Sunday, November 29, 2009

Start of a Joyful Marital Journey

John Garcia and Judy Dizon

Santuario de San Antonio

The Peninsula Manila

John and Judy’s nuptials could be typified as sentimental but enchanting and regal.

Judy was the last bride I accepted before I closed my 2008 schedule. She was just excited to have me for her wedding coordinator, and so was I to be chosen. Every now and then, during the planning stage, I would get reassuring messages from her. When I met her for the first time, she greeted me with a warm smile and hugged me tight like we had known each other for a long time. I planned for her wedding as if I was doing it for my best friend’s wedding.Fast forward to the magical wedding day. The atmosphere in the hotel preps was a pure delight. With friends of the bride joining in the preparations, the air was permeated with contagious laughter. The bride’s parents were so appreciative of the details which were one by one brought out of the box for picture-taking. Some of the beautiful details of her wedding were as follows:

The invitation suite was printed in blue ink on silver paper.

Iconic snowflakes were silver-stamped on metallic blue paper which served as cover for the missalettes.

The gifts for the entourage were wrapped in ice blue paper and tied with navy blue ribbons. Gift tags reflected the same patterns used for the invitation.

Some bouquets were interlaced with bracelets fashioned from monochromatic blue trinkets; others were adorned with snowflake brooches made of ornamental crystals.

Judy carried a dainty bouquet of white roses, carnations, and tulips with a “J” pendant highlighting the handle.

The shoes featured snowflake patterns to go with the theme.

The unity candle had a big silver brooch. The candles used to light the unity candle had blue crystals which were actually earrings.

Veluz Reyes designed an off-white beaded pina cocoon gown for Judy. Note the letter “J” embroidery which was cleverly incorporated by Veluz in her lovely creation. The gown fit Judy to a tee. Judy rode in her old car with a personalized plate number bearing her name.The 92AD rendered church songs which made the ceremony more solemn. Christmas carols were also sung at the pictorials portion of the mass.

Instead of the traditional confetti and shower of petals at the recessional, guests sprayed artificial snow on the newlyweds. Guess who had more fun with the snow sprays?

At the cocktail area, tables were decorated with white blooms, small glass balls, and snowflake cardboard cutouts.

Guests enjoyed the M&M candies in blue and off-white.

They were also directed to their respective seats through the tags attached to small bags containing nuts. At the back of these tags, trivia about the couple were written.

Jing Tanada spruced up The Conservatory for it to exude its naturally relaxed and intimate ambiance. She placed all-white roses on blue table linens. It was perfect! White Tiffany chairs completed the clean and clutter-free setup.

On the tables, place cards with names of guests were tucked in silver- and crystal-encrusted snowflake place card holders.

Snowflake parchment paper cutouts were pasted on glass containers serving as votive candle holders. The same snowflake cutouts were spread as well on the tables.

The ice carving had–-you guessed it right! --the snowflake design.

To create a unified look, napkin holders were crafted from blue metallic paper with the same design used in the missalettes.

The table numbers and buffet table labels manifested as well the winter wonderland theme.

The five-tiered cake was done in varying shades of blue. The topmost layer also featured the bride and groom figurines in winter clothes. Snowflakes in fondant icing were also utilized to decorate the cake. Claycakes by Karla Magbanua created this wonderful wedding cake. Ditto with the bride and groom cake with snowman and snow woman as a special request of the newlyweds.

Mineral water bottles, with blue and white labels to match the wedding color motif, had a silver ribbon with snowflake trinkets tied on both ends.Silver bells were also placed on tables. They had note tags enjoining the seated guests to ring the bells.All pictures courtesy of Mimi and Karl.

A few weeks after the wedding, Judy sent me a very touching note with a heartwarming poem. An excerpt follows :

No amount of words can truly say,

How deeply thankful we are everyday.

This wedding became the talk of the town,

Because of you, how else can we wear a frown?

We've planned this wedding for two years,

That big day, we breezed with no fears.

Up 'til now, we hear nothing else, but raves,

Our event has become everyone's fave.

Even the smallest of details you always knew,

All the ideas you've shared were never a few.

Concepts only you can pull off with your creativity,

You've constantly surprised us with your ingenuity.

Judy and John, I truly value your trust and friendship. Thank you for meeting me in LA. See you both when you visit Manila soon.

1 comment:

judy g said...

Ernest, thank you. You amaze me with your craft. You rock!!!! Hugs and kisses!

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