Thursday, January 20, 2011

Heart-warming Homecoming

Roger and April Gandionco
Chapel of the Transfiguration
Ville Sommet

The wedding of April and Roger was heart-warming, sentimental, and overflowing with love.
It was eight months before the wedding when I met April. That was the time when she had to go to the States for her residency training. Roger, whom I met only a few days before the wedding day, was also based in the States finishing his residency program. April, the ever so gracious bride, placed her full trust and confidence in all her wedding suppliers. They, in turn, put their best wares out, and just did what they do best.
Every piece of stationery by Printsonalities—from the invitations to the missalettes—was emblazoned with the iconic representation of Spanish gates. Teal and Tiffany blue were the major wedding colors with silver as the metallic accent. A monogram was the other design element used for all the printed wedding materials.
April was a vision of pure bliss in her tulle and silk taffeta Veluz creation. The shirred-tulle top was encrusted with lace trimmings, seed pearls, organic beads, and Swarovski crystals. The gathered skirt was highlighted with hand-pleated hemline.The shoes by Niko featured the same lace trimmings found on the gown. Niko also provided pillows for the rings and the arrhae.The arrhae holder was actually a small jewelry box bearing the same color motif glued on top of the pillow. The matches reflected the same patterns found on the invitations while the silver tapered candles were tied with teal taffeta ribbons.The heavily beaded votive candle holders for the offertory were tied with the same ribbons accentuated with pearls and crystals.Madge Lejano made sure April looked her best,while hairstylist Steve Pagsanjan used lace trimmings with beads and pearls to highlight the hairstyle of the bride. A vintage brooch completed the look.Gina Galang of Royal Flower Shoppe beautifully arranged a hand-tied bouquet of white tulips and white hyacinths. The stem was covered with ivory grosgrain ribbon and accentuated with pearls and crystals.The female entourage wore teal long gowns in silk charmeuse.They carried hand tied bouquets of white roses, carnations, gypsophilia, and alstromeria - with gold beaded bracelets which served as lovely tokens by the bride to her lovely entourage. While the flowergirls were lovely in their pistachio green flowy dresses.Before heading to the reception venue, the couple spent some time with Pat Dy for their portraits. Just look at how glorious these portraits are. I love, love, love these portraits—they simply ooze with the love that the couple have for each other.At Ville Sommet, cute silver champagne buckets filled with M&M’s and containing the escort cards were laid alphabetically on the registration table. Guests were requested to look for their seats. They were also asked to write their wishes for the newlyweds and hang them on the wish tree provided by K. by Cunanan Catering. It was a sheer delight seeing these written wishes with the flickering candles amidst the clear crystals and white orchids falling from the steel branches of the wish tree. Clusters of white flowers filled the VIP tablescape.Menu cards containing the same pattern from the invitations were placed for each of the seated VIPs.Pistachio green napkins were rolled and placed with silver napkin rings. Fruits were also used to adorn the tables.Provided by the couple, green candle holders with gold trimmings added color and charm to the tables. Vintage frames were used as place cards.The same variety of flowers and fruits was used for the guest tables.The cake by Janet Madlangbayan reflected the graphic element and the intricate monogram found on the printed materials.The food by K by Cunanan was a “smash hit” among the guests especially the dessert buffet spread which consisted of flourless chocolate cake with vanilla sauce; strawberry and cream cheese crepes; lemon and mint-infused fruit compote; and kiwi and mango panna cotta.The program was interspersed with sentimental speeches from family and friends.
To Roger and April, thank you for believing in the competence and expertise of your wedding suppliers, including yours truly. Every soon-to-be-married couple should learn a lesson from you on how to just enjoy their wedding day. We pray that both of you successfully complete your respective residency programs. Love and inspire each other constantly. Have a blissful and contented married life!

Photographs taken by Pat Dy.

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