ABOUT US



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We pretty much grew up with flowers. My Mother grew orchids (all her friends did). While the white Cattleya was her favorite, mine was the Phalaenopsis. Out in the yard, there were plots of daisies, wild roses, Dahlias, Birds of Paradise (the real deal!), rows upon rows of Heliconias & Jasmine and we vividly recall how we enjoy watering the plants in Summer because we can "make" rainbows by spraying fine mist against the sunlight (try it!). On Wednesdays, we'd go fishing at the nearby lake and on weekends, if there's no movie showing or if the bowling alley didn't beckon, we'd take long walks in the evenings where the cool air is perfumed by pine trees and ferns. Ah, those were the happy days of our youth. :-)

First, an aside. We haven't really attended a lot of weddings in our lifetime (and by 'lifetime' we mean 35 years) and we always look forward to getting invited because it gives us a reason to dress up, appreciate a lot of things (food, setup, the wedding rites itself!) and hobnob with friends and family. We appreciate weddings so much that little did we know we'd be involved in it later on.

Vatel Manila was an idea born at The Mango Farm in late 2005. It was inspired by the 2000 film, VATEL, starring Gérard Depardieu & Uma Thurman. Depardieu plays François Vatel, the Master of Festivities and Pleasures in the court of Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Condé. It's a long story, you might as well read on it or watch the film, ha ha! Suffice to say that our business is largely based on Vatel's aesthetic (at least a fraction of it) and his sense of honor & duty amidst great adversity.

At the beginning, we were just there to assist the Farm in conceptualizing booth designs whenever it attends bridal fairs. Our first wedding was in November 2005 and the second in June of 2006. The rate has risen since then and as we speak, we have done more than 400 weddings since we started.

We have retained in this blog our past wedding setups just to remind ourselves about our birth pains, as well as to see how our aesthetic has changed and developed into what we are now known for: a leading proponent of simple & tasteful setups and a provider of fresh, beautiful, feminine, one-of-a-kind floral arrangements.

OUR STYLE IS YOUR STYLE //
Our aesthetic can be described as 'refined simplicity'. We are not huge fans of production-number weddings that clearly define what event styling is now in Manila. We are fans of small, cozy spaces and for larger events, clean spaces with very minimal details. Every venue is a canvass for us to transform using simple but lovely setups that define you and your personal style.

OUR UNIQUE OFFER//
For now, we are focused on doing entourage flowers more than doing reception or church setups. Over the years, we have striven to produce unique bridal bouquet designs that are never repeated. The design is made for you and you alone. It will not be repeated for another bride.

OUR LOOK //
Vatel Manila is into the SoCal (Southern California) look: fresh, oftentimes loose, airy, feminine arrangements that are full of character and texture. Our bouquets are a marriage of the world's best flowers and those coming from local flower farms. We strive to strike a balance between meeting the requirements for function & beauty, as well as upholding our duty to support the environment and promoting job creation for Filipino flower farmers.

INSPIRED BY THE WORLD //
In doing design, we get our inspiration from abroad where a lot of truly inspired ideas come from. Since there is a tendency for local businesses to copy each other's works, we feel that there is a need to be unique in every way (an understatement!) and to promote a culture of simplicity and good taste in every aspect of design.

Apart from working on ideas, we also aim to educate. "The biggest challenge of design is to be able to work with your clients whose needs you have to answer. The main work of a designer is to police and polish the client's style." (Ito Kish)

UPPING THE ANTE EVERY TIME, ALL THE TIME //
We are our own severe judge and taskmaster. We despise stagnation. We try not to follow trends yet still be in fashion. Our raison d'etre is to bring beauty to Philippine weddings. As a huge fan of architecture, we likewise subscribe to the Vitruvian design model: Utilitas, firmitas et venustas. Functionality, Quality, and Impact.

With these things in mind, do know that you're in safe hands with us.

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"...and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior." (Luke 1:47)
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TO SET A MEETING OR GET A FREE QUOTATION, CONTACT US!

Dylan Yap Gozum
Mobile: + 63.915.383.8803
Email: vatelmanila@gmail.com

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