It's one thing to attend a family member's wedding, but it's another to be her bridesmaid, her floral designer, and her boss...whoa!! Charlene is my first cousin, my design assistant, and according to many, my identical twin.
8 years, they decided to make it official. Greg, our token "white
boy" originally from Virginia, had already been dubbed Filipino and
made a family member way before he thought of ways to impress us. Nothing says Filipino like "family." Well, a lechon (whole roasted pig- luau style) too, but not at this wedding. This wedding was a reason for families to reunite, meet each other for the first time, and for Grandma to see everyone.
arduous months of planning led to a beautiful ceremony at Charlene's
neighborhood church, St. Rose of Lima. The
flowers for the ceremony were a mix of blush, ivory, and champagne
shades. Charlene desired a softer approach here. We actually lucked out with peonies, considering it was the tail end of the season. Of course we had to compliment the Vera Wang bridesmaid dresses... hello! Charlene accented her mermaid gown with her mom's veil, and her something blue- well let's just say you can't see it (**wink**).
As guests sipped on specialty drinks during cocktail hour, like Whiskey
Sour and Watermelon Mojito and munching on Lumpia (Filipino Pork
Eggrolls.), the photographer was getting to know the bridal party a 'lil
better. The July heat was killing us, but it didn't stop us from
twerking and taking selfies...surprised those didn't end up on
#chregwedding! Dariane wasn't feeling it.
You could call it Country Chic. The reception flowers were more casual, fun, and colorful...exactly how the rest of the evening went. Charlene really wanted to capture all the colors of summer while keeping it feminine. The photos speak for themselves!
We're obsessed with DIY projects. This was our chance! Tita (Aunt)
Gemma had spent months making and prepping the props and other decor
that fit the country/vintage/chic theme. She used burlap, twine, canning jars, old doors, reclaimed wood and even hand made all the photo
booth props. Our vases were tin pails that I distressed with some Ajax cleaner. I made a stencil and used black chalkboard paint to use for the table numbers. Instead of regular votive candles, I painted mini canning jar a shade of turquoise blue. Just bake for 40 minutes and voila! These lit up our tables along with the bistro lights that hovered above us. My sister and bridesmaid, Leah, was our official
make up artist of the day- along with her team of beauty experts. Air brush make up...Oh Ma Gawd!
In all honesty it was a whirlwind of an event, filled with tears and a lot of tequila. That day and night had come and gone so quickly. Oh how we should have taken more photos!!
We continued the festivities the next day. Eating leftover barbeque ribs, au gratin potatoes and garlic rolls. We drank mimosas and swam in the infinity pool. That was the best way to end it and the best way to continue their lives together...with food and family surrounding them! Thank you for having me play a huge role in your celebration. I love you both.