Friday, May 14, 2010

What a Real, Fun Wedding it Was!

Jobim Makalinao and Tania Ventura
Magallanes Church
The Peninsula Manila
Described as an "obscure combination" by one famous local designer, black and yellow proved to be a refreshing color choice for Tania and Jobim’s nuptials.

I have known Tania since my DLSU days; we have common friends. Tania personifies the woman who is confident, creative and independent-minded, with her pixie-cut hairstyle to boot.

I was giddy when I got that call from her asking me to plan her wedding. Of course, I was extremely happy, but at the back of my mind, there was anxiety and apprehension. I was also pressured since I had to offer something different to someone who, being in the marketing profession herself, is so involved in many events. In a way, she is my boss, the point person for a number of graphic design projects that she occasionally throws my way.

All Tania wanted for her wedding was to have something different--something that would pop out of your cookie-cutter weddings. As expected, pegs on how she wanted the invitations, and the wedding’s nitty-gritty--from flowers to the gown--were exchanged over two months of the initial planning stage. Come wedding day, people were talking about how different, yet warm, the wedding was. The innovative and non-typical elements made the wedding unique. More significantly, these distinct “touches” truly combined to capture the personalities of both bride and groom.

Here's a peek at this real, fun wedding.

Invitations. Tania wanted a small invitation—eye-catching layers that reflected the color scheme. The words "Eat. Drink. Marry!" were printed in white ink on black board and embossed to create texture. This black board was laid out on another layer of yellow board. At the back of this main board appeared the laid-back text of the invitation. The only insert contained the RSVP note, bridal registry information, and the attire. The black envelope was lined with yellow paper.
Misalettes. To match the design elements of the invitation, the cover of the misalettes used a yellow board with the names of the couple printed on a black board.Gown. We went to Veluz for the unique wedding gown that revealed Tania's fun yet sophisticated style. Veluz created geometric patterns using strips of organdy on the bodice to highlight the bride's svelte figure. The skirt was made of layers and layers of organdy and feathers. The neckpiece of black onyx and vintage crystals elicited oooohs and ahhhhs from enthralled wedding guests as the bride walked down the aisle of the Magallanes church.Make-up. No less than Madge Lejano made up the bride. Together with Steve Pagsanjan of The Make Up Studio, Tania became the bride we envisioned her to be. Tania bloomed effortlessly; she constantly beamed with excitement and happiness--even if she wouldn’t say so. Escort Cards. Since Jobim and Tania share the same passion for travel, the couple decided to have the names of their guests printed on boards shaped like luggage tags. The place cards were unique and fun to have for they featured depictions of the bride and groom as cartoon characters. Game Cards and Prizes. During cocktails, guests were given game cards to kill time. There were two types of game cards. The first one was called “Text Twist” where guests came up with thirty words which they could form using the letters from the names of the bride and the groom. The first five people who submitted their game boards complete with the required 30 words received special prizes from the couple. The other game board contained trivia questions about the wedding. After answering each question, guests had to find the words from the puzzle provided for them. The first five who completed the puzzle won prizes too. Specially wrapped chocolates bearing the same caricatures of the bride and the groom on the escort cards were again used but this time featuring catchy quips about married life like Rita Rudner’s " I love being married. It's so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life." Bouquets. The bride held a bunch of white hyacinths accentuated by a vintage brooch (this has become my signature, I noticed). The members of the entourage, meanwhile, also gently clutched bouquets of white carnations, lisianthus, and roses.Cake. Going with the yellow and black theme, Karla Magbanua of Clay Cakes whipped up a bumblebee-inspired cake with layers of yellow fondant icing for the yummy lemon cake. Miniature bride-and-groom bumblebees topped the cake. The entourage members received chocolate cupcakes with yellow icing dotted with cute bumblebees in gum paste.Souvenirs. If there was something Tania and Jobim splurged on, it was the souvenirs. The couple ordered imported red wine, and asked the supplier to produce black wine caddies for each wine bottle. Each wine caddy had leather handles highlighting the yellow stitches. Each came with a sticker thanking the guests. The tags contained the same caricatures used in the other printed materials. Flowers and Decorations for the Reception. Tables were draped with black cloth to complement The Peninsula's black seat covers. Yellow and white flowers were arranged elegantly in black glass vases. Table numbers done in yellow and black, together with the place cards and menu for the VIP tables added a touch of elegance to each centerpiece. Black and silver stones were used as napkin rings. The ceiling of the reception venue was decorated with yellow and black discs that created bits of fancy to an otherwise drab and formal reception hall. Layers of gina silk and off-white organza with hanging crystals served as the couple's romantic backdrop. Gina Galang of Royal Flower Shoppe provided the flowers and styling for the event.
Jobim and Tania, thank you for the wonderful opportunity of planning your wedding. I am grateful as well for your gift of friendship. Cheers to more projects! All photos courtesy of Oly Ruiz of Metrophoto.


yenguccia said...

love the color and everything in this wedding!!!where do you get all these ideas? galeng!!!

Anonymous said...

love the color and everything in it!! where do you get all these ideas!!?galeng!

yeng de marino:)

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