Sunday, June 29, 2008


Here's something I saw from the Philippine Daily Inquirer lately:

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 06:02:00 06/29/2008

MANILA, Philippines -

518,595: Total marriages in RP reported in 2005

16: Percentage of those marriages registered in Metro Manila

1,939: Average number of marriages in a day for the month of May, the most preferred month for weddings in 2005

3: Estimated gap in years between the median marrying ages of grooms (27.5) and brides (24.7) in 2005.

P12,000 - P19,000: Estimated price range in pesos of digital photo services. Price covers the services of two photographers and unlimited digital shots to be stored in a CD.

P10,500 - P22,500: Estimated price range in pesos of video coverage services. Price covers the services of one or two videographers and, in some packages, the DVD copies as well as non-linear editing services.

P39,000 - P53,000: Price range in pesos of wedding photo coverage packages offered by local photography studios. These packages commonly include 600 to unlimited digital photos shot by two photographers, as well as albums and frames. Packages also include the CD of digital photos.

P49,000 - P100,000+: Price range in pesos of wedding photo and video coverage packages offered by local photography studios. These packages include the services of both videographers and photographers, as well as raw and edited video clips on DVD in addition to albums and frames for the photos.

P5,000 - P10,000: Rental rates for projectors with screens

P65,000 - P70,000: Estimated number of weddings planned across the United States on July 7, 2007, as estimated by David’s Bridal, the largest US retailer of wedding gowns

20,000: Estimated number of gowns delivered by David’s Bridal for brides in July 7, 2007 weddings

1 million yuan (est. $130,000): Reported cost of basketball star Yao Ming’s wedding to longtime sweetheart Ye Li in 2007

$12 million: Estimated value of the Diamond Wedding Gown, which was unveiled at the premier Luxury Brands Lifestyle Bridal show in February 2006. The gown featured 150 carats of diamonds, and is reportedly the most expensive wedding dress in the world.

1,000: Number of pearls on a wedding dress valued at $8.5 million. Touted to be the second most expensive wedding dress, it was unveiled in 2006 in Dubai’s Fashion and Diamonds show

$55 million: Estimated cost of Amit Bhatia and Vanisha Mittal’s wedding in 2004; Vanisha is the daughter of Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal

$3.5 million: Estimated cost of Oscar-winning entertainer Liza Minelli’s and producer David Gest’s wedding in March 2002, the most expensive celebrity wedding on’s list compiled in 2007

Compiled by Kate Pedroso, Inquirer Research
Sources: National Statistics Office, Inquirer Archives, BBC online,,,,,,,,,

Sunday, June 08, 2008

JAMERO - ESTABILLO (June 8, 2008)

As I write this entry, I am just about to keel over from sheer exhaustion. I have been wearing the same clothes for close to 24 hours, I haven't had a wink of sleep, and this wedding started at 6.30AM. If you think early morning weddings are nice (and without a doubt it's true), try investigating hard enough and you'd find suppliers looking like raccoons from sheer lack of sleep making sure everthing you've always wished for come true. And with this in mind, I dedicate this entry to this event's coordinator, Yin Valientes, whose unfailing need for answers started an email relationship between her and Vatel Manila as early as February of this year. And while I looked like I was about to affix my face (and my entire body, if you please) to the ground or floor any minute now, she looked fresh and radiant as ever. Drat. One can't really have everything.

The ceremony started at 6.30 A.M sharp. We didn't expect a lot of guests to actually show up; I mean today being a Sunday and all, but everybody did show up!

I didn't get to witness the proceedings, but when I came back to the Farm the wedding was just about wrapping up. Special thanks to M.S. for this photo and for the next three more below.

Here's the sweet duo making funny faces at the video camera (it's on a crane; amazing! By Director's Cut).

The setup really looked nice with the warm sun just coming up. This arrangement continues to be charming even if it's been used so many times before. This is because it's the really the couple - and the rites - that makes a wedding truly special.

"525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In 525,600 minutes - how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love. Seasons of love." (from the musical RENT). This was their recessional song. Awww...

All-time favorite of young and old alike: the chocolate fountain!
Generational gap.

We wish the couple a great honeymoon in Bali and a happy married life in Singpore! (Artwork by Joseph Cunanan, a friend of the couple)

Thank you, dear God, for imperfections for they hold within them the promise of better things to come.


Ceremony Setup and Entourage Flowers //
Dylan Gozum for Vatel Manila

Edd Sy

Jun Valbuena

Director's Cut

Da Capo Intsrumentalists
Telephone: 696-6252
Fax: 696-6252
Mobile: 0917-891-5865 / 0922-849-0719
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Hizon's Catering

Cartoon Design for the Misalette//
Joseph Cunanan

Coordinator Extraordinaire//
Yin Valientes


This is already familiar to you. This is the third time we've been doing this kind of arrangement and until someone asks for them again, the last. For this early morning exercise, what could be more pleasurable to the sleepy senses than butter yellow and white Gerberas? It's like breakfast in a bouquet. That is, until the guests finally got to the buffet table. Snapdragons, Queen Anne's Lace, Kamuning (Murraya paniculata) fillers and tree/tiki fern wrap completed the ensemble.
For the hair of the flower girls, green Carnations with benito leaves.
For the bridal bouquet, a busy mix of green Ecudarian roses, million star (Gypsophila) and green berries.
Finally, on this BMW, the usual suspects. :-)


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