Friday, May 30, 2008

A Tasteful Tagaytay Wedding

Jonathan Pangilinan-Hannah Atotubo
Our Lady of Lourdes
Ville Sommet

The wedding of businessman Jonathan Pangilinan and nursing graduate Hannah Atotubo capped their two-year relationship. The day started rainy with close-to-zero visibility all over Tagaytay. Nevertheless, neither the rains nor the fog could dampen the event since the couple’s family members and closest friends were there to provide warmth throughout the day.

Using the palette of turquoise and brown to match the lush greenery of the reception site, the couple sent their 300 guests invitations in turquoise board featuring a customized paisley design which appeared on all the printed wedding paraphernalia—invitations, program cards, escort cards and the misalettes. First to arrive at Hotel Kimberly for the preparations was Aaron Lejarde of The Make Up Studio. Hannah’s hair was pulled up to create an illusion of height. An antique brooch was the core of the bride’s headpiece. The off white Mikado Silk wedding gown was another Parrish Espritu Carlos creation – Castillan wedding gown embroidered with paisley motif and encrusted with crystals and payettes. The gown has a peacock train featuring layers and layers of balloon ruffles complimented by an embroidered split train from the gown’s upper back. The wedding ensemble is finished off with 9 meters of double width illusion tulle embroidered in the same paisley motif. Hannah’s look was completed with a quaint bouquet of assorted flowers in white to match the bouquets handed to the members of the female entourage. The bridesmaids wore ethereal gowns in turquoise accentuated with a brown sash. This brown sash became the common, distinctive feature of the gowns individually designed for the female entourage.
The mothers of the bride and groom are of turquoise pure silk taffeta and gold embroidered tulle with organdy cutwork appliqués in various shades of royal blues to turquoise and aqua. In anticipation, all eyes turned toward the massive door of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in time for the bridal march. Hannah glided her way to meet her parents halfway down the aisle. Happy tears welled from the eyes of both the bride and groom for this was the moment they had waited for so long—being in a long-distance relationship during most of the time after they got engaged. The homily was done by the couple’s family friend, Rev. Fr. Gerry Fortunato. As the newlyweds left for the reception, guests tossed flower petals with gold coins to wish them a prosperous and bountiful married life.About one hour from Manila, Ville Sommet’s glass house, the focal point of the half-hectare gated property, was the venue of the wedding reception. While waiting for the bride and the groom, guests were served delectable appetizers. Tables covered with espresso brown linens and adorned with white calla lilies and roses were arranged surrounding the dance floor. The Tiffany chairs featured an antique gold sash to soften the look. Hannah and Jonathan made a grand entrance and took their first spin on the dance floor as a married couple to Stevie Wonder’s “You are the Sunshine of my Life.” The two didn’t have time to rehearse but Jonathan was a natural comedian especially at the point in the dance when he knelt before his lady love.
The slide show presentation featuring the pictures of master wedding photographer, Dino Lara, was much talked about while guests enjoyed the scrumptious dinner provided by Josiah’s Catering. Dino’s photojournalistic shots, portraits and product photos make him one of Manila’s premier photographers. (Click here to view Dino Lara’s Slideshow.)

Heartwarming speeches by Mr. Pelagio Pangilinan (father of the groom), Mrs. Marissa Atotubo (mother of the bride), Michael Labastida (best man) and Michelle Sanchez (maid of honor) ensued after the fun games for the single men and women. A surprise audio-visual presentation prepared by the brothers and sisters of Jonathan and Hannah was introduced by JP, the brother of the groom.
Jason Magbanua’s onsite avp was the highlight of the evening’s festivities. Using as background the instrumental music by Es Posthumus from their album Cartographer, the presentation was filled with touching scenes—an unabashedly emotional groom, tears of joy from family and friends during the bridal march, the unrehearsed yet entertaining first dance, and other unforgettable episodes. Indeed, Jason proved why he is the Philippine’s lone rockstar of wedding videography. (Click here to view Jason Magbanua’s On site AVP.)
To Jonathan and Hannah, thank you for making us a part of your most glorious day.

Some more pictures:

Parrish Carlos Espiritu, the bride’s uncle and designer, attaches an heirloom brooch at the back part of the gown. Escort cards using wrought iron shaped as chairs doubled as candle holders. Aaron does his magic once more. The paisley icon used in all the printed materials—invitations, misalettes and even on the embroidery found on the veil and the barong of the groom. Small details like matches, candles, bridal bouquet, etc. had touches of the wedding color.
The picturesque Our Lady of Lourdes Church provided a great backdrop for the couple’s portraits. The family of the groom – five brothers all in all. Who’s the handsomest of them all?
A quiet time for the bride and groom in their bridal suite.The chalets in Ville Sommet are simply beautiful.
The bride let her hair down for the reception.
The newlyweds with videographer Jason Magbanua, coordinator Ernest Pascual and photographer Dino Lara.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Real Weddings: It’s All in the Details

Gary Felix-Luzel Lapid
Nuestra Señora de Gracia
Conservatory, The Peninsula Manila

This may be too late of a post but we could not resist blogging about the wedding of Luzel and Gary.

Just like most of our clients, Luzel and Gary planned their wedding many miles away from the Philippines. Thanks to modern communication technology―e-mail, yahoo messenger and vonage (voip)―planning a wedding even if the parties are an ocean apart is a breeze.

The details of the wedding were impeccable―and beautifully captured by Mimi and Karl.

Where do I start?

Letterpressed invitations. Notice the depth of the letters on the invitations? The first time Luzel handed our copy, I could not help but get the “feel” of the invitations. I easily became a convert to letterpressed invitations. Too bad, no local stationer could create the wonderful letterpressed invitations done in the States. She also asked an artist to do a rendition of the map going to the church and the reception. A labor of love by the couple, the entire invitation suite―from lining the invitations, embossing the belly band with their initials, and doing the calligraphy of the guests’ names―was assembled by Luzel herself.

Pesonalized Chocolates. These personalized chocolates doubled as place cards which not only contained the names of the guests but also indicated the table they would be seated at. Since the couple opted to label the tables with the names of various places, they thought it logical to explain in brief write-ups why the places became significant to them. The wrappers were consistent with the brown and wine red motif of the wedding. Program Cards. These program cards didn’t keep the guests in the dark as to the featured numbers. Although we didn’t put all the program details, they were an effective way to keep the guests from leaving the party. Again, the fonts used in the invitations and other printed materials were present in these program cards.
Menu Cards. For the principal sponsors and other guests who were served, menu cards were given. These cards also contained the names of the persons seated at the presidential table. Another sheet contained the wedding program. The round corners for each card were noticeable. The gold belly band embossed with the couple’s initials tied everything together―similar to the wedding invitations. Bottled Water. Still consistent with the vintage look of the wedding, the label contained a portion of the graphic which was used in the main invitation.

Food Labels. Nothing was spared from the wedding details. Even the food labels on the buffet tables were personalized and stamped with the couple’s initials.

Souvenirs. A set of stainless steel measuring spoons with inscriptions like, “a heap of love,” “a spoonful of affection,” “a dash of tenderness,” and “a pinch of joy” served as apt, unique, and one-of-a-kind giveaway. To boot, the bride gingerly cut out strips of paper, punched decorative holes, and personally wrote the names of the guests on them.

Initials on the Entourage’s Bouquets. Luzel surprised her entourage members with pendants in antique gold finish which were used to decorate their hand-held bouquets.

Misalettes and Memorial Candles. A special prayer for the departed fathers of Luzel and Gary were integrated in the misalette. Lighting memorial candles for both dads during the ceremony made the ceremony more solemn and personal.

Locket for the Bride’s Bouquet. Since Luzel wanted her departed dad to be part of her wedding, she placed a picture of her dad inside the locket that accentuated her bouquet of blush pink peonies.

Rosary, Coin Holder and Pen. Keping with the vintage look, Luzel purchased thru various Internet sites like e-bay such rare finds as the antique pen and jewelry box which was used to hold the arrhae.

Flowers for the Reception. Festooned with red roses, The Conservatory’s clean lines and intimate set-up was perfect! The gold and bronze table overlays were complemented by antique gold Tiffany chairs. Alternating high and low arrangements of 19 dozens of red roses in full bloom graced each guest table. More than 50 dozens of red roses were lined up creating a lush yet clean take for the couple’s table. Jing Tanada of Palamuti styled the event. Take note of the table numbers which were also handcrafted by the bride.

Headpiece. A beautiful heirloom brooch embellished the bride’s hairstyle for the church. During the reception, the bride used her personalized fascinator by Kelly Sperbeck. Cake. Simply put, the cake tasted as good as it looked. Following the all-red rose theme, the cake was the focal point of the reception hall. Right after the cake-cutting ritual, guests enjoyed wonderful servings of apple walnut and walnut caramel cake.

Unity Candle and Matches. Being the creative bride, Luzel used the personalized embosser to decorate the unity candle. The matches were also decorated with small cutouts of gold and bronze papers.

Vintage Car. What’s a vintage inspired wedding, without a vintage car? The couple rode a vintage Jaguar Mark II―sleek, clean and spacious.

Hair and Make Up. Madge, Felicity and Joel did a simple hair and make-up for Luzel. The hairstyle was clean and highlighted by an antique brooch nestled at the back. Having been sick for days before the wedding, Luzel was subjected to Madge’s instant remedies for tired-looking eyes―tea bag, cold water and a silver spoon. And they really worked like magic.

Gown. The bridal gown featured a hand-embroidered top sprinkled with pearl beads for high drama. The back portion of the gown featured a train of ruffled piña pinned by intricate silk flowers. The trumpet silhouette flattered the bride. Indeed, Luzel’s gown was another work of art by Veluz Reyes.

Click here, here and here for more of Luzel's gown photographed by Kix Tavora, Luzel and Gary's second photographer.

Onsite AVP. Again, the audio-visual presentation was another Jason Magbanua masterpiece. Set to the music of Hans Zimmer, the onsite centered on the wedding vows of Gary and Luzel―the solemnity of the ceremony and the simple elegance of the reception. Highlights of the AVP included the dramatic bridal entrance, the cracking of the bride’s and groom’s voices during the exchange of vows, and the first kiss.

My Publisher Guestbook. Luzel designed their guestbook using their U.S. engagements photos ordered online. Luzel and Gary gifted their moms with photo albums of the latters’ respective trips with the couple ordered thru My Publisher as well.

Up to this day, I get a lot of inquiries using Gary and Luzel’s wedding as benchmark. Luzel, I’m still cursing and kicking myself for not having a decent picture with you and Gary on your wedding day. But then again, I would have my time when I visit you guys. (Hopefully, soon! (*wink!)

Thank you for making us a part of your wonderful wedding.

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