Two years after her memorable email to me, it was the best time to finally meet her. On her wedding day, as their photographer! Vanessa and Gerard’s wedding was a splendidly lovely affair filled with incredible light, tears, laughter, and much love. I’ve always thought I’d only see a laid back, magical garden ceremony somewhere in the hills of Napa Valley or Sonoma County, only to discover one unfolding here right in the middle of the hills of Antipolo.

Flowers and Ceremony Styling: Vatel Manila | Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang | Groom’s Attire: Zara Man | Videography: Cinemaworks | Catering: K by Cunanan | Location: Eastwood Richmonde Hotel and The Mango Farm

Merienda Cena

Last week Sunday, my prenup partner in crime, Dylan Gozum of Vatel Manila threw an elegant, intimate, early dinner thanksgiving party with close friends, family, and friends in the wedding industry. Knowing Dylan, his SoCal-inspired setup (with the help of Lace Tan of K by Cunanan) was incredibly simple and amazing at the same time, it was just begging to be shot.

It was also my wife’s first trip to the Mango Farm, and what sheer luck it was for her to be greeted by fine and dandy long tables and succulent food set under the cozy mango greenery.

Later on in the party, it was such a warm surprise knowing from his inner circle how celebrated and well loved this humble, talented man is, for the little big things beyond his impeccable talent in styling flowers.

Incidentally, just this weekend Dylan has been named as one of Weddings@Work Top 5 Wedding Suppliers, as personally voted on by hundreds of couples and brides. Cheers to more blessed years to come for Vatel Manila, Kudos Dyl!

Dylan and new friend, blogger Meleen Rodriguez Carlos of Wedding Enthusiast also posted this set on their blog. Do read them up here and here.

Shot at The Mango Farm, Antipolo
Fantastic catering by K by Cunanan c/o Lace Tan
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