Saturday, August 16, 2008

DOROY - ENRIQUEZ (August 16, 2008)

Don't you just hate it when not everything happens according to plan? But don't you just love it when what happens instead turns out to be far better than the original concept? For this event, we were happy to be given the chance to recreate something which we first did
here exactly a year and one month ago! With the groom's permission, I was able to secure a tent at the last minute from Tent Asia (thank you!) and I'm doubly thankful that they were at the Farm very early the next morning so we lost no time in covering the ceiling with billowing fabric swags just in time for the 5 PM wedding. Luckily, it didn't rain that hard and thanks to the thick forest cover of the Plaza Gat Tayaw, the guests outside the tent didn't even feel the rain at all.

I know setting up a garden wedding is super stressful both for the stylist / florist and the couple especially in venues where there isn't a roof over their "gardens", but different venues call for different solutions. Venues appeal to the couple's tastes and if you're really after a covered garden, there are venues for that. But in the Farm, the appeal is in the trees - 180 plus of them mango trees all over this 2.5-hectare property and no plastic roof can be an effective cover - or an appealing one, to say the very least - to people who love real nature (and to whom manicured gardens, which are contrived at best, are a no no!). Hence, if challenges challenge you, we will meet that head on. We at Vatel Manila thrive on stress and the fear of the unknown and untested. Proof of this is that I was at work for 19 hours straight to make sure our Plan B works - from standing and wading in flooded Dangwa for 6 hours to the rainy-then sunny-then rainy venue until the caterer egressed completely at 2AM. Yes, we stayed up and survived it all.

The end result? Peace of mind for everybody. Just rest easy and leave the worrying to us. :-)

The slight wind caused some of the fabric to break away from their wires, but the entire setup held up quite beautifully despite the rush job. I really hope everything looks good on the official photos! Anyway, I will have the chance to preview them a week from now. I think it's also time to buy a steaming machine to remove the creases from the fabric.

I'm happy with the way our photos turned out though. It's an evening event and the lights looked soft and nice on the skin hence the guests looked quite radiant on camera. It pays to have a great dSLR (thanks to M.S's Canon 10D). Just make sure it's on 400 - 800 ASA when shooting in these lighting conditions.
Jun Valbuena suggested that I should take off that fabric cover from behind the floral arch next time to allow him to capture the lights and trees and the Farm house behind it. I was actually after safety just in case the rains and winds gain strenght (function over beauty, 'ika nga!), but I will take that suggestion seriously next time.

A typical Jun Valbuena photo moment. It was so amusing that I found myself smiling. Sorry for this baaad photo. It didn't do the scene the justice it deserved pero ang cute ng mga flower girls, pramis!

I think the bridal bouquet was just perfect for the camera! Not too big, not too small. The colors are striking but don't steal the limelight from the bride. And aqua blue really goes well with pink / white / chocolate.

The couple with the groom's parents - a truly happy moment.

I also love the way that floral arch came out. It looked fresh and vibrant almost as if Spring has descended upon the farm. Never expected it to come out this way after several months of suspending this particular arrangement. It still hasn't lost its appeal pala!

The table setting for the principal sponsors.

Ribbons for the Tiffany chairs are characteristic of the caterer specific to this event.

I honestly think that the reception was well-arranged. The look is quite sharp, orderly and clean.

I'm very happy with the decisions I've made for this event. Anticipation is truly a gift and I thank the heavens for this. Even if it didn't really rain that hard, the presence of the tent spelled the difference between success and disaster. We are thankful for opportunities because these provide challenges and help us make our work better. In the same breadth, we also thank the couple and their parents for their trust. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!


Ceremony & Entourage Flowers/
Dylan Gozum for Vatel Manila

Photo & Video//
Jun Valbuena

Avengoza Catering

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