Tuesday, May 27, 2008


This entry will be updated regularly featuring this timeless practice of photographers to fling the bride's veil into the air thus giving the illusion of weightlessness (sino kaya ang unang nakaisip nito?! Dapat mayaman na siya by now!). It's both amusing and exciting to watch, really.

The Agustins (April 5, 2008); Photographer: Nice Print


The Mango Farm had the chance to host Joey Boquiren last year during a wedding which Vatel Manila designed. Joey's photos are really, really different. Using the art of light painting, he turns the photos into something more than dramatic - they're just magical! I admit his style has its own niche and it's not for everyone, but since you only get married once (hopefully), you might want to bend the rules a little and turn to Mr. Boquiren to do the task.

Visit his blog here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Here's something that was forwarded to me via SMS. No need to take it seriously though.

1.) Don't marry for money; you can borrow it cheaper.
2.) We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.
3.) My wife dresses to kill. She also cooks the same way.
4.) Man is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished.
5.) My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.
6.) A good wife always forgives her husband when she is wrong.
7.) Bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.

Monday, May 19, 2008

GAMBOA DEBUT (May 19, 2008)

First things first. This is not a Vatel Manila event. It just happened that with the tropical depression Cosme lashing the north of the Philippines, the Farm had to make contingencies and decided to bring this debut - originally planned to be held in the gardens - into the Glass Pavilion. When the need to spruce up the Pavilion came about, we were there to assist in whatever way we can. The order of the day was to recreate the gardens inside the Pavilion. This means we had to recreate the trellises where the bench and the hammock were originally planned to be placed. Anyway, we made do with whatever materials we already have at the farm plus a little foliage here and there.

We added pillows, white rose petals, and the hand-painted paper umbrella I bought in Chinatown during my visit to Singapore last year.

On the other side of the Pavilion, we made use of a native hammock and spruced it up with fabrics.

Table setting by Avengoza.

Eyelove this gazebo. It has this Russian flavour to it. I'm just about expecting Hussars to come marching in any time.

We eventually added candles to the hammock area to brighten it up a bit.

For the debutante's gazebo, we used our wintry tree branches for that added 'forest' effect using green-colored spots.

The debutante's own mother hosted the event (by now already delayed by 2.5 hours).

The bench became a hit with the cam-loving crowd.

Finally, after a long wait, the debutante arrives at the Glass Pavilion accompanied by flaming swords-toting waiters.

Her friends cheer excitedly during her entrance.

The debutante with her parents.
In addition to the usual 18 roses dance and the 18 candles ceremony, they also had the 18 shots where 18 of the debutante's friends would give her a testimonial and take a shot of rhum cola, sort of an initiation to adulthood.

The 18 shots happened at the hammock area.

The debutante watches an AVP prepared by her mother. Very, very moving.

The hammock, on the other hand, was a hit among the younger set.

Ang sarap kasi talagang mag-duyan!

Well, that's me behind the swing making sure it doesn't go back too far. Now that's going the extra mile! *laughs*


Dylan Gozum for The Mango Farm
Set Design//

Jun Valbuena

Avengoza Catering

Special thanks to M.S. for several of the photos used in this entry.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

PANGAN - TAN (May 11, 2008)

We've been praying hard for clear weather for today (as we always do for our other couples anyway), but for this the effort has doubled because there's been no letup in the rains since May 1. The Heavens heard our pleadings and the sun shone ever so brightly the entire day giving the grounds where the ceremony was to be held a chance to at least dry up a bit. At a little past 6PM, however, as predicted by http://www.accuweather.com/, the rains fell just as the couple was declared one. Awww. The timing was just perfect. Anyway, it is now truly rainy season in the Philippines.

A conspiracy breweth in the distance. Kidding! This is a very nice photo though. (2nd, 3rd photos in this series by M.S.)

Had the chance to take a photo of the happy bride ('relieved' is more like it) with her mother and two junior bride's maids.

So it's true. During meetings, the couple have mentioned that the bride's gown and veil would trail by a few metres. Here's the evidence, folks!

The ceremony started a little past 5PM. The bride awaits her turn under the trees as the rest of the entourage proceeded to walk up the aisle.

Gowns that are...

...as green as the grass.

The bride advances ever so nimbly towards the altar assisted by her parents.

The couple share a light moment.

This was when the couple's heads were bowed in prayer. I think the darkness of the surroundings with the only light provided by the spots gives this photo a rather, uhm, prayerful mood.

The couple is now one. A very beautiful wedding despite the impending rain. Personally, I really hope future guests wouldn't be afraid of changes in weather. These are secondary. The focus should be on the couple and the celebration of unity, friendship, and love that is as much ours as it is theirs.

Thank you, dear God, for the gift of faith. May it never waver.


String Minstrels
Ed & Tina Pasamba
E: stringm@pacific.net.ph
W: www.stringminstrels.com

Photographs and Memories

Entourage Flowers and Ceremony Set-up//
Dylan Gozum for Vatel Manila

Avengoza Catering


For the bridal bouquet, we recreated something we first did
here which the bride liked very much. For her, we usued pink Cymbiums interspersed with green Carnations on a base of eucalyptus. This is actually big and heavy, maybe around half a kilo and measuring around 2 feet from handle to tip of the leaves. The quality of the orchids are sensational! Usually the pink ones available look more like old rose than pink.

For the corsages and boutonnières, we used a single pink Cymbidium accented by Podocorpus and Queen Anne's Lace.

For the entourage bouquets, we used Gerberas in two shades of pink. As accents, we used pink snapdragons, Queen Anne's Lace, and Sweet Williams which is happily in season.

One (1) bundle of light-pink Carnations make up every crown for the flower girls. We usued Podocorpus as accent leaves, plus our usual acrylic crystals.

For the Junior Bride's maids, we made topiaries. All-green button mums flower balls on sticks. They look yummy enough to eat (but only if you were a goat in your previous life).


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