Whimsical

True Love Is A Big Deal

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

It’s not every day we see a relationship that lasts 10 years, so we’re truly happy for Janel and Paulo, who not only found a lover in each other, but a best friend whom they will keep by their side forever. And with that, we bring you this beautiful set of photos taken by Jaja Lifestyle Photography.

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

From the bride: “The whole wedding was unforgettable but some of the most special moments were when we recited our personal vows, and when I walked down the aisle and saw our families, friends and my grandparents, and Pau waiting for me at the altar. It has always been my dream to walk down the aisle in a pretty white gown. When my grandfather danced with me during the reception, I cried. I felt at that very moment that no matter what happens, I would always be his little girl.

“We wanted a theme that was not too over the top and décor heavy, so we chose polka dots and stripes since it is simple, yet very cute and easy to match. As it was summer, salmon pink, seafoam green and mint seemed suitable. Pau and I never thought of having our reception indoors. We wanted to be different from the weddings we’ve attended. We love the idea of backyard receptions because they seem very simple, comfortable and fun.

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“Together with my cousin and friends, we made a newspaper to share our story as a couple with our guests. We wanted to share with them our 10 years of being together. We had different games that involved all of our guests throughout the night, for example trivia questions for guests to get to know us better, and Jenga as an alternative to tossing the bridal bouquet.

“Prepare a lookbook of how you envision your wedding and reception to be. It helps you put everything together and match your ideas.”

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jaja Lifestyle Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Putting aside all the pretty things, what we truly want to celebrate is this couple. You have to listen to the vows they make to each other in the video compiled by IGS Cinema to understand the love that they have for each other. It suddenly dawned upon us that a pretty wedding is but an empty shell if true love is not part of the whole thing.

Janel & Paulo {Philippines}

Photography by Jaja Lifestyle Photography / Videography by LEC of IGS Cinema / Ceremony Venue Chapel on the Hill, Tagatay City / Reception Venue Clearwater House, Tagatay City / Number of Guests 280 / Wedding Coordination by E-vents’ Ezzentials / Bridal Gown by Michi Calica / Bride’s Shoes by Nine West and Nike Jordan 11 / Hair and Makeup by Terence Buenaventura / Groom’s Attire by Mak Tumang / Boutonnieres by {etc} Handmade Goodness / Bridesmaids’ Attire by Joon Dayrit / Groomsmen’s Attire by Mak Tumang / Ceremony Flowers and Décor by Amante Fleurs / Wedding Cake by Cake Tree Manila / Catering by Passion Cooks / Activity Booth by Spark + Twinkle / Invitations and Stationery Design by Printsonalities / Entertainment by Daryl Ong and Chiro

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Whimsical Celebration

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

To be honest, when we first stumbled upon this set of photos, we didn’t realise that it was a wedding in Singapore. The flowers and colours used were so rare. The photography style of Ivan Tan definitely did its magic too – the images and emotions look so effortless yet real.

It’s not often we get to see an Asian bridal couple actually relax and enjoy their wedding. We like it when the couple is involved in the décor because it seems as if their wedding is their first special project together.

From the round green and purple paper lanterns, origami cranes and crepe paper flowers, to the pretty centerpieces, colourful buntings and adorable furry green animals, every element had been carefully pieced together by the couple and their friends.

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jia Yin: “It’s hard to pin down a favourite moment – the impromptu sing-along session with the band, secretly-organised party games we weren’t told about, the heartfelt speeches from the best man Hianyi and maid of honour Jess, the endless photobooth madness… At the end of the day, we were just overjoyed that our guests enjoyed themselves.”

Huan Min: “One of my groomsmen, Dalun, surprised me by turning up at my home in the morning when he was supposed to be studying in the States. The feeling really was indescribable.

“We wanted our wedding to be not about us, but about all who have touched our lives, because without these wonderful people we would not be who we are. With the idea of a house party in mind, we chanced upon Food For Thought at Singapore Botanic Gardens and fell in love with the expansive space and wholesome home-style dishes.”

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Tips from the bride: “Forget about fairytales, a wedding is a celebration of love and friendship; everything else is cosmetic. If you’re pining for the perfect solitaire and the wind in your hair, you’re setting yourself up for stress and disappointment.

“Take your time to bring together a team who shares your vision and tastes. We were deliberate in asking Ivan to be our photographer, not just because he made great photos but because his philosophy towards photography – to capture moments and interactions as they happened; no second takes – resonated with us.”

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ivan Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Finally, enjoy this video compiled by Mphoricstudio.

JIA YIN & HUANMIN {Singapore}

Photography by Ivan Tan Photography / Videography by Mphoricstudio / Reception Venue Food For Thought, Singapore Botanic Gardens / Number of Guests 150 / Bride’s Gown by Valens Couture / Bride’s Shoes by TOMS, Steve Madden and Jimmy Choo / Hair and Makeup by IKON Studio / Groom’s Attire by Topman, ZARA and Massimo Dutti / Wedding Bands by Tiffany & Co / Flowers and Décor by Joyous Florist / Wedding Favours by Taobao / Invitations – Design by Mary Bernadette; Printed by The Gentlemen’s Press / Entertainment by Today’s Special / Photobooth by One Eye Click Live / Lighting and Sound by XJ Audio and Visual Productions

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In A Different Realm

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Garovs majored in Fashion Design & Merchandising in university, while Ryan in Multimedia Arts. The both of them own Everywhere We Shoot, whose work has been in most major magazines in the country and even abroad. Having seen their bridal portraits and infographics invitations, you must be wondering, how creative can they get in a traditional church wedding?

Well, how could it not be creative when some of Manila’s most talented creative people were involved? The thing we love most about this wedding isn’t that it’s so out of the norm, but that this couple knew who they were and kept to it.

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

If you strip everything away and look closely at the wedding highlights, you will see the way Ryan looked at his bride as she walked down the aisle, and realise this is no different from other weddings – they are a couple who love each other dearly and that is all that matters.

Garovs said, “The most joyful moment was walking down the aisle and seeing our family and friends crying, smiling, laughing!”

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

As for their wedding concept, she said, “We wanted our wedding styling to look like an altar of our life together, as if we’d died and were born again. With this in mind, we opted not to have flowers, but have our guests and entourage wear florals and graphics. Our church aisle was like a walk in the clouds, and our venue was styled as if you were going through a blur of memories, then later getting washed away into our all-white dinner area.

“We are thankful that our suppliers understood what we wanted and executed everything beautifully and seamlessly. Enjoy the planning, and leave the rest to the experts. On your wedding day all you will see are the faces of your friends and family!”

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

‘Everywhere We Wed: An Anti-Wedding Film’ is not for the faint of heart. As the film faded out, Raimund Marasigan of Sandwich played the first bars of Cure’s ‘Pictures of You’, and the guests welcomed the entrance of the newlyweds.

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by MangoRed. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Video highlights.

GAROVS & RYAN {Philippines}

Photography by MangoRed / Engagement Videography by Jason Magbanua / Wedding Day Videography by redsheep Cinema / Venue Whitespace, Manila / Number of Guests 230 / Wedding Planning by The Best-Case Scenario / Bridal Gown by Mich Dulce / Bride’s Shoes by Vivienne Westwood / Hair and Makeup by Sam Gallardo / Groom’s Attire by Joey Samson / Groom’s Custom-made Shoes by Maco Custodio – Shoes / Bridesmaids’ Dresses by Mich Dulce; Customised Print by Tinay Villamiel of Bleach Catastrophe / Groomsmen’s Attire by Joey Samson / Event Styling by RabbitHole Creatives / Wedding Rentals by Ghost Chairs by Olive Tree / Outdoor Sculpture and Art by Leeroy New / Andy Warhol Cupcakes by OC’s Kitchen / Wedding Cake by CakeTreeManila By Laura Puno / Catering by K By Cunanan / Lighting Design by Ian Torqueza / Wedding Favours by Personalized M&M’S / Invitations by Inksurge; Printed by Velprint / Entertainment by Sandwich, Picoy Cruz, The Diegos, Paulo Castro, Melvin Mojica and Don’t Bogart The Can… Man!

Rainbow Paper Flowers Wedding

Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Colourful wedding. Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Interesting hair headpiece. Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Brianna and Alexander definitely created the right atmosphere for a very fun wedding, complete with rainbow colours and picnic rugs all around in the wide open space. The couple and their wedding party actually decorated the venue and handmade almost everything. We love every detail, from the tops of their heads down to their shoes.

Colourful DIY paper flowers. Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Rainbow colour garden wedding. Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Colourful garden wedding. Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Colourful DIY wedding. Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Colourful garden wedding. Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Shane Shepherd: “Almost everything, from the dresses and bouquets to the invitations and decorations, was all handmade. Just some of the highlights were Brianna’s amazing handmade wedding dress, the bridal party dancing back down the aisle, Brianna serenading Alex on her keyboard under a big old tree, and the countless amount of group hugs I witnessed.

“There was a lot of love going round and I’m honoured to have been part of what was truly an amazing day. Thanks to the impeccable Ben Murphy for second shooting with me on the day as well.”

Wedding at the vineyard. Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Polaroid. Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Leave a note idea. Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Picnic party wedding. Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Colourful cake. Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Colourful wedding at the vineyard. Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at the Canungra Valley Vineyards
, Brisbane. Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Shane Shepherd. www.theweddingnotebook.com

BRIANNA & ALEXANDER {Australia}

Photography by Shane Shepherd / Venue Canungra Valley Vineyards
, Brisbane / Number of Guests 170 / Bride’s Shoes by Irregular Choice
 / Bride’s Headpiece by Kitten D’amour
 / Makeup by Cathy Mason
 / Groom’s Attire by Roger David and ASOS
 / Desserts by Cupcake Parlour


Vintage Superheroes

Photography Cat Norman. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Megan: “Yes, you read that right. S-U-P-E-R-H-E-R-O-E-S. Like the larger-than-life-muscles-galore figures who graced the pages of our Marvel comic books when we were kids. They conquered the world and the many challenges life threw in their direction – much like Tom and me.

“An ocean and 4,000 miles separated us for 18 months as I pursued my dream to live and work overseas in Prague, Czech Republic, while Tom continued to work on his dream as an MD/PhD student tracking towards a career in transplant surgery in Minneapolis. Worlds apart, but connected by the fervour of young lovers who shared hundreds of love letters, we made a commitment to conquer the world as one. So as we began to plan our wedding, the theme happened upon us naturally.

“We both have strong personalities, love to travel, Tom’s family is Polish, I have lived in Europe on two separate occasions in my life, we are eclectic and passionate, and we yearned to find a theme that would embody these many unique characteristics. We also adore kitschy diner food, comics and the combination of old and new. Thus, our vintage superhero, mid-century modern theme was born. We chose to take a risk on the Minnesota fall weather and have an outdoor wedding at Camrose Hill Farm, Stillwater. We were blessed with sunny skies and warm temps that set the stage for a beautiful celebration.

“I adore DIY weddings, and our invitations, which featured a custom Megan and Tom superhero sketch, were one of my favourite features of the Super Wedding. Designed by close friend Phil Kjelland, they not only conveyed the theme and our personalities, but were also designed as an eco-friendly postcard.

Photography Cat Norman. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography Cat Norman. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography Cat Norman. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography Cat Norman. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“While I wore a custom designed dress, by designer-turned-friend Eva Brzáková from e:be in Prague, with a splash of red, cream and chocolate polka-dot detail, the bridesmaids wore vibrant aqua dresses with red hand-knit boleros (both fashioned by Eva as well) and red canvas TOMS shoes. Instead of flowers, we opted for apples from a local orchard as centerpieces.

Photography Cat Norman. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography Cat Norman. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography Cat Norman. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography Cat Norman. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“We loved everything about our wedding, but some of our favourite parts were the games field featuring bocce ball and more, our makeshift photo booth, the “candy shoppe”, the bonfire with s’mores, the ice cream truck, and the wishing lantern ceremony.

“My advice to future brides is to go with the flow on your big day. It will not be perfect and things may happen that you’d never expect, yet these are the things that will make the day so unique and special.”

Photography Cat Norman. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography Cat Norman. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography Cat Norman. www.theweddingnotebook.com

{Steal Megan’s Pinterest board}

MEGAN & THOMAS {US}

Photography by Cat Norman / Venue Camrose Hill Farm in Stillwater, Oklahoma / Number of Guests 225 / Bridal Gown by Eva Brzáková from e:be / Bride’s Shoes by TOMS / Hair and Makeup by Megan Lally / Wedding Bands by Curly Girl Glass Jewelry / Groom’s Attire by Eva Brzáková and Banana Republic / Bridesmaids’ Dresses by Eva Brzáková / Groomsmen’s Attire by Banana Republic / Flowers and Decor by Camrose Hill Farm / Wedding Dessert by Big Bell Ice Cream Truck / Catering by We Cater To You / Invitations and Stationery by Phil Kjelland / Entertainment by The Dusty Porch Sisters and John Chadbourn

Superhero Ball

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bride and groom wearing Converse sneakers. Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Somehow, Alex and James’ story feels like the picture that we have always wanted to paint for soon-to-wed couples. Celebrate each other, be yourself and have loads of fun. We don’t know what brought them together but they are truly perfect for each other. They put aside the traditions of a typical wedding, choosing instead to walk a new and narrow path in their Converse sneakers, and celebrating their nuptials as a day for themselves.

Yellow, pink, orange bridal party. Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Superhero-themed wedding. Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Superhero wedding. Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Scrabble. Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

They both love superheroes, playing games and doing crazy things together. So they built their wedding around that theme. The New Children Museum in San Diego was the perfect venue. The main colours that anchored the décor were bright shades like yellow, orange and pink. Alex and James were smart enough to bring in a wedding planner, and they must surely be thankful for that. With details like these, we wouldn’t recommend anyone with a full-time job try to DIY all this on their own.

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jagger Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy things aside, couples like this give us hope, and remind us that somewhere out there is the person who will love and accept us as we are. The vows that Alex and James made to each other are a sign of that kind of love, and that high-five at the end? Surely there’s no other couple like them.

ALEX & JAMES {US}

Photography by Jagger Photography / Videography by Lunch Pail Pictures / Venue The New Children’s Museum, San Diego / Wedding Planning by Amorology / Bridal Gown by David’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes by Converse / Hair and Makeup by Tracy Teddy / Groom’s Attire by J.Crew with shoes by Converse / Bridesmaids’ Dresses by David’s Bridal / Flowers and Décor by Twigg Botanicals / Cupcakes by Crumbs Bakery / Catering by Crown Point Catering / Art and Stationery by Brightly Designed and Paper Jo

Comic Fans

Darth Vader. Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

As an avid fan of comics, illustrations, games and design, Lenny even has a special room dedicated to his passion. After getting their pre-wedding photos done, they decided to rope in Funky Dali to help conceptualise their wedding day. And what did Funky Dali propose? A superhero theme!

Everything from the décor to the wedding invites was based on that theme. The wedding was a very private occasion that only the closest friends and family witnessed, and although some of the guests were not surprised by the idea, they were stunned nevertheless to see Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper walk into the room.

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

SIAO LING & LENNY {Malaysia}

Photography by Funky Dali / Venue Coco Tei Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur / Wedding Cake by Bisou Bake Shop / Concept and Décor by Funky Dali / Artwork designed by Lenny Foo