Sunday, January 01, 2012


We open the Water Dragon Year of 2012 with this post from one of our loveliest weddings in 2011. Bride Rachelle's standing order for her bouquet was "simple but not normal." One only has to look at their wedding theme of coffee (their company was the first to introduce alamid or civet cat coffee to the Philippine market) & adventure + the vibrant color scheme (Orange! Chocolate Brown!) to know that it's not going to be a regular wedding. Things have got to have a little more bite in them!

Together with our DIY team, {etc} Handmade Goodness, we created floral arrangements & customized boutonnieres that reflected much of the couple's ultimate feelings for the day. Marriage after all is an adventure (" going to war," wrote poet G.K. Chesterton) that requires at least two people to work together to surpass every challenge that might come their way.

Marriage is also like good cup of coffee, writes blogger Dale Harcombe. "...- it takes time to percolate. It still doesn't mean things can't go wrong. Even with the right beans and the right equipment to make it on you still got to be careful that you don't burn the milk or the coffee. Then you've got to make sure you don't spill it.

Sadly, too many people are not prepared to wait, so they settle for instant coffee. Isn't that the same with marriage? Too many people aren't prepared to invest the time and wait for the proper thing so they settle for the instant fix, the quick solution instead. I used to be one of those people, not with marriage but with coffee. I was just as happy with a cup of instant. But lately I've discovered the joy of a real, properly made cup of coffee made with good beans and made properly and I sure can taste the difference. I no longer want to settle for the inferior kind.

When it comes to marriage shouldn't our attitude be the same? Isn't it worth investing the time to make the real thing work and not expect the instant answer?"

Well said. :-)

Paolo & Rachelle, thank you so much for making us a part of your adventure!

Details of the flowers & boutonnieres can be seen in this preview.


Preps: Ville Sommet, Tagaytay
Ceremony: Caleruega, Batangas
Photographer: Jayson & Jo Anne Arquiza
Videographer: Bong Sare for Threelogy
Planner: Darlene Tan-Salazar & Team for Perfect 10 Weddings
Bridal Gown: Veejay Floresca
Preps Dress: Boy Kastner Santos
MUA: Chichi Sotomil
Emcee: Missy Ferrer-Litao
Church Flowers: Serge Igonia
Customized Boutonnieres: April Cyrielle Tabones-Cervantes for {etc} Handmade Goodness
Entourage Flowers: Dylan Gozum for Vatel Manila

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