Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bring on the Bright Side!


How to Rock the Rain on Your Wedding Day

Weddings in this half of the year can be so fun, vibrant and—tricky. Yes, tricky. That’s because from now all the way to the –ber months, the weather’s surely going to be playing tricks here and there. Days can start off as bright with cloudless sky in the morning, and finally turn out damp and chilly in the afternoon, even stormy. Now if you’re a bride, the thought of having rain on your dream wedding—whether outdoor or indoor—is enough to send shivers down your spine. 

But who says rain has to spoil your big day? When life gives you rain, dance in it! Let’s bring on the bright side with these tips that you can roll out of your petticoat as soon as the clouds come rolling in.

Have a Plan B

It pays to have foresight, especially on your big day. Check for a 14-day, 7-day and even 3-day weather forecast prior to your wedding and see if you will need to get some extra preparations ready in case it rains. If your wedding will be held outdoors, will you have a nearby indoor location that you can move to should it start to pour? If not, will a tent and flooring (should the ground get soggy after much rain) be available? Do you have generators on standby in case a storm comes up and power lines get cut off? These may sound too minor a detail, but it’s always good to have something to pull out the moment it starts to drizzle.




Give a Heads Up

Nobody wants to be the uninformed guest. So give them a heads up. If weather forecasts predict for rain (or even strong breezes) on your wedding day, make sure you let them know so they can prepare. You may request for your guests to wear extra layers as the rain may turn the weather a little cold. The ladies and bridesmaids may also avoid wearing chiffon dresses that can ruffle in the wind. Last but not the least, if you’ll be having an outdoor wedding, be sure to let your hairstylist know that the weather will be a little breezy. That way, your hairstylist can prepare a style that will not make you look like a disaster on your big day.




Hype Up on the Romance

Rain is romantic, remember that! And in a great deal of sense, rainy weddings get to celebrate more fun and style than those that missed the showers. There are a lot of ideas to make the rain work wonders on your wedding day. For one, you can have your first (umbrella) dance under the soft drizzle! (This works up so nicely on camera, trust us! See Katy and Ryan’s wedding.)

And speaking of good shots, there are so many amazing (even magical) photos that can come up out of a rainy wedding! What you should do is get good wedding photographers (and yes, there are many!) and let them do their thing. For sure, your photographers will know how to help you celebrate the situation and bring out the rainy romance in your photos. (Looking for great photographers? Hit us a note and we’ll be glad to recommend to you amazing people who can rock your special day, rain or no rain!)


Photo by Mimi and Karl

Photo by Katherine Birkbeck

From Stylemepretty.com



Soak Up the Showers in Style

Getting married on a rainy day doesn’t have to mean you’ll have to wash the chic stuff away—it’s actually a great time to soak up in style! And that goes for you and your guests as well. Here are some stylishly fresh ideas to get you started:

Keep your guests cosy with shawls that can warm them up. And while you’re at it, pick out those in your theme or color!


Photo by Katy Lunsford

When the rain drops come pouring down, pull up those cute motif umbrellas! Choose those of your theme, or color, or even your school pride! These cute umbrellas can work as nice wedding favors for your guests, too!

Photo by Brooke Allison

Photo by Heidi Vail


And if you want to take your floral styling a little further, why not celebrate it with these babies:


Umbrellas by Galleria


And here’s another awesome reason to love the rain on your wedding day: it makes perfect excuse for these cute, nifty boots! Sexy and still lady-like, don’t you think?

Photo by Kerry Morgan

From Stylemepretty.com

From Thefedsweddings.com

To light up candles is one thing. But to light up candles while rain drops dramatically shower softly down the window pane, now that’s extra points on the romance scale!

From Yorubagirl.com

As we say, “When it rains, it glows.” Well, we really never say that, but hey—since the rain darkens the sky too early, why not rock the moment with some cool glow sticks for you and your guests? Aside from being fun, these bright stuff can also make your reception entrance look something like this:

Photo by Jeremy Igo

And that’s just to cite a few! There are a dozen other ways to rock the rain in style, so get creative!

Embrace the Rain

Lastly, keep your mind on the bright side. If you’re too anxious about the less-than-ideal circumstances on your special day, then just don’t let your guests know about it. Stressed bride = Stressed wedding. Remember, it’s not the preparations—not even the weather—that make a wedding day perfect; it’s you and your spouse. The bride and the groom—their love, smile, and all that—are ultimately what the guests came to celebrate. So just go out there, embrace the rain, and be thankful! It may actually be God’s way of blessing your big day in a unique, unforgettable way.


How about you—how was your wedding? Got other ideas to celebrate the rain on your special day? We’d love to hear from you!


Friday, June 8, 2012

Boho Lovin' - Carlo and Hyds' Wedding




There’s always something ethereal that comes alive when a summer afternoon takes a bohemian twist. It’s laid-back, fresh, bursting with colors—almost like being stuck in eternal spring time! Ah, the perfect time to fall in love…

And we’re getting us some Boho lovin’ in Hyds and Carlo Cecilio’s wedding! 

Photo by Dominic Barrios

Photo by Toto Villaruel

Photographers Carlo and Hyds is one couple that we are so blessed to work with. And it’s not just because these two are dear friends of ours, also working the wedding circuit. Carlo and Hyds share a sweet love story that’s got God’s handprints all over it! (Trust me, when cat-versus-dog enemies like Carlo and Hyds turn into adoring lovebirds, that’s what you call a miracle!) And they’re not one to keep the gratitude to themselves!

Carlo and Hyds wanted their wedding to be a treat for all their loved ones—a celebration of the love and support that their families and friends have shared with them all these years. They wanted it to be festive yet very meaningful, even families will have a memorable time. That’s why when they said they wanted a very fun ‘Boho chic’ look for their wedding, we immediately knew we were on the same page.

‘Love One Another’

Hyds picked the theme ‘Love One Another’ because these were the words that God led her to when she was praying for Carlo. It came from the passage in John 15:17 which commands us to “love one another”. With this, Hyds thought of what she calls ‘Jack and Jill,’ banners holding hands with hearts between them. Very simple and sweet.

Photo by Dominic Barrios


Showers in Summer

Hyds has always loved walking under showers of dried leaves in summer. There’s just something about the leaves and soft breezes that makes her feel God’s intimate presence. And that very feeling is what we wanted to capture the moment she walked down the aisle. We had the aisle laiden with dried leaves and the entry to the aisle adorn with vine curtains and floral borders. To add a twist, too, we had the kids play with really big white balloons with the words ‘Here Comes the Bride’ as Hyds was walking towards the altar.


Photo by Jay Jay Lucas

Photo by Jay Jay Lucas

Photo by Derrick Ian Lim of Imagine Nation Photography

Photo by Jay Jay Lucas

Photo by Jay Jay Lucas


Photo by Dominic Barrios

Photo by Toto Villaruel

Photo by Jay Jay Lucas


Afternoon Blooms

The bride gave specific orders on how she wanted her wedding bouquet to feel and look: “like picking random flowers on a walk around the forest”. And just like that, we were on board with her dream-like theme! Hyds’ bouquet lay stunning with ivy leaves, choice shrubs, and baby’s breath. (We even accessorized it with a vintage camera charm, for a personal touch!)  The rest of the entourage carried beautiful pompom bouquets with blue and yellow checkered ribbons and assorted accents. As for the other floral set-ups, the couple requested for a Baby’s Breath-only styling.


Photo by Lai De Guzman of Imagine Nation Photography

Photo by Lai De Guzman of Imagine Nation Photography

Photo by Toto Villaruel

Photo by Toto Villaruel

Photo by Jay Jay Lucas


Nook Looks

To make the wedding especially fun for their guests, Carlo and Hyds thought of having cute, sweet nooks! One was the Bohotique wherein guests find dressers filled with boho accessories to complete their outfits—bangles, fedoras, earrings, stylish hats, necklaces—all for their keeps! Carlo, too, had his sweet side let loose through a Sweets nook featuring overflowing candies and gummy bears which the kids surely enjoyed. Families also had fun when we provided kites that the kids played with and flew although out that windy afternoon.

But would we forget about the lovely couple? Of course not! We made sure the two treasured their romantic moment on our unique couple’s area set-up--a twin bed with chic blue sheets and brushed white side tables. Adorning this cosy spot are light blue, pink and white pompom flowers.


Photo by Erron Ocampo

Photo by Toto Villaruel

Photo by Toto Villaruel


Photo by Lai De Guzman of Imagine Nation Photography


Photo by Lai De Guzman of Imagine Nation Photography

Photo by Jay Jay Lucas

Photo by Derrick Lim of Imagine Nation Photography

Photo by Jay Jay Lucas

Photo by Jay Jay Lucas


A Personal Touch

Carlo and Hyds made their wish plain and simple: that everything be made personal for all their guests. In fact, a few months before their wedding, the bride had been collecting empty wine bottles to give away to their guests. The bottles will contain Bible verses that the couple had prepared for their families and friends.

Other personal touches highlighted the couple’s shared passion for photography.

Photo by Jay Jay Lucas

Photo by Toto Villaruel

Photo by Dominic Barrios

Photo by Derrick Lim of Imagine Nation Photography

Photo by Toto Villaruel

Photo by Derrick Lim of Imagine Nation Photography

Photo by Jay Jay Lucas

And here are other style details to fall in love with.

Photo by Derrick Lim of Imagine Nation Photography

Photo by Dominic Barrios

Photo by Jay Jay Lucas

Photo by Erron Ocampo

Photo by Jay Jay Lucas

Photo by Derrick Lim of Imagine Nation Photography


Truly, Boho lovin’ has never been this chic and heartfelt. Thank you, Carlo and Hyds, for sharing your special day with us. We wish you both a future as sweet and as fresh as eternal springtime!


*And also, thank you to our amazing photographers for all the photos in this post. Check out their sets by clicking the links below! 






Venue: Stilts Resort, Batangas
Ceremony: Hacienda Moreno
Wedding Hair and Makeup: The Makeup Studio
Wedding Planner: Christine Ong-Te Events
Bridal Couture and Groom's Suite: Cecilio Abad



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