Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Somebody had fun making petticoats. They're a lovely and fun detail you can have in your wedding dress. Warning: if you're a little heavy on the bottom, go easy on the petticoat. ;)

Photo by Tara Whittaker as featured in http://www.thebridescafe.com/


I fell in love with calligraphy in college. I must've taken up at least 12 units of it in art school. I handwrote my invitations for my 18th birthday. I had black ink on my fingers all the time - just like Wynona Ryder in Little Women. Now I'm excited to do the calligraphy of our wedding invites. I found this in Hello Handmade and iloveit!!!

Grow Old With You

It's time to go mushy.

My grandparents are my couple-role-model. They've been married for almost 59 years and they are a picture of a simple, happy couple. My Lolo (Filipino for grandfather) once said, every night when he prays, he prays for my grandmother first, before everybody else. They're the best and I love them dearly.

This wedding invitation by SeeSaw Designs (http://seesawdesigns.blogspot.com/) reminds me of my grandparents.

This is indeed the cutest, most heart-warming wedding invitation I've ever seen. ;)

Graphics For Your Wedding Invitations

Here's a refreshing take on wedding invitations. If you're intending a less formal wedding, this would be a perfect invitation. It can instantly give your guests an idea that you'll have a nice, fun and sweat-free wedding.

I found this invite in Erin Jang's site of design and illustration. Erin Jang is a NY-based graphic artist.

Can Your Bridesmaids Re-use Their Dresses?

I want my bridesmaids to be happy and comfortable with their dresses. And being a practical bride, I want them to be able to wear their dresses even after my wedding. I'll post photos of their dresses in the future but for now, here's an example of bridesmaids' dresses you can recycle.

This photo is from the wedding of Annemie and Mitch as featured in http://www.oncewed.com/. This photo has a cute history. :)

"The bridal party prepared for the big day at the Beauclair Guest House in Stellenbosch. One of the funniest moments getting ready was when the photographer asked the three bridesmaids to pose for a picture perching on the edge of the ball-and-claw bathtub - just as the girls got comfortable, the bath started tipping over, causing shouts of panic and lots of giggles! "

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

--News Flash--

Ok, I should be working at this point but I just need to share this. Reading lifestyle blogs is part of my job so I read chuvaness everyday. She has an entry about the 33rd HongKong International Film Festival and she posted this photo. Jackie Chan is the only person I recognize in this photo but it's the dress of this lady (must be an actress) that caught my eye. Isn't her dress beautiful?!

Hope we can find out more about this dress and the designer. Not that I can pull off this dress. Haha!


My three younger sisters will be my bridesmaids and this is how I envision them. Froufrou skirts, froufrou hairbands, dreamy eyeshadows.

If these dresses made you drool, log on to http://www.marialuciahohan.com/

Miss Chelsea

I've been fancying wearing a short veil to the wedding ceremony and a vintage hairpiece for the reception.

I research online for references on hairpieces. I'll make a set for myself, my maid of honor and my bridesmaids. Lately I've been zeroing in on this collection by ohmydeerhandmades.

Miss Doris

Miss Erma

Miss Florence

Miss Gwen

Miss June
Miss Lola
Miss Lula Rose

Miss Margo

Miss Marilyn

Miss Nanette

Miss Nina Lee

Miss Rosalie

Miss Viola

Miss Wanda

Miss Yvette
I started this blog because as a bride-to-be, I learn the most from blogging brides. http://ohmydeerhandmades.blogspot.com/ is one of those brides who inspire me. I hope I'm able to give back to my sources of inspiration by sounding off inspiration to other brides as well.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Bride Is In The Details

I love this photo. All the elements contribute to the beauty of the photo - the pose of the model, lighting, background, cropping. And most importantly, the dress has such decadent details.

Photo from http://www.katetowers.com/

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Looking Through The Eyes Of Brides

Is it just me or do all brides see every beautiful dress as a potential wedding dress? And it doesn't end there-the rest of the pieces from that collection can be part of the entourage. You can't just get enough!

This is one of my Brides

And this is the Maid of Honor

And the Bridesmaid

All images from www.lovenia.com

Teehee! This is fun!

Do I Have To Wear Satin Shoes To My Wedding?

Maybe not. Your shoes can greatly tell what kind of bride you are. What kind of bride are you?

You can DIY the bows and put them on plain peep-toes. Shoes by J. Crew, image from http://kenziekate.blogspot.com/

Printed matter. Shoes by J. Crew, image from http://kenziekate.blogspot.com/

I heart you! Shoes by Alexander McQueen, photo from www.notcot.org

For the beach bride. Thongs by Stella McCartney, image from www.net-a-porter.com

Froufrou! Aren't these Louboutins lovely?! Image from www.net-a-porter.com

Style = comfort. Stella Luna flats

Deadly deadly weapons! Stella Luna

I'm in love! Shoes by Omelle

The Effortlessly Beautiful Bride

A woman looks more beautiful when she's comfortable in what she's wearing. What's even bettter is when she looks like she didn't put so much effort on how she looks.

That's how I want to be on my wedding day. I don't want to look like I was totally transformed into another person. No curly hair, no heavy makeup, no 50-lbs. dress that will hold every move I make. Just nice, easy and fabulous!

photo from www.lovenia.com

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

What Makes A Wedding Intimate

One of the discussion threads we had in W@W asked us to define an intimate wedding. For an average Filipino family, having 200 guests IS intimate!

What makes a wedding intimate? Here's my take:

1. Primarily and technically, it's about the number of guests. A wedding with
50 guests (or even less!) is what you can call intimate. In our culture where we have huge
families, you can consider 100 guests intimate (read: impossible!).

2. The look and feel of the wedding. Having your wedding ceremony and
reception in a place where you commonly have family gatherings will give your
affair an intimate feel. This place can be your family's ancestral home or a
hotel or restaurant where your family would usually go for birthdays and

3. Lastly, for me, the intimacy of the wedding greatly depends on how closely
the couple can interact with their guests during the party.

For our wedding, we are skipping all pictorials. The more time you allocate
for pictorials, the less chance you get to entertain your guests. My brief for
my photographer: capture images of emotions and connections and people. I
don’t want you art directing us the whole time. Just let things happen
naturally and let us enjoy our wedding and our guests.

We are also avoiding the big trend of having a grand entrance at the
reception and proceeding to the first dance. Instead, my fiancé and I, together with
our parents, will be at the entrance of the dinner hall to personally receive the

We won't have our own table at the reception - the one that separates the
couple from all the guests. I'm referring to the elevated table for the couple
that caterers/restaurants/hotels usually set-up. Para kayong nasa altar! Di ko talaga yun feel. My fiancé' and I want to sit with our family and friends.

What do you think?

Michelle and Oshine as featured in snippet and ink, Aregrayline Photography

Just the 2 of us: Their only guests were the photographers. Donna and Kevin as featured in snippet and ink

Amanda and Matt as featured in snippet and ink. Photo by Jessica Johnston