Chapter Thirty-Nine: Funny Twology from Threelogy

20 October 2008 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Adventures, Partners, Videographer | Leave a comment
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[She Writes]

I visited the Threelogy office months ago, and I just wanted to share hilarious photos I took of Bong, CJ and their team.

Jon had just gotten married at the time, so he was still on his honeymoon when I came to visit.

Here are Maestro Superior & Monsignor.

The shirts were given by Jon’s significant other, Maria.

The real deal between Bong and CJ!

Gorgeous Threelogy Ladies, Jenn and Mae!

I am really excited to have these guys on our wedding day!

Chapter Thirty-Eight: WE Beautiful Weddings 2008

20 October 2008 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Insights | 1 Comment
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[She Writes]

Why do I love bridal magazines so much?

There is so much cynicism in this world that I can no longer remember how many times people have scoffed when I told them I was getting married.  They would bring up issues on annulment and divorce, as if in an attempt to (though I’m sure not intentionally) destroy my idealistic thoughts on love and marriage.

The stories in the wedding glossies uplift my spirits.  When I read about unlikely love stories, and triumphs over the odds, I become more hopeful of our own love and our future together.

The latest issue on Beautiful Weddings by Wedding Essentials follows the 2007 style, with minor improvements.  The stories seem more heartfelt, and they’ve included a list of each couple’s key suppliers.

On the cover is Nina Corpuz’s marriage to Vince Rodriguez in the most romantic city in the world, Paris.

Inside, I saw features about the weddings of fellow w@wies Luzel and Sharon, whose preparations I read about in their posts on our online community.

Although I didn’t know them personally, I felt so happy for them.  I enjoyed reading their stories.

Maybe someday, our own story would be on the pages of a magazine and bring hope to other couples planning their life together towards forever.

Chapter Thirty-Seven: Latest Bride’s Yellow Pages

20 October 2008 at 12:33 pm | Posted in Adventures, Insights | Leave a comment
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I love the new Bride’s Yellow Pages by Weddings At Work.  The style is similar to their latest Wedding Primer. Clean, classy and sassy!

The BYP’s masterminds, couple John and Benz Rana.

W@W’s organizing a couple of exciting endeavors – an exclusive event and a new publication!

Their new ad is right – word-of-mouth is the best marketing strategy!

Our suppliers have ads here too!

It’s much thicker now.  And there are a lot of new information.  Kudos to the creators of W@W!  Thank you, John and Benz!

Chapter Thirty-Six: Weddings… Get Set… Go!

20 October 2008 at 12:27 pm | Posted in Adventures, Bridal Events | Leave a comment
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Cozy indeed was the wedding fair by Angel’s Wink held at the Rockwell Tent beside the Powerplant Mall.

Entrance was free, but guests were encouraged to donate to the Bantay Bata Foundation.

The ceiling treatment at the tent.

Photobooths were really cropping up everywhere.  We had free photos taken at the booths of Geronimo Photographico and Rockstar Photography.

Geronimo Photographico’s was a booth.

Rockstar Photography’s was a photo area.

Short and sweet.  That’s how I would describe our trip to this fair.  One perk though was that they gave out free copies of W@W’s new Bride’s Yellow Pages.  I also bought the latest issue of Wedding Essentials’ Beautiful Weddings 2008.  More on these publications in my next posts.

Chapter Thirty-Five: Attending a Tagaytay Wedding

20 October 2008 at 12:04 pm | Posted in Adventures, Caterer, Ceremony, Invitation, Reception | 6 Comments
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[She Writes]

One of my eldest brother’s best friends (whom we considered family) recently got married.   My brother was in another country, so he wasn’t able to come. But my Mom was a Godmother, and we all attended to show our love and support to the couple.

The save-the-date magnetic strip immediately reflected their personalities.  My brother’s best friend was in the car racing circuit, while his fiancee (now his wife, obviously) was a commercial model.

The invitation showcased their wedding’s bright sunset (or sunrise) hues of orange and red.

It also carried their theme of car racing and show business.

AdWorks, famous for their fun caricatures, produced the pop-up invitations.

I absolutely loved the wording on their invitation:
“When God started the engine
He paved the road that captured two hearts
To share a race that has no finish line.”

The invitation included a map and a registry card.

The reception was held at Ville Sommet in Tagaytay.  We left Manila after lunch, and arrived half past two.  We were very early.  Although the invitation stated that the ceremony would start at half past three, it was supposed to officially start at four.  And it actually began at five.

Nonetheless, we were able to enjoy the breathtaking place for a few hours.  Ville Sommet is a lush garden that offered beauty and privacy.

One is recommended not to wear heels though for the paved steps are cobblestoned and uneven, and the ceremony itself was held on the grass.

There was a beautiful nook under the tree where we hung out at before the event.

The pond was filled with large Kois and other fishes.

Josiah’s Catering set up Cocktail tables along the path towards the ceremony and reception areas.

Tents covered the patch of grass where the ceremony would take place.

A beautiful arch of flowers where the wedding entourage would pass through.

Beside the ceremony area was The Glass House, where the reception would take place.

The Groom with his parents.

The entourage.

The Bridal Walk.

Bubbles filled the air.

The Bride was crying the whole time…

… And so was the groom.

The Groom hugs his Bride’s mother.

They sealed their love with a kiss…

… And a long tender hug.

The beautiful couple’s blown-up photos propped up on easels, welcoming the guests before entering the reception hall.

Guest were asked to pick a mini racing flag before entering the reception area.

Josiah’s set-up for the VIP tables.

Long tables were set up banquet style.

The ceiling drapery was standard in the Glass House.

Votives added a romantic touch to the centerpieces.

The emcees were the bride’s model friends.

Torches were lit as the couple entered the venue.  The guests waved the mini racing flags during the couple’s entrance.

They immediately had their first dance…

… And the cutting of the cake.

The awesome cake followed the wedding theme.

It was almost symbolic of the roads they took during their time together…

… Until they finally reached their destination, their wedding, their marriage.

The wine glasses were dressed up in a tuxedo and a wedding gown.

The couple’s table.

The beautiful couple staring at each other.

The couple’s friends prepared an AVP for them.

Finally! I was able to capture a kiss!

They had a money dance.

No less than Php500s please.

There were several giveaways: a small chocolate cake by Joy San Gabriel, a mini bottle of wine, and a tin of candies.  I wasn’t able to take a photo of the cake though.  We ate it right away!  It was delicious!

Here’s the wine though.

And the tin of candies.

 

The candies were Jelly Bellies, no less!

 

A sweet ending to a sweet wedding.  Best wishes to the gorgeous couple!

Chapter Thirty-Four: A Day for a Lifetime

20 October 2008 at 11:31 am | Posted in Adventures, Bridal Events | 1 Comment
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[She Writes]

In between the craziness called work, I was able to squeeze in wedding-related activities.  I just haven’t been able to blog about them right away.  So my apologies to my readers (if there are even any left).

On the 5th of October, my Mom and I trooped to the Blue Leaf Events Pavilion (where we met up with my fiance’s family) to attend “A Day for a Lifetime,” which they’ve been dubbing as the most creative wedding fair in the country.

It’s different alright.  And it’s certainly creative, if only in terms of the concept of the fair.  The exhibitors were grouped into separate areas, each with its own specific movie theme.

Most of the exhibitors were in the Jade and Banyan event pavilions.

One area was “50 First Dates,” which had the relaxed bohemian feel of the beach.

“Ocean’s Eleven” was a swanky, jazzy affair that evoked a 1940s atmosphere.

“Saturday Night Fever” needs no explanation.   While the idea was not something I’d personally adopt for our own wedding, it was the most fun area of the bunch.

The colorfully lit dance floor was the highlight of the theme.

And Konsepto’s Foto Loco booth was a certified hit, with its custom disco background and funky props and costume!

Yep, that would be me if no one had invented hair relaxing treatments.

“Casablanca” had a clean, romantic look.

The decor was done in traditional white.

“Star Wars” had to be the most unusual.

The “MASTER” was even part of the design.

The supposed set-up for the ceremony wasn’t too far-out though.

I wasn’t able to take more photos of the area for “Lord of the Rings.”

But it was very similar to a typical garden set-up, with the addition of Hobbit-costumed normal-sized people.

The “Titanic” area was, expectedly, nautical in nature.

The set-up gave guests the experience of dining on a ship.

While photo booths have become a dime a dozen, photo areas are also beginning to mushroom.

Here’s one by YKL.

“The Godfather” was the only area situated inside the round Silk Pavilion.

K by Cunanan and VS&F were holding food tastings for the guests.

Three cakes were displayed on the stage.

We went home with a nifty bag of flyers, brochures, and more types of paper.

The fair was a fun, visual feast for the senses that would inspire any couple in dreaming up a theme for their own wedding.  But in terms of sourcing suppliers, the number was too limited to really be able to canvass properly.  Nonetheless, it was worth it if only for the fun photos at Foto Loco, and the bonding with the future in-laws.

Chapter Thirty-Three: Gazebo Royale

17 September 2008 at 5:25 am | Posted in Adventures, Bridal Events, Caterer, Partners, Reception | 7 Comments
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[She Writes]

A picture is worth a thousand words.  So here are the images I took from the Hizon’s Catering’s grand food-tasting held at the Gazebo Royale.

Beautiful greenery greets guests.

Hizon’s Food Tasting was held at the Champagne Hall.

The Champagne Hall is a huge area that should easily fit 350 to 500 guests.

It is a roofed but open-air venue.

Ceiling treatments of the Champagne Hall.

One of the many ponds.

The men’s rest room.

The bridge leading to the women’s comfort room.

The airconditioned and spacious rest room.

A venue for smaller gatherings, the Bamboo Grove.

Airconditioned and fits about 50 to 60 people.

From the Bamboo Grove to Phoenix Avenue.

A smaller version of Champagne Hall.

The ceiling decor of Phoenix Avenue.

RAVE: Fairly easy to locate.  Clean feel.  Gorgeous greenery.  Spacious parking.  Airconditioned bathrooms.

RANT: Venues may get quite hot.  Far from more desirable churches.

REVIEW: Beautiful option for a garden-style wedding within the metro.

The Gazebo Royale is located at 29 Visayas Ave. Ext., Quezon City.  For more information, visit their website at http://www.gazeboroyale.com.

Chapter Thirty-Two: Inviting Invites

15 September 2008 at 8:32 am | Posted in Adventures, Invitation | 4 Comments
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[She Writes]

I’ve always found myself captivated by stationery, or any paper product that captures one’s imagination  – cards, invitations, magazines, books, anything palatable on paper!

In fact, my favorite part of wedding planning has to do with invitations – whether it’s doing research, designing, or simply imagining the possibilities for our own.

The whole of an invitation – its texture, style, colors, text, design – sets the expectation and anticipation.  Will it be an elegant affair? Will it be a fun party? Will it be an intimate event?

My fiance and I are hoping for a combination of classy yet carefree – following a poignant ceremony, a tasteful reception that will still invite guests to let their hair down.

How will this be expressed in the invitations? The classy part – from the texture and style; The carefree part – from the colors, text, and overall design.

The colors, text, and design are the least of our “cares,” as these are “free.”  We choose the colors, write the text, and execute a design – decisions, which we’re not technically paying for.

The texture (kind of paper) and style (letterpress, thermographic, embossing, or engraving) are what comprises the cost of an invitation.

Letterpress best exudes the kind of elegance my fiance and I would love to achieve for our wedding.  It is the epitome of refinement and good taste.  Even if splashes of color are incorporated into the design, the letterpress serves to balance the look and lend sophistication.

Of course, letterpress does not come cheap.  In fact, it’s darn right expensive.  As much as I would LOVE to have letterpress invites, we might not be able to afford it.

Nevertheless, there is hope! A dear friend, Luzel, from our online community, weddingsatwork, shared news of the very generous promo by Dingbat Press (http://dingbatpress.blogspot.com), a design studio that specializes in letterpress.

Adrienne Berry, the owner and creative genius behind Dingbat Press, is giving away a FULL WEDDING SUITE valued at $900.  The suite includes 100 letterpress invitations and reply cards.  Check out full details at their blog, THE DINGBAT’S AGENDA.  The promo runs until the 20th of September.

The contest is open even to non-US residents (such as myself). 

But my fiance lives in Ohio, USA.  So in case we do win, I suppose we can have the invites shipped to his place.

Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Right now, I’m just hoping, wishing, and praying that Dingbat Press would seriously consider (and eventually choose) our entry.

 Good luck to all the hopeful couples!

All images in this entry were taken from www.etsy.com and http://dingbatpress.blogspot.com.  Visit www.dingbatpress.com to learn more about the company and their products.

See Chapters 19 & 25 for invitation-related entries of Storybookwedding.

Chapter Thirty-One: Swak na Swak Wack-Wack

12 September 2008 at 8:20 am | Posted in Adventures, Insights, Reception | 3 Comments
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[She Writes]

There’s a chance that our original reception venue may not pull through as it may not fit all our guests.  So we’ve started checking out other places.

Because of its proximity to our church, it was almost natural that we pay a visit to Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club.

It was quite nice, and had the feel of a hotel.

The entrance was lovely and elegant.

And the lobby was clean and classy. (The picture’s just a little fuzzy though.)

To the right was the way to Banquet Halls A & B.

Banquet A can seat about 150 guests.

During our ocular, VS&F was setting up for what appears to be a wedding.  One concern we had about the place was the limited number of accredited caterers.  In fact, there were only two: VS&F and The Plaza.

There was a set stage and space for a dance floor.  The floor may be rented free of charge from the club.

Banquet B was a smaller hall that may be used as an extension to A.  It can fit about a hundred more guests.

Banquet B has a balcony of sorts overlooking the greens.

At the side, you can see the parking lot and the pool…

… and a nice cityscape.

RAVE: Nice alternative to a hotel. 5-star ambiance at a reasonable price.  Gorgeous Cityscape. Close proximity to our chosen church.

RANT: Very limited choices in caterers.  Carpet had a slight musty smell.

REVIEW: All in all, this is definitely a place we’re seriously considering.

*See Chapters 3 & 24 for more wedding reception venue options

Chapter Thirty: More Mags

12 September 2008 at 7:20 am | Posted in Adventures, Insights | 4 Comments
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[She Writes]

The latest additions to my collection.

I got these foreign titles for a steal at Book Sale.

The latest issue of Metro Weddings has two cover options.  I purchased the one with Patricia Morato-Roa posing with a variety of wedding cakes from the Red Ribbon bakeshop.  The other cover features actress Cheska Garcia.

I bought the Wedding Essentials Destinations, which also has two cover options.  Even though we’re not planning on having an out-of-town wedding, it contains so much wedding inspiration and honeymoon ideas that would still help in our own preparations.

The latest Wedding Essentials issue I bought from the publisher’s booth at the Wedding Expo at a discounted price!

Soon, I’ll show you my favorite features in these magazines.  For now, all I can say is they’re totally worth it!

See Chapters 21 and 23 for related posts on bridal magazines.

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