Norwelle + Genny (NSDG, Blue Leaf)

Sorry for the lack of updates on MimiandKarl. In the meantime, we welcome a guest blogger, our good friend Ernest Pascual, erstwhile known in the wedding circles as The Details Diva and the purveyor of good taste in weddings at Bespoke Manila.

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The wedding of Gen and Norwelle was nothing short of sweet, lovely and romantic.

I first met Gen and Norwelle during the wedding of Gen’s older sister, Donna. The couple, based in Dubai, opted for a travel-themed nuptials. Iconic airplanes, sailboats, bicycles, cars, and hot air balloons were designed to jibe altogether with the theme. The wedding event team decided to highlight the hot air balloon–there was nothing comparatively beautiful than celebrating love afloat, or drifting and gliding in the air on a warm summer day. 

The invitations utilized bold graphic patterns. Dreamy pastel palettes of aqua and yellow served as wedding colors to complement the theme. A die-cut luggage tag with the line, “Love is a journey,” topped the invitation suite.
Light and airy–in line with the theme–bubbles were set inside clear containers labeled, “This world’s a bubble.”

A stylized monogram was integrated in all the wedding nitty-gritty.

Here’s Gen receiving a special gift from her groom–a great way to start the day.

Truly, nobody could resist the imaginative and romantic feel of hot air balloons! I chanced upon and bought a hot air balloon pendant in the mall when I was doing my detail shopping for another wedding. Only to find out a week later that Gen wanted a travel-themed wedding. (Call it serendipity.)

The ultra feminine bridal couture was really Gretchen Pichay‘s strong suit.  The gown designer was in her best element and artistically pursued the light and airy theme. Gossamer material folded liked pinwheels made a dramatic, aesthetic statement.

Gen was a vision of pure elegance and beauty as she walked down the aisle of NSDG.

The groom and family members were awestruck and beaming with happiness as Gen made her way to the altar.

At the reception, romance was definitely in the air as guests were greeted with lollicakes shaped like hot air balloons (reflective of the wedding colors and compelete with white chocolate cups) perched on cloud-like containers. These edible place card holders doubled as savory canapes to munch on during the cocktail hour. Special thanks to Janet Madlangbayan for accepting this challenge.

Who would have thought that eyelet-patterned Japanese lanterns, a few meters of white cord, vintage buttons and a regular wicker basket could be a great conversation piece?
More of these DIY hot air balloons were made to decorate the nut station, aptly labeled, “Mani can’t buy you love.”
Silver-painted hot air balloons were lined on the same nut station.

Soft, playful layers of ribbons tied alternately with handmade pompoms and strings of blue acrylic beads gave the guests that carefree, playful ambience upon entering the dining area. Love quotes and photos of the couple were printed and placed in their “mini-art installation.”

Card board letters and numbers were painted in yellow and were used on the cake table and guest tables, respectively.

Notice the brightly colored table numbers that complemented the centerpieces provided by K by Cunanan Catering.

Personalized votive candleholders were crafted from glittered ribbons, scrap organza strips, and brass buttons.

Place cards were tied on the tiffany chairs.

Menu cards featured the same graphic elements found on the invitations, and placed side by side with the paper napkin holders inscribed with “Bon appetit!”  Note the blue ceramic plate chargers on the VIP Tables. 😀

A simple photo frame was used to label the scrumptious sweet treats on the dessert table.

Guests also quenched their thirst with blue (lemonade with blue curacao for something sour) and yellow (dalandan for something sweet) drinks–complete with silver and gray striped straws–decorated with love quotes plus the same icons found on the invitations.

The “Just Married” sign–shaped like clouds–was perfect for Norwelle and Gen’s light and romantic wedding.

The wedding images were a visual feast and simply made me smile! Didn’t they make you smile as well?

Ernest Pascual
Bespoke Manila

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Full set of Norwelle and Gen’s wedding at our facebook page.

Bridal Make-up: Aaron Lejarde, Make-up Studio Team
Videography: Ian Cruz Films (watch their SDE here)
Invitations: Sid Estrella of Amis Print