Shynn & I started emailing really early in 2010. The thing with early inquiries is that there's a long lull between the last email and the finalization stage so by the time you get there, it's like starting all over again. But how can one go wrong with a clear-cut theme like 'English Countryside'? One only need to channel one's inner Jane Austen to bring forth inspired arrangements such as those seen below. We only have Paolo Ruiz, this wedding's secondary photographer, to thank for such gorgeous photographs.
What's absolute happiness is that we were able to use garden roses from the - where else?! - David Austin farms in Albrighton, Wolverhampton in England. I mean, what could be more 'English Countryside' than the real thing?! We used two varieties and they smelled totally divine!
TRIVIA: Nicole Kidman chose to carry a large posy of white David Austin Roses when she remarried in Australia, as well as the character of Sarah Jessica Parker, Carrie Bradshaw, in the first Sex and the City Movie wedding scene. :-)
What's sad though was that I didn't have the chance to work on the reception because of the circumstances already known to many, but we honestly didn't feel bad losing out to the one, the only Ms. Beth Amat of Eve & Co. Prior to this wedding, we had the rare chance of chatting with Ms. Beth during a break in the shoot for the Wedding Essentials magazine, and I found her really nice ("motherly" came to mind).
We thank Arnold & Shynn for entrusting to us their entourage flowers. We wish you all the best in the world - a good life & wonderful children. May they grow up to be like garden roses: adorable & beautiful! :-)
Enjoy the photos! :-)
All photos by Paolo Ruiz.
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Preps: Makati Shangri-la
Wedding: National Shrine of the Sacred Heart
Photographers: Smartshot & Paolo Ruiz
Caterer: Josiah's Catering
Church & Reception Flowers: Beth Amat for Eve & Co.
Entourage Flowers: Dylan Gozum for Vatel Manila
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