Previous wedding details post here.
The Transfiguration Chapel (or Caleruega, as it’s more popularly known) is quaint and pretty enough to stand on its own without too much décor. Teddy Manuel, our florist-stylist, kept it minimal and used a lot of baby’s breath, off-white vintage lamps, and simple pink roses. The flowers were placed in brown paper map cones, in keeping with our travel theme.
Back at Hill Creek Gardens the tents were set up for the dinner reception. We chose to have a sofa with a wide-enough, low coffee table so plates could fit in case we had time to eat. Teddy added replicas of tourist attractions which he used in one of his earlier weddings.
Ask your stylist about recycling details. It’s more of the pretty, without more of the cost.
The Wedding Cake
Helen from Googly Gifts baked our personalized, clay cake toppers. I loved the detail on our mini-me’s. I even had to send her a photo of the Hubby so she can get his hair right. :) The detail on my gown is not too obvious in the actual event’s photo, but if you have a look at the photo Helen sent me before delivery you’ll see it matches my gown exactly.
The little map says ‘Journey of a Lifetime,’ similar to our ring bearer bowl.
To save on costs we had our caterer Kaye Cunanan make a simple, butter walnut wedding cake as a package add-on.
The table numbers were placed in vintage frames, each with a city name. These were places the Hubby and I had been to, so we included a small personal anecdote about our trip to each city. Guest tables were accented with treasure boxes, small globes, and mirrors.
Hubby’s brother helped make the silhouettes of famous city landmarks which you see in each frame.
Guests wrote us their messages on postcards printed by Kaye Cunanan (wish cards are also included in their catering package). For the front of the postcard, I gave her the digital format of retro travel posters from a book I bought on Amazon. For the reverse, Kaye printed a vintage-looking ‘Post Card’ font and a small box for the stamp.
She also helped us hand-stamp a Journey of a Lifetime ‘post mark’ on each card. My Ate (older sister) had the rubber stamps made from a local supplier.
We only had one game, a trivia game pitting the tables against each other. Personally I think too many games at weddings is a tad tacky (it’s not a birthday party!). As a little inside joke between Hubby and me, our avatars featured Vault Boy in a suit with a matching Vault Girl. I’m not too sure how many people got that. :)
GQ Mobile Bar supplied the drinks for the night. We chose them primarily because their out-of-town fees, a huge hidden cost for Tagaytay weddings, wasn’t as high as the other mobile bars. GQ made us a special personalized cocktail. It was bubblegum pink and was more sweet than alcoholic.
Guests held long sparklers from Dragon Fireworks as we made our entrance.
And finally, The Photobooth
Filipinos are huge fans of having their photos taken, so a photobooth at local weddings is practically a must. It keeps the guests busy during cocktails and is a fun souvenir of the day. We worked with Baicapture at a vintage map photo template and made sure to include our ubiquitous monogram. :)
That’s it for my wedding details post. If you’re a bride-to-be I hope it helped you think about the kinds of details you want, if at all. Anyway, at the end of the day what matters is being with the one you love. :)
Will post thoughts on our suppliers next.