Wednesday, April 30, 2008


For this wedding, I prepared a laid-back mix of off-white Ecuadorian roses and several ecru-shade Cymbidium orchids for the bridal bouquet. Sorry, didn't have the chance to take a closer photo because it had to be delivered to the hotel. The handle has a twin pair of cream tassels, finished off with a white, sequined fabric over a base of aqua blue ribbon.

Pomanders of white and blue and silver beads for handles.

Bouquets for the secondary sponsors. White mums and white Alstromeria.

The rest of the entourage were made out of white button mums and white cattleya. As usual, the latter was harvested from a farm in Silang, Cavite.

Thin green leaves were used to break the monotony of a mostly white floral base.

For the aisle, in lieu of the usual pedestals, we made flower balls - all of 16 inches per as requested by the bride - made of six (6) bundles of Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus) and six (6) bundles of white roses. Very nice - and terribly heavy. We had to huff and puff to get these balls to where they are now. I don't want to do them ever again!

For the car bouquet, a clean mix of white Anthuria and white dendrobium orchids from Davao.

THE LAZARTES (April 30, 2008)

There's nothing like getting married in a ceremony setup of your own design. In this case, this split-tent setup was designed by the bride herself, an interior designer currently based in Davao City and shuttles occassionaly to Manila. As seen in earlier photos, we pre-tested this setup in two locations: here and on Plaza Gat Tayaw. This was when we didn't know yet where this wedding will be held. Back then, being unfamiliar with this setup, I thought, "Buti na yung ready". While it is true that it has been used before this event for which it was originally designed, the bride still left her stamp on it thus making it her very own.
One of the delights of this setup, of course, are these floral balls - all twelve of them lining the red carpet. They were the center of attention while they were being created in Dangwa. People would occassionally come into the shop and ask how much it would cost to have these made. Anyway, the bride wanted them at least 16 inches each to register well on camera, which they did. The trouble of transporting these from Sampaloc, Manila to Antipolo is too horrible for words, I tell yah. I wish to thank my crew for being ever helpful and understanding, and I only have high praises for my team of florists even if they had to work for more than 12 hours on these and the seemingly interminable entourage flowers. I myself had only three hours sleep, and there's another wedding coming up the next day. There was no time left for anything else. After the ceremony, I had to bid the couple goodbye because I have to leave for Dangwa again. Thanks to M.S. for the 2nd and 3rd photos in this series.

A sample of the invitations which the couple did by hand.
One of the most unusual weddings ever held in the farm, the entourage marched to the altar to songs by Aerosmith, U2 and The Police.
The entourage - all fourty of them. My biggest mistake, methinks, was to suggest that this wedding didn't need a professional coordinator. In fact, I have witnessed several weddings in the farm that didn't have anyone else to help them but us. Personally, I think it really boils down to a well-prepared program, and some dear friends to help the couple out. There's nothing like having bosom buddies taking care of your own wedding. And their services come free, too.

Nice browns and silvers for the bride's maids. The bride was correct in choosing an all-white floral base for the entourage flowers.
The flower girls - all fourteen of them (wait, some were absent or late). I learned a lesson with those pomanders. I should have made them smaller so they were easier to carry, but these were okay.
Finally, the bride herself. What an amazing gown. "Victorian" came to mind immediately.

Preparations that began in 2007 have finally come to an end on this special day for the Lazartes. There were several issues that came up that I don't need to list here (I am too distraught as of this writing) but suffice to say that many lessons were learned from today. We only have the Lazartes to thank for the wake-up call. God bless them.

Sliced Tent Design //
Cheryl Lazarte

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

Live Band //
c/o Mico Solomon

Caterer //

Friday, April 25, 2008


It's finally that time of the month. Harvest time has come and the first day produced 40 kaings (traditional fruits baskets) of green mangoes. This will then be treated so the sap is removed from the skin (para flawless!) and extend shelf life. The fruits will ripen six to seven days from now and will then be ready for the markets. Antipolo mangoes with Antipolo suman, yum!

The mangoes are sorted by size in separate baskets (i.e. small, medium, and large).
The leaves on top of the baskets are tags that mean that the mangoes inside are small. Each basket weighs 22 kilos.

Lunch - sinigang na isda - is cooking for the boys.

Summer greetings from the farm! My dog, Turnip, is in the background. :-) If you're interested to buy (mangoes, not my dog), please call (632) 645.6993 for orders. Enjoy!

Monday, April 07, 2008

MIRANDE - SOLIMAN (April 7, 2008)

Today's event was born out of months of work. I'm glad to finally see it come to pass. This is also the second time that we'd be testing the new ceremony setup but this time located at the Plaza Gat Tayaw. I was imagining that it will be more difficult to do it here because there aren't enough trees to hold the wire tracks for the fabrics. We ended up hooking both ends of the wires to the neighbor's trees (yikes!).

Anyway, I liked doing it in this area because it's not as sunny and hot compared to the mango avenue near the office. It's also not as windy, which was our number one kalaban in the former venue. I like the shadows on the fabric. And it's quite airy, too! I guess the couple are just lucky to have really great weather today. I can only imagine how the nuns at the St. Clare Monastery would roll their eyes every time they receive egg gifts. I mean, seriously, how many things can one do with eggs? Let's count the ways...

I honestly try to avoid doing weddings that are held on Mondays because of the nightmare of getting flowers you need. Florists know that flowers arrive in Manila only on Thursdays and Saturdays, so it's either they're not too fresh or lanta na by the time you need to use them. I can only thank God for reliable suppliers; in this case, Notes and Flowers & N's Flower Shop. Thanks so much, Ma'ams Tess and Nora!
The new leaves provided a wonderful sheen and color to the event. It's like getting wed in the province! The air is so fresh and clean around here.

Shadows of mango blossoms on the fabric.


Meanwhile, this lady glows in this red svelte number as the church choir practices prior to the ceremony. Sorry. I couldn't help but notice.

Forgive my fascination for these lovely winter-y trees. The green dendrobiums are really spectacular. They truly deserve their cardiac arrest-inducing price tag. Rhia, the coordinator, had the water in the votive candle holders dyed blue. I think they looked fab!

Meanwhile, the ceremony finally took off at around 5-ish because several members of the entourage were late. Was this the reason for Sir Millard to be anxious? Or is he just excited to see his bride?

The late guests finally arrived and things started rolling. Ms. Guia emerged from her car. Never realized how tall and statuesque she was until today.

A buss on the cheek with her mother...

... and the story of a lifetime finally began. By the way, the opening march music was Johann Schop (with arrangement by J.S. Bach)'s Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. :-)

Before I knew you, the world was dazzling.
From that sky I got left with tears.
I will care for that person.
You are the only reason…
To me the wait gives me enough happiness.
Love is the only reason…
As days pass by,
If you forget the way,
I’ll be waiting
I do it for you.
I do it for you.

I Believe (OST, Sassy Girl. Performed by Shin Seung Hun)

Thank you very much and may God bless you all!

Suppliers List

Ceremony Setup & Entourage Flowers
Dylan Gozum for Vatel Manila

Photography & Video
Jun Valbuena

Hizon's Catering


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