Chapter Twenty-Four: The Glass Garden

2 July 2008 at 10:35 pm | Posted in Adventures, Partners, Reception | 3 Comments
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The Glass Garden| 257 Evangelista St. corner Pasco Ave., Barangay Santolan, Pasig City| 646.5323| http://www.theglassgarden.com.ph

The first few weeks I started our wedding planning, I was looking for venues near our area.  I came across The Glass Garden and became fascinated by it, but never got around to visiting the actual location.  I had gone to their website, which wasn’t completely finished at the time, and the photos didn’t seem impressive.

During the wedding expo, I encountered The Glass Garden again, and learned that the owner was a former school mate of mine!  I didn’t even recognize her, because she looked so grown up.  But she recognized me right away, and chatted me up.  I became even more intrigued, because I knew that she has impeccable taste.

I was finally able to go to the place when Manila Catering extended an invitation for food-tasting mid-June.  I brought two of my friends from work and we had no trouble locating the place though we weren’t familiar with the area.

Much like another well-known venue, The Glass Garden is situated in an urban area in which one would never have guessed that such a beautiful place existed in its midst.  On the (slightly narrow) road to the venue, we passed by lines of tricycles, trucks, and what looked like abandoned warehouses.

 

But once the gates to the Glass Garden opened, it was like entering a different dimension.

It was clean – almost distinguished  – which I think is precisely what they were going for, being an English-inspired venue.

Parking was ample, with a designated lot for each “Garden.”  I believe there’s even additional parking in a basement.

There are two garden venues – Diamond and Emerald – which didn’t have much difference in terms of size and design.

 

The food-tasting was being held at the Diamond Garden.  Entering the glass doors, we were greeted by a beautiful zen-like paradise with soothing water cascading down a large stone wall.

A bridge connects the “lobbies” of Diamond and Emerald.

When we stepped inside the Diamond Garden, my first thought was “The initial pictures I saw in the website did not do the place justice.”

It was spacious and airy, with just enough greenery to lend the feel of nature, but urbanized enough so that it remains very comfortable. (No need to fear insect bites or creepy crawlies!)

The colors of the walls were subtle enough to maintain an atmosphere of elegance, and blended well with the trees, plants and flowers.

Most noticeable and notable is the great intelligence and intuitiveness put into the design, with the guests’ utmost comfort in mind.

Everywhere is handicap-friendly, with floors that had rubberized matting.  The stairs’ steps were just sufficiently spaced (Yes, that I even noticed), and no area was left un-maximized.  At the corner of the Garden is the Suite, where the couple or the guests could choose to rest.

While it is a gem on its own, it still allows for creativity.  In a wedding, for instance, the couple can opt for a dramatic entrance from the Bridal Suite to the entryway, or directly from the Bridal Suite, or directly from the entry way.

It is beautiful as it is, but may still be dressed up with swags or more flowers, depending on the couple’s taste. 

There are also so many ways in which the caterer can set up their wares, because of the ample space of the Garden. 

I don’t have pictures, but I just have to say that even the bathrooms are beautiful – possibly better than some hotels’.  Inside (in the Ladies’ room at least), there was a slightly smaller version of the zen-like garden with the water cascading down a large stone wall.

We were also able to explore other areas of the venue – even as far as the offices.  Everything adhered to the English Garden theme.

RAVE:  Beautiful.  Clean.  Serene.  Comfortable.  Easy to find.

RANT: Not exactly located in the likes of Forbes Park.  Nevertheless, the place behind the heavy gates should more than make up for that.

REVIEW: If we didn’t already have a reception venue, The Glass Garden would definitely be on our shortlist.

Chapter Three: Where it all began

1 March 2008 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Partners, Reception | Leave a comment
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At the onset, we wanted to hold the reception in LOYOLA GRAND VILLAS.  After all, this is where the major milestones leading to our wedding happened – the official commitment to date exclusively and the engagement.  It was almost the natural choice, considering its significance to our relationship.

But, of course, we explored other possibilities.

C3 Events Place|  18 Missouri St., Greenhills West, San Juan| www.c3phils.com.

 C3 Events Place

Rave: It’s a hip party place with a modern ambience that requires minimal styling.

Rant: Nearly Five-Star Hotel Prices.  Very limited parking spaces.

Review:  This is a nice option for a high-style, intimate event.

The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion| 100 Park Avenue, McKinley Hill Village, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.| www.theblueleaf.com.ph

The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion 

Rave: It’s clean and serene with wonderfully landscaped greenery, perfect for Zen-inspired themes.  The pavilions are air-conditioned and have wonderful views of the gardens.  Situated in McKinley Hill at the edges of the booming metropolis of The Fort, it is fairly easy to locate.  It’s brand-spanking new, and it definitely looks it.  The people are very accommodating and quick to respond.

Rant: The venue was much smaller than we expected.  Parking within the venue is limited (although guests may opt to park on the side of the street).  Rate is a little more than what we were willing to shell out.

Review:  It’s a good option for couples looking for a venue within The Fort.

Makati Shangri-La|  Ayala Center, Makati City|  www.shangri-la.com.

Makati Shangri-La 

Rave: Makati Shangri-La. ‘Nuff said.

Rant: Five-Star Hotel Price. ‘Nuff said.

Review: A five-star hotel will always be a good choice for special occasions, if you have the moolah to spare.

The Peninsula Manila|  Ayala Corner Makati Avenue, Makati City| http://manila.peninsula.com.

Peninsula Manila 

Rave: Military forces sieged it.  A tank was forcibly rammed through its lobby entrance.  Despite all the chaos, the weddings, the birthdays, and all other celebrations for the day pushed through.  And less than a week later, the entrance was back to its former splendor.

Rant: Five-Star Hotel Price.

Review:  It may cause a little extra, but you’re assured that no army takeover or fifty-ton tank will stop your wedding from happening.

Manila Polo Club| McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City|  www.manilapolo.com.ph.

Manila Polo Club 

Rave: Great location. Private and Prestigious.

Rant: Sponsorship from a member is required in order to hold an event in this venue.

Review:  Worthy option for couples eyeing the area of The Fort.  If you’ve got the connections to hold your celebration here, use them.

In the end, we went back to where it all began: LOYOLA GRAND VILLAS| Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

Rave:  It has sentimental value to us.  It’s like being home.  It’s simple and elegant.  It’s air-conditioned. It’s convenient. And parking is sufficient.

Rant: Only members of the community are allowed to use the function hall.

Review: As a place that holds much meaning for us,  it’s where we wish to celebrate with our family and friends on our special day.

As most people say, “location is everything.”  And it is.  In choosing the right reception venue, there are so many considerations, including proximity to the church, convenience to majority of the guests, the atmosphere, and the surroundings.  For many, the location determines the entire “mood” of the wedding.  A hotel, for instance, will not make guests think twice about dressing up to the nines.

Our venue might not be spectacular by most people’s standards, but it is, to us.   There is really no way of pleasing everyone, but in the end, what’s important is pleasing ourselves and being happy with our choices.


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