Sunday, September 12, 2010

REAL WEDDING: { ODIN & TINA }

Odin & Tina were already booked with another venue, but they've always wanted to have a garden wedding (and by 'garden' we mean an open-air venue). They discovered The Mango Farm and decided to transfer. Needless to say (but we're still saying it), Tina eventually became a Vatel Manila bride and we think the sunflowers really went well with their chosen theme! They're a beautiful couple, young, happy and very much in love! :-)

In this post, Tina talks about her preps, her favorite moments, & gives tips to future brides:
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How did you two meet?
We were HS classmates.
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Our favorite memory of the day was:

Exchange of vows, and the walk to the altar and seeing my guy in tears.
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Our favorite detail(s) of the wedding was/were:

(This question's too hard!) The UP-inspired cake topper, the sunflowers, entourage flowers and petals for the recessional being delivered in baskets, the (to us) unconventional invitations, seating of the guests and VIPs (sponsors with their husband/wife, us with our parents), the couch on the stage/platform, the lanterns, black as the main color, short dresses, uniform shoes for the girls, my mom's jewelries, balloons instead of flowers on the cars, the food with hints of "Bicol" (our hometown): pili and coconut milk, mango in some of the dishes (our favorite and hey we're at The Mango Farm!).
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Tell us about finding your wedding dress.
Had several gown inspirations and had a detail or two from each put into my own. Basta I didn't want a ball gown but with my built I couldn't be in a body-hugging or skin-clinging dress so [we] came up with the semi-mermaid semi-ball gown. The design was actually a work in progress up to the point when the gown was finished. Glad [that] I had such a patient couturier!
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Anything D-I-Y for your wedding?

The misalettes.
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Tell us about your photographer.
We had Kenneth and Jeff of Niceprint as photographers. Nice guys, very patient. Haven't seen the photos yet so we just hope they're as sharp about details and moments. They seemed to be as we watched them on the day of the wedding. Don't know if they were able to eat pa nga because we didn't miss them in any of the moments.
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Tell us about your caterer.
To have K. by Cunanan as [our] caterer, we thought, was an impossibility because we thought we couldn't afford them, but they were nice enough to put together a beautiful and reasonably priced menu. The food was great! The guests complimented it a lot. The styling was fab!
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What was the design inspiration for your wedding?

The movie, UP. Being about going after a lovers' dreams, the colors and feel: light, playful, fun but full of charming, even profound sentiments.
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Why a garden wedding?

To us it's dreamy and laid back; we wanted an informal setting for the guests.
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What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding?
Sticking to the budget. =p---

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Tips to brides-to-be?

1. Let things go.
2. Choose the best suppliers.
3. Don't hesitate to elaborate and repeat your likes and dislike to suppliers.
4. List down every shot (photos) you want taken, discuss them with your photographers, show samples.
5. Make your reception program short; make sure there'd be audience participation; have prizes for games.
6. Don't fear having frienemies together. Who knows, your wedding could be the avenue for reconciliation, but make sure guests are seated where they'd be have the most fun.
7. Remember that it's not what you have; it's who you know. One of my Ninangs lent us a Benz for the bridal car and my Tito, being in the military, even had a lieutenant drive me to the wedding! One of yours could give you the same favor or more.
8. Trust God for funny miracles, always =)


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All photos courtesy of Ms. Charisse Santillan-Tinio of Nice Print Photography.
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SUPPLIERS//

Preps: Legend Villas
Wedding / Reception: The Mango Farm
Photographer: Nice Print Photography
Caterer: K. by Cunanan Catering
Cake: Cake Concepts by Maite Gregorio
Entourage Flowers: Vatel Manila
Ceremony Setup: Vatel Manila

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