Monday, November 1, 2010

B+E's wedding is featured in OPM! + photos by Chaz Cruz

NEWS: A B&W event draws media attention. Becky+Errol's "zen in the 6•1•9" wedding was featured in the One Philippines magazine (San Francisco Bay Area Vol 1. No. 6) this Fall 2010. One Philippines is described as "an entertainment and lifestyle newsmagazine for the millions of Overseas Filipino Workers and Pinoy migrants who want to read about positive and heartwarming developments back home."* It took me by surprise since I got wind of it just a month or so after the wedding; amazing how quickly good news spreads! Bianca Makita, writer for One Philippines, eloquently describes this wedding as a fairy tale come true. From the proposal, which came after "an exquisite dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay," to the "stylish bridal party...fitted in custom Francis Libiran couture," to the "official date 6-19, which mirrored San Diego's 619 area code," Makita paints the perfect picture of a day my team will always remember. For me, this event was a coordinator's dream come true -- both the ceremony and reception ran so smoothly; no snags, no delays, no complaints. All I recall is everyone doing what they were supposed to -- make it perfect for B+E. It proves that a good team = good synergy.




I wanted to share the great news, and also lead you in to the professional photos taken by the talented Chaz Cruz and his photography team. Chaz is always a pleasure to work with; he's easy-going, creative, and takes some of the most gorgeous photos! Check out his work; I couldn't help but include lots of favorites! To see photos from B+E's engagement session by Chaz Cruz, click here.





















B&W was hired to execute 6-month design + 1-month coordination. With Janissa as one of the bridesmaids, she pitched in ideas along the way, right before the 2-month mark, when Janissa took on the coordination process by the horns. I helped finesse the design ideas throughout the last 6 months, combining their vision of a zen theme mixed with an homage to San Diego, hence the date 6-19. The idea stumped me at first, but with a lot of brainstorming, we collaborated with the couple and came up with some fitting elements. Janissa proposed a zen tea station vs. the traditional candy buffet, and décor revolved around stone vases and branches, which reflected the Asian-inspiration. B&W sewed the alternating cobalt blue and mint green table runners, assembled the delicate centerpieces, provided custom tags for the take-out box favors, designed the gobo artwork, created all the programs, assembled the lantern table numbers, and made the 300+ escort cards which spread across 24 ft of table.

The day started out early. I made my way to the church to adhere custom decals to the parish glass doors, while a team began working on the centerpieces in the ballroom. Upon arrival at the hotel, vendors made their way inside, working quietly and efficiently. Within two hours, we were finished. The grand entrance, inspired by America's Best Dance Crew, The Jabbawockeez, had guests waving their napkins, yelling, and rooting on the entertaining bridal party who stormed the room with custom masks. This was far from the traditional grand entrance and helped complete the San Diego theme. During the reception, the bride graced the room in her custom Francis Libiran couture gown and lovely Christian Louboutin heels while guests filtered in and out of the room, enjoying another crazy photo booth by Chaz Cruz. The day's soundtrack, provided by Vill Miranda and his team, filled the room, as OmniStories moved throughout, capturing memories on video. The view of the San Diego bay disappeared only to showcase a really cool production by Liquid Video Lab, sharing the how-we-met story of B+E. It is probably one of the best videos I've seen! And the day concluded with another treat: a same-day-edit by Chaz Cruz AND OmniStories. With timing on point, a cheerful wedding party, energetic guests, and enough to keep everyone entertained, this event is one that I will always remember. Was it the "zen" that filled the room, keeping guests confident and cool? I guess it's safe to say a little bit of zen goes a loooong way.











Thanks to B+E's team:
Bellz & Whistlez | Hyatt Regency Mission Bay | St. Michael's Church | Chaz Cruz Photography | OmniStories | StreamLine Events (entertainment, lighting, and gobo) | Sumi's Oven

*Source: http://www.onephil.com

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