Sunday, December 06, 2009

TAN - GONZALES (December 6, 2009)

Rustic-themed weddings are so the rave these days. This is because American-centric that we mostly are, the same trend is going on in the United States most especially in Southern California (check out this über fab one at Joshua Tree National Park) and in Utah (I almost died at how simple this wedding was, but the details! The d-e-t-a-i-l-s!). This should be a lesson to everyone to please drop the production-number act look (seriously!) and return to the basic elements of what garden weddings (or weddings in general) should be: it's all about the subtlest of details, the location, and you and surrounded by the people you love. :-)

The look that we're after for today's garden ceremony is inspired by Martha Stewart (and then some): all-natural feel - from the wood we used for the altar (coco lumber that was made smooth by 100-grade sand paper, painted white and painted one more time with chocolate brown to achieve that weathered patina), the carpet (jute), the baskets (a steal from Dapitan!) for which I had to fight for with all the courage that I could muster (the couple originally wanted the tin pails & insisted on it), because my design aesthetic knew from the very start that tin pails won't work for this particular wedding. I won, obviously, tee hee! As requested, we also strung orchids for the trees. For the baskets, we used white Alstromeria with twig accents.

Delayed by 45 minutes because of late entourage members, the wedding finally got underway. Guests strain to catch a sight of the bridal car.

The beautiful bride, in a Francis Libiran gown, acknowledges the greetings of friends & family.

Left: The bride looks sleek & radiant at the altar with her parents. Right: Bussing the groom's Mom.


Left: Guests on the way to the cocktails area. Right: To maintain the theme of the garden wedding, we also placed these rustic plant cages with moss and lit candles. I found this wooden rooster outline in Dapitan during my purchasing trip and to play with words, I turned it into a to-the-cocktails signage. *grins*


Left: For the second time, K. by Cunanan Catering did the layout that was first used in this event. This time, the color scheme was white, black & champagne. Right: The Farm had these brise soleil recently installed. They really look nice, especially when lighted. These help cut down the heat that is generated inside the Pavilion in day time during preps because of the sunlight that usually streams in from this side of the building.

Left: The caterer and I faced the dilemma the night before of not finding any rice flowers, so they employed white Statice instead. Right: The couple provided pumpkin seeds, popcorn (by the bagfuls!), and Mentos candies as part of the table centerpieces to match the white theme. What a great idea! The candies served as after-dinner mints and the seeds were a great way of keeping one's hands (and mouth) busy during the program.

Left: Loved the idea of the couple using virtues as table tags! Here, a framed virtue with corresponding biblical passage (D-I-Y courtesy of Lace Tan of K. by Cunanan Catering). Right: The D-I-Y fever has definitely caught on. For this cake, the bride had the bow and the topper removed and replaced with fresh flowers. Here, we used extra Cymbidium orchids from the entourage flowers. The black lace was provided by the bride, and Sheila (of Cakeworks) & I taped it on to the cake.


I am very happy to finally hurdle another challenge: to make an all-Gypsophila bouquet. It looks really easy from photos, but it was difficult to do pala in real life. For the bride, I didn't want to make it too big because she was so lithe (for the lack of a better term). The daintiness of this bouquet simply matched her effortless grace. The handle was wrapped in structured brown fabric ribbon which was adorned with a brooch.

Left: The bouquets of the Mothers were made from white Lisianthus, succulent cactus, fragrant Eucalyptus, white wax flowers and some local berries which bear fruit & flowers only during the cold season (which in our case is from December to February). The groom's Mother, a florist in Canada who apprenticed at the flower shop of the Waldorf Astoria, was all praises for the uniqueness of this bouquet. "I've been to so many flower shops and I was so disappointed with the flowers: they're all the same! It's always roses, tulips! They're all the same. But when i saw this bouquet, it was like wow, it's so lovely!" Right: I originally wanted to make an all-wax flowers boutonnière, but since I was already using succulents for the bouquets, I decided at the last minute to use the same for the groom. Here, wonderfully resting on the groom's lapel, is a succulent shoot surrounded by flowers and leaves of the Chamelaucium uncinatum. A strip of simple, textured brown ribbon covers the base.


Ceremony Setup//

Entourage Flowers//


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

Nice Print
Pre-Nup Session

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