Thursday, March 31, 2011

Weddings and paper

Some say marriage isn't just a piece of paper, but I do like weddings that have paper in them :-) Take for example this paper-pretty wedding that made my heart go a-flutter when I saw the photos in Mimi+Karl's blog:
The couple had a travel and photography theme. Love the charms.

Bridal and entourage bouquets by Vatel Manila.

A few years back, I could not imagine grooms wearing grey suits, much more yellow ties, with sneakers to boot for a wedding. But these days, these grooms look like rockstars!

Mishi Santos of Vatel Manila's team added a touch of chic to the menswear by crafting these paper boutonnieres made of maps. Mishi's handiwork is truly amazing.

You can see more of her lovespun creations during her own wedding here.

Instead of doing the candle ceremony, the couple decided to do a sand ceremony.

Consistent with the travel theme, the escort cards were paper airplanes!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Three shoes, three cakes, one couple

I totally attribute it to good timing that I am always seated whenever I look at J Lucas Reyes' photos. If I were upright, my legs would be jelly and I would helplessly keel over.

There is just something about JLR's photos that make me all gooey inside. And with wedding details such as these, who wouldn't?

The bride had two wedding "looks"-- a sheer overlay during the ceremony which she removed for the portraits and reception, and three wedding shoes!

Blooms bursting with color by Vatel Manila.

To match the stunning gown and fresh-from-floral-heaven bouquets, the couple chose to wed with a magnificent backdrop -- the Betis, Pampanga Cathedral which some consider to be the Sistine Chapel of the Philippines.

K by Cunanan catered. I am so loving the shoebox/shoe cake!

I totally love the idea of writing notes for the newlyweds instead of the usual guest book.
Moreso in using the luggage set (I have these from Regalong Pambahay!) to hold the notes.

Aside from the shoebox and shoe cake, there was also a four-tiered cake and cupcakes with a cute topper of the couple.

J Lucas Reyes did auxillary photography for this wedding and you can find more of the loveliness he was able to capture here.

For more photos of this oh-so-gorgeous event, check out photos from the main photographer, Paolo Feliciano, here.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Flowers and frosting

I don't know if I was overly busy the past few months that I missed buying a copy of the latest Wedding Belle issue.

But I'm happy I did buy one. Featured in this issue are spreads of floral arrangements that help brides compare types of flowers that could cost them an arm and a leg vis-a-vis less expensive options but equally lovely selections of flowers.

Your choice of flowers can set you back by thousands of pesos as seen from comparing the bouquets on top (succulents, button mums and dendrobium orchids) versus adding lotus pods, carnations and cymbidium orchids.

Also featured in this issue were cake designs I have never seen before. One of my favorite is this one that has one of my favorite artwork by Gustav Klimt, "The Kiss":

What I continue to love about Wedding Belle is their regular feature on honeymoon hotspots. Each destination includes tips on how to get there, basic information (climate, currency, etc) and what to do while staying there.

In this issue, featured places include Dubai, Spain, Canada, Turkey, Egypt, Austria, Argentina, Portugal and many more!

Wedding Belle is available in leading bookstores.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Runaway Brides and a Videofest

Jason Magbanua, wedding videographer extraordinaire is on the run.

In a video, that is.

A few days ago, I was supposed to be in a Mayad Studios video that would be part of a Jason Magbanua tribute a.k.a Videofest.

In charge of casting the 30 or so brides who were to chase Jason were the ladies of Lifestyle by Feliz. Every participant was encouraged to bring her wedding gown. Of course, I wanted to join the bride run! But the problem was that I wore a red wedding gown and with my petite-ness, I might stick out like a red flower girl amidst the sea of white brides.

Lia of Lifestyle by Feliz still egged me on for the fun of it, saying that I might find a suitable white gown among the gowns they will borrow from designers for the shoot that day.

But alas, my body type rejected the available gowns, or you could say the gowns rejected me :-(

So there I was, happily taking photos of "brides" trying to catch the most popular yet ever elusive wedding videographer in the country.

"Brides" getting ready for the chase.

Jason Magbanua mingling with the brides.

Jenifel of Bridal Book also joined the fun run.

Brides getting ready to "ambush" Jason.

Pigeons at the Piazza in McKinley Hill bearing witness to the chase.

Mayad Studios and Lifestyle by Feliz join forces behind the scenes.

And off, Jason goes!

Additional running at the fountain area.

So what was all this running for, you may ask.

Last March 15, WeddingsatWork organized a Bio Videofest that chronicles the humble yet passionate beginnings of a man who dared to break the monotony of wedding videos in the country. His vision, professionalism, dedication in improving his craft and of course, the proof of his work (his estatic brides and grooms) have all contributed in catapulting local videographers from mere "camera men" into respected personas in the wedding industry.

Because of Jason's bravery in pioneering nonconventional same-day edits (SDEs), he has opened doors for both photographers and videographers in the international wedding scene.

In celebration of Jason's 10 years in the industry, five outstanding wedding film makers paid tribute to Jason by painstakingly conducting interviews and gathering testimonials from past clients, co-workers and contemporaries.

Two screenings were held at Rockwell Cinema 4 to accomodate the number of people who wanted to "get to know" Jason Magbanua more -- other than the acclaimed celebrity and most in-demand videographer that he is known for. Both screenings were well attended by the general public and other wedding vendors -- designers, photographers, event stylists, florists, make-up artists, coordinators, etc --- it almost felt like I was in a wedding fair. :-P

The Wedding Enthusiast was there to witness how this simple but passionate being was revered and loved.

"My shooting style is highly unobtrusive and candid. I don’t get in the way. I don’t direct events but rather, wait for them to unfold. A wedding day has enough drama, humor and romance by itself. I wouldn’t want to tamper your experience of it by asking you to "act out" something which never really happened in the first place." -- Jason Magbanua

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