Thursday, March 17, 2011


Ah, the things people do for love. World literature is full of love stories, and the most popular ones have always been those that are spurned, torn apart by circumstances, or ended abruptly in ways that are still possible in our time. We all know what happened to Romeo & Juliet. Anna Karenina threw herself on to the path of an oncoming train (God bless her!), the utter stupidity of Scarlett O’Hara, & the timeless tale of forbidden and thwarted love in Wuthering Heights.

Those love stories that became successful are just as notable. The story of Odysseus and Penelope, for example, teaches us that love is worth waiting for. Which brings us to the story of Jeff & Edz; it’s touching how they’ve decided to get married on the same day that they celebrate their 12th anniversary. I mean, how many couples can actually boast of such patience & dedication?

Today, in this sunny afternoon of February, the month of love, two hearts decided to beat as one. We are reminded of Octavio Paz, Mexican poet and Nobel laureate, who wrote,"A flower without a stem, is beauty waiting to die. A heart without love, is a tear waiting to cry." Ah, It can’t get any more poetic than that. :-)

Vatel Manila shares in the joy of Jeff & Edz on this happiest day of their lives. Thank you very much and may God bless you! :-)

To reflect their theme, bride Edz prepared these pretty giveaways.

Loving the letterpress invites from Twenty O Four, a Cebu-based company.

SoCal love! For Edz (L), we created this pretty bouquet using white Hydrangeas accented by our all-time favorite, the Craspedia. We also added a few white mini Calla Lilies from New Zealand & some Queen Anne's Lace for texture. For the rest of the entourage (R), we used a mix of yellows: sturdy Celosia, Snapdragon, and Alstromeria. The overall effect is one that is fun, warm, and very laid-back!

For the men, our team member, Mishi Tolentino-Santos, made these hand-crafted boutonnières using paper on which was printed patterns from antique world maps we found online. A strip of ribbon made into a bow adorn the stem. Each flower boutonnière took all of 40 minutes to make.

That's me and event coordinator, Jody Liwanag, assisting Edz prepare for her march.

And she's off! :-) Loving the beautiful sunlight!

Doing the sand ceremony instead of the usual unity candle lighting.

We matched the loose petals with the color scheme, too!

Groom Jeff designed these paper aeroplanes which served as escort cards.

The caterer set up a candy bar at the cocktails area.

Part Deux is here. See the rest of this pretty, pretty set here & here!
All photos by Mimi & Karl | Real & Heartfelt Wedding Photography
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Preps: Richmonde Hotel Eastwood
Ceremony: Avenida, The Mango Farm
Cocktails / Dinner Reception: The Mango Farm
Photographers: Mimi + Karl
Aux Photographers: Marrku & Hana
Videographer: Threelogy
Event Coordinator: Jody Liwanag for Events Experts
Caterer: Lace Tan for K. by Cunanan Catering
Ceremony Setup: Vatel Manila
Entourage Flowers: Dylan Gozum for Vatel Manila
Non-Floral Entourage Items: Mishi Tolentino-Santos for Vatel Manila

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