Tuesday, December 19, 2006

THE CREUSES, December 16, 2006

This was my last wedding for 2006. I never had the chance to discuss details with the couple. In fact I only got to see them on the wedding day itself. The color motif is aqua blue. Interestingly enough, the next wedding projects in March (2 of them) will use the same color scheme. What's with the use of blue in weddings these days?

We wish Christine Licuanan and Wally Creus eternal happiness!

The happy couple. Ceremony setup flowers are mine except that of the entourage.
The bride is escorted by her parents prior to "giving her away" to the waiting groom.

The main altar. The bride chose to use our exhibit tent (we regularly use this in wedding exhibits in SM Megamall) as her altar. Methinks the whole thing came out rather nicely. There is a unified and balanced look to this setup sans the usual clutter. The capiz curtain is lit by two spotlights from behind.

Aside from the trademark aisle decor, we also added a new touch - floral globes hanging from trees! They added dimension to the scene, where the ribbons flutter in the wind and adds feminine charm to what otherwise could have been purely musculine blue.

Floral arrangement for the altar. Flowers used were azucenas, white Malaysian mums, and cabbage roses. The vase costs Php 1,250 each. I love the way it looks. The staff call it "kupita" (goblet).

Now that is a beautful cabbage rose! If only they do not stink as much. *sigh* Truly, one can't have everything, yes?

Mango Farm staff doing final touches to the setup. Recent diggings in this area had caused it to lose a lot of its grass cover. To compensate for that, grass had to be cut in other parts of the farm and used to cover the bald area as seen in this photo.

Vatel Manila uses capiz regularly to highlight the Filipino tradition and the fact the capiz never, never goes out of style. It is very simple, clean and timeless. Capiz curtains (Php 8,000.00) courtesy of Ate Letty Yanga of Ils-de-Tuls, Quiapo.

Also, there is always space for beadwork to accent fabrics like this altar table. The fabric is pashmina.

All's well that ends well.

THE SABIOS, November 2006

This was another wedding I did last November at The Mango Farm. This was that of a beautiful couple, Fhilip Sabio and Mae Dei Chua. This time, I was able to use both canopies - one for the ceremony and one for the march up the aisle. I think it looked rather swell! The bride obviously enjoyed the feeling of being brought to the altar under a canopy of regal proportions.

I only had one meeting with the couple before their wedding. We helped them decide on the final location of their wedding ceremony. We only did the ceremony while the rest of the setup was done by the in-house caterer, Martha's Plate. The flowers used for this setup were white cala lilies, delicate pink Astromerias, and old rose /powder blue Hydrangeas.

The setup is clean; there's no obstrusive decor favored heavily by many designers but which takes away the limelight from the altar and the couple. The grass was very green that day. It made a striking contrast to the spanking new red carpet. This flower decor has started to become a Vatel Manila trademark. I like it because aside from it's easy to do, it does not totally grab people's attention away from the star of the day - the bride. She should be the most beautiful flower of all. The white fabric on the flower stands are pashmina shawls.
A simple but elegant altar setup makes it easy for the officiator to do his duties without hindrance or complications. This setup also shows the couple facing the audience - a new way of doing things. I was thinking, the guests cannot completely share in the emotional show going on if the couple's backs are faced towards them. Instead, the couple should face the guests. After all, the promises made during a wedding are made before God and His people.
The canopy finds it's second chance to be used, this time with freshly-cut bamboo poles as rods.

This was the 1st wedding wherein I had a complete control over the setup. To make it functional, we moved the secondary sponsors to the altar area so they can do their duties with ease. Also, we moved the seats of the bridemaids and the Maid of Honor immediately behind the bride so they can be at her bidding. I do not know where the concept of the Maid of Honor becoming the one honored came from. She shouldn't be a passive wall flower. She has a duty to perform!
Weddings are, first and foremost, a family gathering. Here, members of the bride's family take photos of themselves even before the ceremony started. It was fun and heartwarming to watch.
The bride walks to the altar accompanied by 4 waiters under my 2nd canopy, a rich brown number that was sewn especially for this occassion. The setting sun lends a soft yellow glow to the surroundings.

Her family beams as she walks past them.
The main altar at night.

All's well that ends well.

Thursday, November 16, 2006


So it's came to pass. What started as a pre-nup last April finally came to fruitition last November. Harold and Malou tied the knot under the best of weather conditions at the farm. We wish them the best in their new life in the US!

"Dylan, thank you so much. It was nice. People were impressed. You did a good job. Keep it up. Thanks again!" - Harold and Malou
(Text message from Malou the day after the wedding)

Licianthus is the new rose. I hate dyed flowers. We do not use them at all, not if we can help it. Blue flowers are impossible to find, that's for sure. We waited an hour to be shown blue roses from Belgium but no, no. They just won't do. When I saw these, I fell in love with them almost immediately! November-December is their season and Manila is abundant with these flowers. This color is not as common as white, which makes them expensive. Well, what the heck! This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to use them anyway.

All shades of blue!

The new canopy I designed. I had it sewn by my Aunt in Las Piñas. Since the rods were not ready yet, I had them tied to tree branches using a wire so it won't be seen in photos. Interestingly, the effect made it look like a suspended carpet!

The sketch comes alive. Not as much as I want it to look like but it was almost there.

Fantastic blue trumpets. Blue looks best under the sun, but it looks dull at night. Flowers seen here are Hydrangeas from Tagaytay, white roses and Anthurium. The glass droplets haven't been installed yet when this photo was taken.

Cocktail setup. Vatel Manila's very 1st cocktail setup. It was tiring but challenging because 1st, we've never done a cocktail setup before and 2nd, we were to work around Php 4,000.00 to feed a group of 125. Oh, well. Needless to say, we can't wait to do the next one!
The groom awaits the bride.
The bride is welcomed by her parents.

Teary eyed, both. There is nothing like seeing a couple finally coming together in matrimony. It sends a chill down your spine. It's like sharing in their happiness.

6 members of the Madrigal Singers. If you wish them to sing in your own wedding, call Jong Piquero at 0917.793.4467
All's well that ends well.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Saturday, June 17, 2006


The Pajarillos with a see-through backdrop on Vatel Manila's signature A tent. The idea is to provide a sense of enclosed space for the ceremony but not to cover the avenue of mango trees behind it.

Although I didn't do the flowers for the entourage, a special order to do the bride's bouquet came a day before the wedding. I should have taken a photo of the original bouquet to compare it with what we did for her. The one she's holding is made up of 2 dozens of white roses and 2 dozens of really nice green carnations, with minute accents of red and blue. The same goes for the groom's buttonniere. All other corsages are not mine. Sayang.

The afternoon sun tries to break through the thickening rain clouds.

Just wrapped up my latest project at The Mango Farm. I wasn't particularly happy at how this thing turned out. The attempt to NOT conform to what has been done before by others is taking its toll on the outcome. However, I am surprised that during the recent Perfect Beginnings at the Megatrade Hall, some visitors to the TMF booth still found the utter simplicity of this setup appealing. Hmmm...maybe each to his / her own talaga. Some want it "bongga", some want it simple naman. In the end, I figured out that what was simply needed here is VOLUME. Yes, volume in terms of floral arrangement. And something has to be done about those black metal stands.

Huge THANK YOUs go to Mike, of course, and to Farrah, our cute Farm secretary and to Kuya Leo for driving us to Dangwa. Thanks to Ate Ebs (last minute sewing!) and Mang Berting for helping out during the arrangement. Special thanks goes to Stephen for helping me get the glass vases from Las Piñas (in heavy rain!). To the Pajarillos, for their trust and confidence. Vatel Manila wishes you both great joy and love!

The path, now strewn with the de rigeur rose petals.
The color scheme is green. I used my own tablecloth on an alternate basis with the caterer's dark green Geena.

Dinner is plated in for the VIPs. If only I had control of the catering, I wouldn't plate-in food in this manner. So Pinoy to put it all together on one plate!
The people at the Farm have this tradition of lighting candles just when the skies turn heavy with rain clouds. Tonight, it rained anyway.

All that green. All is well that ends well.


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