Sunday, September 28, 2008

LOWE - SORIA (September 27, 2008)

Another big event came to a close last night with the wedding and reception of Rick and Andrea at the Plaza Gat Tayaw and Glass Pavilion, respectively. Guess what? The whole shebang was prepared in only three weeks - a very, very short time to prepare for a wedding, don't you think? But we're already used to this. Our shortest time to prepare for a ceremony setup was one week (see it here & here) so anyone out there who wants to top that record, bring it on! As usual, the lack of a coordinator made the preparations go rather slow, putting strain on everyone who have to bear the brunt of this lack (venue, caterer, band supplier - everyone was on waiting-for-Godot mode).

Fortunately for the bride, I am not one who will sit down and wait for miracles to happen because whether we like it or not, miracles happen only when we want them to (did I just quote Albert Einstein there?). Anyhow, I personally broke the impasse between the bride and the band supplier by hooking up the supplier with the Farm's in-house technician to discuss their electrical requiements so that the bride wouldn't have to pay for an external sound system (besides, she really didn't want to spend anymore on one). This was resolved within a day's time. The bride got her band, the band supplier got her business. Every one's happy, right?

Another quirk came in the form of the flowers to be used for the ceremony. Already on Plan B because of typhoons Nina and Ofel, we made use of our now ever-reliable floral arch (yeah, the one we retired many months ago) for the ceremony. The instructions were that I was to provide the entire setup but to use only yellow flowers; the white flowers will come from Teddy Manuel of Flowers and Events so you can imagine how confusing this can become. I was very sport about the whole thing; I approached Teddy when he arrived at the Farm and found him very amiable, cheerful and no-nonesense. Learning from a well-known florist is something I don't mind doing and I admit I am became a fan of Teddy after I saw his setup for Hacienda Isabela (we both like capiz pala). From his basic ceremony setup, I realized that what I have been doing since I started were pretty much the standard in the industry even if I had very little exposure in 2005. In fact, I have retired certain aspects of my ceremony setups (i.e. putting extra flowers for the altar when there already is a floral backdrop) because I think it was a very prudent thing to do and whatever savings I can make is always good for my clients. Well, I must say that my fear of his presence was unfounded. I know that Vatel Manila's place in the wedding industry is secure and that we have - and are - doing the right things. We just need to keep abreast of things. :-)

White jars of white roses and long-stemmed calla lilies are Teddy Manuel's contribution to the ceremony setup. I had these jars arranged in a zigzag manner so there'd be layers in the arrangement - the jars jut out & my arrangements are in the inner layer since they're higher. This makes perfect sense, ano?

Teddy's ceremonial candle stands - white roses, large Asters and rosal leaves as fillers.

Using my unity candle stand, Teddy's arranger created this really lovely arrangement using hydrangeas, white roses, and Oncidium relfexum orchids (more known as Dancing Ladies).

Here's the final look. It looks like it came out of an Alice in Wonderland page. I decided not to make use of white rose petals on the carpet because it was so windy. Kakalat lang at mahirap magwalis.

Despite the bad weather, we decided to just take the risk by not getting a tent. The setup was just too sayang to put to waste! Besides, we didn't have enough time to do swagging anymore. The wedding got delayed by an hour because of the photographers (they were nowehere to be found). As it is, the frustrated pastor told me to just take photos (!!!!!!!!!!! Er, I didn't have zoom lens and a flash!) so they can start already because the rain just might beat us to it. Anyhow, this is the groom's son lighting the ceremonial candle.

Charming getup on the ring bearer. The flowers were taller than him! :-)

The bride's very own sister as the Maid of Honor. Couldn't help but notice this figure-hugging gown and the dangling earrings - a beauty pageant combination for the Best in Long Gown Category! :-)

Finally, the bride is led down the aisle by her parents.

Not THAT's what a flowing gown and veil actually means!!! It's as if the trailing fabric has come to life all on its own. During the group photo after the ceremony, the official photographers were being so non-chalant about doing their task - just shoot, shoot, shoot. I stopped them (sorry!) and arranged the veil and gown trail in front of the bride while saying rather loudly as my way of admonishing them, "What's the point of having a long veil and gown if we can't see it?!" The bride agreed wholeheartedly. :-)

The bride finally joins her groom at the altar.

Just in case you haven't noticed, the floral arch has had another transformation this time sporting huge balls of Hydrangea (commonly known as Milflores) from Tagaytay while surrounded by white Dendrobium orchids from Bangkok. This is the only reference to the couple's primary color motif which was blue. If I had my choice, I would have used this all throughout the setup - a clean white and blue look * Sigh*

It's too dark. The photographers didn't have time to setup their lights because they arrived halfway through the ceremony.

The gown and veil are conspiring to take a look around the Farm while the bride isn't looking. :-)

The ceremony was over in 45 minutes. The pastor (of the International Baptist Church) was very considerate and shortened his homily in deference to the threatening rain. In fact, it was a photo-finish wedding: the rain fell down really hard during the photo shoot. Wow! Thank God for His grace. He has heard our collective prayers. :-)

I was taking photos earlier of the reception setup. This is typical VS&F couple's table setup. You'd know it's theirs once you see it.

The bride also tasked Teddy Manuel to brighten up the tables. VS&F only provided tall vases of calla lilies white Teddy used four vases/table of Hydrangea, white roses sprayed chiffon yellow (the bride's secondary color motif), wonderful dark blue Delphiniums, carnations and Oncidium reflexum orchids. Too much Latin there for you for a day, huh?! Hehehe!

The banquet hall as seen from the stairs.

My attention got glued to this sushi and maki station. How very quaint! If I were a guest in this wedding, I'd probably be setting up space near this station all throughout the night. Nothing beats fresh food any time!


A view of the other half of the hall as seen from the musicians' ledge. There are many ways for photographers to get nice shots in this hall if they know where to go.

The couple prepare to enter the Glass Pavilion.

Congratulations and Best Wishes!


Ceremony Setup//
Dylan Gozum of Vatel Manila
Teddy Manuel

Entourage Flowers//
Teddy Manuel

Musical Mics-Up by Mico Solomon

VS&F International

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Fruit pickers under the Mango Tree (1937)

2008 will see the coming together of the works of Fernando Amorsolo, the Philippines' first National Artist (c. 1975). Below are the schedule of events:

The Ayala Museum exhibition ‘Amorsolo’s Maidens Concealed and Revealed’ will be from Oct. 23 to March 8, 2009. It "will survey Amorsolo’s rendering of women as a means of following his career, and will draw attention to his maidens from the American period and his studies of nudes from the post-war years as a tribute to his brilliance. "

The GSIS Museum's ‘Rituals and Amorsolo’, from Oct. 2 to Dec. 20, “underlines how rituals reflect values, beliefs, and shared knowledge, how it brings about interactions among people, places and objects, how it expresses the core of social identity of communities, how it fortifies social structures and institutions, and perpetuates social values. Portrayals include baptisms, praying the Angelus, a family’s walk to Sunday mass.”

The Lopez Memorial Museum’s ‘Tell Tale: The Artist as Storyteller, Amorsolo as Co-Author’, from Sept. 24 to April 4, 2009, is illustrative of Amorsolo’s generation of artists, of how Amorsolo became subject to the workings of image-making industries central to the crafting of fictions — about what it was to be a citizen, to be learned/civilized, to be devout, to be Filipino in the transitional junctures of Spanish-American rule. Beyond looking at illustrations as potboilers, the exhibit hopes to look at how artists such as Amorsolo may have brought other layers of meaning upon texts primarily intended as didactic instruments.”

The Metropolitan Museum’s ‘Philippine Staple: The Land, the Harvest, the Maestro’ will display a harvest field of rice-related pieces and outstanding landscapes.”

At the National Museum’s ‘Master Copy’ from Sept. 25 to Jan. 15, 2009, the drawings transfigure into portraits that imagine the national self and the imperialist other, the Filipino and the American, a President like Manuel Roxas or a Gov. Gen. like Francis Burton Harrison, an elegant American lady or a nameless Katipunan revolutionary immortalized in oil after their stint in sketches.”

The Jorge B. Vargas Museum’s ‘Amorsolo: His Contemporaries and Pictures of the War, Capturing Anxieties’, from Sept. 23 to Nov. 16, will feature the works of Amorsolo and his contemporaries spanning the Second World War (1941-1945) until the immediate postwar years (1946-1947), family and official portraits commissioned by Vargas, and genre paintings. Works by peers — Manansala, Saguil, Miranda and Castañeda — will also be showcased.

The Yuchengco Museum’s ‘Mukang Tsinoy’ will be from Oct. 1 to Jan. 17, 2009. They will exhibit paintings commissioned by Tsinoy families.

Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime art event.


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