Friday, February 26, 2010

REAL WEDDING: LEO + MITCH (February 26, 2010)


I am happy to finally make this one-of-a-kind bouquet. I must admit that I had trouble conceptualizing flowers for a black-yellow color scheme without resorting to the usual (i.e. roses / tulips). For this project, we made use of two species of succulents: the Haworthia attenuata & the Echeveria elagans (a.k.a. rose cactus). Inserted in between these two are random placements of the über cute Craspedia globosa (from New Zealand). At the base, a wrap of Cypress leaves. For the handle, a diamond brooch on a cream & black damask fabric ribbon, reflecting the couple's leitmotif. I admit this kind of bouquet has very limited appeal. It's definitely not for everyone. But, really, would you rather have a bouquet you wouldn't want to rave about to friends? *winks*

Left: The bouquets for the mothers & the Maid of Honor were composed of yellow pompon mums of the Chrysanthemum family. These are from South Cotabato (sold only in one shop in Sampaloc and planted by only one family, wow! Not available all the time though, which is good!). Inserted are random rose succulents and to top it off (quite literally) are mini Cymbidium orchids (from Holland), reflecting the couple's secondary color which is Chartreuse. Right: For the rest of the entourage, we mixed a single large rose succulent (on one side only) and pompon mums with black crystals as accessories to reflect the couple's other primary color, which is black.

Left: For the groom, we made use of a rose succulent shoot and two pieces of Craspedia. A strip of damask covers the lower portion.


I am loving the black-yellow combination! Lace Tan did a great job at making this setup really come alive! Couples need not worry about using a lot of black. Just make sure to choose one (and I mean only ONE) solid color to break the monotony and you'd be fine. :-)

We had the chance to prettify the cake again that came with the package. For this one, the bride chose an all-white cake and we used black satin ribbons for the borders. We also used these nice pompon mums to brighten it up and inserted dried branches (from the Balimbing tree) and wisps of white ostrich feathers on the flower topper. I also lent a piece of damask for the cake stand.

A most beautiful wedding. We'd remember this for a long, long time. Can't wait to see the official photos! :-)


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Thursday, February 18, 2010

REAL WEDDING: RONALD + JANNE (February 18, 2010)

It's a surprise in this age of production-number weddings that there are still those who can afford to do it at very short preparation time. It's amazing, really, how one can just give the most basic elements a long hard look and ignore the things that other brides dream of (yes, a grand, GRAND wedding, what else?). As we always say, it's the people involved that count. Everything else is secondary.

A very simple & nice garden wedding with it's own share of amusing troubles like someone forgot the fetch the bride from the room when it was her turn (Guess who did the fetching?). But you know, the bride was the jolly kind and she was really really nice to work with. Left: At the altar with her groom. Right: A huge fan of our blog, the bride decided to forgo of the usual aisle flowers and we came up with these paper cones filled with rose petals. Those sitting along the aisle scattered the petals to the wind as the bride walked past them. Now, isn't that nice, having your guests participate, too? The cones can be a D-I-Y project for your own wedding. I printed one master copy with a damask pattern and photocopied it. So there! :-)

The bridal bouquet is composed of lightly scented Holland Matthiola, with random inserts of succulent cacti shoots, white wax flowers, wisps of ostrich feathers, and white Cymbidium orchids. Instead of a brooch, we used a light green crystal buckle at the handle held in place by a chocolate brown satin ribbon, reflecting one of the two secondary color motif.

For the Moms & Maid of Honor, we created one-of-a-kind hand-tieds using imported white Lisianthus & different sizes of succulent cacti - something that we first made last year but we are repeating this year but sans the berries. I think they're really beautiful, unique, and eye-catching. Fans (uy, fans daw, o!) of this blog will see more of the succulent family being used in our future arrangements. Hopefully we'd have a bride who would be willing to use an all-succulent bouquet (and we mean zero flowers!). If you're that bride, please let me know the soonest!

Left: This Altromeria-Rice Flowers-Snapdragon tandem has been Vatel Manila's signature arrangement for entourage flowers (not bridal) since 2009. Until now, I see no reason to improve it because even if we use pink, white or yellow versions of this one, the arrangement will always be lovely & fun! I just hope it doesn't get copied too often. Right: For the second time, we made these moss pillows as requested by the bride only the night before the wedding. @_@ Good thing I always have materials to make these pillows even at short notice. Compared to this one, this version has a nice lattice work using narrow satin ribbons held in place by pearl-head pins.


Ceremony Setup//

Entourage Flowers//

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


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Sunday, February 07, 2010


There's always that feeling of awe when working with someone whose reputation precedes him. From an "emerging wedding lensman" (an ad that was entered in 88db in 2008), Nelwin Uy has gained a steady following from couples and photography enthusiasts alike. The updated look of his work probably stems from his equally creative past as an Art Director where the need to update meant so much in order to survive in this business. Nevertheless, Nelwin is able to capture those relaxed, natural moments that other photographers only feign to do.

For this particular wedding, the upside of having shot the preps at the Farm was the use of the surrounding space for taking photos of some stuff (i.e. flowers, rings, invite, gown). As one of his staff said,"Para maiba naman. Lagi na lang kaming nasa hotel." Indeed. And the winner, in the end, will always be the couple (in this case, Jack & Ruth). The evidence is in these lovely pictures. :-)

Thanks so much, sir Nelwin, for allowing me to post your photos! :-)

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--  We're opening this busy month of December with this Tagaytay wedding that we worked on earlier this year. Truly, how time flies...