Thursday, May 13, 2010

Simply Beautiful

The Wedding Of Mike De Jesus and Tricia Pontejos
Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel
Peninsula de Punta Fuego
Upper Beach Club
Official wedding pictures by MangoRed, courtesy of Tricia :)

Kahlil Gibran, a known poet once said that" We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting."
True indeed, and once you discovered it, it simply lingers. Such was the wedding of Mike and Tricia. Both are very beautiful inside and out and have such exquisite taste, their wedding was an experience of their persona.

They both decided to have destination wedding. It was a windy yet very humid day, just perfect for a semi beach wedding. Punta Fuego is a mere three hour drive from Metro Manila. Up on the second hill and you will arrive at the Peninsula, where the upper beach club is.
The ceremony was held at the quaint Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel. . It's an airy chapel, very simple yet intimate.
The upper beach club is about five minutes away from the chapel. Teddy Manuel transformed the venue into an indoor beach inspired reception venue. The paper lanterns set a somewhat laidback feel to the formal event.
The preparation was such a breeze as Tricia was one of the prettiest brides this country could ever have :)

Here are some wedding details:
The invitation was a classic formal invite with a bit of blue splash to hint the beach feel
The bridal bouquet was done by a friend of the groom's family, Tita Agnes. They are fresh handpicked flowers tied together by a dainty white fabric.
During the preps, Tricia had some spare time to prepare her very romantic vows
The entourage looked all lovely wearing their blue jersey gowns prepare by Arlene Sipat of Salsatrends. Tricia's gown was done by Jun Escario.Right at the chapel, refreshments were given to early guests. Traffic was way too bad in Tagaytay during that day as Padyak Pinoy was held very near Alfonso. We had to move the ceremonies thirty minutes later than the original 3pm slot to give way to some other participants to be able to make it for the ceremony.
The handsome groom wore a linen suit by JC Buendia. One would not forget the childlike smile that Mike had as he watched Tricia walked down the aisle.
This is Tricia's very poised bridal walk in her Jun Escario gown.
That look of love made me realize that weddings like this have certain moments when time stood still.
The traditional post-ceremony activity headed by David had a certain twist when both parents were definitely game to join and were in the love mood as well.
After the ceremony, pre dinner cocktails were held at the upper beach club balcony. Balls of green, white and blue lanterns were designed by Teddy Manuel to enhance the bare area.
That Beautiful cake was done by no less than Ms Heny Sison. It tasted good as well.
Menu cards were put on table napkins
Simple fresh garden picked flowers for the reception were arranged by Tita Agnes as well.
Of course, the food must never be taken forgranted. The couple hired Bizu Catering with their signature dessert bar.
After the reception program, the guests rockeoke'd all night with the Johnny's and an open shooter's bar.

But my favorite part of the night was when Tricia and Mike decided to hold their first dance at the balcony with fireworks. :) The beautiful couple deserved that beautiful wedding.

View their onsite video prepared by Threelogy

Monday, May 03, 2010

A birthday, a wedding and a discharged battery

May 1, 2010
The wedding of Noel Arce and Karla Reyes
Belleview-Saratoga Hills Tagaytay Highlands
Madre De Dios Chapel
Midlands Veranda

It was David's 34th. :) The team went off to Tagaytay for a wedding. For Tagaytay and Batangas events, we usually leave early morning in Makati to specifically have breakfast first before proceeding to the actual venue. Tootsie's was one of the usual restaurants that we go to for breakfast. It is a quaint restaurant along the national road that serves relatively nice meals. The restaurant has a homey feel and a perfect venue for pre event discussions

The very handsome birthday boy :)
All breakfast meals come with a free instant coffee ( for those who prefer brewed, it is available for an additional cost)
This is daing na biya. Other choices would be their corned beef and bangus meals
Now off to Tagaytay Highlands. The bride stayed at belleview. It's great to see a bride who is relaxed, who has fallen asleep well a night before and simply calm :)
Karla had her shoes customized
Here, Eddie Bruan ( make up artist ) was having a short break and chitchat with Jun Pimentel, one of my associates. For those who didn't know, I was once an Eddie Bruan Bride. he still has that certain bridal make up magic.
Karla's mom was one of the nicest mothers we have ever encountered. Here, she kept on asking us to at least taste a specialty sncak from Batangas ( their hometown). It was actually like a sweet biscocho bread that is so great to be paired with coffee.My Reception associates strike a pose outside belleview after the morning turnover before going to midlands.
The groom stayed at a house in Saratoga Hills. Nice place :)
Rommel, my associate assigned to the groom, reminds Noel the running timetable for the day.
A calming view from the outside
Noel and his brother teasing their little sister as her make up is being done
At the bride's end, a sweet casual sibling moment happned as well

After the make up, Eddie got his own camera to take a photo of the bride while the official photographers from Niceprint instructs her to pose
The male entourage must be buffed as well. Here, the father of the bride was being groomed by Eddie.
Karla, having some funny talk with Jackie.
A beautiful gown was done by Frankie De Leon, a friend of the couple
Nostalgic :)
A very classic bridal pose :)
A father and son moment inside the bathroom
Two generation of beautiful women
Where else can you find two men putting on an earring to the woman of their life? :)
Some final instructions before leaving the place
And some comfort check :)
Meanwhile, the groom needs to be buffed as well. :) Some blotting paper would do
The bride and the groom enjoying some "us moment" during the post-ceremonial shoot
The wedding went very well. It actually finsihed early and we decided to head to Manila for some post celebration. Upon reaching a steep slope in highlands, we saw Missy Ferrer Litao ( wedding host) and her family on the side of the road as they had troubles with the car battery. Apparently, there is not available towing truck at highlands at night ( w/c makes me think- how come a high end place like this would not have an emergency service at night). Moreover, they cant just leave their car at the slope and it has to be brought to the nearest guard post. There goes the third adventure as the boys decided to pull push up to the nearest guard post is which about more than a hundred meters away from the area.
This is Charlie, Missy's daughter who never fails to light up a place. :)
2nd push activity :P This should be tagged as David's street party birthday celebration

" Alms alms ".
Actually, belive it or not, it was a very very interesting and fun day :) Here's the very heartwarming onsite of Noel and Karla's wedding as captured by Niceprint Photography