Showing posts from April, 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 ba…

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…


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!

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…