It’s the love month, and for some reason I’m feeling a bit nostalgic and sentimental hence, I can’t help but reminisce our weddings (yes, we did it two times). This can also be because I’m currently being asked by a family friend based in California to lend her a helping hand by sharing my planning experience through my blogs, as she is about to start to plan for her wedding to be held in the Philippines next year. She’s aware for a fact that I have remotely planned for our second wedding held there five years ago. I will happily oblige but that will have to be on several separate posts on my other blog.
One single element that made a big dent on our wedding budget was the decor on both the ceremony and reception venues. While the Patio (ceremony and cocktails) and the whole of Quezon Ballroom A, B & C (reception venue) of the Makati Shangri-La Manila are nice enough, I was not willing to settle for just the basic decor that came with the package, thus I hired an Event Stylist. I wanted to transform the Patio to an English garden complete with a gazebo sans a lake, and I specified my preference for white flowers . The same look was re-created inside the ballroom incorporating the New York skyline with the Statue of Liberty as backdrop and an ice sculpture of again – the Statue of Liberty as the centerpiece in the buffet set-up and the bar at the Foyer of the ballroom.
I was very pleased with the collaborative work of our Florist and Event Stylist. I loved the table centerpieces to bits!
And another great use of fresh flowers? Just take a look. My Baker also didn’t disappoint.
I was not too keen about the idea of fresh flowers on a cake at first, but I was told that my Baker will adorn the cake with freshly picked, high quality pieces of flowers. Of course, we paid a premium for the additional specs but it was all worth it. The cake was yummy in itself (every layer was edible and in different flavors) but the good presentation all the more made it more enticing.
Is a wedding vow renewal in the works? Maybe, on on our 20th?!