giant satin ribbon clasped by a gem brooch. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

The thing with Paul Cabral’s work is that if you’re familiar with it, you’ll definitely know it’s his even a mile away. There is just something about how it falls and fits that makes it worth every penny. Aaaahh… I can’t rave enough on how classy the gowns of the entourage are. From the color, the style, the details, and everything in between–this is why Paul Cabral is known for his impeccable fitting and elegant approach on design.

To see more of Vigan and our gorgeous couple, this video is a must-watch!

Videography: MG Digital / Photographer: Philip Sison and Eddie Boy Escudero / Ceremony: St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral / Reception: Vigan Heritage Village / Gown: Inno Sotto / Groom’s Barong: Paul Cabral / Entourage: Paul Cabral / Flowers: Francis Flores of Hidden Garden and Zenas Pineda / Coordinator: Bride’s Maid and Co. / Catering: Nick of Candon Bistro and Chef Red of I Am Chef Catering / Cake: Heny Sison

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

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