Monday, September 03, 2012


Last June 2012, we had the honor of being chosen by one of the Philippines' top lens man, Nelwin Uy (NU), to provide a bouquet for his first-ever photography workshop, XOXO. Needless to say (but we're still saying it), we've been a huge fan of Nelwin and his work since we entered the wedding industry. We had the chance to work with him at our home base, The Mango Farm, for the first time back in 2007 or 2008 (not so sure anymore, sorry!) and we've been following his meteoric rise ever since.

It took us some considerable hemming & hawing to finally come up with a bouquet exciting enough for NU and his participants, and we didn't really have to look far for inspiration: our SoCal design philosophy already dictated the look of this project from the onset. In the end, our all-Tillandsia arrangement not only lasted a day (heck, even more!), it also complemented the whole NU look.

Though we weren't there long enough to witness the workshop, we're very happy to share here the behind-the-scenes take of a good friend, J Lucas Reyes, who was present on the second day to lend support. We've also listed some of the participants below and provided links to their workshop outputs. With great talents like them, the wedding industry is truly all the more richer. We wish everyone all the best in your careers. ^_^

May the work of your hands give glory to God, the source of all inspiration.

XOXO, Team Vatel Manila

Photos in this set by
J Lucas Reyes | Fine Art Weddings + Lifestyle Photography
Mobile: (+63).919.836.3620


Nicolo Manreal & Matet Spagnolo | Rainbowfish Photography

Pol Tiglao | Pol Tiglao Photography

Don Estacio

Marvin Dungao | 12 Masters Photography

Malou Pages | Shutterfairy

Nog Bernido | Photographs by Nog Bernido

Jeri Ahana | Reality Box Manila

Eugene Martinez | Eugene Martinez Photography

Abel Baldemor | Red Monkey Studios

Quincy John Tampo | Yap Photography

Kent Lazarraga | The Orange Studio

Bon Aserios | One Happy Story Photography

Blizzard Suguitan | CamZar Photography

Puy Talde | Really Awesome Weddings (R.A.W.)

Mike Paglalunan | Ruffa & Mike Photography

Grace Pamparo-Bandoy | The Vanity Clinic

Janna Mendoza Simpao { Bride & Breakfast }
Marbee Shing Go { Wedding Essentials Magazine }
Dan Matutina { Twisted Fork | Plus63 }

Makeup: Karen Mae Reyes for The Make Up Studio
Groom's Suit: Jorge Palmos
Bride's Gown: Veluz Reyes & Veejay Florersca
Models: Drew Rivera & Tricia Centenera of W Talent Management
Food: H Cuisine
Collaterals: The Fozzy Book
Bouquets & Boutonnieres: Vatel Manila & Teddy Manuel

Cocoon Studio & La Mesa Ecopark


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