Saturday, October 25, 2008

GESMUNDO - QUEYQUEP (October 25, 2008)

There are reasons to be thankful for this day. First, because it came to past. A long, loooong time of preparing finally came to - not an end - but to fulfillment. Second, because even if it did rain for a long, loooong time before the wedding thus soaking up the fabric tents and several of the chairs, it did stop just in time for the 4PM wedding. What do you know? Things do happen for a reason.
That is why it was only right that a prayer was offered before the ceremony began. Yes, the grounds may be a little soft and well, mud did get stuck to stilletos and shoes, but what are minor inconveniences in the light of answered prayers? There is a lesson here: look beyond the small things to appreciate the bigger gift.
And it goes without saying that we share in Gilbert and Sharon's joy in seeing that things were working out as planned. :-)
This will be the last time I'd be doing this split tent setup for this area (well, maybe once more on January 11) because I kind of realized that it doesn't seem to add anything to the whole arrangement. Plus, when wet, no matter how one stretches the fabrics as far as they can go, they will still sag like so. A new idea must be thought of quick.

Not exactly in the highest of spirits, are we? Haha! I wonder what goes on in the minds of flower girls? Is there a sense of wonder? Are they overwhelmed? Shy? Bewildered?! Inspired, at the very least, to go down the same path (or aisle) the bride is going? Or is that too early to say?
Ah, the glorious sun! Truly today's best gift.
The groom's brother as Best Man here with the Maid of Honor.

At 4PM, the groom made his way down the aisle as a member of the church choir sings.
The weather's just perfect. No sign of the rain that occured just minutes earlier.
Most unusual, this. No idea if the girl was a junior bride's maid but she was pretty in her white gown.
The bride prepares with her parents...

and joins her groom at the altar. Long veils are definitely back in style. :-) I also noticed that the tips of this particular veil had floral appliqués and beneath each are several coins! The idea is meant to drag the veil and make sure that it stretches as the bride walks (see photo below). Brilliant!

The poor girls were standing there for 1.5 hours, hehe! I think this setup works best only for short weddings. 45 minutes at the most. It also works best for bigger altars like in cathedrals and intimate chapels.
Sunset trails on the green grass.
I do appreciate the work of Best Men and Maids of Honor, especially those who are aware of their role in the scheme of things. Rather than being wallflowers, they are supposed to assist the couple every step of the way.

Meanwhile, as the drama continues to unfold at the garden, the Pavilion is having its own mayhem: the flowers and the food have not arrived yet and I was already on the verge of a breakdown (that's putting it rather mildly). Thankful I am that the pastor leaned towards long, looong ceremonies otherwise the couple and guests would have entered a half-empty reception hall. Corrective measures have already been implemented as of this writing.

The guests throw petals on the couple as they make their recessional. The pastor forgot the "You may kiss the bride" line but was reminded by the guests. It was so funny!


Ceremony setup and Entourage Flowers//
Dylan Yap Gozum for Vatel Manila

The Caterer Avengoza

Photography & Video//
Paul Vincent Photography
Contact Person:Paul Vincent

Phoeben Teocson - Wedding Videographer
Contact Person:Phoeben Teocson (Bim)


This bridal bouquet arrangement was first made here and again, here. It is made of 16 pieces of white Cymbidium orchids and two dozens light pink carnations. Aromatic eucalyptus leaves were used as fillers.
Ever present in any Vatel Manila arrangement are these acrylic crystals, giving the bouquets the sparkle that makes them completely delightful.

For the baskets, we decided to keep the natural color of the twine and accented them instead with striped lavender organza ribbons and further accented by imported pink statice and cypress leaves.

For the corsage of the moms and principal sponsors, we used old rose-colored Cymbidium orchids.
The hand-tied bouquets for the maid of honor, the bride's maids and the junior bride's maid. For the first time we used these very beautiful Anastacia crysanthemums which are seldomly used in the U.S. but hold up quite beautifully in humid conditions like the Philippines'. These beauties come in white, yellow, pink, lilac and green and are available all-year round.
Detail. Filling in between the large mums are Queen Anne's lace, acrylic crystals, pink statice and finished off with a cypress wrap and striped lavender ribbons.
These bouquets complimented really well the girls' deep purple gowns.
The wristers had deep pink carnations, Queen Anne's lace, acrylic crystals and striped lavender ribbons.
And finally, in the car bouquet, the usual suspects. :-)


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