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CRANK - NACION (December 30 2007)

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This is our last event for December 2007. There's been very short preparation for this setup, but it's because the floral arch has been made over and over and over that we're tempted to actually freeze dry the entire thing and just keep it in the stockroom for future engagements.

In fact, our January 3, 2008 client was here earlier and - you already know it - chose the same setup for her wedding. We can only sigh in disbelief and resignation (I am complaining because it isn't really easy to do). I have requested the farm to pull out the photos of this setup from the official photo albums. The thing is, it's on the latest cover of the farm postcard and they also blew it up into a poster for the January and February bridal fairs in SM.

I guess the floral arch is here to stay so I really should stock on Flanax starting today.
We are glad that our events continue to see more visitors from other countries. At least they'd be able to witness how our weddings are done, a…

PLEASE GET WELL SOON!

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Our event today got postponed because the bride was admitted to the Makati Medical Center last night for a tummy ache (we are not privy to the actual medical condition).
Here's hoping Ms. M.J. gets well the soonest!

SEASON'S GREETINGS FROM VATEL MANILA!

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You can click on the esnips.com player below to play HALLELUJAH by my favorite classical composer, George Frideric Handel. Have a truly meaningful and merry Christmas!

Hallelujah.wma

DE GUZMAN - ISAAC (December 22, 2007)

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The Annual Grand Foodtasting of Hizon's at the Mango Farm last August 5, 2007 brought with it an unexpected surprise - Vincent and Charmagne for Vatel Manila's first morning wedding ever. Such a charming couple who were intially quite mum about what they really wanted their set-up to be like.


We eventually settled for our all-time bestseller - the floral arch - but this time instead of moss, we used darker leaves so it would look heavier as the wedding is in the morning. The moss is perfect only for evenings as it gives off an ethereal effect under the yellow lights. A darker, heavier look suits the sharpness of the morning sun.
That kneeler is blocking the view of the couple who were seated facing the guests, but it's a required tool for the ceremony. I need to have that fabric pressed, grrr. It was added at the last minute.

Serious looking at first, but who would have thought that in the next 30 minutes they'd be in tears? I've never seen so many people in tears du…

LIJSTER - ACONG (December 21, 2007)

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One funny thing that occurs during events organizing is that it is all too possible that you'd never meet the couple in the flesh until on the day itself. This is the second time it's happened and it can be rather disconcerting.

The worst thing that could happen is that there's actually no communication whatsoever and you're just handed an idea sketched on notepad paper and nothing more. Hmmm...


Despite an hour and a half of delay (because of late guests), Peiter and Abby finally got on with the ceremony. They've already been married in Netherlands early part of the year.
From paper to reality. A cabana-like structure takes center stage. I had nothing to do with this tent at all. This was the handiwork of one of our crew. The minister has got to be the youngest officiator i've ever encountered. He was very - what's the term for it? - masigasig.
There is unity in uniformity - pink balloon-skirt dresses and crossed legs all in one direction.


Songs and dances comp…

LAM - ANDRES (PART DEUX)

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Photos courtesy of M.S. of TMF. Read on the full story in an earlier entry below.

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR HIM?

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FLOWER GIRL

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The kids made fun of the dog, Chuchay, by making her wear a floral headpiece. I think she is pregnant again.

LAM - ANDRES (NOVEMBER 17, 2007)

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The wedding today was totally different. I am very happy to have been given the chance to do this once-in-a-lifetime thing. We had two ceremony setups today: a Muslim wedding which happened first then a civil rite followed immediately after.

Of course you have seen our A-Tent before. We moved it to dry ground as it had been raining for three days and the ground was soggy. Anyway, nothing new here. Moving along.
The groom, Eric, is a Christian and was converted to Islam today in a very simple but elaborate ceremony which was held here at the larger gazebo. The bride's father made sure that all the guests - especially the Christians - glued in to this part of the program. A kind of watch-and-learn, so to speak. This was my favorite part because it was a ceremony where Christians learned from the Muslim. I do not have to remind you of the roots of our decades-long insurgency problems in the South for you to understand the significance of this encounter.

Anyway, we made a simple setup. …