Monday, October 26, 2009

Real Weddings: A Romantic Spectacle

Jonathan Que-Kris Rea
Santuario de San Jose
The Penisnula Manila

The wedding of Jonathan and Kris could be easily characterized as elegant, charming, and timeless.

For the first time in my wedding planning career, it was the groom whom I met first, before the bride. You see, Jonathan Que, the groom, was into the wedding preparations himself as much as his bride, Kris Rea. During the initial meeting, I showed Jonathan some of the graphic designs I did for previous weddings projects, and how these materials tied everything together beautifully. Good thing Jonathan appreciated and believed in “branding” a wedding. He then asked me for another meeting, this time with Kris. He said that he was sure Kris would be excited when I present her some of my ideas for their wedding.

The second meeting was a breeze. Kris and Jonathan were easy to work with. Not only did they know what they wanted, but also they were open to suggestions. A mood board was conceptualized to help us out with the wedding planning. Here’s a peek into their gorgeous wedding.

On her wedding day, Kris was every inch a beautiful bride made even more stunning by Madge Lejano’s “madgician’s touch.” Felicity Son created a hairstyle which framed the bride’s charming face. Veluz Reyes designed an ethereal gown made of multi-layered organdy and topped with lace cutouts and fabric rosettes. The gown was dreamy, yet very modern. The flounce on the skirt created the illusion of Kris regally ambling down the aisle, as if walking on clouds –- truly a breathtaking sight! Niko Hernandez was in charge of the female entourage’s earth tone silk taffeta gowns which featured fabric cutout accents. Francis Libiran tailored a classic black suit for the groom. Grooming was done by Joel Estrelles by Make Up Studio Team. Kris carried an all-white, hand-tied bouquet of Ecuadorian roses, cymbidiums and gypsophilia arranged by Beth Amat of Eve and Company. The bridal bouquet matched Jonathan's boutonniere. The bridesmaids’ bouquets, like the bride’s, featured roses. To bring out the earth hues in their dresses, they also carried purple lisianthus and red celosias. The couple seized every chance to customize their wedding including their letterpressed invitations which highlighted a red damask pattern. This pattern was the common thread that tied together all printed items –- from the misalettes, table numbers, and menu cards, to the place cards and escort cards.
The couple named the tables after the places they have visited together. The adult guests learned their seating assignments from cards attached to small bags containing Hershey’s kisses in orange, red, and brown foil. Beth Amat was also responsible in making the Rigodon Ballroom of The Peninsula Manila brim with modern elegance. All-white arrangements were done on all tables. White cloth drapery and crystal beads cascaded from the ceiling. For a more vintage feel, the event stylist covered regular glass cylinders with gossamer fabric and lace –- the effect was simply romantic.
The guests had a gastronomic feast of Smoked Salmon with Garden Herbs and Dill Mousseline; Cream of Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Bacon Bits; Cajun Roasted Chicken Roulade with Caramelized Onion Confit; Seasonal Vegetables and Mashed Potato; and Mango Panna Cotta. The wedding reception hall resounded with the heartwarming message of the maid of honor and sister of the bride, Khristel Janna C. Rea, and the ceremonial toast led by Michael Anthony C. Lo, the groom’s best man. To Jonathan and Kris, may your love for each other thrive for as long as you live, and continuously inspire family members, friends or strangers, and all lovers around you.
All photographs courtesy of Lito Sy.


judy g said...

Lovely details, E! Galing mo talaga, super. I wanna get married ulit. Saya eh :)

joque said...

thanks ernest! you know we couldn't have done it without your artistry ;)

Unknown said...

lagi naman eh :-)
your clients are really blessed to have you :-)

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