Earl and Abbie: This is themework

I’ve been holding this wedding for eight months now, waiting and waiting and waiting for the final output (A.K.A. artistically edited photos)  but alas, not all good things come to those who wait. And it just hit me a few nights ago, this wedding was shot by Mangored and Wally Gonzales — who needs editing? (Why it took me this long to realize that, I have NO idea.)

Now this here is what I call a themed wedding, and I mean really themed wedding. Abbie and Earl’s union was a major production. In fact, it probably had a bigger budget than most indie films. Right, Abbie? LOL. Production design (and some photos) by 4th wall (former Balay Kandila).

You need a ticket, er, escort card, to get through…

Abbie and Earl’s wedding revolved around their four favorite movies. Check these table numbers. Let’s see how well you know your films:

From Movie # 1.

From Movie # 2:

From Movie # 3

From Movie # 4

Sirit? Let’s hear from from Abbie:

Gone with the Wind

My ultimate favorite movie — saw it when I was kid, saw it when UP theater played it and I have the DVD. I love the dialogues and acting (very theatrical). I love the era; I know it’s weird but the civil war is my favorite part of  American history (Feeling ko I was there, Hehe) and because Earl loves history, he learned to love the movie na rin. But come to think of it, it’s Gone with the Wind, won eight Oscars! And because I have selective OCD (is there such a thing?) the movie became my “power movie” I watch it whenever I feel extremely happy, sad and vindictive.

The couple poses at the photobooth inspired by Gone with the Wind.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Been trying to see the movie for ages so after I saw the movie, I cried, literally cried. Next to Scarlet O’hara, I honestly think Holly Golightly is a formidable character (or maybe it’s just me) — very independent. I remember Earl was writing a paper when this was being played on TV. He took a break muna so we could watch it together and he said, “Kaya pala sabi nila maganda to, maganda pala talaga.”

A few elements from the movie:

Pride and Prejudice

I bought the movie (HBO demand) and I watched it for the entire Christmas break. I memorized every line, I didn’t just love it, I was in love with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. So for Christmas, my brother gave me a brand new book, DVD and soundtrack. He even changed my name in his cellphone to Ms. Elizabeth. Talk about obsession!

West Side Story

Earl didn’t like it, very flambuoyant interpretation of a gang war daw (frat guy kasi) but what he liked was the fight scene, minus the dancing. Ako, I’ve seen it when i was a kid too; my family loves musicals kasi. But why did the movie make it to our weeding? It’s all because of Buhay —  he loves it!!!! He likes musicals (nakuuuuu!) Nuf said.

And um, the (toy) gun was actually part of the centerpiece:

Now lest you think it was all a movie (or four movies to be precise), here are snapshots from St. James the Great where Abbie and Earl solemnly exchanged vows on Aug. 1, 2009 with their son Buhay as the most important witness.

To Earl and Abbie, you seem like a great team. May the theme of your life be everlasting love. 8 )

To those who want more inspiration from this themed wedding, click here.


John and Rheena: Lord of the Rings

I was holding on to this wedding for a later post, but I’m suffering from a hangover of the LOTR 2: The Two Towers extended version, which I watched last night, so I’m releasing it ahead of schedule. And well, because I just know you’ll fall in love with this wedding and the Arwen-bride.

This is actually the January 2005 wedding of my high school friend Rheena from Stella Maris College and hands-down one of my favorite, favorite affairs ever. Besides the well-thought out gorgeousness of it, my fiance and I are both BIG  fans of the LOTR trilogy. So imagine my utter delight when I got this Middle Earth map/invitation (left) for Rheena and John’s wedding:


A closer look at their pop-up invite plus the souvenirs. Care to guess what? LOL. Yes, rings.


The wedding was at the Fernwood Gardens in Quezon City, which was transformed into a medieval style setting.



Even the waiters who escorted the couple to the reception were in full LOTR gear.


Meet the bride, Rheena (Guzman, now Evangelista). She wore the Japanese robe as a concession to her beloved grandmother who requested that she wear it (however, off-theme) because all the women in their family who got married wore it for preps.


Now meet “Arwen”


At the Shangrila lobby…


And this is Aragorn, er John, wearing Arwen’s necklace. Rheena had that Arwen necklace even before the wedding (and I have Galadriel’s Ring of Nenya! But that’s so irrelevant here; just proud is all. Teehee!)


A “first look” shoot. Damn beautiful couple!


And this is the part I remember most vividly from their wedding. After almost five years, I can still picture in my head how dramatic the bridal march was. Rheena was first cloaked…


And then…



They had movie posters plastered all over Fernwoods. Did I mention it was a seriously LOTR-themed wedding? 8 )


The hobbitses!


I don’t remember exactly what I wrote on their signature frame, or if I even wrote there, but if I didn’t let me just say again to Rheena and John (who are now based in Chicago): Attending your wedding was like watching the movie — it leaves you in a trance. Massive production, great, real love story.