Saturday, July 30, 2011


It was bound to happen: an origami bouquet had to be made in this day and age where everyone wants something new every time. The age of arts and crafts in weddings has definitely arrived! I remember when someone inquired with us before for a paper bouquet with chocolates, we still weren't ready but really, no regrets.

And thanks to friends, Puy & Chie of Really Awesome Weddings, we were able to launch our very first origami bouquet in one of the most vibrant of Asian cities: Hong Kong! How totally apt for a truly Asian art form. Check out the awesome engagement session here! Enjoy! :-)

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Here's a totally beautiful wedding that we hope we had more photos of, ha ha! Only a beautiful summer light can give delicious photos such as these but even more so, love that is shared and freely given obviously shines through as well. All the best, Mir & Jackie! God bless you! :-)

Photos courtesy of
Erron Ocampo | Modern Photojournalistic Wedding Photography
address: 39B Maginhawa St., UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City
Mobile: {63917} 813-7766
Landline: {632} 211-7700

Friday, July 29, 2011


Here's an almost prop-less engagement session that's gives enough proof that all you need to bring for a prenup shoot is yourselves (and at least two sets of clothes!) and a great photographer.

Enjoy the fantastic Filmtastic™ photos! :-)

Location Guide: Alpadi Estate, Antipolo
See more Filmtastic™ goodness here!

Photos courtesy of
J Lucas Reyes | Fine Art Weddings + Lifestyle Photography
Mobile: (+63).919.836.3620


Good news, dear readers! Vatel Manila is now moving closer to launching {etc} Handmade Goodness, our DIY arm, and what better way to do this than by revealing the creatives behind the brand!

When {etc} was established this 2011, it was envisioned to bring to Manila the unique American experience of having items handmade and customized for every wedding. Armed with the experience of having their way at their own weddings (uhm, well, not in everything!) and having handcrafted a lot of the items themselves, 5 former brides (4 got wed in 2010, 1 in 2009) came together to form {etc} Handmade Goodness. They come from different backgrounds: the medical field, two are in IT, in real estate, and the only lawyer is currently a Mom, too!. How awesome is that? :-)

Soon, as the demand expands, {etc} will open to Sellers - talented brides (& grooms!) who are also into craft & DIYs who might want to sell their creations to future couples. We'll also eventually open our {etc} HOME line starting with pretty throw pillows and hand-carved items. Indeed, nothing makes a wedding (or a home) truly special than by having certain items handmade and customized. :-)

Here's looking forward to working with you all soon!

- Dylan, Aecy, LA, Grace, Mishi, & Cel <3

Meet the Team!
Cecile Roxas-Padecio

Mishi Tolentino-Santos

April Cyrielle Tabones-Cervantes

Grace Mappala-Arrojado

Team member, Lorely Ann Sace-Oviedo, didn't make it to the shoot. She's currently a resident of Hong Kong SAR.

For capturing who we are, we thank
Paolo Ruiz
2nd Email:
Mobile: 0915.997.9435
YM: iampaosterworks

For making us look great, we thank
Samantha Unson-Gallardo | Professional Makeup Artist & Makeup Coach
Mobile: 0922.804.0904 / 0916.235.6575

For helping us book a slot at Heima, the team thanks
Paolo Feliciano
Mobile: (+63)917.535.4760

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Here's a wedding that took almost a year to plan and a long-distance one at that. Shuttling between Sydney and Manila, bride Aileen made sure everything would look perfect for her January wedding in Antipolo and indeed, that's how it turned to be! There's pure awesomeness written all over these photographs, and the sunset was just too beautiful to miss, bathing the couple in its soft light.

It reminds us of Rabindranath Tagore who once said,"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."

We think that's what two people become to each other the moment they say 'I Do.' Ain't that a sweet thought? :-)

The bridal bouquet was made out of lavender Cool Water Ecuadorian roses, white Wax Flowers, Snapdragon, and two shades of Eustoma (Lisianthus). The loose arrangement gives it a definitive SoCal feel. :-)

See Paul Vincent's post here.


Preps: Thunderbird Resort, Binangonan Rizal
Ceremony: Our Lady of Peace & Good Voyage Cathedral, Antipolo City
Cocktails & Dinner: The Mango Farm, Antipolo City
Photographer: Paul Vincent
Videographer: Phoeben Teocson
Food: Josiah's Catering
OTD: Events Manila
Entourage Flowers: Dylan Gozum for Vatel Manila


-- We distinctly remember this day: we had five (5) weddings (two in Metro Manila, one in Cainta, one in Cagayan de Oro, and another in Bora...