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!

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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 Twenty-Five: DIYs Again

5 July 2008 at 7:56 pm | Posted in Invitation | 2 Comments
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[She Writes]

I must really be bored.  Or excessively obssessed about designing wedding invitations – not necessarily mine.

In any case, I hope you enjoy looking at the latest designs I made:

Chapter Nineteen: DIY

5 June 2008 at 11:48 pm | Posted in Adventures, Invitation | 1 Comment
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[She Writes]

Like a lot of brides, I am forced to unearth talents that may not even have been buried in my body in the first place, in an attempt to personalize and effectively cut on expenses for THE day.

As part of this wedding saving slavery, I decided to try my hand at DIY (Design-Invitations-Yourself).  I’d been toying with Adobe Photoshop for a while, but I’d never had the guts to show my output to anybody except for my Mom and my Goldfish.  So far, I’ve had great response from them – a motherly pat on the back, and a flick of a fin.

My idea for the invitation is a “storybook.”  Hence, the title of this blog.  It does NOT, I’d like to clarify, translate to a Fairy Tale theme.

These are simply “inspirational” designs for the “cover,” and may not appear as is on the invitations.  I believe in constructive criticism, so go ahead: lay it on me.  I can take it like a woman. 

UPDATE: On the advice of a few lovely ladies from our online community, I’ve added variations of a couple designs, and then some.

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If anything, I hope you had fun viewing these.  Cheers!


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