Thursday, April 16, 2009

GONZAGA - GUIA (April 16, 2009)

In lieu of my usual photo collage opener, I am posting these photos taken during the proposal at Kawayan Farm in Pililia, Rizal. To the coolest couple ever, may your every evening be as special as today's ("...parang atin ang gabi.."), may you find in each other comfort and love ("...para bang wala tayong katabi..."), and may the good Lord lift up your spirits and grant you the happiness that you both deserve (" tayo'y sumayaw..."). From us, best wishes and congratulations! Ang astig niyo, pwamis! (Meganon?! Dahil diyan...) :-)

THE CEREMONY at the Avenida

The wedding at the Avenida began at 5PM. Would you believe it rained twice today? For the first time in my 5 years of doing this I wanted to cry. You have to give it to the bride though for her faith that it will eventually stop (it did). Everything was pretty much dry because the seat covers & the carpets were saved.

On your left are the three bride's maids looking pretty in motif dresses with full bouquets to match.

I also met Oliver,the adult Bible bearer. He's a former school mate from Xavier University. Que muy pequeño es el mundo!

At the appointed time, a signal was given to the bridal car to enter the Farm grounds. Guests were following the car by sight until it drove back up the Avenida in what could be the most dramatic bridal entrance since the Farm opened! If we didn't have this much space, you think this would have been possible? (Sorry. I just had to say that! LOL!)Anyhow, I think it kinda looked like a hacienda wedding because of the space and the trees.

THE RECEPTION: The Glass Pavilion Sunken Garden//

For this event, 230 guests were spread out on the Glass Pavilion apron (this area is good for 400 pax). The green spotlights and non-blinking tivolis make the venue cozy and charming.

The couple's friends performed some classic OPM songs for the couple like Donna Cruz's Kapag Tumibok ang Puso & Dina Bonnevie's Bakit Ka Ganyan?

The piece d'resistance for the balmy evening, of course, is the much awaited performance of SUGARFREE, one of the Philippines's biggest alternative pop bands. In this series, we can see Kaka Quisimbing on drums (wait, I don't think I caught him on cam), Jal Taguibao on bass and vocalist Ebe Dancel. For this evening, they performed PROM(the groom's favorite dance song), DEAR KUYA, KUNG AYAW MO NA SA AKIN, BURNOUT and IKAW PALA, all of which were requested by the couple themselves to reflect certain events in their relationship. A very spirited performance, to say the least.


I have to admit that I almost died when I saw the tulips that I ordered for this event. I mean, for my very first tulip-bouquet project, not only was I given a kind of tulip that is very unpopular in Manila (quite opposite in the US, but I digress), they also gave me the wrong color. They arrived in purple-black instead of mauve-blue. Since I wasn't allowed to mix other flowers with this, I just inserted eucalyptus leaves and crystals. I wonder now, looking back at this, if it would have made a difference if I used the grayish kind of eucalyptus. That could have lightened the entire affair, but looking at the photo during the actual event, the bouquet seemed to have matched the color scheme after all. I need to review my choices for this particular project and see how it can be improved. Nevertheless, this wouldn't stop me from working with Parrot Tulips again in the future.

For the flower girls, a mix of different shades of Lisianthus and dainty Queen Anne's Lace made for really feminine pomanders for the flower girls. For the bride's maids, Lisianthus, Sweet Williams & Queen Anne's Lace made up the bulk of the hand-tied bouquet.

Overall, a wonderful event. Something we'd remember for a very, very long time. :-) And oh, kudos to Hizon's Catering for really standing up to their reputation as a reliable events partner. Despite the rain that soaked their setup, they were still able to bring in fresh (and dry) linen and seat foams from their home base. Any wonder that they have cornered 26% of the market share at the Farm? Hmmm...


Ceremony Styling //

Entourage Flowers//


Hizon's Catering

Ralph Alejandrino
Tel. Nos. 435-8888 or 0917-5580258
22-C Mahiyain St. Teachers Village Diliman, Q.C

Lala Evangelista
Tel Nos. 0917.856.9049

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