Love ruled 2019. Highlighted by our Silver Anniversary last June 24, the year had so many weddings that made it so memorable and full of love.
Celebrating 25 years of wedded bliss with my hubby Dennis was more special because everyone got into the merriment of our African theme wearing colorful costumes. With the stunning Santuario de San Antonio church décor by Robert Blancaflor, incredibly beautiful reception setup by Gideon Hermosa, and vibrantly festive outdoor setup by Cyndi Fernandez of Moss Manila, #DandTLove25 will always be one of the most spectacular, themed anniversary weddings in my books!
According to our wedding videographer Ian Cruz, our Same Day Edit has over six million views. The video includes the wedding invitation by Norman and Mye Cruz of Adworks, and centers on the touching homily of our officiating priest Fr. Tito Caluag. Watching the video always makes me cry.
In the same church two months later, on August 21, I attended the wedding of my niece, Atty. Maiqui Laurel to businessman Ayo Camara. There was so much love in the air that it started the wedding ball rolling for three more cousins over the next four months! Parents Juanmi and Queenie Laurel and Leo and Dimpy Camara were overjoyed to have their families united.
Laurel talents were all around with fashion desinger Rajo Laurel’s creations for the bride, groom and entourage, while the beautiful voices of Juanmi, Jaymi, Cocoy and Franco entertained the guests in Blue Leaf Filipinas. Stylist Zenas Pineda arranged the reception décor so beautifully. Caterer was Cibo di M of Margarita Fores.
The whole #MnADealOfTheYear celebration showed the importance of family to the couple. The desserts and wedding cake were done by Ayo’s mom, who runs Dimpy’s Kitchen, and Maiqui’s brother sang during the dances. The couple grew several of the plants used in the centerpieces, and hand-made their giveaways, cheese boards made from trees at the groom’s family farm.
It was wonderful to see wedding planners Bridesmaids & Co. in action. Twenty-five years ago, our wedding as one of the first weddings they coordinated.
Two weeks later, there was another wedding in the family. To celebrate the wedding of Isabel Palabyab to my nephew Christopher Imperial, 140 close family and friends flew to Malaga, Spain for an intimate three-day affair that was filled with so much love and happiness.
The festivities started with a 7-km hike at El Caminito del Rey during the day followed by the bride’s Despedida de Soltera in the evening at Los Patios de Beatas in Malaga’s historical center. The next day, an all-white, sunset cocktail and dinner party was held at the Real Club Mediterraneo, where the couple was surprised by a special dance performance.
On September 3, the wedding ceremony was officiated by Father Danilo Carolino at the Paroquia San Miguel de Miramar and the reception followed at the Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina. Situated on top of a hill, the hotel offered the best views of the city and the sea. Everything looked magical but most unforgettable were the heartfelt and humorous speeches, spread out through all events. Ian Cruz Films once again presented the SDE of #PeeperIsaKeeper.
Family weddings are extra special when Dennis and I are among the Ninongs and Ninangs. This December, we drove up to Baguio for the wedding of our nephew Jay Laurel and Kyla Olives on December 16.
This couple always had the greatest love for Baguio. So when they decided #KyJayMayForever after their eleven-year relationship, they chose Baguio for their destination wedding.
The moment they saw the Alphaland Baguio Mountain Lodges, they fell in love with the view and knew that this was exactly where they wanted to get married. It was the perfect marriage of Baguio charm and the Cordillera mountain range.
Sarah Bulahan aka Sabu sang the bride down the aisle. The reception party at Baguio Country Club’s Infinity Garden was styled by Pat Bernardo of Thirty One Events. The vibe was classic, understated with unique personal touches. Attire for the guests was chic with hints of Filipiniana while the men were in barongs. The bridesmaids’ gowns were designed by the talented Franko Barrio, while the gown of Jay’s mom Crispy was designed by cousin Rajo Laurel.
The program was hosted by close friend, Ria Atayde along with the brothers of the groom, Matt, Carly and Dan. Ninang Sea Princess and close friend Bob Santiago chose couple games for the guests. The wedding cake was a three-layer Burnt Basque Cheesecake by Cecily Mabasa of The Barn PH, also the venue for the Despedida de Soltera.
The Edralins, a classic rock band from Baguio, serenaded the guests with their best Beatles songs, and performances by cousins Hannah Romawac-Olives of Session Road, and Franco and Ayen Laurel were amazing. DJ Myless Tan kept the party going until the wee hours of the morning. This was definitely the best day of the couple’s lives. The SDE wedding video by Ian Cruz Films presented the beautiful young couple against the stunning backdrop of Alphaland’s breathtaking sunset.
Less than a week after, the Barandiaran-Fong nuptial was a touching event especially the part when Sander Fong, the father of the bride, walked his pretty daughter Aiyanna towards the altar of San Antonio Church. It was a lovely scene to witness as Sander had a terrible horseback accident 17 years ago. The December 19 wedding of my nephew and inaanak Boo Laurel Barandiaran and Aiyanna Fong was officiated by Msgr. Manny Gabriel. Although the couple had only a few months to prepare for this wedding, things came out perfect because #YannaBeMyBoo.
The reception at the Peninsula’s Rigodon Ballroom was jampacked with guests who all wanted to be part of this memorable occasion in the life of this young and beautiful couple. Tears rolled down again at the first father and daughter dance and the emotional speech of Yanna’s lovely mom Alice E. Fong.
I was privileged to witness something beautiful again, so congratulations and best wishes to Boo and Yanna! May 2020 be equally filled with love and happiness for all!
More pics on Instagram @seaprincess888.