Thursday, September 24, 2009


I have long waited for these photos to be posted at Andy Samaniego's blog and here they are at last! I recall with fondness this September 12 wedding. One of Vatel Manila's favourite in recent memory. Oh, if it only weren't raining! :-)

More photos here: Andy Samaniego's Blog

Saturday, September 12, 2009

MONPONBANUA - REGINO (September 12, 2009)

Long preps finally ended today with this beautiful and moving wedding at the Farm. Despite two low depression areas present in the country which saw seemingly interminable rainfall for more than 40 hours (as of this writing, it is still raining), the couple's joie de vivre saw the event through with class and panache. Our favorite parts of the wedding were the vows, but what got us teary eyed were the couple's messages to their fathers.Vatel Manila sends its warmest greetings to our couple! May you be blessed abundantly and may God grant the wishes of your hearts. :-)

Left: The mixture of white & yellow Liliums with a background of Dancing Lady orchids (Oncidium sp.) gave the all-white chiffon altar the life it needed. Right: We also received delivery of our new couple's chairs in black and white damask and Philippine mahogany (otherwise known as 'lauan') in matte black finish. Technically, 'lauan' is not a mahogany, but enough of this botanical discussion. Suffice to say that the chairs are very plush and comfortable, thanks to our craftsmen from Betis, Pampanga.

Left: Last touches by the make-up artist. This wonderful Grecian-inspired gown was by Mitzi Quilendrino Bustos, a friend of the couple. Right: The beautiful bride with her father as they approach the altar. We used abaca for our carpet.

Aisle flowers were white Alstromeria & succulent roses in tin pails. Our new candle stand (white, in the middle) is carved wood patterned after silver candle stands in old Philippine churches. Made by the same craftsmen who made my new chairs.

..."A future wherein I promise to always give my best for you. A future where I will always stand by you." - excerpt from the groom's wedding vow


Left: VIP table setup by Hizon's Catering. Right: A view of the couple's stage.

Left: A beef steak carving station is always a nice add-on in every buffet setup. Right: Signature desserts that were developed when my first cousin was pastry chef at Hizon's Catering. Hizon's is known for their dessert buffets. Well, among other things, but their dessert buffets are really sought after.

Left: Good friends really make for great event hosts! Right: Enjoying the AVP.


The bridal bouquet is composed of vanilla-white Calla Lilies with dainty Queen Anne's Lace & crystals in between. Completing the look is a belt of fine ostrich feathers, a fully beaded ribbon, and a diamond brooch. The lilies also come in other colors like pink, yellow, & burgundy. TIP: Order at least 1-2 months ahead!

For the entourage, we made use of bright colors to brighten up the silver-gray color scheme. Left: Orange & peach roses went well with tiny elder flowers & yellow snapdragons (one-sided only). Right: Happy Alstromeria baskets for the girls.



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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

ACOB - VICTORIANO (September 9, 2009)

This wedding proves that you can hatch an event like this with only less than six (6) months to go. Oh, to be sure others have been shorter, but if you're all alone doing the bridal duties while the groom is in Honolulu, expect the stress levels to shoot through the roof. Au contraire, the bride was all grace and poise until the very day, so hats off to you! :-) Also, because everyone deserves a break, the good Lord allowed the sun to come out - a welcome break from three weeks of continuous rain. I can't wait for the dry season which is expected to begin this last week of September.

Left: Our tree finds new life in this wedding as a "cherry tree" with white Dendrobium orchids as "cherry blossoms". Each orchid was taped individually to the branches making this a total time-eater, but the end product is so worth the effort. Right: A young girl blossoms on her own - quite literally. Roses on the dress, Mokara orchids on the head!
Heavyweights from government (left) discuss conspiracy theories as the flower girls (right) have more mundane things to take care off like loose floral crowns.
Principal sponsors socialize as they wait for their turn to walk down the aisle.
The bride gets off the Benz and moves nearer to the red carpet.
Together at last! :-)
I am happy that I made the decision to put this tree off-center. First, my idea is to put the focus on the couple by providing them a bare background (covered only by this sheer curtain), but the tree does finds its place in the scheme of things - it provides the balance needed to this very simple altar setup yet it gives cheers and warmth because of its flowers and lit candles.

The bridal bouquet is one of my recent favorites - the marriage of yellow & rust orange Ecuadorian roses gives off that warm & comfortable feeling, especially in this times of really sad weather. Giving it character are white wax flowers (Chamelaucium uncinatum) & red Hypericum berries. Completing the look is a wrap of eucalyptus leaves, satin ribbon, and a diamond brooch with a white ostrich feather.
Going with the motif of warm & cozy are the rest of the entourage flowers. Left: The bouquets for the mothers are made of yellow & white Alstromeria, white wax flowers, and white snapdragon. Right: The baskets for the flowers girls are full of lush white Altromeria and yellow-orange berries. For the crowns, they had orange Mokara orchids (not in the photos).


Ceremony Setup//

Entourage Flowers//

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