Saturday, November 07, 2009

REAL WEDDING: MELO + KAREL (November 7, 2009)

Here's an event that was seasonally-correct. Autumn usually happens early September to late November and although we do not experience this season here, who says we can't recreate it? Left: Plastic maple leaves for the floral centerpieces at the reception. Right: Nice peach-y Alstromeria arranged on the tin pails for the aisle. Oh, by the way, here are the couple's pre-nup photos by the amazing Bryan Yap. The slideshow of the preps & wedding photos are here. I don't like wedding videos. They make me cry. :-(


I like this particular garden wedding because compared to the others I've done which were really structured, this really brought back the charm of real garden weddings. Even though it was humid, at least it didn't rain! Really thanking the heavens for this gift. Anyhow, I always believe that every event should capture the couple's personalities. It's the only way to make your wedding special and memorable - being surrounded by things (and people) familiar and loved, and this is what Melo & Karel did for their day. :-)

Thanks to the Farm's senior staff, Tony, the dried-up tree that was destroyed during Santi is now back, having been reconstructed from dozens of small pieces of branches. Of course it's nothing like the original, but where the heck do I look for an appropriate dried-up tree in a week's time? Here, it is dressed up with items that have traveled from halfway around the world. These nice green Amaranthus arrived the night before from Ecuador. The Mokara orchids are from Bangkok. Crystals from Landmark (LOL! Now you know where I shop for my thingamajigs).

The rite was entirely in Filipino, the couple being former students of the UPIS where most of the subjects are taught in Filipino.

Details, too, make the event: Curly willow cuttings freshly delivered from China and our white Moroccan lamps as luminaries to line the pathways to the reception area.

"Panalangin ko sa habang buhay / Makapiling ka Makasama ka / Yan ang panalangin ko..." (from PANALANGIN by the Apo Hiking Society)


Because of weather unpredictability (lately, more so), the couple decided to move the reception into the air-conditioned Glass Pavilion. Methinks the setup was prettier when it was done here - guests actually feel transported to an autumn evening in the US. The warm orange tones and the homey feel of brown make for a delightful way of celebrating special moments like this.

Yes Virginia, there are other uses for Martini glasses!

Once again, K. by Cunanan Catering exceeded all expectations with this setup that blows the mind away. I would never use plastic flowers even if you put a blade to my throat, but wow! These plastic maple leaves really made the setup! Now I appreciate brown + tangerine tandem more. Great idea, Ms. Kaye! :-)

The cake is part of the Cunanan package with the Farm and the bride chose to get an all-white cake and left it to me to decorate. I didn't have any idea what to do with a white cake until an hour before it was to be taken inside the reception hall. I decided to make use of strips of brown moiré Mokuba ribbon (the same one used for the bride's bouquet), orange Mokara orchids, ivy (the kind that grows on walls) and dead branches from the manzanita tree. Methinks it looks delectable enough to eat! :-) This is such a great way of injecting personality into your cake. Go D-I-Y!

The Farm is abloom with hyacinths and tiny wild sunflowers - a tribute to love that have been blessed and sealed on these hallowed grounds. To Melo & Karel, all the best to you! A happy life, lots of kids, more travels to Coron and beyond! :-)


The bride's bouquet is autumn at its best: warm yellows, oranges, & greens that seem almost edible (bring in the feta cheese, olives, & the salad dressing!). For this project, we used Leucospermum, Leucadendron, Hypericum berries, Mokara orchids, Mollucela, Calla Lilies (sadly, the only local component!), and two-toned tulips. I was waiting until 8PM for them beauties to arrive from the airport (flown from Ecuador via Hong Kong; buti pa sila!). Anyhow, the handle is tied with a brown moiré Mokuba ribbon & accented with a diamond brooch.

Left: The rest of the entourage flowers are familiar because I keep repeating this arrangement but really, how can one go wrong with sturdy and happy flowers like the Alstromeria, rice flowers, and Snapdragons? They go well with any kind of wedding - be it rustic or formal. This is our way of supporting local flower farms - the lower costs, of course, is translated into savings for couples. Right: A green tin pail goes rustic with different shades of Alstromeria and rice flowers (yellow, pink) and accented with a dried vine.


Ceremony Setup//

Entourage Flowers//

K by Cunanan Catering
c/o Kaye Cunanan
Tel. Nos. 711.0940 (look for Meg)

by Eden. events. gifts. flowers
Eden Ilagan, General Manager
Tel. Nos. 408.4230, 0917.531.8514

Bryan Yap
4215 Buffalo St. Rancho Estate IV-East, Marikina City
940.4765 / 0919.8043777

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