A Black & Pink Wedding

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mixing traditional customs with a modern detailed wedding can be challenging, but Michelle & Ricardo surely pulled it off! It is simply as Michelle would put it: "combination of two contrasting things - classic & modern".

The Proposal. Michelle & Ricardo knew they were meant for each other long before it was time to choose a date. 

"My husband and I had an understanding that we will get married 5 years from the time we got together [even though Ricardo would deny that he promised such thing!]." So when Michelle left for Australia for work, each of them had a promise ring to keep that promise.

"Three years after, we decided it was time to decide on a date. During our pamamanhikan (traditional meeting of both families), he dropped on one knee in front of everyone, and presented me with an engagement ring."  How sweet!

The Goal. It was to be a formal affair. With an elegant and classic mood in mind, black became the instant choice for Michelle & Ricardo. "...we believe that nothing can get more formal and elegant than black. It gives a modern and classic vibe as well, especially that black in weddings were a big no-no in the Philippines years ago". They just proved that black is indeed making it's way in the Philippine wedding industry.

The Look. Michelle walk down the aisle with a lovely A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline and adorned with lace, beads and pearls. You'd be surprised to know that the groom was the one who chose her makeup artist. "Mind you, my husband is hard to please when it comes to my MU".

I love it when a man knows what he wants for his wife. And it proves how well Ricardo did, her hair & makeup by Carmie Locsin & Alex Leyson highlighted her features really well.

"I asked a friend to sketch black long gowns for my wedding party, initially to convince my mom about our motif...i loved the sketches and chose 2 of them to be made." And with a pink & white bouquet, they were the perfect representation of Michelle & Ricardo's motif. 

Donning a Chinese black suit from Onesimus, Ricardo looked dashing accompanied by his groomsmen  all in barong Tagalog. 

The Details.

"I DIY-ed my bouquet, and my husband’s boutonnière from buttons. Button bouquets weren’t that popular yet, unlike brooch bouquets and there were very few pictures in the Internet. I grabbed some photos, showed them to my sisters and they said fresh flowers were still their preference. My supportive husband told me to follow my heart though, and so I did. I am very proud of my bouquet and my husband's boutonniere."

"Another DIY project that I did was the layout of our invitations. It was tough making an invitation which won’t look too girly nor too manly, thus we decided to make a text-heavy invite instead."

To keep the theme elegant, Ricardo requested ceiling drapes for the reception venue. Amaranthus Florist also provided round lanterns and hanging crystals to complete the look. 

The couple also opted for silver linens to compliment their black motif. Decorated by K by Cunanan, each table was beautifully arranged with calla lilies, pink hydrangeas, candle luminaries and lanterns.

I always find it amazing when couples perform in front of all their guests. Ricardo & Michelle had a choreographed dance which they learned two days before the big day. Sweet!

The Advice.

Tip from the bride: "Involve your other half in the planning. Most of our suppliers were chosen by my husband; most of the ideas were from him as well. Because we were able to incorporate a lot of his ideas and bring it to life, my husband was as overjoyed as me on our wedding. Remember that your wedding is not just for the bride, it is for the groom as well."

Best wishes & congratulations again to both of you, Michelle & Ricardo!

The Pros.
Photography: Black Tie Project & My Photato
Videography: Kris Matanguihan Videography
Ceremony: Sanctuario de San Jose, East Greenhills
Reception: Philippine Stock Exchange Auditorium, Ortigas
Planning: Events Malditas
Catering: K by Cunanan
Cake: Hearts & Bells
Flowers: Amaranthus Florist
Invitations: Wingdinz Invitations
Hair & Makeup: Carmie Locsin & Alex Leyson
Bridal Gown: Ava Bridal
Groom's Attire: Onesimus
Bride's Shoes: VNC
Groom's Shoes: Rockport
Bridesmaids Dresses: Mitch Desunia Haute Couture

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