Friday, March 11, 2011


On December 7 of 1965, the then ongoing Second Vatican Council wrote a letter to the youth: "Lastly, it is to you, young men and women of the world, that the Council wishes to address its final message... It is you who, receiving the best of the example of the teaching of your parents and your teachers, are to form the society of tomorrow... Be generous, pure, respectful, and sincere, and build in enthusiasm a better world than your elders had... The Church looks to you with confidence and with love..."

Weddings, more than its attendant pomp and circumstance, is a promise made between the couple and the Heavens. And more than a commitment between two people, it is also a commitment to be good citizens of the country, and to be faithful members of the people of God. Young couples today, like Otep and Elay, face more daunting challenges than their parents ever did during their time. It's not just the expense of starting out on their own (which is a given), it's also having to deal with the pressing issues that beset the world at large.

But what's to fear when one has faith and love to rely on? The Council's pastoral letter on Marriage & the Family puts it ever so succinctly,"For the good of the spouses and their off-springs as well as of society, the existence of the sacred bond no longer depends on human decisions alone. For God Himself is the author of matrimony, endowed as it is with various benefits and purposes.[1] All of these have a very decisive bearing on the continuation of the human race, on the personal development and eternal destiny of the individual members of a family, and on the dignity, stability, peace and prosperity of the family itself and of human society as a whole."(Gaudium et Spes, 48)

We pray for Otep & Elay, and for many other young people who have likewise taken the plunge, that their married life be blessed abundantly with hope, grace, & love. :-)

R: For the Principal Sponsors, we made simple chest corsages using old-rose hued Cymbidium orchids with Eucalyptus leaves and ostrich feather trims.

L: The bridal bouquet was made from pink Hyacinths, yellow Craspedia, Veronica Blue, touches of purple Lisianthus, a single Protea, and white Wax Flowers. Lace and a brooch adorn the handle.

L: We used yellow Button Mums for the coins. Crystals pin it in place.

It's always nice to use exotic flowers like the Protea (see above) in bouquets, but only sparingly as not only are they bulky, they're also very heavy. Here, it's used as a mere accent. TRIVIA: The Protea was named after the god, Proteus, in 1735 by Linnaeus. Since 92% of the species is found only in a specific region in South Africa, it makes sense that it is that country's national flower. :-)

For the men's boutonnières, we used a mix of cobalt Eryngium thistles and yellow Craspedia along with eucalyptus leaves as accent. The handle was wrapped in jute twine for that rustic feel. To this day, I can't get over the fact that using Craspedia remains to be a very expensive option for arrangements, but it's way too pretty to ignore!

Pretty reception setup by K. by Cunanan Catering at The Mango Farm's Glass Pavilion. Loving the new table tag holders, and the lamps!

Suppliers at work! (Top, L-R): Faye Young, me during the bouquet-carrying practice, & Mar Laquindaum of MyPhotato & Lei of Daniel Lei Studio. (Bottom, L-R): Rupert Jacinto in the dark, Macy Dy (represented by a lamp as she's always in the kitchen), and Lei, Kel Laquindanum of MyPhotato, Rupert, and Mar. :-)

See the rest of the photos here.

See their SDE here.

All photos by and courtesy of Really Awesome Weddings (RAW)
by Puy & Chie Talde
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Preps: Astoria Plaza
Ceremony: Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados, Marikina City
Cocktails / Dinner: The Mango Farm, Antipolo City
Photographer: Really Awesome Weddings (RAW) assisted by MyPhotato
Aux Photographer: Rupert Jacinto
Videographer: Daniel Lei Studio
HMUA: Faye Young
Caterer: K. by Cunanan Catering
Entourage Flowers: Dylan Gozum for Vatel Manila

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