Saturday, December 22, 2007

DE GUZMAN - ISAAC (December 22, 2007)

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 during a wedding. You'd know a winner wedding by the number of people crying out of happiness. It can get very infectious!

Two ladies cut beautiful figures in their lovely Filipiniana with the Farm greens as their background. We lean towards Filipino motifs a lot and we are glad that many guests still come in their finery. Somebody came in this really nice tea green Jean Goulborn ensemble. I noticed many guests asked to be photographed with her. Too bad we didn't get to take a photo of the dress.

Bored? Bring a Rubik's cube.
"Other men said they have seen angels, But I have seen thee And thou art enough." (G. Moore)

This is a series I took during the release of the doves - one of the most appreciated portion of a wedding ceremony. This one was fun and funny at the same time.

Here's how to release doves: One might want to throw one into the air and the other can simply put it down on the ground. At least it's different!

"Look! Up in the sky! It's a ... dove!"

"Look, sweetheart! They're unreachable!"
"That's right, but how long do you intend to keep your arms up?"

One of the doves landed with a crash over the podium...

...until the officiating minister caught it. Most caterers clip the wings of their doves so they could be caught and reused. I am seriously considering banning doves - and butterfly releases - from all of my events because of this. Oh, if there's only an alternative!!!

"I love thee, I love but thee With a love that shall not die Till the sun grows cold And the stars grow old." ~ (William Shakespeare)
Married life - like life itself - is a long road, a long trip. May pitfalls make your love stronger, and may joyous occasions lift you up ever higher. Best wishes from us at Vatel Manila!

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