Sunday, January 18, 2009

CASTRO - GARZOTA (January 18, 2009)

This is our last wedding this January 2009 - our 51st wedding since we started in 2005. Times have really changed - the setups have changed, the quality have changed, the prices of materials have definitely changed. Since December 2008, the prices of flowers have shot up 200% for still unexplained reasons. I swear this wasn't the case last year! Roses, one of the most in demand, is also the most pricey of the lot - at P180 / bundle of the medium-size cut. One can say that roses are currently weighed in gold. Because of the extremely cold weather of late, rose bushes in Baguio are said to be not blooming thus forcing local suppliers to import from China where obviously there are greenhouses with controlled temperature. Anyway, that's just digressing from the topic on hand.
For this setup, we followed the bride's request to have four floral pillars as their altar backdrop. This was based on what she saw on the cover of the Martha Stewart Weddings Winter 2008 issue. Unfortunately, we can only recreate so much. This after all isn't Rockefeller Plaza where we have hedges and and we definitely can't use white carpets. Instead of bentwood chairs, we used Monobloc chairs with white fabric cover. It worked just the same.
I was thinking the entourage would arrive in canary yellow (the motif) so I decided to tame the yellow and used deep pink Alstromeria and Gerbera and white crysanthemums. On top of each floral ball is an accent of pretty Dancing ladies orchids. Just a touch of whimsy. The floral pillars were already in the motif of yellow and red with touches of green. Oh, by the way, the entourage arrived in maroon, butter yellow & beige.
Instead of the usual rose petals (which also were weighed in gold!), the bride used white feathers. Hmmm... I wonder how many birds had to give up their coats for this?

My favorite shot. Too bad the videographer was in the frame. Tsk!

Wonderful, wonderful weather!

Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there is no more loneliness,
For each of you will be companion to the other.

Now you are two bodies,
But there is one life before you.

Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.


Ceremony Styling//

Dylan Gozum for Vatel Manila

VS&F Classic Food International

Photo / Video//
Jun Valbuena Photography

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