JL & Francis’s Bespoke Rustic Wedding by Jess Panajon

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I have a soft spot for rustic themed weddings. I love how this theme focuses on natural look and works well with simple accents. The simplicity that this theme brings enhances the beauty that a wedding celebration requires yet highlights the love that’s being celebrated that day… because we don’t want a plethora of decorations to steal the scene in your wedding, do we? Just the same, rustic weddings can bring out the DIY savviness in us, giving us plenty of opportunities to incorporate bespoke, handmade items as decorations.

So thrilled that today’s bride JL knew this and had the most meaningful DIY rustic wedding there is! Equally thankful that the very talented Jess Panajon was there to document everything! All you have to do is take a peek on all the photos and the simplicity of this wedding shines through! No make-up, no rings, no frills. Just a solemn day to celebrate love.

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Here’s the bride JL as she shares all the love…

“We me at a boarding house in Mandaluyong, January of 2006 during our senior year in Jose Rizal University. Housemates, then friends then a bit more than that after several months. There wasn’t any proposal. He was already in the UAE. So our life became the chat room mostly Whatsapp sometimes Facebook occasionally Skype. One time (at band camp), we were chatting and I just asked him what his plans were. He enumerated them and just casually slipped in “get married in 2016”. And I likewise casually replied “Ok”.”

“I have always preferred a small, intimate wedding (he, on the other hand wanted the opposite, but I won that argument). We did however agreed on one thing: it’s going to be simple yet different. We wanted it to be relaxed and comfortable, just an extra special day of our lives with our families and closest friends where one need not stand on ceremony. And so we decided on a rustic theme. I’m very meticulous and a stickler for detail. So we opted for a DIY. I don’t trust just anyone for my “wedding squad”. I picked a handful of my students to help me. Pinterest saved our asses. Research, research and more research. From centerpieces, to flowers, flower arrangements, wedding favors, invitation etiquette, what-to-do and what-not-to-do lists, they were all there, they were all handpicked. That’s why they were personal, very personal. And that’s the reason they’re extraordinary.”

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“If I were to choose a tad more defining moment amongst others in the wedding, I guess that would be the time we were pronounced as husband and wife. There were like a band playing inside my head, fireworks going off, champagne spilling and people chanting “change is coming”. I just wanted to go Phoebe (Friends series) and yell, “I’m married!”

It was a whirlwind. But I have savored every minute of it. As my husband reached for my hand and encircled my waist, every moment was special. It’s us. It’s ours. ❤️❤️❤️”

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The Photo Gallery:

The Dream Team:

Photography: Jess Panajon Photography | Videography: 24 Frames | Location: Estuar Farm, Rizal

Kathy & Allex’s Country Chic Wedding by Ruffa and Mike Photography

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There’s something ethereal and homey about today’s wedding that makes me want to hop over to Pangasinan asap. This quiet town up north has the right mix of Filipiniana flair, a welcoming vibe and serene atmosphere, making it a beautiful wedding destination.

All the rustic chic details and the pastel color palette of Allex and Kathy’s wedding worked so well amidst the earth tone hues of Casa de Doña Upeng. Everything about its facade screams Filipino vintage at its best — the red brick walls, wooden interiors and vintage tiled floors make the perfect backdrop to the wedding deets! I also specially love Kathy’s delicate lace bridal gown and her maid of honor’s gold-specked dress — so chic and pretty! And their rings. You just have to check out their rings! Love!

Kudos to the superb team of Ruffa and Mike Photography for all the gorgeous photos! And don’t forget to watch their SDE by Jake Olaso below.

Here’s to everything that’s soft, warm and breezy… Enjoy!

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The Photo Gallery:

The Dream Team:

Photography: Ruffa and Mike Photography | Videography: Jake Olaso Wedding Films | Preparation Venue: Casa de Doña Upeng, Mangaldan, Pangasinan | Church: St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Mangaldan, Pangasinan | Reception: Emerald Hall, CSI Stadia, Dagupan City, Pangasinan |  Coordinator: Events by Neri | HMUA: Andrew Jardenil | Florist/Stylist: Gary Abar Dacanay | EMCEE: Amanda Santiago | Bridal Car: Charles Rent A Car

A Sweet Little Prince 1st Birthday Party at Stacy’s

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Our little sweet pea, Benedict, celebrated his 1st birthday last February and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Finally, I’m sharing today his Little Prince themed celebration held at Stacy’s Capitol branch as beautifully captured by Jess Panajon.

The girls from Stacy’s were the sweetest and they gave me a superb, hassle-free service as they took each and every little detail I specified — up to the gold stars confetti I wanted on each table! Got raves also from our guests at how delish the food are, not to mention the nice moist birthday cake they prepared for Benedict!

I always knew I wanted a Little Prince themed party for Benedict, but I wanted it to be subtle, nice and not too overwhelming. I chose gold, baby blue and yellow as colors and had touches of gold stars everywhere. I also specifically instructed that no balloons are to be used, pom-poms with strings of gold stars were used instead. We also utilized that sweet little nook at Stacy’s and brought Benedict’s mat and some toys. He had a blast playing throughout the party (no tantrums!) and even entertained his littlest guests there!

For the party give-aways, we had Sweets For My Sweet loot bags which I DIY-ed (get the printable label here) and I had some Little Prince trinkets made into clay key chains. Thanks to our dear Angel for preparing and artistically doing each one of these amazing key chains! So lovely!

Thanks to all our guests who came over and celebrated with us! Cheers!

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The Photo Gallery:

The Dream Team:

Photography: Jess Panajon Photography | Videography: Francis San Luis Videography | Venue, Food and Cake: Stacy’s Capitol Greenstreet Branch | Little Prince Key Chain Favors: Angel San Luis

DIYs: Sweets For My Sweet Loot Bags, Key Chain Gold Stars Tag, Gold Framed Favors Table Label

Kai & Mark’s Food Truck Wedding by The Perfect Grey Photography

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Good food is always a great way to bring people together, and I’m more than sure that couple Mark and Kai know this.

Today’s uber cool couple decided to set up food trucks in lieu of a typical wedding reception, giving their guests the most laid-back, relaxing ambiance possible. Plus, what could be better than being served with delicious, comforting food, right? They had burgers, pizzas, and ice cream — just as what we love to eat during those late night conversations. Mark and Kai even changed to casual clothes to be able to serve food to their guests! What a total treat!

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So great that Arlene of The Perfect Grey Photography was there to document all the fun and the photos are all here for you to envy! Cheers!

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The Photo Gallery:

The Dream Team:

Photography: The Perfect Grey Photography | HMUA : Kat Ballada Alegonza | Coordination : Imbitado Events | Food Trucks : The Bread Lounge Test Kitchen, Big Bite Avenue, Kombites Cakes & Sweets

15 Chic Geometric Ideas for the Modern Bride

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Nothing makes my heart beat faster than a modern wedding. It’s fresh, full of new ideas to follow, at times minimalist, but always, always chic.

And when I say I love modern weddings, it means that this one new trend is in it — geometric designs. Oh, this super sleek detail adds all the right oomph to a modern wedding! The geometric wedding style is popping up everywhere — styled shoots, parties, soirees — so make sure you get a handful ideas and they’re all right here!

1. Geometric Backdrop

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2. Geometric Aisle Decor

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3. Geometric Bridesmaid Bouquet

Geometric Bridesmaid Bouquet

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4. Geometric Cake Topper

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5. Geometric Cake

Geometric Cake

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6. Geometric Candy Buffet Decor

Geometric Candy Buffet

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7. Geometric Ceremony Backdrop

Geometric Ceremony Backdrop

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8. Geometric Escort Cards

Geometric Escort Cards

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9. Geometric Hanging Decor

Geometric Hanging Decor

10. Geometric Menu Card

Geometric Menu Card

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11. Geometric Ring Holder

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12. Geometric Seating Chart

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13. Geometric Table Centerpiece

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14. Geometric Table Number

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15. Geometric Invitations

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