Nothing does it like a detailicious affair to end the week with a bang. I can’t even begin telling you how much I love this wedding. In fact, I’d even say it’s one of my favorites so far. It is casual but elegant, effortless and fun. Weddings like this inspire subtle creativity and understated charm. The best part about it is that it was definitely a DIY affair. With the help of family and friends this proves that one can’t buy style! If you have it, you have it! This wedding HAS IT.
And can I just rave for a minute about the awesome photography of Paul Vincent. I am loving his style and lighting technique. Reminds me of US wedding photography. Smittened would be the best word to describe what I’m feeling today.
One must remember that food also requires aesthetics. How it is presented will add to a wedding’s beauty and feel. Having a nice wooden table such as this and wooden boards for the appetizers will give a rustic feel to the event. Style is not just found in one element in a wedding, it has to be consistent and cohesive wherever people look.
Add small accents such as cute cookie jars or a beverage counter with colorful bottles and uniquely shaped drink jars. These add to a detailed look.
These twisted twigs are so lovely. The guests sure had some eye-candy as they witnessed the ceremony of Ron and Anima.
Having your bridesmaids involved in the preps will make it a more meaningful experience for them. How yummy and pretty is this cake? One thing I truly love about this wedding is that everything didn’t have to be matchy-matchy for it to look put together. It had the right amount of detail, color and character. Well done with the style bride! Have you considered getting into the wedding industry?
A must-read from the bride:
Our Manila wedding was a tribute to the elements of our civil ceremony in New York. Before we moved to Manila, Ron proposed to me at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. One week later, we rode our bikes from Brooklyn, where we lived, to Manhattan City Hall. We crossed the Brooklyn Bridge in our wedding garb—me in a white dress and a veil and bouquet I made myself, him in a suit; my bike basket decked out with white baby’s breath and the back of his bike with a “Just Married” sign. After the ceremony (which lasted all of 40 seconds), we celebrated with cake and champagne on a park bench with only two friends. It was such a spirited, meaningful moment, and we wanted our Manila wedding to have the same creative, personal feel.
This was, in effect, a total DIY wedding, and it was all about the details. We found an incredible backdrop (Hacienda Isabella), and really, really thought about what to put in every single square inch of that place ourselves. It was an intimate production involving our closest family and friends: My best friend’s mom did the bridal and entourage dresses and my best friend, a jewelry designer, took care of my jewelry. We designed the invitations and souvenir canvas bags ourselves (using a tandem bike as our emblem) and had it done at with non-wedding vendor. I was obsessed with handstamping and held craft parties with cheese and wine to bribe friends into stamping everything from the misalettes to the cookie bags. My mom and I went on field trips to Divisoria and Dangwa to choose the right flowers and glass bottles, which my mom arranged; my bridal bouquet that was a simple bouquet of baby’s breath/millestar, a tribute to my bike basket in NY. My mother-in-law shipped mason jars from the US and my brother-in-law surprised us with lanterns from Thailand. My dad, who is a filmmaker, did the most incredible video tribute to our journey as a couple. We allowed everyone to bring their own creativity to the table, making it just as personal, memorable, and meaningful as the day we crossed our bikes across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
Bride’s Gown: Rosalyn Lagdameo / Entourage: Rosalyn Lagdameo / Photography: Paul Vincent / Videography/AVP: Tikoy Aguiluz (bride’s father) / Makeup: Cindy Pineda of Shu Uemura Rockwell / Caterer: Hacienda Isabella , Santi’s Tagaytay and Galileo Enoteca / Souvenirs, Styling: Bride / Flowers: Minky Aguiluz (bride’s mother) / Cake: Heny Sison / Fireworks – Dragon Fireworks