Wedding Blog: Charles and Roxanne

Roxanne got in touch with me 5 months before her wedding, thanks to Bridal Book. 🙂 It always brightens my day whenever I get emails from prospective clients who say that they read good reviews from these very helpful bridal forums. It pushes me to consistently give my best and always make sure that the clients and their guests are happy.

Their wedding was held at Fernbrook Gardens in Quezon City. It was quite an adventure getting there, because I couldn’t seem to remember the streets from the previous times I drove to the venue. With my trusty Waze, I was able to navigate and get there before my call time.

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Hosting the Karimadon and Eric Delos Santos Bridal Collection

Karimadon launched the newest gowns from Karimadon Brides and the Eric Delos Santos Bridal Collection on August 7 at The Lounge Bar, Raffles Hotel. The event (hosted by yours truly) showcased the beautifully crafted gowns for brides and entourage members. I sat with Karen Go, one of the owners of Karimadon and designer Eric Delos Santos, who told me that this is just the beginning of their wonderful partnership.

I’m not tying the knot anytime soon, but as soon as the models walked down, I was already picking out a dress for my wedding! The gowns from Karimadon Brides and the Eric Delos Santos collection range from P18,000-70,000. If you’re worried that your gown may have a “twin,” Karimadon can let you choose your fabric and color and have it altered for a better fit.

Wedding Blog: Adrian and Gracie @ The Manila Hotel

Gracie and I met in grade school. She was the tallest and often an elected officer in class, while I was one of the kids always tasked to sing in school programs. We lost touch in high school; I’d often just hear her name mentioned by former classmates but we never really saw each other until we both began working. 
Photography by Tie D Knot

A natural leader, Gracie was very eager to get the batch together. When Facebook added the GROUPS feature, she was one of the admins who was so masipag to check on everyone and get our contact details. Around three years ago, she came back from Singapore (where she’s based for work) and successfully mounted an intimate reunion with our classmates. We never lost touch since then.

A little over a year ago, she asked me to host her wedding. I never met her fiance but from the posts I’ve seen on Facebook, I knew that Adrian took good care of her and loved her to the moon and back.

Tie D Knot Photography

As an overseas bride, Gracie went hunting for the perfect wedding coordinator who would be able to make her Pin-spirations real. She found Marge Montemayor and got her full coordination package. This was my first wedding with Marge and I have nothing but good things to say about her and her team. They’re very efficient, SUPER BAIT and maasikaso. The program went on smoothly and we ended on time!

After the wedding! The bride and groom still look amazing! 

STOP RIGHT THERE! When I saw the same-day edit video with Gracie walking down from here, I teared up. The stairs and the arch–perfect entry for the bride. My only concern is the possibility of tripping. If you’re walking down you have to be really careful. Take it slow. Feel the moment. 



Styling by Bernice Sorongon
The backdrop reminds me of Elsa’s door design from “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?”



Photography by Tie D Knot

Photography by Tie D Knot. Styling by Bernice Sorongon.
THE VENUE: Maynila Ballroom, Manila Hotel

I love the Old Manila elegance of Manila Hotel. The spacious lobby, the huge ballrooms and the wonderful corners; even those who aren’t so fond of taking pictures won’t be able to resist. 

The Maynila Ballroom. So many themes run through my head as I surveyed the ballroom: Filipiniana-Spanish, Old Hollywood, Oscars Glamour, Fairytale…
This photo I captured made me think “Oh, a Beauty and the Beast-themed wedding would be great here!” The walls are like the library given to Belle by the Beast, the ballroom is pretty similar to the one in the movie, oh and did I mention the grand staircase?

Come on, I heard you. You were singing! Tale as old as time…



Seems like you’re dancing (and dining) under stars

I was glad to see the guests enjoy every part of the wedding from the ceremony to the reception even if there weren’t any games. 🙂 Adrian and Gracie mentioned in their speech that all they wanted was for everyone to be happy in the celebration of their union. The video and photo slideshows evoked smiles and chuckles, while the speeches from the parents and siblings made most guests tear up (including myself). 

My take-away from the couple? 

It’s always good to plan everything together. While it’s perfectly understandable that not all grooms or brides have the time to go through all the details and meet with all the suppliers, remember that this is your wedding. If busyness is a concern, pick an efficient wedding coordinator (with a good team) who can give you good suggestions and firmly remind you of your deadlines and assignments. What also impressed me about Marge was her genuine concern for Adrian and Gracie. Venues have additional charges when you go beyond your reserved time. Marge did what she could to keep everything within schedule. 🙂

 -Know what you want, focus on it and work within your budget. With a wide array of venues and wedding suppliers, it’s easy to get distracted. Keep in mind that your wedding isn’t competing against others. Don’t be pressured to book beyond your budget just to impress people. Your wedding is a celebration between you and your special someone, which you wish to share with those near and dear to you. 

Pray about everything. Adrian and Gracie have strong faith in God and I believe that is what made them stick together and make wise decisions.

Congratulations Adrian and Gracie! It was great to be part of the best day of your lives! 


Photos: Tie D Knot
Video: Stephen Wedding Films
Wedding Gown: Veluz
Host: Ingrid Nieto
Styling: Bernice Sorongon
Coordinator: Marge Montemayor

Wedding Blog: Dennis and Mary Rose

Mary Rose is a nurse based in Canada who got in touch with me early this year. She and her groom Dennis have been together for about 10 years. They met at the Trinity College QC where they both took up Nursing. Dennis pursued his master’s degree and eventually took up medicine at the University of Sto. Tomas where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. 

The wedding reception was held at the Crowne Plaza Ortigas

Wedding Blog: Alvin and Kat @ Hacienda Isabella, Tagaytay

I met Alvin and Kat just two weeks before their wedding. Thankfully, I’ve worked with their coordinator Agnes Odulio (Empire Weddings) so I knew I’d be in good hands. The ceremony was held at Caleruega and the garden reception at Hacienda Isabella.

Hacienda Isabella is undoubtedly a beautiful place. The architecture is superb. The patio, the sprawling lawn and the delicious sound of rustling leaves made me feel like Mary Lennox discovering the Secret Garden at Misselthwaite Manor.

If these areas look familiar to you, you’ve probably seen them as the backdrop of locally produced dramas. This is owned by Kuh Ledesma by the way.

Do these pictures convince you enough to hold your wedding here? Be warned–it’s quite a long trip from the Tagaytay town proper. Should you wish to visit the place, you may contact them through their website to set an appointment as they do not accept walk-in visitors. Equip yourself with a map and take note of the landmarks as it can get quite confusing.

PARKING: ★★★★★ There’s lots of space to park
VENUE: ★★★★★ Take lots of photos! Your guests will be happily amused by the gardens and interesting house interiors. Since I was early, I was able to take a lot of shots of the home interiors, the lawn, the garden and the reception tent.
AMBIANCE: ★★★★★ Very serene
RESTROOMS: ★★★★★ Clean, tissues are well-stocked, there is always an attendant on stand-by, they have clean, flowing water and lovely lavender-scented soap for washing. 🙂
COCKTAIL AREA FOR GUESTS: ★★★★★ Like I said, your guests won’t run out of corners for selfies and photo-ops. Even the kids seemed to have fun running around. 🙂

ACCOMMODATIONS: ★★★★★ They have 19 villas with rooms that can fit families or friends staying over. Wedding preps can be done here. From what I know, the wedding package includes accommodations for the bride and groom. RATES: Php 150,000+ (+12% VAT, Venue only); P2,200/head
MUSICIANS: ★ Manila String Machine
CATERER: ★★★★★ K by Cunanan Catering
ONSITE VIDEO: ★★★★ For You Are Mine
PRENUP and ONSITE PHOTOS: ★★★★ Art Alera

ONSITE VIDEO courtesy of For You Are Mine

Wedding Blog: Mitch and Ivy Tie the Knot (Finally!)

Ivy got in touch with me around 2 years ago. She was freshly engaged and was so thrilled to be planning her wedding. I tell her she’s my DIY Queen–she’s been very hands on with her wedding!

Mitch works in Singapore but whenever he comes home, he and Ivy work on the wedding details together. W@Wies and those from Femalenetwork may be familiar with her blog The Chinay Tourister, where she’s been delightfully sharing her journey to becoming Mrs. Toledo.

Ceremony: San Agustin Church 
Reception: Diamond Hotel Manila 
OTD Coordinator: Events Simplified 
Emcees: DJ Ingrid and DJ Chloe 
Candy Buffet: Bonbon Taffy 
Event Stylist: Flower Power 
Photo: Manny and April Photography 
Video: Aisle 1401

See the big letters? Their logo? Ivy and Mitch worked on those.
Snaps from the registration table

Guests had fun filling out the Real Wedding of the Century guestbook

Candy buffet by Bonbon Taffy


My radio partner Chloe and I, hosted the wedding
Event styling by Flower Power




Ivy loves pink. Okay? :-p

The hosts with the newly-weds

My 2012 couple, Architects Manny and April who are now big time
wedding photographers. 🙂


Mitch and Ivy from Aisle 1401 on Vimeo.