Sunday, January 27, 2008


Trust us. We have seen many times how having a coordinator - whether they're a team or just one person - has saved many a wedding day. Here at The Mango Farm, we have - on many occassions - filled in the gaps left by not hiring a coordinator or not having a point-person to talk to when the circumstance called for it. We do not wish to see a wedding fail or flounder so we try the best we can to help the couples, but there's a limit to every effort.

COORDINATOR TYPES. There are two kinds of coordinators: one that will see you through from start to finish, and one who will just be on D-Day itself (on-the-day coordinators). There are budgetary considerations in choosing which one will suit you best, but a lot of couples we've met usually get the services of the latter simply because the brides-to-be love to do the preparations themselves so as to get a better hold of how things are done. More and more brides are taking control of their own weddings because "personalized" is in. Nothing beats a wedding where everything you love is around you - your favorite color(s), motif, symbols, etc.

BUDGET: If you wish to save more, you can opt to get on-the-day coordinators. Better yet, have friends help you get things done a few days before and on the wedding day itself.

If this is not possible (having many friends, I mean), scout for wedding coordinators during bridal fairs. In fact, discounts and freebies can be had if you book on the spot (during the fair). However, there is no sure-fire trick as to who's the best among the lot. One thing is for sure though: if they understand how you want things done, then they're the best people for the job. Small things like being able to update you (via email, calls, or even through SMS) and can forsee problems and address concerns even before you were told of them (or before you even told them) makes for incredible workmanship. That's value for money indeed.

As there are now dime-a-dozen coordinating groups, do not forget to compare prices for services. Cheap doesn't necessarily mean good service. Good service comes at a price.

A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE: Some people may view hiring a wedding coordinator to be a luxury, but in many cases, enlisting the assistance of a professional can truly make planning a wedding much easier. While it is another expense, if one uses a great coordinator, they can work within any budget to make the wedding a success. In today's busy world, engaged couples do not have the time to do all of the legwork and research needed to plan their special day.

By hiring a coordinator, he/she already knows of many locations, vendors, and resources that would best fit into the couples planning, and therefore saves the couple precious time. Also, a great coordinator can even help the couple save money by knowing where to cut costs.

A coordinator takes care of the many intricate little details that occur when putting on a wedding, to ensure the couple can relax, and have a wonderful and stress-free day. Trust us when we say thay having coordinators will truly make a world of difference.

Friday, January 25, 2008

SOLIS-GATDULA (January 25, 2008)

When the groom's parents (here, his Japanese mother) lit the candles at the altar, this signaled the beginning of Vatel Manila's last wedding this marry month of January. Officially, too, the wedding season in the Philippines finally comes to a close as January slowly ends. Family reunions are wrapping up and everyone is going back to their hometowns either here or abroad. In lieu of the rainy months of June (which is the wedding month in the Western world), the tropics - and the Philippines in particular - take advantage of the holiday season to get wed in December with the expected spill-over in January.

The Solises broke tradition by employing a lone flower girl who, instead of showering the carpet with the de rigeaur rose petals (which the bride specifically instructed us to omit - that and Anthuria), made the pretty kid distribute white Lilies of the Nile (Agapanthus sp.) to the ladies standing along the aisle. The guests were obviously very touched with the gesture.

If the couple chosed to play some parts of the sountrack of the 1955 Italian film Il Postino for the early part of the entourage march, the bride herself came up the aisle in a more contemporary crash that I am pretty sure left the crowd totally bewildered. What an entrance indeed!

The bride was met by her parents.... last kiss from the mother...

..and finally given to the care of the groom, Jade.

A sweet moment. My favorite shot of the couple. Where are the official photographers when they should be catching this? Hmmm...
This photo by Mike Santos.

Entourage flowers by Vatel Manila. Thank you to Nene Flowershop for the timely delivery of my orders. Thank you very much po, Ms. Anne and Sir Jade!

Si consideras largo y loco
el viento de banderas
que pasa por mi vida
y te decides
a dejarme a la orilla
del corazón en que tengo raíces,
que en esa día,
a esa hora
levantaré los brazos
y saldrán mis raíces
a buscar otra tierra.

si cada día,
cada hora,
sientes que a mí estás destinada
con dulzura implacable,
si cada día sube
una flor a tus labios a buscarme,
ay amor mío, ay mía,
en mí todo ese fuego se repite,
en mí nada se apaga ni se olvida,
mi amor se nutre de tu amor, amada,
y mientras vivas estará en tus brazos
sin salir de los míos.

- last two stanzas of Si Tu Me Olvidas (Pablo Neruda)

Thursday, January 24, 2008


Entourage bouquet. This is a sample of a bouquet for the rest of the entourage. We made use of local cymbidia (pink) on a bed of red berries and pink carnations. The base leaves is eucalyptus. (Don't worry. That isn't the handle. It's a vase we used to prop it up during pictorial.)

Two brown bears embellish the basket of the flowergirl. For this wedding, instead of the usual flower petals, the flower girl handed out white Lilies of the Nile to guests along the path.

Another look at the entourage flowers. We also made use of faux crystals to liven up the bouquets. Pretty in pink!

The bridal bouquet. Since peonies were already out of season by the time the wedding happened (the bride originally wanted to have them), we made use of green imported Cymbidia on a bed of red berries and pink carnations (which she also personally like).

Another view of the bridal bouquet. We decided to go minimalist and simple for the boutonnieres and corsages. A single local pink Cymbidia with eucalyptus leaves and faux crystal did the trick. Non-obtrusive yet pretty.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

PADLA-BUNSOY (January 20, 2008)

Today, we debuted our newest ceremony setup, a take on a setup that was first done in Pearl Farm, Davao in 2007. This isn't exactly like it but it's almost there - clean and pretty.

The aisle flowers used were only the yellow chyrsanthemum and calla lily. They were joined by really nice pine tree needles, iris, and rosal to make for a striking arrangement that is both clean and suitable for the site of the wedding.

For the first time, the gazebo's reverse side was used. This setup was supposed to have been used last December 26, which was postponed at the last minute.

The couple were blessed with a cloudy and rainy day. Here, the guests waited near the Glass Pavilion for the rain to let up.

Inside, Hizon made an unusual black and yellow table arrangement. I can almost see bumble bees coming out of their hives and settling themselves at the tables, tee hee!

At 4PM, the exact time of the wedding to start, the sun came out. Here, the groom, Josh, stands near the altar as he awaits his bride.

Oh, look!! Actually, they are supposed to mimic butterflies.

And the Queen of them all emerges from the Glass Pavilion...

...flashes a sweet smile...

...and walks up the red carpet.

Her parents join her.

The rest of the entourage. This should be evidence enough that nobody should be afraid to experiment with color combinations.

The rain was a blessing that accompanied a really beautiful wedding.

I am pretty sure not one eye was dry after the exchange of vows. Ours defintely wasn't. changes everything...
"Dylan, tnx 4 being part of our wedding. The setup was simply fantastic! :-)"- Josh and Reah

Friday, January 11, 2008


I never expected my very good friend, Grace Pamparo, already a physician and training for Radiology at that, to actually still have time to dabble in - what else? - make up. She's always been known to be our class beauty expert back in our Xavier University days. She started me on photography, I recall, by lending me her SLR. Now, 11 years after we graduated from college, our paths have crossed again through this huge affair called the wedding industry - me in Manila, she in Cagayan de Oro City.

In these photos, she shows her mettle with the brush and the photographs by Dustein Sibug - all awesome and mind blowing - all the more reveal that great talents that exist in the City of Golden Friendship. (Say, is this still the mineral make up you were showing me the last time I was there?)

So, friends, if and when you need to work with the right people should you have events in Cagayan de Oro, you know who to call.


--  We're opening this busy month of December with this Tagaytay wedding that we worked on earlier this year. Truly, how time flies...