Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Everyone knows that we are not very fond of weekday weddings for the simple fact that not many flowers are available, but Lady Luck was smiling upon us last Tuesday when we had to make a bouquet for a Tagaytay wedding. Sure, there are the usual suspects (roses among them) but what do you know, our importer decided to surprise us with poppy pods (Papaver sp.) & Dahlia, two items from our dream list!

We matched these with wild wheat, pretty Callisthepus (our first time to use this, too!), our perennial favorites, Snapdragons & Eucalyptus leaves, and leaves of a local plant called Luningning. Still have to look for the botanical name of that last one, but it makes any bouquet come alive instantly! We also added a single yellow Leucospermum, just so that it won't feel so lonely in the fridge. Because of this wedding, we officially return to our SoCal roots after making so many formal bouquets lately. We're back to the loose, the feminine, & the exciting textures! Yey!

Our DIY team, {etc} Handmade Goodness, also sent a pretty fabric boutonniere for the Groom, which added to the cheer that the bouquet already brought. All's well that ends well! ^_^

Instagram photos courtesy of Joannie Candi ^_^

Thursday, June 21, 2012


It's nice when couples really prepare for their engagement sessions. Props are totally not necessary, but dressing up for the shoot is almost always de rigueur. It doesn't have to have a theme, but as we in the wedding industry always say, it's all about you and being you. :-)

Photos courtesy of
Daniel Lei Studio | Photo & Cinematography
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." ~ John Lennon

Photo by Richmond Austria Sarreal
Bouquet by Vatel Manila

Monday, June 11, 2012


Bride Lara has got to be one of the most low-key among the brides we've worked with. We don't recall having received any mood boards, any inspiration pegs, any instructions. We sent a costing, and after requesting that we add a few succulent cacti to her bouquet, she booked us.

A most amusing thing happened on the night before the wedding though. It appears that none of us (at least us and the photographer, R.A.W.) had her contact number. Also, we haven't received any advisory re: hotel and room assignment. We have to give it to R.A.W's Puy's excellent sleuthing abilities to save the day: he searched for her in Facebook and found her (or was it the Groom's?) mobile number there, ha ha! What fun!

Looking at these photos now, it's still unbelievable that there actually are tons of pretty details waiting for everyone to appreciate (and take shots of). Who was it who said that quiet people have the loudest minds? Ah, physicist Stephen Hawkings!

The bouquet we made for her (and its accompanying customized boutonniere) is one of our personal favorites for it's well thought-out design (IMHO!~), its color harmony, and the choice of flowers. That and R.A.W.'s awesome photos pretty much reflected the fun & laughter that was January 10, 2012. :-)

Preps: Sofitel
Ceremony: Chapel of St. Pancratius, Paco Park
Photographer: Really Awesome Weddings (R.A.W.) with Ian Clarito & Randolph Evan Castro
Food: K. by Cunanan Catering
Bridal Bouquet: Dylan Gozum for Vatel Manila
Groom's Boutonniere: Mishi Santos-Tolentino for {etc} Handmade Goodness

Featured in Bridal Book. Read it HERE.


-- 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...